Secrets of the Oracle Database

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Apress, Jun 2, 2009 - Computers - 450 pages
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Secrets of the Oracle Database is the definitive guide to undocumented and partially-documented features of the Oracle Database server. Covering useful but little-known features from Oracle Database 9 through Oracle Database 11, this book will improve your efficiency as an Oracle database administrator or developer. Norbert Debes shines the light of day on features that help you master more difficult administrative, tuning, and troubleshooting tasks than you ever thought possible.

Finally, in one place, you have at your fingertips knowledge that previously had to be acquired through years of experience and word of mouth through knowing the right people. What Norbert writes is accurate, well-tested, well-illustrated by clear examples, and sure to improve your ability to make an impact on your day-to-day work with Oracle.

Table of Contents
  1. Partially Documented Parameters
  2. Hidden Initialization Parameters
  3. Introduction to Data Dictionary Base Tables
  4. IND$, V$OBJECT_USAGE, and Index Monitoring
  5. Event 10027 and Deadlock Diagnosis
  6. Event 10046 and Extended SQL Trace
  7. Event 10053 and the Cost Based Optimizer
  8. Event 10079 and Oracle Net Packet Contents
  9. Introduction to X$ Fixed Tables
  10. X$BH and Latch Contention
  11. X$KSLED and Enhanced Session Wait Data
  12. X$KFFXP and ASM Metadata
  13. ALTER SESSION/SYSTEM SET EVENTS
  14. ALTER SESSION SET CURRENT_SCHEMA
  15. ALTER USER IDENTIFIED BY VALUES
  16. SELECT FOR UPDATE SKIP LOCKED
  17. DBMS_BACKUP_RESTORE
  18. DBMS_IJOB
  19. DBMS_SCHEDULER
  20. DBMS_SYSTEM
  21. DBMS_UTILITY
  22. Perl DBI and DBD::Oracle
  23. Application Instrumentation and End-to-End Tracing
  24. Extended SQL Trace File Format Reference
  25. Statspack
  26. Integrating Extended SQL Trace and AWR
  27. ESQLTRCPROF Extended SQL Trace Profiler
  28. The MERITS Performance Optimization Method
  29. TNS Listener IP Address Binding and IP=FIRST
  30. TNS Listener TCP/IP Valid Node Checking
  31. Local Naming Parameter ENABLE=BROKEN
  32. Default Host Name in Oracle Net Configurations
  33. Session Disconnection, Load Rebalancing, and TAF
  34. Removing the RAC Option Without Reinstalling
  35. OERR
  36. Recovery Manager Pipe Interface
  37. ORADEBUG SQL*Plus Command

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About the author (2009)

Norbert Debes has more than 13 years experience as an Oracle database administrator. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the University of Erlangen, Germany, and is an Oracle8, Oracle8i, and Oracle9i certified professional Oracle database administrator. For over 6 years, he held different positions and technical roles at Oracle Germany. He was a team leader in Oracle Support Services, and a technical account manager in Strategic Alliances. In his last role at Oracle, Norbert was responsible for promoting Real Application Clusters on a technical level. During his tenure, he contributed to the Oracle9i SQL Reference, the Real Application Clusters manual set, and to various Real Application Clusters training materials.

Right from the beginning of his quest in the Oracle database management system, Norbert always wanted to know exactly how things worked. He would not be satisfied with superficial explanations, but demanded evidence. His passion to dig deeper served him well in acquiring extensive knowledge of the Oracle database, and occasionally makes him a restless researcher who often ends up working from dusk until dawn when captured by ""the flow.""

In his spare time, Norbert likes to hike, snowboard, play basketball, and read nonfiction on topics such as the emotional brain. Furthermore, he is a passionate analog and digital photographer. Having been intrigued by the vibrancy of stereoscopic (i.e., three-dimensional) capture for 20 years, he rejoices in his recent acquisition of a stereo camera.

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