- Series: Certification Kit
- Hardcover: 2304 pages
- Publisher: Sybex Inc (December 18, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0782126855
- ISBN-13: 978-0782126853
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.1 x 6.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,794,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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OCP: Oracle8i DBA Certification Kit
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Top customer reviews
The biggest problem I have is with the Performance Tuning and Network Administration book. First, I get random errors when I try to use the tests on CD. I'll be part way through the test and it will hang up. If I get back in it usually works. I had no trouble with one of the other CD's. The other problem is that the book refers to chapter 20 in several places only there is no Chapter 20 in my copy. I e-mailed Sybex with this information and they sent me a replacement book for free. But guess what...no Chapter 20 there either. The only saving grace is that there is a Chapter 20 on the CD version of the book.
One thing I liked, though, is the set of flash cards I can load onto my palm pilot. That's been handy for when I have a few minutes to review.
This DBA certification guide comes with three books.
1). PL/SQL 2). DBA ADMIN / DB BACKUP AND RECOVERY 3). DB PER TUNING / NET8 ADMIN
This makes handling easier and thereby increasing the books durabuility. The books' binding is far superior to the oracle press books and the reference material has more diagrams and displays more of the Oracle GUI than Oracle Press. The text is easier to read and all the exams are covered in the text, as opposed to Oracle Press where the last exam (network Admin) is only on CD...and if you are like me, reading off a monitor is a lot harder than reading a hard copy.
The information is laid out in an easy to read format and the chapters are kept short and completes all the objectives in which the OCP exams are based.
The are review questions at the end of each chapter with a full practice exam of 50 - 60 questions after ever unit, giving you the best way to guage your knowledge before sitting the exam.
A word of warning though, DO NOT expect to pass the Backup and Recovery exam by only using the associated section. This section looks as though it was written in a huge rush, or by somebody learning about the technoloy themselves as they went. When it comes to the 8i Backup and Recovery exam, do yourself a favour and invest in the 8i B&R Exam Cram by Debbie Wong.
Overall, and dismissing the B&R section (Which is a pity becasue the Perf Tun section is OUTSTANDING) I recommend this collection of books to any aspiring Oracle DBA.
The second problem with the kit is that there are many errors in test questions. The answer index is not correct for every exam, but the explanation of the answer shows the right answer though, but this is still a problem. After you complete the test you get frustrated a little bit. Another issue is that if you take the test using the CD, there are some questions which need to have check box answer items (to mark more than one) but they put radio button (only one option may be chosen), the next question has this time check box instead of radio button. Because of this you automatically make a mistake (it is not possible to mark more than while using radio button)
Also I think in Network Administraion section, there is an extra course on the CD. You don't see this section in the book.
Other than this book set I bought SYBEX's OCP preparation CD which includes many questions for each exam (4x50 questions for each exam), it has become very useful as well.
But in general I can say it is a good reference for OCP exam but in order to learn concepts fully you may need additional sources like docs.oracle.com
I would rate the books as follows:
1.SQL/PL SQL -Excellent section, well written, more than enough to pass the exam.
2.Architecture & Admin -Great source as well, sufficient for passing.
3.Backup & Recovery -Similar to other reviews on this section I have read, this section is poorly written. I strongly suggest using Oracle docs with this section or finding a different prep source.
4.Perf. Tuning - Excellent, well written section. I have read some reviews advising caution on this section, but this is truly a strong source for passing the exam and for future reference.
5.Network Administration -Not quite as concise as Perf. Tuning or PL/SQL and A & A, but this is enough to pass the exam.
Overall, the kit has enough to earn OCP status, and I recommend a good testing engine as stated above.