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Troubleshooting Oracle Performance (Expert's Voice in Oracle) 2008th Edition

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About the Author

Since 1995, Christian Antognini has been focusing on understanding how the Oracle database engine works. His main interests range from logical and physical database design, to the integration of databases with Java applications, the query optimizer, and basically everything else related to performance management and tuning. He is working as a senior consultant and trainer at Trivadis AG in Z rich, Switzerland. If he is not helping one of his customers to get the most out of Oracle, he is somewhere lecturing on optimization or new Oracle database features for developers. He is member of the Trivadis Performance Team and of the OakTable Network).

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Oracle
  • Hardcover: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2008 edition (June 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590599174
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hooper on September 11, 2008
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"Troubleshooting Oracle Performance" is the most thorough, yet physically compact book covering performance tuning with Oracle 9i R2 through 11g R1 on the market. It is quite clear that a great deal of effort was made by the author to carefully verify the tips and test results contained in the book and to organize the material in a logical progression, thus building a bridge between the reader's current understanding to the understanding of complex tuning approaches.

What this book accomplishes, which most other performance tuning books seem to miss, is to indicate which performance tuning features are available in each Oracle release (and which are available at no additional licensing cost) as the various performance tuning approaches are discussed. Not only does the book indicate when a feature would be appropriate, but also potential problems ("Pitfalls and Fallacies") associated with each feature.

The depth of coverage of Oracle 11g R1 features is surprisingly thorough given the short amount of time which that version has been on the market. A little more detail in a couple areas, such as hacking stored outlines, would have been helpful; at the same time, everyone who reads the book might have a different opinion of what needed additional detail, the book could have grown to 2500 or more pages, and likely would have been obsolete by the time it was published.

The Apress Roadmap on the back cover of the book indicates that this book should be read before "Forecasting Oracle Performance", "Expert Oracle Database Architecture", and "Cost-Based Oracle Fundamentals". The "Troubleshooting Oracle Performance" book seems to assume that the Oracle database concepts are well understood.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric L. Yen on September 30, 2008
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BOTH Developers and DBAs can learn from this book. Along the line of "Optimizing Oracle Performance" by Cary Milsap; this books shows by clear examples how to Identify Performance Problems (Chapter 3) and how to solve those problems (the remainder of the book).

Developers can learn how to Instrument code to help the tuning process.
DBAs can then trace the code and find the bottleneck/waits.

This book bridges the gap between Developers and DBAs and points out indirectly that Performance is a teams effort and solution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Stepanski on March 30, 2009
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The author Christian Antognini has done a wonderful job in writing a great book on how to systematically analyze issues with Oracle 11g. Let's be honest, Oracle 11g is a beast and take a very long time to master all areas of its core functionality. I have been using Oracle for only a few years and I sometime still consider myself a newbie.

The recent version of 11g has added lots of new functionality such as database replay, sql access advisor, sucurefiles, flashback data archiving, tablespace encryption, data masking and so much more. IT sometimes feels that version 11g is a totally new database compared to version 10.x.

The great thing about this book which others fail is that it covers all versions of Oracle from version 9i to 11gR1. So even if you are using an older version this book still is extremely valuable to own. It will actually save you money if you are using an older version of Oracle because it can be used as you gradually upgrade to newer versions of Oracle. Another reason to buy it!

This book assumes that you already have a good knowledge of using Oracle and goes right into many different scenarios of using different front-end technologies where performance issues can happen and hot to step-by-step figure out where your problem may be coming from.

The author focuses on tracing database calls, profiling PL/SQL code, how to review workload statistics and object statistics, how to configure your query optimizer, and one of the most useful sections of the book is Chapter 6 where the author focus on many different execution plans. I also liked Chapter 10 where the author goes through all the different types of SQL commands (joins, nested loops, merge joins, hash joins, etc.) and how they can be improved and optimized.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Decker on December 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is exremely useful for Oracle Administrators and Developers alike. It is easy to understand and contains valuable information for everybody interested in understanding Oracle performance issues. The author demonstrates an excellent method to identify wrong Optimizer estimates that lead to suboptimal execution plans.

The author shares dozens of "best-practices" and advices from his personal consulting experience as well es detailed information which is not available in Oracle documentation.

My personal highlight was the introduction to a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use SQL Trace Analyzer TVD$XTAT which overcomes the limits of tkprof for SQL Response Time Analysis.

This book is a must-have for every Oracle professional.

Martin Decker
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