- Paperback: 426 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596000189
- ISBN-13: 978-0596000189
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Oracle and Open Source: Includes Perl, Linux, Tcl, Python, Apache, Java and More 1st Edition
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Oracle made a big decision a couple of years ago. The company decided to open certain aspects of its relational database management system (RDBMS) to manipulation by outside software. That architectural decision enabled a whole community of specialized software developers to thrive. In Oracle & Open Source, Andy Duncan and Sean Hull explore the universe of open source (that is, modifiable and largely free) software for Oracle applications. The authors approach the subject from two angles: that of database administrators who simply want to locate, download, and use tools that others have created, and that of the software developer who wants to learn about and take advantage of the hooks Oracle has built into its products.
The downloaders will be pleased with documentation of Orac, Oddis, Karma, Oracletool, GNOME-DB, and other ready-to-run administration and design tools. The book explains what each tool does, where it comes from, how to install it, and how to use it (complete with hallmark O'Reilly options lists in most cases). The programmer set, eager to contribute to the collection of open-source Oracle tools, will learn a lot from documentation of Oracle-specific libraries for various languages, including Oratcl for Tcl/Tk, several Perl modules, DCOracle for Python, and the Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) classes for Java. Some programmers may find the introductory sections too general in focus, but they'll be pleased by sections that explain the use of specific methods and functions. --David Wall
Topics covered: The collection of libraries that have come into existence to facilitate interaction with Oracle databases from within home-grown software, as well as programs that others have written to take advantage of those libraries.
About the Author
Andy Duncan is the coauthor of Oracle & Open Source (O'Reilly, 2001), as well as Perl for Oracle DBAs (O'Reilly, 2002). The first book arose after Andy's creation, in 1998, of the Orac Perl/Tk tool for Oracle DBAs. Since then, he has worked mainly as an independent development and DBA consultant, and has counted both Oracle Corporation and Sun Microsystems among his long-term clients. In addition to performing Oracle, Perl, and Java consultancy work, Andy teaches as a senior instructor for Learning Tree International, covering both introductory and advanced Perl courses. He lives in Oxfordshire, England.
Sean Hull is an Oracle DBA and web developer plying his trade as an independent consultant with his own firm, iHeavy Inc., in New York City. He focuses on integrating open source technologies with commercial technologies such as Oracle, and has serviced many successful Silicon Alley companies. His practice is growing steadily with an expanding network of associates offering a wide range of database, web, and Internet-related services. He is the author of Karma, a web-based open source Oracle monitoring tool, and a major contributor to the Orac DBA tool. He also contributes to the telelists Oracle email list and the dbi-users email list. On his days off, you might find him practicing Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art. He resides in Manhattan, where he enjoys the fast pace, great restaurants, culture, and art. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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This book is perfect for anyone that wants to investigate the use of Open Source tools with their Oracle databases.
Finding out what is available, what is useful, what is available, where to get it and how to install it can take a great deal of time.
There is a lot of useful Open Source software available for use with your Oracle database, and though I am a proponent of Open Source software, I will readily admit that it is not all good.
I've given up in exasperation with more than one Open Source tool that would not compile, promised more than it delivered, or simply did not work.
There is though a large collection of Open Source tools that do work, and work well.
What Andy Duncan and Sean Hull have done is compiled an encyclopedia of Open Source tools that do work, and work with the Oracle database.
This book is much more than just a list of Open Source software. Sean and Andy tell you where to find each application, how to install and configure it, and how to use it.
Need to know the different connection methods for Oracle and JDBC? You'll find it here.
How about using Oracle, Apache and JServ? It's in this book.
I thought myself fairly well versed in what Open Source tools were available for Oracle, that is prior to seeing this book.
Some excellent Oracle specific tools are here that I was not aware of previously. In fairness to me though, I know of at least one not in the book. :)
Oracle & Open Source is a well thought out and well executed guide that belongs on the desk of every Oracle DBA, Architect and developer that wants to get a jump start on using Open Source software with Oracle.
When I first spied "Oracle and Open Source" by Andy Duncan and Sean Hull, I was so intrigued that I had to buy it. I couldn't believe that there was enough out there to write a book on. How wrong I was.
The two authors have done an excellent job of collecting information on:
* Programming environments, tools, languages (Python, Perl, Tcl, Tk)
* Database maintenance tools - including Orac, Oddis (Tk);
* Web-based monitoring tools for Oracle (such as Karma, Oracletool) and the network too (Big Brother)
* Plus Open Source Java apps (even the Java isn't open source itself), Gnome/GTK+ and more.
The book's aim is to introduce you to the rich range of technologies rather than being the definitive reference. It provides enough to get the tools installed and to set you on your way. And once you're up and running, the authors list the web pages and books that will take you to the next level. I never knew so much was available, but with the groundswell of support from the Open Source community as evidenced on the Internet and in this excellent book, I'm learning fast.
There is a wealth of good open source programs around for use with Oracle and this book gives a detailed explanation of how to install and use all of them to your advantage.
The book covers an enormous breadth of technology, giving you the installation and set-up basics for Perl, Tcl, Python and Java, and how to connect them all to an Oracle database. Many web tools are covered including Apache, PHP and PHPOracle, EmbPerl, web caching.
On top of the basic technologies the book contains reviews and installation instructions for most of the Open Source Oracle tools out there, including the authors ORAC tool.
If your interested in Oracle Open Source technology, look no further!