In Tom Kyte’s words, “a development team needs at its heart a core of database-savvy developers who are responsible for ensuring the database logic is sound and the system is built to perform from day one.” Kyte’s written Expert Oracle Database Architecture to help you become one of those elite Oracle developers.
You may recognize Kyte as the author of Oracle Magazine’s indispensable online column, “Ask Tom.” Years ago, he wrote Expert One-on-One Oracle, a book that achieved the impossible: unanimous raves. This book contains some architecture-related text from that classic, extensively updated and expanded for Oracle 10g and 9i.
Kyte takes you deep inside Oracle’s architecture, illuminating all you need to know to make optimal use of files, memory structures, processes, locking, latching, concurrency controls, transactions, undo/redo, tables, indexes, datatypes, partitioning, parallel execution, and more.
It’s all informed by Kyte’s coherent development philosophy: First, if it can be done in the database, do it there: That gives you the flexibility to deploy practically anywhere. If possible, do it in a single SQL statement. If not, use PL/SQL. If that doesn’t work, use Java stored procedures. Worst case, use a C external procedure. If none of those options work, are you sure you really need to do it?
Kyte is currently evolving additional coverage from Expert One-on-One Oracle into another new book, Expert Oracle Programming. In the meantime, if you want to read Kyte’s classic in its original form, just buy Expert Oracle Database Architecture. You’ll get it on CD-ROM as a free bonus. Bill Camarda, from the November 2005 Read Only