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Oracle Database 11g Building Oracle XML DB Applications (Oracle Press) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Firstly, the order in which the chapters are delivered are just wrong. The book is split into three parts, Basic Concepts, Managing Oracle XML Database and Building XML Applications. However, the introduction says:
"In General, this book is written so that you can work through examples and update your knowledge of Oracle XML technologies in Oracle Database 11g".
If that's the case, how can you have XML DB Installation at Chapter 11, a good 200 pages into the book when the first example your expected to use it is on page 7? It also uses JDeveloper from the beginning but this is not covered until Chapter 16!!!
One of the key drivers is the storage mechanisms for XML DB as you have a choice of four. However this is not covered until Chapter 12, and given all the examples are using different types, it can be quite confusing and distracting if at one point they use one storage type, and in the next example they use another. In other words, they don't build the foundations of knowledge first, so you are left asking more questions than before as you work through the book. All in all makes the learning process ten times more confusing than it should be if they had thought through
Secondly, the vast majority of examples are all in Java, and are client based Java snippet programs. If Java was to be used, I would expect it to be in the database, not standalone. Many of the Java programs don't even connect to the database until Chapter 9...
If you need to understand XML DB, this can not be your only method, you will need OTN and various forums. I originally bought this on Amazon for Kindle, where I use store all my technical books on my laptop for quick access (as I am a contractor), but the code was so small it was unreadable and unusable, so I bought the physical book.
The only reason this is not a ONE star is because the code is available for download.
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The minuses are that many of the topics are not covered in any depth, the examples are barely explained at all and many do needlessly complex things which just obscures the point that the author is presumably trying to illustrate.
I am fairly proficient using the XML features of SQL Server and I was hoping this book would help me learn how to do the equivalent tasks in Oracle. Sadly it has not.
The book is written a very readable style with plenty of code examples. I particularly like the tips and tricks in this book. This is the most up-to-date and practical Oracle XML programming book.