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Solving or planning for performance issues is a core part of the database professional's toolkit. The Oracle database is very flexible, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. Consequently, it is highly tunable, presenting a bewildering set of choices to the inexperienced. Tuning Oracle is as much about approach as about understanding the technology. It is more than tweaking parameters or following a set prescriptionit involves matching application-specific ...

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Overview

Solving or planning for performance issues is a core part of the database professional's toolkit. The Oracle database is very flexible, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. Consequently, it is highly tunable, presenting a bewildering set of choices to the inexperienced. Tuning Oracle is as much about approach as about understanding the technology. It is more than tweaking parameters or following a set prescriptionit involves matching application-specific knowledge with what's happening inside the database.

Based on author Christopher Lawson's long experience working with Oracle, The Art and Science of Oracle Performance Tuning book uses a five-step model to help identify and isolate the cause of nonperformance. This book shows you how to approach problems, get the information you need from Oracle, and follow the process through to success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590591994
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 7/2/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,157,360
  • Product dimensions: 0.97 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Lawson is an independent consultant who specializes in performance tuning of data warehouse and financial applications. His articles on database management and performance tuning have appeared in numerous technical journals, and he is a frequent speaker at Oracle conferences. When he isn't tracking down elusive performance problems, Chris teaches courses on enterprise database systems for the University of Phoenix. He is also editor of the online magazine The Oracle Magician, available at www.OracleMagician.com. Chris earned his bachelor's degree and master's in business administration at the University of California, Irvine.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Challenge of Performance Tuning 5
Ch. 2 Why Many Tuning Strategies Fail 25
Ch. 3 The Oracle Physician 53
Ch. 4 Dealing with Humans 73
Ch. 5 The Oracle Detective 95
Ch. 6 Gathering More Clues 129
Ch. 7 The Oracle Pathologist 159
Ch. 8 Analyzing SQL Bottlenecks 189
Ch. 9 Analyzing SQL Joins 227
Ch. 10 The Pathologist's Toolkit: Other Tactics 269
Ch. 11 The Oracle Artist 317
Ch. 12 The Artist's Palette: More on Devising Solutions 357
Ch. 13 The Oracle Magician 387
Ch. 14 Case Studies 409
App. A Useful V$ View Definitions 429
Index 439
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    This Book Rocks

    This book is extremely helpful for most database problems. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    New approach to Oracle tuning

    The Art and Science of Oracle performance tuning is a surprisingly unique Oracle book. Rather than focusing on technical scripts and remedies, Chris Lawson takes the approach of the Oracle detective, packing this book with insights and techniques in order to diagnose the root causes of Oracle performance problems. Throughout the text, Lawson shares investigative techniques that are extremely helpful in locating the root causes of all sorts of performance tuning problems. Especially useful are Lawson's sections on SQL tuning and PGA memory management. Overall, this is a surprisingly comprehensive book that focuses on the approach to be taken by the Oracle tuning expert to quickly and efficiently identifying the causes of Oracle performance problems.

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