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Imagine yourself sharing a late-night beer with 11 of the world’s leading Oracle experts. You’ve just imagined Oracle Insights: Tales from the Oak Table. The “OakTable Network” is an elite, invitation-only organization of consultants, architects, and developers who are determined to delve more deeply and scientifically into Oracle technology than anyone else ever has. When it comes to Oracle, they’ve seen it all, done it all. These are their stories.
Here are stories of failed projects and resurrected ones, of superior methodologies and major disasters. Best of all, these tales offer direct lessons for your next project. (There are some patterns. One is the urgent importance of application design -- as crucial now as it was when the relational database was first invented. Another is what happens when folks fail to understand the technology and create “brick walls” that make scalability difficult or impossible.)
We especially liked Connor McDonald’s discussion of optimizing databases by making sure the database isn’t wasting time on work that it needn’t be doing. Along the way, McDonald discusses everything from read consistency to lookup functions, domain loss to XML parsing. Also worth noting: Cary Millsap’s insider’s look at using extended SQL trace data; David Ruthven’s views on testing and risk management in large Oracle projects; and not least, Gaja Krishna Vaidyanatha’s wry discussion of “compulsive tuning disorder.”
Oh, and if you haven’t spent decades in the trenches, you’ll also appreciate the book’s “brief history of Oracle,” which tells you exactly how we got here and pulls no punches along the way. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.