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This review is from: Oracle9i: A Beginner's Guide (Paperback)This book promises much but in the end fails to deliver.
Oracle started off as a database engine but overtime a lot of products have been added. This book could tie it all together but doesn't; it ends up being an introduction to SQL, PL/SQL and DBA tasks, things which are better handled by specialist books.
Some sections of the book sound like they have been written by the marketing section. The history section completely ignores the importance of Forms 2.3 and 3 in the growth of Oracle, which is probably good because they don't mention the disaster that was Forms 4.0.
I certainly have a problem with the jokes and diversions. As an attempt to excuse a misleading Oracle error message, a whole paragraph is devoted to what happens if your automobile fuel cap is not closed properly. There is a reference to a wild horse chase, to give the wild geese a break. This makes it very difficult for my Japanese colleagues to understand. If I could say one thing to the authors it would be "you are not funny."
If you are very new to Oracle then it may be useful, but for anyone who knows about Oracle (or computers) then it is a waste of time. You will have to go on and read more advanced books anyway, jump the fluff in this book and get stuck into some serious books.
I might give this book to my father so he can get an idea of what I do.