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Oracle9i For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) [Paperback]

Ned Dana , Carol McCullough-Dieter
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15 Jan 2002 For Dummies (Computers)
If you have Oracle9i, you have the database to beat all databases. Besides being among the cream of the crop when it comes to relational database packages, Oracle9i is one of the more complex. Oracle9i does some amazingly fancy things, but the easy things are sometimes tricky. Oracle9i For Dummies covers the tough stuff in a straightforward and conversational manner, touching on key points and new features. This friendly guide leads you through a complete tour of Oracle9i, hitting the highlights the object relational world and these important product components: Enterprise Manager Console Major DBA tools SQL ∗Plus XML Developer′s Kit Dataspeak Java applets If you′re new to relationship databases, you′re bound to appreciate the many examples of simple database designs in Oracle9i For Dummies . As you consider each example, you begin to get a feel for how relational databases are used to model real–world situations. The down–to–earth coverage includes Getting to know the meat and potatoes of SQL Befriending Schema Manager elements Making the most of Oracle9i′s built–in functions Traveling back in time with Flashback Queries Connecting relational tables with objects Creating a role and assigning object privileges Knowing why, what, when, and how to back up your data – and where to store it The majority of the subject matter in this friendly – and believe it or not, fun – book applies to PCs, Macs, and mainframes and to all platforms from Windows to MacOS to UNIX. (Oracle9i′s primary tools, Enterprise Manager and Console, have caught the Java wave and use the same mouse–driven screens no matter what operating system you’re using.) With Oracle9i For Dummies, you won′t be able to use the "no experience" excuse when you face the task of building, using, or administering an Oracle database. This is the guide that packs in all you need to put Oracle9i to work – starting today!

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (15 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764508806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764508806
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,326,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Oracle9i For Dummies, author Carol McCullough takes the complexity out of the features available in Oracle9i and Enterprise Manager version 2.2 and makes them easy to understand. She'll cover the most important features of Oracle9i, including how to: Change a table's structure more easily and convert LONG datatype columns to LOB datatype quickly with the ALTER TABLE command; Configure and schedule backup and recovery more easily through new features of the Recovery Manager tool; Fix mistakes with self-service error recovery (supported through a new feature of SQL itself); Use Flashback query, a tool to query past states of the database; Get the most out of the Virtual Private Database, a concept that was introduced in Oracle8i and is expanded upon with the introduction of Oracle Internet Directory - a web-based tool displaying files and directories. It includes a web-based Self-Service Administration Servlet with which users administer their own personalized data over the Web; Create XML documents quickly.

The audience for this book includes programmers, database administrators and systems analysts who are new to Oracle9i (no previous experience with databases is required), or are upgrading from a previous version.

About the Author

Carol McCullough–Dieter, a veteran database designer and trainer, is the author of many books on Oracle products, including Oracle8I For Dummies and Oracle8 Bible.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit simplistic 28 Jun 2004
I think most readers will want a little more depth [even in a book from the 'Dummies' series] than presented here by the author. As a basic introduction to Oracle 9i, it doesn't really suffice. While 9i constitues a wide subject area, you cannot keep getting away with saying, 'this is beyond the bounds of this title etc..'
I think overall the Dummies series isn't best suited to complex subject matters such as this. They just constrain the author too much.
Potential buyers are much better off looking elsewhere, such as the Person Professional series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oracle 9i - Get started Right Now 28 Jun 2002
By VINU JOSHI - Certified Oracle DBA - Published on
Every Oracle User regardless of his/her expertise level will agree with me when I say that it is difficult to find one single book on any Oracle version that provides comprehensive knowledge. Most of us need to open hundreds of pages to locate what we are looking for. However the exception for this is one book: "Oracle9i for Dummies" written by Carol McCullough-Dieter.
Like Windows Explorer, this book will help you explore features of Oracle9i, and like GPS navigator, this book will take you to your destination with absolutely no mistake and no additional reading. If you are a supporter of Bill Gates, like me, then this book will help you to use the OEM GUI interface to understand Oracle9i. On the other hand, if you are using Sun, the traditional SQL*Plus commands included in the book will help you explore Oracle9i without a GUI interface. This one book will help both parties (Windows / Unix) to understand Oracle9i.
If you are planning to become Oracle developer then the first three chapters will give you great confidence in understanding what SQL is. And if you have plans to become a DBA, simply one chapter (chapter 5) will give you jump-start. When you read Part IV on performance tuning, you may feel jealous that consultants like me are paid $75/hr for doing such a simple job. In reality, performance tuning is a very complex task but Carol has presented this in such a simple manner that one should think "Oracle Performance Tuning" is a piece of cake. If you have plans to use Oracle for e-business then Chapter 13 and Chapter 14 will help you to learn how Java and XML are linked with Oracle9i.
After reading Chapter 18, you will be surprised to find how easy it is to launch the OEM Console in a web browser and you will be amazed to see literally hundreds of useful reports when you follow her simple steps to create/publish reports.
In brief, whether you want to become an Oracle Developer, a DBA, or you want to use Oracle for e-business, this book should help you to get started within the shortest time frame and this book should help you to start your Oracle Career with a very solid foundation. It is really hard to consolidate everything into one small book (368 pages excluding glossary and index). However the author has proven her ability and competence to do this most difficult task.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good guide to Oracle 9i. 15 Dec 2004
By Mike Verbeeck - Published on
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Since long time ago I was interested in making a fist approach to Oracle DB. The first information I collected through the internet was confusing and difficult. Thanks to Carol's excellent book I got finally on my way. It covers all what you need to know, starting from the very basic. All was carefully explained in easy language that everybody can understand. I do really recommend this book for anybody whishing to get a hands-on guide to Oracle 9i. It takes the myth out of Oracle DB and makes you feel that it is possible to understand and use the main futures of this software. The only thing I should add is a step by step chapter on how to correctly install the oracle software and the most common mistakes to avoid during this process. Very often people who read this book are also installing for the first time the software. As a nice plus, Carol does answer emails that are directed to her.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book for Oracle Beginners 7 May 2003
By Stansay - Published on
If you are new to Oracle, or are making a transition to Oracle, then this is the book you want to have. Its simple and yet at the same time touches on a whole lot of Oracle concepts that one actually needs to know to start of with. You will actually be doing a whole lot of Oracle after going thru this book, which I consider an excellent enterance into the world of Oracle.
A must buy for all who wish to get into Oracle.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Starting Point 6 Aug 2002
By Mark Genovese - Published on
This book is a great for the developer or DBA looking to gain a thorough understanding of the basics. Coming from a SQL Server environment, it was difficult learning from other texts that would focus on specific topics (usually DBA related) and fail to answer the questions. This book was the exception. It will not turn you into a guru overnight, but it will provide the foundation needed.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Broad Overview 15 Nov 2002
By Ex-Nerd - Published on
If you are looking for a book on the Oracle data base management system that covers a broad enough scope, has enough details to be useful, and does not get bogged down in too much detail, then this book is an excellent choice. The author approachs Oracle 9i as though you had just installed the desktop version on your PC. Therefore, you are BOTH administrator AND user, and you need to make this thing work for you. From that starting point, the book details (with a nice sense of humor) what you need to know, and also exactly DO, to put Oracle 9i to work, including use of the Object-Oriented extensions. Topics range from startup to shutdown, with backup and performance tuning in between. Also coming along for free, so to speak, are introductions to Java and XML, that you can probably save for the future when you may need to know more about them. In summary, this book will get you up-to-speed on using Oracle with minimum hassle. And the price is much better here than in Paris, where I saw it displayed for...
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