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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne; 2 edition (1 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071829237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071829236
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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John Watson is an OCP DBA 8.0, 8.i, 9i, 10g, 11g; Interrnet Application Server Administrator; and certified on Managing Oracle on Unix. He is a senior consultant with BLP Management Consultants, and taught for Oracle University in South Africa for four years. John taught the DB10g New Features course and the DB10g Manageability and Performance seminars. He validated hundreds of OCP 10g New Features exam questions and contributed to the course material for all the 10g courses. John is the author of numerous articles on technology.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR MARTIN KERR on 9 Dec. 2014
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This has to be one of the best database books I've read.

Although the aim of this book is to assist you with the exam it ultimately makes you a better DBA.

I've been a DBA for 10 or so years so never really picked the book up (work copy) but when I did I couldn't put it down! The sections are short and to the point, with "on the job" and "exam watch" tips throughout the book that are very informative and again to the point.

This is not a solve this problem reference book but a well written introduction or refresher guide to Oracle and it's processes. An excellent read for new and experienced DBA's alike, even if you're not going to take the test I can't recommend this book enough, it's a wonderful refresher and a superb guide to questions you thought you were too experienced to ask!

The Self test questions are very good too, with the answers on the next page, no need to scurry to the end of the book to see if you're right.

You will not regret buying this book, I'll certainly be looking out for more from this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
To study for Oracle exam 1Z0-062 this is the one book you should consider (in addition to the Oracle 12c technical manuals) 20 Dec. 2014
By Mark R. Jorgensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Study of no single book will get you a pass on the 1Z0-062 Oracle Database 12c Certified Associate exam - you will have to spend many dozens of hours with the Oracle technical documentation. I have identified and used nineteen Oracle 11g manuals that had content relevant to the exam. But if you want a book that will help you study this is the one I recommend.

I have an online version of this book available at work through my employer but as I want to step up my study for Oracle exam 1Z0-062 I ordered the paperback edition to read when not at work. Had not Mr. Watson's skillful technical writing and mastery of the subject been excellent in most respects I would not have bothered to order the paper edition. I have compared the exam topics and the book's contents and everything is reasonably covered. Mr. Watson's treatment of the topics is good, sufficiently detailed and understandable. In most chapters I found the descriptions and explanations to be exemplary technical writing. Each chapter presents a coherent treatment of its subject. In short, this book is excellent in most respects -- it is one of the best books on Oracle I have ever seen or used. Now that I have read all the chapters I could find no significant mistakes which are often the bane of such books.

The technical editor at Oracle Press likely also deserves some credit for this excellent book. The Total Tester practice exam bundled with the book has fairly good questions and answers to test your knowledge.

Even though this book has my five-star recommendation it should be used as an introduction and not a substitute for study of the Oracle technical manuals. I have passed earlier OCA's by reading the Oracle manuals alone but Mr. Watson's book is a handy one-stop reference for exam prep. So if you are going to buy one book to prepare for the 1Z0-062 exam this is the one you should get. But absolutely do not neglect reading and consulting the Oracle 12c technical documentation available at the Oracle website and, perhaps needless to add, all relevant hands-on experience as a dba will help you imprint that knowledge. In that respect the hands-on-exercises in the chapters are useful.

Addendum (Feb 2015): After reading every chapter in this book and reviewing the Self-Test questions at the end of each chapter I believe there are some minor errors here and there. For example, in the Oracle on-line documentation it is stated "Be aware that RESOURCE no longer provides the UNLIMITED TABLESPACE system privilege." Therefore Chapter 8, Self-Test Question 2 has only a partially correct answer. Note that in the actual Oracle exam 1Z0-062 there is no partial credit for partially correct answers. Likewise there are some other Self-Test questions and answers in other chapters that are similarly muddled or incorrect. From my brief survey of the blogosphere apparently a number of DBAs are not aware of this specific change in 12c. Still I consider this one of the best Oracle exam prep books I have used.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book from a smart brain 21 May 2014
By Rafiq - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must have for anyone prepping for the 12c Install and Amin Exam. It is the most comprehensive book so far and covers all topics in the exam. For production environment however, you will need to supplement it with other 12c Admin books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An excellent and highly recommended book for prospective and practising DBAs 16 May 2014
By D May - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It covers all the exam objectives, nicely highlighted. Furthermore, the author is teaching you to be a DBA. This is not just an exam crammer. There are any number of best practices, practical examples, and usage cases.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
... read half of it and I think its a great book, easy to understand 14 Aug. 2014
By Ricardo Acosta - Published on Amazon.com
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I think its a great book, easy to understand, gives great detail about every topic and at the end of each chapter it has some questions that i find really usefull to test yourself.
Supplemental Documents Necessary to Pass the OCA Exam 5 Feb. 2015
By KM Enterprises - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
DO NOT rely on this as your sole study material. Supplement this book with the Oracle software manuals for a thorough understanding if you want to have any chance of passing the test. This is a good starting point for people new to Oracle Database software. The thing I like most about the book are the exercises that allow the reader to get hands-on experience using the different components of the database. I've read this book backwards and forwards several times. However, questions on the actual test will ask about scenarios and components not thoroughly outlined in the book which is why you must supplement this with another source of information.
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