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Expert Oracle Database Architecture Paperback – 5 Nov 2014
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About the Author
Thomas Kyte is vice president of the Core Technologies Group at Oracle Corporation and has been with the company since version 7.0.9 was released in 1993. Kyte, however, has been working with Oracle since version 5.1.5c. At Oracle, Kyte works with the Oracle database, and more specifically, he helps clients who are using the Oracle database and works directly with them specifying and building their systems or rebuilding and tuning them. Prior to working at Oracle, Kyte was a systems integrator who built large-scale, heterogeneous databases and applications for military and government clients.Tom Kyte is the same "Ask Tom" whose column appears in Oracle Magazine, where he answers questions about the Oracle database and tools that developers and database administrators struggle with every day.
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Tom's book gives DBAs the ammunition to combat the "We don't need to know how the database works, our persistence layer does all that work for us." mindset that is so prevalent in the application development industry today.
Expert Oracle Database Architecture should be required reading for any developer building applications on an Oracle Database. I can't count the number of times I've seen development teams rebuild functionality (poorly) that is included directly in the database. Or those same teams make design decisions without understanding the implications of those decisions because they've learned things like "Transactions are expensive resources that must be saved." or "We created an index and the database didn't use it, so indexes don't work."
A team that builds applications against Oracle without understanding the concepts in this book is a team that will be wasting a ton of time fixing code that has been deployed which is the most expensive code in the word to fix! The least expensive code in the world to fix: Code that hasn't been written yet.
If you don't own this book already, get this today! This book has certainly made me a better developer/designer. You may also want to look at the 2nd edition which is about $20 cheaper.
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