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Beginning Oracle Database 11g Administration: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice in Oracle) 1st ed. Edition
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As a new Oracle DBA you have a choice: read the relevant portions of over 100 Oracle manuals or buy this book, get started on the job, and plan on further reading as you progress in your Oracle career.
The book is written in a platform-agnostic manner but provides instructions to install Oracle on your laptop and follow along. Every chapter ends with exercises and suggestions for further reading which are very helpful.
Part I Database Concepts
Chapter 1 Relational Database Management Systems
Chapter 2 SQL and PL/SQL
Chapter 3 Oracle Architecture
Part II Database Implementation
Chapter 4 Planning
Chapter 5 Software Installation
Chapter 6 Database Creation
Chapter 7 Physical Database Design
Chapter 8 User Management and Data Loading
Part III Database Support
Chapter 9 Taking Control
Chapter 10 Monitoring
Chapter 11 Fixing Problems
Chapter 12 Backups
Chapter 13 Recovery
Chapter 14 Database Maintenance
Chapter 15 The Big Picture and the Ten Deliverables
Part IV Database Tuning
Chapter 16 Instance Tuning
Chapter 17 SQL Tuning
My best advice is that you should read a chapter before making the decision to purchase this book. When I saw the hundred++ pages of text dedicated to the (non-oracle specific) most basic introduction to database systems, exactly like in 100 books written over the last 20 years.. I was worried, rewritting other material is an easy way to increase your page count. Padding is completely unnecessary when there is so much information to convey and to learn about Oracle DBA, it completely detracts from the focus, and reduces the space for real information, and it conveys a sense that the author doesn't have depth in the subject, as I found when the text got into Oracle specific details.. it was no deeper than the most novice introductory material you find on the internet.
Virtually useless for an aspiring Oracle DBA. I'm surprised that the company allowed this to be printed in this state, as I have several other of their books that are GREAT , such as "Expert Oracle Database 11g Administration". That book is a thousand times better introduction, even for the beginning oracle DBA. Read the first chapter of that book, and you'll see what I mean.
I'm sure this review will be rated very low by all the author's supporters, but the only intention of my review is to save you time and money, (I wish someone had provided such a review for me). This could hardly have been an worse. This is the first book I ever returned to Amazon. You can see that Amazon verifies my purchase of this item. So beware, check it out first.
I've had the opportunity to check this one on my local bookstore (I think I'll buy it, maybe) and spent some time drinking a cup of coffee and reading it ... so, here are my impressions.
What I like:
1. Very well organized: I believe you should start reading from very beginning to end, but author divided concepts very well so you can easily find information without the need of going back and forth or read initial chapters. Like any RDMS (MS-SQL, Oracle, etc), if you have a basic SQL language fundamentals and Os experience (Linux, Windows), material will be much much easier to understand
2. Plain english: I love when you can read an IT or SQL book and you do not need a "PhD" in order to understand. This book is easy to read and straight to the point.
3. Good price: I think that based on the content and other options, price on this one is something to take seriously.
What could be improved
1. Not in-depth coverage: Ironically, point 2 in "What I like" section leads to point 1 here. Good or bad thing depends of what you're looking for. I think that if reader is looking for a more in depth and comprehensive material, this book will not be a good choice. Is so straight to the point that clarifications or further explanations in sections like setup, are short.
2. Use of Windows as Testing environment: read my blog comment below with author about this. Is a topic which creates polemic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is definitely not for a beginner. There are no explanations of any of the examples provided.Published 4 months ago by Ross C. Staadecker
This book is a very good book for beginning Oracle DBAs. With this and a copy of the various manuals you should be productive in a very short time even if you have no experience on... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephen Mann
Clearly written and good intro to DBA roles and task. Someone who is exploring becoming a DBA would benefitPublished 18 months ago by Keith Logan Stone
I had been working all my career as a Web Developer(JAVA EE) but then i had a chance to take a interview for a DBA roll, This book really helped me to learn the basics and now i am... Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Rainford
If you have ever taken a database course you will not find this book useful at all. Even if you know nothing about databases, this book is not enough to even get you started. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I am one of your favourite fans, your book 'beginning oracle 11g from novice to professional' is one that I got my hands on recently and have since not... Read more