- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (June 21, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1418836656
- ISBN-13: 978-1418836658
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oracle 10g Database Administrator: Implementation and Administration 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Gavin Powell, BSc. Comp. Sci., OCP (Oracle Certified Professional) has eighteen years of computer industry experience. Diverse experience in database administration and database development in both relational and object databases. Gavin is also an accomplished Oracle technical writer.
Carol McCullough-Dieter, an experienced Oracle DBA, has written over a dozen books on Oracle, including Oracle 9i for Dummies. She has worked as a consultant, designer, and trainer for over 20 years.
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Top customer reviews
I have purchased two other Thomson Course Technology Books and both were excellent:
Oracle9i: SQL, with an Introduction to PL/SQL
Oracle9i Developer: PL/SQL Programming
This book was required for an Oracle Admin Class that I'm taking. I have a 4.0 cumulative GPA and I have already passed the 1Z0-042.
I had read the reviews prior to purchasing the book but I was hoping that they were a little exaggerated. Unfortunately I have to agree with the other negative reviews of this book.
To put it mildly, this book is very unstructured, inaccurate and repetitive.
To study in preparation for the Exam for my course, I had to create my own outline and Google to gather correct information.
If you need a good book try Oracle Database 10g OCP Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, or any other book...
The author flips back and forth between Windows and Unix seemingly at a whim. Topics jump back and forth between chapters. Trying to answer the questions at the end of the chapters is impossible based on the material within the chapter. We are into chapter 5 and I have yet to find a redeeming thing to say about this book. I think that in over 8 years of reading tech books this has to be the absolute worst.
In fairness, the writer encountered this book on implementation and administration prior to learning Oracle's database and SQL (Structured Query Language) as a user, and without a chance to brush up on modern versions of unix and linux (while Oracle is multi-platform software, these are it's current "home" operating systems).
But, still: The text drags the student through several chapters of quite detailed "forest" before getting to a place where any "hands-on" learning can occur. Worse, the procedures and examples in the text don't necessarily match the way the software actually works, at least when installed on Microsoft Windows.
Also: Oracle is designed for HUGE databases. The "developers license" software, installed on a home PC, consumes an incredible amount of memory and disk, and it automatically loads itself at system startup (to alter this, edit the registry, but make sure you know how to otherwise start and stop the database system first).
Bottom line: The book is actually a good description of the Oracle 10g Database System. However, the current version is 11g. As a text the teaching style is archaic. As a reference its organization is insufficient. If this is your choice for learning Oracle administration and implementation, this writer would recommend learning Oracle as a user beforehand, and perhaps also learning linux or unix at the command-line level.
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