- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 Oct. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565926757
- ISBN-13: 978-1565926752
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.2 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,475,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Guide to Oracle8i Features Paperback – 11 Oct 1999
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O'Reilly Books are an essential part of the library of any developer or system administrator. One of their many series, all with bright orange spines, is devoted to the tools and technologies used to develop Oracle applications. The latest release of Oracle's database, 8i, has a truckload of new features, and this book is here to help you learn how to use them.
You'll need to be a proficient PL/SQL programmer to get the best out of this book. It's intended as a companion for the much larger Oracle PL/SQL Programming, and so don't buy this if you're after an introduction to developing for Oracle. With it you'll learn about the new programming features introduced with Oracle 8i, including native dynamic SQL, new security features and how to use Java with PL/SQL. There are plenty of code samples, and the explanations are clear and concise. You'll find a disk at the back of the book full of sample code and examples. It's unusual to find a floppy in this day and age, but the code is all useful and well worth experimenting with. The Guide to Oracle 8i Features is for keeping on your desk, especially if you're starting to upgrade your databases from an earlier release.--Simon Bisson
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This concise and engaging guide will give you a jump start on the new PL/SQL features of Oracle8i (Oracle's revolutionary "Internet database"). It covers autonomous transactions, invoker rights, native dynamic SQL, bulk binds and collects, system-level database triggers, new built-in packages, fine-grained access control, calling Java methods from within PL/SQL, and much more. Includes a diskette containing 100 files of reusable source code and examples.See all Product description
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At first, his use of "real world" scenarios as code examples was annoying -- and eventually it became offensive. I respect Mr. Feuerstein's personal beliefs and his right to have them; however, they are wholly inappropriate in a technical book. Using pick_nato_targets (with input parameters such as "maternity_ward_ok" and "civilian_casualties") is grossly offensive, even if someone happens to share his beliefs.
The examples are distracting, and do not add anything to the text in any way. Everyone to whom I have shown this book was appalled at the examples. The technical editor in our office was horrified, and most of the other developers who have seen this book will not purchase it. None of us wish to be preached at, or be the target of condescending and offensive examples.
Please let me stress that I respect Mr. Feuerstein's opinions -- but if he wants to write political opinions, he should be using a different forum, not a PL/SQL technical reference. The political content of this book is completely unprofessional, inappropriate, and embarrassing. I expect this kind of proselytizing in the editorial page of the local paper, not in a technical reference book.
However, the technical content of the book is very good (as are all the Oracle texts from O'Reilly). I will probably continue to use it as a reference.
And of course the content is out of date. The nature of the beast is that some of the stuff is no longer relevant, and some is hopelessly wrong in light of rethinks. But for the most part, the stuff could still be useful to a DBA getting a start in the Oracle world I suppose, or a newbie to SQLPLUS.
Some find the political content out of place, some find it offensive. Personally I reckon some writers think they have a golden pen and so get a pass, but the rule has always been don't talk politics or sport unless you are writing about those subjects. It's a distraction at best and a waste of a tree at worst.
But what drags this collection down to three stars is the search technology, which is based on Java and no longer works in a post 7.mumble world. An unsearchable e-book is about as much use as a ham sandwich at a Jewish wedding in my opinion, especially an e-book compiled as a series of html pages stored in separate files, and most of the reason for going e-book rather than paper is lost.
This collection was already open to criticism on content grounds. Unsearchable it is a two star experience.
When I first started looking at the CD, I wondered how I would best make use of this reference. I tried reading it on my monitor, starting on the first page and continuing on from there, but after awhile I realized that wasn't going to work. I then started playing with the text searching capabilities provided on the CD. What I found is that O'Reilly has done a very nice job of first indexing and then implementing electronic searches. I am now using the CD exclusively as a reference via this search. Although I didn't know it then, I now believe that is the best way to use the reference if you have some prior knowledge of PL/SQL. I now keep the CD at work, consulting it whenever I need to refresh my memory on how best to write PL/SQL. If you have no prior experience with PL/SQL or you don't like reading books on-line, consider just purchasing the soft-cover components of the bookshelf. However, if you are like me and have some experience in the area, this bookshelf is an indispensable part of the Oracle reference library.
One last thought. Although the bookshelf is great, I do have a problem with it. The collection is dated. The CD covers PL/SQL through to version 8.0 of the Oracle RDBMS. A soft-cover book, included in the distribution but not on the CD, includes new features provided with Oracle 8i. That leaves a sizable hole in that PL/SQL features introduced with Oracle 9i are not discussed. I suspect that even as I write this Steve Feuerstein et. al. are hard at work filling that void. In the meantime this collection is the best PL/SQL reference for Oracle 8i.
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