This is a big book packed with lots of Oracle insider knowledge including, among other topics, what the various Oracle server processes and files do, what's happening inside the database during a transaction, and the real meaning of the various options available in Oracle's DML and DDL SQL statements. The likely impact of design decisions on application behaviour and performance is also discussed, particularly where this relates to using, or not using, a database feature.
Expert One-on-One: Oracle is likely to be a valuable resource for both Oracle system designers and application developers looking to find out what's really going on inside the database, albeit one that is likely to be dipped into from time to time rather than read from cover to cover. --Michael O'Connor
This special signature edition includes a CD that contains a searchable PDF version of the book and a sample chapter from the forthcoming 10g edition which will be released in fall 2005.
This remains the defining book on the older 8i Oracle database if you are a developer or DBA who works with Oracle-driven database applications. You will encounter wisdom on designing, developing, and administering these applications from one of the world's foremost Oracle experts, Thomas Kyte.
The book covers every important feature and function of the 8i version of Oracle, and it is unique in the technical depth and insight that it provides on each topic. This book will show you how to expertly program with the database and exploit its feature set effectively. The result: you will build fast, effective, scalable, and secure Oracle applications.