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Oracle Essentials: Oracle9i, Oracle8i and Oracle8: Oracle9i, Orcle8i and Oracle8 [Paperback]

Rick Greenwald , Robert Stackowiak , Jonathan Stern
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22 Jun 2001 0596001797 978-0596001797 2

The second edition of O'Reilly's bestselling Oracle Essentials has been updated to include the latest Oracle release, Oracle9i.Oracle Essentials distills an enormous amount of information about Oracle's myriad technologies and releases into a compact, easy-to-read volume filled with focused text, illustrations, and helpful hints. Oracle9i promises to be an even more significant upgrade than Oracle8i, offering such major features as Real Application Clusters, flashback queries, Oracle personalization, clickstream intelligence, and Oracle Database Cache and Web Cache; it also promises significant improvements in Oracle's business intelligence, XML integration, high availability, and management capabilities. The book includes overviews of these features, as well as the new Oracle9I Application Server (Oracle9iAS) and Oracle9i Portal.The book contains chapters on:

  • Oracle products, options, and overall architecture for Oracle9i and other recent releases
  • Installing and running Oracle: creating databases, configuring Net8 (known as Oracle Net in Oracle9i), starting up and shutting down Oracle
  • Oracle data structures, datatypes, and ways of extending datatypes
  • Managing Oracle: security, the Oracle Enterprise Manager, fragmentation and reorganization, and backup and recovery
  • Oracle networking, monitoring, and tuning
  • Multi-user concurrency, online transaction processing (OLTP), and high availability
  • Hardware architectures (e.g., SMP, MPP, NUMA) and their impact on Oracle
  • Data warehousing and distributed databases
  • Oracle9i, Oracle8i, and the Web, including the latest Java, web, and XML technologies, interMedia, Oracle9i Application Server, and Oracle9i Portal
For new Oracle users, DBAs, developers, and managers, Oracle Essentials is an all-in-one introduction to the full range of Oracle features and technologies, including the just-released Oracle9i features. But even if you already have a library full of Oracle documentation, this compact book is the one you'll turn to, again and again, as your one-stop, truly essential reference.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (22 Jun 2001)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0596001797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596001797
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,866,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In attempting to provide technical descriptions for the full breadth of Oracle's product set, Oracle Essentials does not lack for ambition. Herein are descriptions of Oracle's system files and processes and their interactions, plus the whole range of database features (from data-types and data-storage mechanisms, through security and performance features and including coverage of Oracle's support for parallel processing, OLTP systems, data warehousing and distributed systems). Installation and database maintenance, as well as the more common database development tasks, are also covered.

All of the above is well written but in necessarily concise terms, meaning Oracle Essentials is likely to be of insufficient depth to the day-to-day Oracle user. However Oracle Essentials is an excellent introduction to, and overview of, Oracle technology, especially for those looking to fill the void between the Oracle sales brochures and the many doorstopper reference manuals. --Michael O'Connor


'excellent overview'. Computer Bulletin, November 2001 (****)

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an excellent overview!!! 24 Oct 2001
By A Customer
As a book to provide the reader with a profound overview of what Oracle is about, it is more than useful, also the comparison between the 3 major versions of oracle (8,8i,9i) was intuitive. The book is useful to beginners as well as a reference to experienced users who may need to read up on some theory.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing lack of details 26 Oct 2004
Normally any book from O'Reilly is great for focusing practical information to get you up and running. Not so with Oracle Essentialls. This book provides an overview of Oracle theory, with very little detail for actual usage.
Example: Tools for Creating Databases. The book mentions you can use the java GUI or the "character-mode scripts". Unfortunately, no advice is given on where to locate the GUI or the character-mode scripts. Further, no examples of running the scripts exist at all - not even the name!
In all, I found this a disappointing offering. If you're looking for a broad overview of Oracle this might be a useful book. If you actually need to bring an Oracle system up and running, this won't be much help.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Essential...if you're familiar with Oracle already 12 July 2001
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Having read the first chapter and a half in this book, I find this book harder to read than other books. It assumes that you are somehow familiar with the mechanics of how Oracle systems work. I guess if you are already familiar with Oracle, this book would be a good companion book; but if you're like me...trying to learn Oracle, you will need to read this book over VERY carefully since the author is not really clear in what he has to say. Therefore I recommend this book for seasoned professionals, but not beginners trying to learn Oracle.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, and very informative!! 8 Jan 2002
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I picked this book up to re-aquaint myself with Oracle. As a developer, I typically only dive into SQL-PLUS and data modeling. This book explains everything a developer needs to know about the vast, and I mean VAST feature set of Oracle. Plus this book brought me up to speed on 9i... Such as features in 9i such as Real Application Clusters, a new XML datatype, and the CREATE TABLE... AS SELECT.
This book is perfect for an application developer, an IT manager, or a beginning DBA new to Oracle. This book is worth twice its price!! Kudos to Greenwald, Stern, and Stackowiak.
3.0 out of 5 stars Looking for more technical help 22 Jan 2003
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Since I wear the dba hat, developer hat, and all the other hats on this large (2 billion + data points) Oracle database, I need help for infrequent activities, like installing an upgrade (8.0 to 9i), migrating tables that are upwards of 20GB each, and making sure the new server is setup/configured optimally for the data warehouse. Based on the customer reviews, I bought this book. The level of technical help is insufficient in my specific areas of interest. The last book I bought for this was excellent, The Black Book for Oracle8 and Windows NT. And the books I bought from Oracle Press were also excellent. This book was not as helpful. The Oracle DBA Pocket Checklist is helpful, but you will need lots more than this book if you are the infrequent dba. So back to using Oracle Support and Oracle Press....
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book to keep for reference 20 Feb 2003
By Connie X. - Published on
This book gives you not only detailed explaination on very facet of Oracle in a plain, easy to understand language but also displays a clear map of how each components related and how they work together. That is, in my opinion, very important to understand Oracle.
The book gives a high-level overview of almost everything. Totally worth the money.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too deep, Not too wide, Good for a little experienced 29 Oct 2001
By Wlasiuk Krzysztof - Published on
After that You will have good understanding of Oracle basics, but for deeper knowledge You must find other books! Language not to difficult, helpful images.
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