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Expert Oracle Practices: Oracle Database Administration from the Oak Table (Expert's Voice in Oracle) 2010th Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1430226680
ISBN-10: 1430226684
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Pete Finnigan works as an independent Oracle security consultant for his own company PeteFinnigan.com Limited. Pete specializes in performing detailed Oracle security Health checks against Oracle databases using a detailed methodology developed by Pete from many years of experience in securing databases. Pete performs this service for many clients worldwide, but also offers other specialist consulting services in many areas related to Oracle security. Pete's company PeteFinnigan.com Limited also develops and delivers a number of Oracle security training courses that are well-regarded and comprehensive.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Oracle
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2010 edition (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430226684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430226680
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,018,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is for Oracle professionals almost exclusively - the other RDBMS are not covered. I've found the book very useful to both developers and DBAs (I happened to be wearing both hats) in day to day activities.

The authors have assumed you are already in the Oracle field. If you are not, then the material may often overwhelm you. Novices can find more suitable books out here for sure. By the time you are through the book, you'll be up several levels when it comes to writing better SQL or understanding better already written SQL.

I give all 5 STARS to the authors of the book for the great job done on demystifying SQL execution plans. The book shows and analyzes execution plans over and over again until they become your second nature. It took chapters 2 through 6 to build the necessary background and take readers to the very hart of execution plans. The rest of the book also uses the plans as the main tool for SQL characterization and performance analysis.

Page 165 shows how to read an exec plan as a plain English narrative. In my experience, this is highly useful for:
1. Putting yourself in the shoes of Oracle Optimizer - think the way HE thinks.
2. Presenting in plain English the SQL execution problems to inquisitive but less-technical folks, from VPs and directors to functional users.

My experience has thought me that being able to understand, interpret, assess and compare SQL execution plans is a great skill to have.
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I found the first Oak Table book, "Oracle Insights, Tales of the Oak Table" to be inspirational, practical, and fun to read. That was a very rare combination, so I eagerly read this new book as soon as it became available. Also, since the authors are all very active contributors to the Oracle community, I was very interested in what they would write in this collaborative forum. I was not disappointed!

This book covers a wide variety of critically important topics. Each chapter author is a recognized expert in their field, and each chapter is infused with practical, real-world experience. Each chapter includes illustrative and informative examples. The topics cover a very wide range: design, troubleshooting, monitoring, tuning, firefighting, very large databases, running on Windows, cloud computing, and security. Most of the chapters are technical, but plenty of organizational and collaborative advice is also included. Although it is unlikely that your work spans all of these topics, you will certainly find direct and immediate benefit from one or more of the chapters. Reading the other chapters is an excellent and easy way to broaden your outlook and improve your skills.

A book like this, written independently by sixteen authors, with each chapter addressing a different topic, has a real potential to be scattered and incoherent. This book does not fall prey to that danger. Instead, this book has a very coherent and cohesive flavor, probably due to the shared vision of the Oak Table Network. What seems to bind these authors together is a scientific spirit, grounded in empirical, verifiable, real-world experience. Also, these authors are all very active contributors to the Oracle community, so they know how to collaborate, explain, and educate. Moreover, they do this with a sense of fun and adventure! This spirit of joyful sharing, combined with practical expert advice, sets this book apart. It is required reading for all serious DBAs.
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Hard-Hitting, Beyond the Basics Advice for Breaking the Black Box Approach to Database Programming, Leveraging the SQL Language on Oracle Database, and Improving Overall Performance of the SQL that You Write

I pre-ordered this book in October 2010 while searching for a way to learn some of the more advanced features of Oracle Database's SQL; I have been searching for a follow up book to the "Mastering Oracle SQL and SQL*Plus" book that I read a couple of years ago, and I think that I finally found that follow up book. Written as the Oracle Database 11.2 sequel to the book "Mastering Oracle SQL and SQL*Plus" (and that book's much updated revision titled "Beginning Oracle SQL"), this book is not written as a simple reference for the Oracle specific SQL dialect. This is not a book that you will want to use when trying to learn the basics of creating a simple SQL statement with a four table join. However, if you are able to create that simple SQL statement with a four table join in less than 30 minutes with the help of an entity-relationship diagram (ERD), and without using a DISTINCT clause, this book's contents will prove to be a valuable resource not only to expand your depth of knowledge of the SQL language, but also to extract the extra value that becomes visible when Oracle Database is viewed as much more than a black box dumping ground for data.

The authors of this book are all OakTable Network members and have between 15 and 29 years of experiencing working with Oracle products. This long term exposure to Oracle Database is quite clearly an advantage when discussing many of the subtopics that are simply missed by other Oracle specific SQL language references. While there was no discussion of the SQL language from Oracle Database 2.
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