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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072230657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072230659
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 4.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 885,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Effective Oracle by Design [provides] a lot of examples and tips that you
can use everyday.
-- Oraclehome.co.uk, July 2006

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Streamline Application Development with Help from an Oracle Expert

Oracle guru Tom Kyte has written the definitive guide to designing and building high-performance, scalable Oracle applications. Providing detailed code examples throughout, Tom teaches proactive and efficient methods to develop and tune Oracle applications that fully exploit the database. You'll learn how to maximize the built-in functionality of the tools you're using in order to achieve the best results possible. From the exclusive publisher of Oracle Press books, this is a must-have resource for all Oracle developers and DBAs.

  • Use SQL*Plus, TKPROF, STATSPACK, JDeveloper, and other tools
  • Take advantage of Oracle's scalable architectural implementations
  • Handle administration with SPFILES, Oracle Managed Files, and Automatic Segment Space Management
  • Use archivelog mode, RMAN, and Data Guard for bulletproof backup and recovery
  • Improve statement processing by using bind variables and reducing parsing
  • Make full use of the Cost Based Optimizer (CBO)
  • Choose data structures that result in effectively designed schemas
  • Write efficient SQL statements and high-performance PL/SQL code
  • Learn invaluable techniques from an Oracle insider

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The previous work by the same author, "Expert one-on-one: Oracle", got an average of 5/5 stars and more than 50 reviews, which is of course an outstanding result for any book, but especially for books about Oracle, which aren't normally so well-received by the readers community (to say the least). Well, I'm sure that this book is going to get the same success.
Thomas Kyte is well known for being an excellent writer, and in fact the material is presented here in a clear, concise yet complete manner, and it's very easy to follow the discussion and reproduce the examples.
The examples themselves are one of the greatest strengths of this book, because they illustrate, and prove, the topics discussed (and so what is written is *reliable*, which is of course a fundamental property for any technical book, but a quality seldom found in other Oracle tomes). At the same time, the examples (written mostly in SQL and PL/SQL) teach you a lot about how to code appropriately (the Author being a well-known SQL guru), showing e.g. syntactic variations, useful Oracle-supplied packages, new Oracle extensions ... I strongly believe that in order to be a good developer you must be exposed to high quality code, and reading this book is an excellent way to achieve this (well, I learnt more about SQL and PL/SQL from Thomas Kyte's books than from other books dedicated exclusively to SQL and PL/SQL programming).
The book is also magic - it can read your mind. Yes, I had in store a couple of non-trivial questions to be asked on asktom.oracle.com, and I found the answers in the book!
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This is possibly one of the best technical books I have ever read - I can't believe I have been taking a wage based on my skills as an Oracle developer considering the huge gaps in my knowlege that have been highlighted by this tome.
Usually I shy away from large technical volumes because I know from experience they just sit, gathering dust, on my bookshelves. However, this book is so well written it is actually like pleasure reading. If I did have a criticism it would be that the author really pushes his mantra of "do your own benchmarking", consequently every point he makes has lenghthy examples of tests he has run along side it. Sometimes it just makes you think, "OK, I believe you, now lets get on with it". This is a minor quibble, the book is a reference, not meant to be read from cover to cover (although I did) and also much can be learnt from just looking at the code he is writing.
If you have anything to do with Oracle in your working life, other than being the most low level user, you need to read this book.
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By Mr. D. S. Stadler VINE VOICE on 9 April 2005
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I have enjoyed this book a great deal. Kyte offers strategy as well as tactics. His section about Oracle architecture may be unique and is certainly unmatched.
The only criticisms I can offer is that this book is rather long for what it offers and sometimes neglects to show the whys as well as the hows.
An example is with bind variables. Kyte certainly tells you how to do it but I had to learn the why and when (and when not to) from an O'Reilly book. Kyte makes the point that rarely is there a majic bullet within Oracle, that many techniques work well in many or most situations. But he soemtimes doesn't offer the theory which might lead to a good guess on what will work in your situation....
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