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"It makes a refreshing change to carry a book which doesn't weigh a ton yet contains essential information on Oracle 11g. This guide is simple, concise and reasonably priced."
Dr. Jagdev Bhogal
Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University
Lead for Oracle Academy
From the Back Cover
This is the affordable solution with the information you need to complete your self-study for 1Z0-052. The study guides in the Oracle Certification Prep series were developed to provide Oracle certification candidates a means to rapidly polish their skills for the exam. The information presented is clear and to the point.
The 1Z0-052 guide covers all of the key exam topics:
Matthew Morris has worked with the Oracle database since 1996 when he worked in the RDBMS support team for Oracle Support Services. Employed by Oracle for over eleven years in support and development positions, Matthew was an early adopter of the Oracle Certified Professional program. He was one of the first one hundred Oracle Certified Database Administrators (version 7.3) and was also in the first hundred to become an Oracle Certified Forms Developer. In the years since, he has upgraded his Database Administrator certification for releases 8i, 9i, 10g, 11g, and 12c, become an Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional, and added the Expert certifications for Application Express, SQL, and SQL Tuning. Outside of Oracle, he has CompTIA certifications in Linux+ and Security+.
Matthew is an experienced Database Administrator and PL/SQL developer and has been creating Web applications with Oracle Application Express since the early days of its release. He is currently employed as a Database Engineer with Computer Sciences Corporation developing enterprise applications.
To declare an interest: I was given a review copy of this book. My qualifications for reviewing are that I passed OCP release 8.0 with upgrades to 11g, also OCM release 10g and upgrade to 11g. And I wrote large parts of the Oracle Press exam guides for 10g and 11g. So I do know a bit about these exams. So does the author, and I have no problem giving as positive a review as I can, and a 5 star rating. The book is aimed at beginner and intermediate DBAs, who need to formalize their skills through certification. This is an exam guide. It does not attempt to teach you to be a database administrator (you can't do that in 155 pages) nor is it a complete reference. There is no pretence about this: wherever necessary, the author includes references for further study. The guide is perfectly aligned with the exam objectives, as given by Oracle Uni. The objectives are used as section titles, in order. I would say that each section provides information needed to answer all questions that are likely to come up. As I went through the book, I noted a few errors. No problem, there are always errors in every book. In my opinion, only half a dozen were sufficiently important to be worthy of mention: I passed them back to the author, and they have been fixed. The book does not include "practice" tests. This is not an issue. The only thing you learn from practice tests is that you can pass a practice test. Real exam questions would be a different matter - but of course that would be illegal. To conclude, this book is an excellent exam guide. It should be perfect for anyone who has been working in database admin for a while and needs a summary of all the required knowledge, also for DBA students to use as a secondary source to supplement (and validate) their tuition. And you can't argue with the price.
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I bought this book as an aid to review for the 11G Administration 1 exam... I loved it... Every word, every page, excellent. Well thought out well presented...Very useful and most importantly easy to digest....Everything in this book, is "stuff" that a fledgling Oracle DBA (folks like us who are taking this exam!) should know and understand...and it is presented to you (the reader) about as simply as anybody can possbily put it... As I said in my review of Mr. Morris's 1Z0-047 book, I can't speak for other peoples expectations or motivations...but I am absolutely FLOORED how anybody (who actually studies Oracle Database and/or takes these exams!) would have anything bad to say about his books. This book is EXCELLENT for what it is supposed to be (knowledge review). It is worth every penny and very highly recommended... Further,, I personally appreciate the time and effort the author has clearly put into making this information available. Let's face it... this is very technical Oracle Database knowledge...It's complicated and involved....and there aren't alot of people lining up to explain this stuff to the masses....let alone as well as this author does.. kudos again Mr. Morris!
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