Oracle Essentials: Oracle Database 10g

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Feb 11, 2004 - Computers - 400 pages
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An enormous system comprising myriad technologies, options, and releases, Oracle's complexities have spawned numerous areas of specialization. For each area of specialization there are equally specialized how-to books and manuals. O'Reilly's Oracle Essentials claims a unique place among these books. Rather than focusing on one area, the book explains the foundational concepts of the Oracle technology and the core technical and business aspects of using it.The new edition of this classic book, Oracle Essentials, 3rd Edition: Oracle Database 10g, distills a vast amount of knowledge into an easy-to-read volume covering every aspect of the Oracle database. Readers of all levels will learn about Oracle's features and technologies, including the product line, architecture, data structures, networking, concurrency, tuning, and much more.Featuring focused text, abundant illustrations, and helpful hints, the new edition offers a valuable overview of Oracle's Database 10g--the industry's first database to support grid computing. Recent releases such as Oracle 9i and 8i are also covered. The book contains chapters on:

  • Oracle products, options, and overall architecture for Oracle 10g and prior recent releases
  • Installing and running Oracle: how to configure, start up, and shut down the database, and various networking issues
  • Oracle data structures, datatypes, and ways of extending datatypes, with an introduction to Oracle objects (e.g., tables, views, indexes)
  • Managing Oracle: security, the Oracle Enterprise Manager, fragmentation and reorganization, and backup and recovery
  • Oracle performance: characteristics of disk, memory, and CPU tuning
  • Multi-user concurrency, online transaction processing (OLTP), and high availability
  • Hardware architectures (e.g., SMP, MPP, NUMA) and their impact on Oracle
  • Data warehousing and distributed databases
  • Network deployment: using Oracle as an Internet computing platform and for grid computing
  • What's new in Oracle 10g: a summary of the database changes described in the book
Oracle Essentials, 3rd Edition: Oracle Database 10g was written for anyone whose job involves managing or building systems using Oracle DBMS technology or working with staff that uses Oracle technology. This book is the perfect all-in-one source for understanding the complexities and capabilities of Oracle.

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I am only about a fourth of the way in and have to say that this is one of the best introductory Oracle books that I have read year. Read full review


Introducing Oracle
Oracle Architecture
Installing and Running Oracle
Data Structures
Managing Oracle
Oracle Performance
Multiuser Concurrency
Oracle and Transaction Processing
Oracle and High Availability
Oracle and Hardware Architecture
Distributed Databases and Distributed Data
Extending Oracle Datatypes
Network Deployment Models
Whats New in This Book for Oracle Database10g
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Robert (Bob) Stackowiak is Vice President, Enterprise Solutions at Oracle. He has coauthored several books on Oracle technologies. Stackowiak's papers regarding data warehousing and computer and software technology have appeared in publications such as The Data Warehousing Institute's "Journal of Data Warehousing" and "Data Warehousing Trends and Applications".

Rick Greenwald is Director of Oracle Partner Enablement at Oracle where he has worked for more than 10 years. He is also the author or coauthor of several books on Oracle technologies.

Maqsood Alam, OCP, is Senior Manager, Product Development at Oracle. He is focused on evangelizing Oracle Exadata, performing competitive benchmarks, promoting best practices for migrations into Oracle Exadata from Oracle and non-Oracle databases, and providing support to customers undergoing large Oracle Exadata implementations.

Mans Bhuller, Director, Enterprise Solutions, Oracle, has worked at the forefront of emerging technologies at Oracle Corporation for the last 13 years. He currently runs the Database, Grid, and Systems Management architecture practice within Oracle's Enterprise Solutions Group where he has been paving the way for the Sun Oracle database machine and other foundational technologies.

Robert (Bob) Stackowiak, VP, Enterprise Solutions, Oracle, has worked for over 20 years in the IT industry. His roles that have included software development, management of software development, systems engineering, sales and sales consulting, and business development. Bob has spoken at numerous computer related conferences and has conducted briefings with companies based around the world. He has coauthored several book including Oracle Essentials: Oracle Database 11g (4th Edition) by O Reilly and Oracle Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Solutions by Wiley. Additionally, his papers regarding data warehousing and computer and software technology have appeared in publications such as The Data Warehousing Institute's Journal of Data Warehousing and Data Warehousing Trends and Applications.

Jonathan Stern used more than 13 years of experience in contributing to the original edition of this book. His background included senior positions in consulting, systems architecture, and technical sales at Oracle and other companies. He demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the Oracle Database across major open systems hardware and operating systems. His expertise included Database tuning, scaling, parallelism, clustering, and high availability for transaction processing systems and data warehousing implementations. Some of the fundamentals of Oracle that he originally contributed to the first edition live on in this edition of Oracle Essentials though much has changed in the Oracle Database since Jonathan passed on. Each edition of this book is a reminder of the talent and attention to detail that he possessed.

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