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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, ...

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Oracle Essentials: Oracle Database 10g

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These two guides distill the essential features of the newest version of the complex and weighty Oracle database. For absolute beginners, Beginner's Guide aims in straightforward language to reduce the intimidation factor by covering basic concepts, from architecture to using XML with Oracle databases. Step-by-step projects, chapter mastery checks, and test-yourself progress checks aid in self-study; "Ask the Expert" sidebars and notes add extra information without interrupting the flow. Highly recommended for public libraries. Essentials serves more as a basic reference for existing Oracle users, with chapters organized largely into lengthy definitions and explanations of features. It will also be of use to ambitious beginners and will particularly help upgraders. The authors highlight 10g features that differ from those in the older 8i and 9i versions, while tips, tables, and notes throughout add useful information. An appendix includes a chapter-by-chapter summary of new 10g features, and the title ends with a nice overview of grid computing (the "g" in 10g). For medium and larger libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596552350
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/11/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Stackowiak is Vice President of Business Intelligence in Oracle's Technology Business Unit. He has worked for over 20 years in business intelligence, data warehousing, and IT-related roles at Oracle, IBM, Harris Corporation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His papers regarding business intelligence and computer and software technology have appeared in publications such as "President & CEO Magazine," "Database Trends and Applications," and The Data Warehousing Institute's publications. He also co-authored the books "Oracle Essentials: Oracle Database 10g" (currently in 3rd Edition, February 2004, O'Reilly), "Oracle Application Server 10g Essentials" (1st Edition, August 2004, O'Reilly), and "Professional Oracle Programming" (1st Edition, June 2005, WROX).

Joseph Rayman leads the Oracle Consulting Business Intelligence Practice in North America with over 20 years of business experience in a vast array of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, and federal government. His technical and business leadership spans enterprise architecture design, enterprise data modeling, VLDB system tuning, data warehouse design, data mining, and quality assurance activities for data warehouse practices. Joe is a key contributor in defining and authoring Oracle Consulting's Data Warehousing Methodology. Prior to joining Oracle, Joe designed and deployed business intelligence and statistical analysis solutions for a large food manufacturer and provided real-time trading and analysis solutions for a major international financial organization.

Rick Greenwald has worked in the IT field for over 20 years for major vendors, includingOracle, Gupta Technologies, Cognos, and Data General. He has coauthored more than a dozen books, including "Oracle Essentials: Oracle Database 10g" (currently in 3rd Edition, February 2004, O'Reilly), "Oracle Application Server 10g Essentials" (1st Edition, August 2004, O'Reilly), and "Professional Oracle Programming" (1st Edition, June 2005, WROX). Mr. Greenwald currently works for Ingres Corporation.

Stackowiak is a data warehousing specialist at Oracle Corporation in Chicago. He works with Oracle's largest customer in the central area of the U.S. providing insight into the company's products and data warehousing strategy.

Stern has more than 11 years of IT experience including senior positions in consulting, systems architecture, and technical sales.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introducing Oracle 1
2 Oracle Architecture 31
3 Installing and Running Oracle 53
4 Data Structures 80
5 Managing Oracle 118
6 Oracle Performance 142
7 Multiuser Concurrency 175
8 Oracle and Transaction Processing 190
9 Oracle and Data Warehousing 211
10 Oracle and High Availability 237
11 Oracle and Hardware Architecture 274
12 Distributed Databases and Distributed Data 289
13 Extending Oracle Datatypes 302
14 Network Deployment Models 314
A What's New in This Book for Oracle Database 10g 339
B Additional Resources 347
Index 357
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