9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
deep and detailed, yet surprisingly easy to follow,
This review is from: Cost-Based Oracle Fundamentals: v. 1 (Expert's Voice in Oracle) (Paperback)
Outstanding and excellent book - and I'm saying this after six months of reading and re-reading, and running and studying the provided scripts, and even performing my own investigations starting from the book's test cases.
It has been surprisingly easy to understand the material, even if I didn't know most of the things discussed. Reading has flown seamlessly, not exactly like reading a novel, but close enough for a technical book about the very complex CBO - and that was something I didn't expect at all, a very very nice surprise.
The most fundamental topics (the first ones are selectivity, cardinality, etc) being right at the beginning, I didn't need to read the whole book to start using the new knowledge effectively in practice, thus getting the "morale boost" that motivated me to read the next chapter, and then the next ... adding layer after layer of knowledge.
I also *loved* the high level of detail, which is absolutely necessary to understand the complex CBO, and the precise and succinct writing style as well, which makes for an easier and quicker learning. When speaking about mathematical subjects (since the CBO is just that of course - a mathematical model), it's mandatory to be precise and detailed: vague statements would only add confusion or, worstly, misunderstanding.
To recap - I've got home a vastly improved understanding of the CBO - and for a fraction of the effort I thought it would have taken.
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