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  • Paperback: 498 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (8 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059600088X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596000882
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,634,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn how to leverage JDBC, a key Java technology used to access relational data from Java programs, in an Oracle environment. Author Donald Bales begins by teaching you the mysteries of establishing database connections, and how to issue SQL queries and get results back. You'll move on to advanced topics such as streaming large objects, calling PL/SQL procedures, and working with Oracle9i's object-oriented features, then finish with a look at transactions, concurrency management, and performance.

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This book is written by a programmer for programmers. It covers the JDBC 2.0 standard, plus Oracle's proprietary extensions. Don't be fooled by the title, this book can be used as a generic JDBC guide as well as provide specific knowledge about Oracle's extensions. Part I is an introduction to JDBC. Part II has chapters dedicated to establishing a connection in each client environment: an application, an applet, a servlet, or an internal stored procedure. It also covers the JDBC 2.0 optional package and Oracle's advanced security. Part III is all about using JDBC with a relational database. Part IV expands on Part III for use against an object-relational technology. Part V covers the essentials that everyone needs to know.

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An older version, but the concepts are still the same if you are learning how to implement Java and Oracle Databases then it is a great read but other then that you won't really need it.
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Oracle JDBC gets a good treatment. 20 Dec. 2001
By L. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm prototyping an Oracle database application "engine" for use in a planning and estimation application (as in project management). The idea was to use Java and Oracle 8i's object-relational features, specifically to take advantage of performance improvements and generally to get the advantages of object oriented design. I had reached the point of implementing Oracle's CustomDatum interface when I got this book. I was initially disappointed when I opened the book and found it discussed on the last eleven pages of the section on Object-Relational SQL. But then I read the Introduction, the first chapter, and on and on....
It's immediately obvious Mr. Bales is familiar with actual process of developing real applications. He has presented this complex and complicated subject in a direct and pleasant manner for advanced programmers. Relatively new to Java but very familiar with Oracle, I found his organization of the material very helpful - and the sections on Relational SQL and Object-Relational SQL based on sound knowledge and experience. Mr. Bales includes a final Section on Essentials where he discusses transactions and locking, performance and trouble shooting - all very practical and extremely useful if you are developing serious applications. And yes, those last eleven pages were very helpful.
I have not found a book that addresses using Oracle JDBC in application development directly, and have found few books that address database application development very well - but this book does both. One small thing I thought was missing were guidelines for using weakly typed object SQL vice strongly typed - in other areas good advice was offered.
Before I bought this book, I used Oracle's documentation at otn.oracle.com. This required a file of bookmarks, several large block diagrams, lots of notes and much patience. It's much better to start with this book - and get a well-organized and coherent view along with practical advice and examples, before wading into Oracle's extensive documentation.
Larry Johnson
KeepItSimpleEngineering,Inc. (...)
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An excellent coverage of Oracle's implementation of JDBC 21 Feb. 2002
By Ajith Kallambella - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent coverage of Oracle's implementation of JDBC, this book beats your expectations
Meet the middle ground where the strengths of Java and Oracle work in synergy - the JDBC. Whether making simple database connections or using the Oracle 8i's sophisticated object-relational features, the authors peel the onion very well with detailed information and cleverly written examples. After a brief overview of JDBC, several different types of database clients are discussed in detail - the applets, the Servlets, the Server side internal drivers and those managed by J2EE using JNDI and connection pooling.
A whole section is dedicated to modes of interaction between Java programs and the JDBC API such as using cursors, submitting prepared statements and ResultSet manipulation. A great deal of good advice is offered to help you choose between the options. The chapter on Object-Relational SQL covers broad ground on both Weakly Typed Object SQL and Strongly Typed Object SQL.
Enterprise essentials such as Security, locking, transaction management supports for data encryption and SSL issues, performance tuning and testing strategies - are addressed in detail. This book is treasure trove if newer feats of Oracle are of Interest to you. I found immediate application for features such as creating object tables and column objects based on user-defined data types, support for really big streaming data types such as BFILEs and LONG RAW and batch processing for my project.
Overall, this book has everything you need to learn, know and master in order to leverage the essential two great technologies - JDBC and Oracle. Every serious Java developer should have this at arms reach.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An O'Reilly book. 28 May 2002
By Slavik Dimitrovich - Published on Amazon.com
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In general, I liked this book. It is what you would expect from O'Reilly. Detailed enough, but not wordy. Very practical, yet not simplistic. The book addresses most of the issues that real-life developers face every day.
It covers establishing database connection in sufficient details, all basic SQL commands and the best practices on using them. Highlights the differences between Statement, PreparedStatement, and CallableStatement and zooms in on Oracle way of implementing them.
Shows quite a few little "cotchas" that are not easy to spot on your own.
I didn't find chapters on object-relational SQL very useful, but I guess that the book should have had that for completeness of coverage.
Also, I'd like to argue with author's performance tests. The author used INSERT statement for tests, but it is SELECT statement that incurres additional overhead of metadata passing. If the author used SELECT statements when comparing performance of Statement vs. PreparedStatement, he would probably found PreparedStatement perform better. Also his tests assume single user database connection. If there are many (like hundreds) of open database connections, PreparedStatement will scale better because of database-side caching. Especially if you can use Oracle MTS.
But this is really not that important, the book is not about JDBC performance tuning.
I also totally agree with the statement that the author keeps repeating throughout the book: "Use the set-oriented nature of SQL to its fullest". That's the best single pefrormance improvement that one can do to JDBC-related code.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who is working with Oracle JDBC. Our team has been using Oracle JDBC for about 2 years now, and yet after reading this book I could easily spot at least three problems in our design/code.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Well written, but out of date 30 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Let me start by saying that had I purchased this book 2 years ago when it was first released, I would have given it 5 stars.
This is a very well-written book, with good explanations and sample code. However, the book is fairly out of date, and much of the performance tuning suggestions he makes don't really apply as much when using the latest Oracle JDBC drivers and Oracle9 database. This book covers Oracle 8.1.6, and a lot of changes have been made between that release and 8.1.7 and Oracle9.
I recommend the newer "Oracle 9i JDBC Programming" book by Jason Price for much more current coverage of this topic.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
average book 24 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Looks like most of the material came from oracle documentation. Examples are very basic
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