Oracle in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

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Introduced a quarter-century ago, the Oracle database remains the leading enterprise relational database management system (RDBMS) in the world. Oracle is a complex system, offering a myriad of products, languages, and tools. Frequent updates, releases, and editions complicate the ability of Oracle users to keep up with the huge amounts of frequently changing information about the database and its capabilities.The goal of Oracle in a Nutshell is to pull together the most essential information on Oracle ...

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Overview

Introduced a quarter-century ago, the Oracle database remains the leading enterprise relational database management system (RDBMS) in the world. Oracle is a complex system, offering a myriad of products, languages, and tools. Frequent updates, releases, and editions complicate the ability of Oracle users to keep up with the huge amounts of frequently changing information about the database and its capabilities.The goal of Oracle in a Nutshell is to pull together the most essential information on Oracle architecture, syntax, and user interfaces. The content and format of this book, an admirable addition to O'Reilly's respected In-a-Nutshell line, combine to boil down vital Oracle commands, language constructs, parameters, and file formats in a succinct and highly accessible desktop reference.Oracle in a Nutshell covers the information that database administrators PL/SQL and Java developers, and system, network, and security administrators need as they manage Oracle databases and write code for these databases. It includes:

  • Oracle Foundations—Overview of the Oracle architecture (memory structures and fundamental concepts), Oracle's various editions and packaging options, summary of the initialization file parameters and data dictionary views, and fundamentals of Oracle's concurrency scheme, security mechanisms (privileges, profiles, roles), and networking files (TNSNAMES.ORA, SQLNET.ORA, LISTENER.ORA, DAP.ORA, NAMES.ORA, CMAN.ORA) and options.
  • Oracle Languages—Syntax summary for SQL language statements, SQL function calls PL/SQL language statements and characteristics, PL/SQL built-in package headers, and Java (JDBC and SQLJ) interfaces to the Oracle database.
  • Oracle Tools—Commands provided with SQLPlus, SQLLoader, Import and Export, Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) and other backup/recovery methods, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and various performance tuning tools (Explain Plan, TKPROF, AUTOTRACE, UTLBSTAT, UTLESTAT, Statspack).
  • Appendixes—Summary of Oracle datatypes, operators, expressions, conditions, numeric and date formats, and resources for additional reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596003364
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 1,262,491
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

has been active in the world of computer software for nearly two decades, including stints with Data General, Cognos, and Gupta. He is currently an analyst with Oracle Corporation. He has been a principal author of ten books and countless articles on a variety of technical topics, and has spoken at conferences and training sessions across six continents. In addition to Oracle in a Nutshell, Rick's books include Oracle Essentials: Oracle9i, Oracle8i, and Oracle8 (principal author with Robert Stackowiak and Jonathan Stern, O'Reilly & Associates, 2001), Oracle Power Objects Developer's Guide (principal author with Kasu Sista and Richard Finklestein, Oracle Press, 1995); Mastering Oracle Power Objects (principal author with Robert Hoskins, O'Reilly & Associates, 1996); Using Oracle Web Server (principal author with many others, Que Publishing, 1997); The Oracle WebDB Bible (principal author with Jim Milbery, IDG Books Worldwide, 1999); and Administering Exchange Server (principal author with Walter Glenn, Microsoft Press, 1999).

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Foundations

Chapter 1: Architecture and Packaging

Chapter 2: Configuration

Chapter 3: Concurrency

Chapter 4: Security

Chapter 5: Networking

Chapter 6: Data Dictionary

Languages

Chapter 7: SQL

Chapter 8: Functions

Chapter 9: PL/SQL

Chapter 10: PL/SQL Packages

Chapter 11: Java and Oracle

Tools and Utilities

Chapter 12: SQL*Plus

Chapter 13: Export and Import

Chapter 14: SQL*Loader

Chapter 15: Backup and Recovery

Chapter 16: Enterprise Manager

Chapter 17: Performance

Appendixes

Datatypes

Expressions, Operators, and Conditions

Numeric Formats

Date Formats

Additional Resources

Colophon

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