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Troubleshooting Oracle Performance 2nd ed. 2014 Edition

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About the Author

Since 1995, Christian Antognini has been focusing on understanding how the Oracle database engine works. His main interests range from logical and physical database design, to the integration of databases with Java applications, the query optimizer, and basically everything else related to performance management and tuning. He is working as a senior consultant and trainer at Trivadis AG in Z rich, Switzerland. If he is not helping one of his customers to get the most out of Oracle, he is somewhere lecturing on optimization or new Oracle database features for developers. He is member of the Trivadis Performance Team and of the OakTable Network).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2nd ed. 2014 edition (May 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143025758X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430257585
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charles Hooper on July 15, 2014
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I pre-ordered this book in December 2013, having previously read the first edition of this book twice. Once the printed copy of the second edition book arrived, I ordered the PDF companion for the book from Apress. While the first edition of the book covered Oracle Database 9.2.0.1 through 11.1.0.6, the second edition targets versions 10.2.0.1 through 12.1.0.1+, the author successfully scrubbed the book of all information that is not relevant to the targeted Oracle versions. Despite the removed obsolete content and the new page formatting that places approximately 17% more content per page, the page count for the second edition of the book grew by roughly 130 pages.

Some of the improvements in the second edition, when compared to the first edition of this book:
* Extended explanation of the different definitions of the term cardinality. Pg 19

* Second edition of the book added a half page definition of the term cursor. Pg 21

* The description of V$SQL_CS_HISTOGRAM was omitted from the first edition of this book, and is now included. Pgs 37-39

* The Instrumentation section that was found in chapter 3 of the first edition is now relocated into chapter 2. Pgs 42-48

* A new section was added in this edition of the book that is intended to guide the reader in attacking performance problems using different procedures, based on whether or not the problem is reproducible. Chapters 3 and 4

* A new roadmap flow chart was added to the second edition, showing how to begin the performance tuning process. Pg 104

* Page 204 of the first edition of the book stated that it was not possible to retrieve a Statspack captured execution plan using DBMS_XPLAN - that statement was incorrect.
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Excellent and very complete reference of the different ways of tuning Oracle applications. As opposed to general SQL tuning books, this one covers different components and strategies like choosing the right data types, data model strategies, manipulation of DBMS_STATS package and other things that are frequently but incorrectly labelled as "instance tuning". Christian Antognini deserves special kudos for chapters about tuning without the diagnostic package. It is the greatest description of tuning mechanisms in Oracle RDBMS available on the market. I love the book.
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If you're an Oracle DBA, get this book and also download the profiler TVD$XTAT (alternative to tkprof). This book covers everything (as far as I know) that you'd need to know to become an expert at tuning. I've been an Oracle DBA for 11 years now this is the only Oracle book I read (I google for the other small things that I don't care to remember or don't know). I have both editions of this book and if a 3rd one comes out, I'll get that one too. Things are explained clearly and you can download the code that is used in the book to run the examples yourself. Just get the book and thank me later.
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What an amazing book. If you are an oracle professional or you are doing anything related to oracle databases, this is a must read. Christian provides a very detailed coverage of the topic of oracle database engine, internals, optimizer extremely well. This should be kept in any oracle technologist's book shelf. I do not want to go into details on the topics covered, Charles Hooper's review does that job well. Infact Charles' review gives a good overview of the book if you have not read it (or) a good recap if you are done reading the book.
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Christian worked so hard to write this book so ALL of us DBA's can have
a much easier time at work. Christian levels with your level of expertise in making sure that the concepts are understood well and
provides sufficient detail and guidelines so you can do something useful with them at your workplace.
Thanks, Chris, for providing this very useful book to the Oracle tuning community of DBAs!
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Still waiting for Chapter 1 and the final release. Just read through chapters 3,4 and 5
Analysis of Reproducible Problems
Analysis of Irreproducible Problems
Postmortem Analysis of Irreproducible Problems

Very clear and understandable. Gets to the point , shows the work being done and explains the decision points.
Highly recommend adding this book to your library.
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Fantastic Book. Covers Reactive Performance tuning very well.
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