Announcing a new book from Apress and the OakTable Network:
Oracle Insights: Tales of the Oak Table presents eleven
world-renowned industry specialists proffering their own highly experienced
views, input, and insights on Oracle—where it's been, where it's going, how (and
how not) to use it successfully, the software and techniques that they’ve
introduced to help people achieve their goals, and some frightening tales of
what can happen when fundamental design principles are ignored.
The collaborating authors have solved many of the worst Oracle performance
problems in the world, and they've each saved at least one doomed flagship
project. Over many years they've been sharing their unique knowledge with each
other at conferences, around the OakTable, and in coffee shops, restaurants, and
bars on five continents. Now they want to share their key insights with you.
A major focus of this book concerns the ways in which you can avoid common
and debilitating mistakes when building Oracle software projects. From these
stories, you'll learn the simple steps that will help you avoid real pain on
your next (or current) Oracle project.
About the author:
Dave Ensor spent over 35 years in IT, almost all of it in a hands-on
role as a programmer, a designer, or a researcher into the performance
characteristics of specific pieces of software. He worked with Oracle databases
for 15 years in all three of these roles, also building a worldwide reputation
for his ability to present technical material with clarity and humor. He is
coauthor of the books Oracle Design and Oracle8 Design Tips, and he's an
Honorary Oracle9i Certified Master. Dave holds undergraduate degrees in both
mathematics and law.
Tim Gorman began his IT career in 1984 as a C programmer on UNIX and VMS
systems, working on medical and financial systems as an application developer,
systems programmer, and systems administrator. He joined Oracle Corporation in
1990 as a consultant, then became an independent consultant in 1998, and has
worked for SageLogix since 2000. Gorman is the coauthor of Essential Oracle8i
Data Warehousing and Oracle8 Data Warehousing. He specializes in performance
tuning applications, databases, and systems, as well as data warehouse design
and implementation, backup and recovery, architecture and infrastructure, and
database administration. Gorman still considers himself a pretty good coder,
although the market for C programs has dried up somewhat lately.
Kyle Hailey - No biography is available for this author.
Anjo Kolk worked for over 16 years at Oracle and now runs Oraperf.com. He is
the inventor of the YAPP technique.
Jonathan Lewis has been using Oracle for more than 17 years and has been
acting as an independent design and troubleshooting consultant for more than 12
years. He runs JL Computer Consultancy and specializes in knowing how the
database engine works. He has given a number of presentations to the UK Oracle
User Group, both at the annual conferences and at meetings of the UNIX-related
SIG. He also writes regularly for the UK user group magazine,and occasionally
for other publications such as the Oracle magazine, Select magazine, and Don
Burleson's web-based Oracle Internals. He is a director of the UKOUG.
Connor McDonald has worked with Oracle since the early 1990s, cutting his
teeth on Oracle versions 6.0.36 and 7.0.12. Over the past 11 years, Connor has
worked with systems in Australia, the UK, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and
the United States. He has come to realize that although the systems and
methodologies around the world are very diverse, there tends to be two common
themes in the development of systems running on Oracle: either to steer away
from the Oracle-specific functions or to use them in a haphazard or
less-than-optimal fashion. It was this observation that led to the creation of a
personal hints and tips website and to do more presenting on the Oracle speaker
circuit in an endeavor to improve the perception and usage of PL/SQL in the
Cary Millsap is the former vice president of Oracle's System Performance
Group and the cofounder of Hotsos, a company dedicated to Oracle system
performance. Hotsos provides performance-improvement tools for Oracle
environments and also delivers training in the form of clinics and the very
successful Hotsos symposiums.
With 15 years' experience in professional computing, James Morle has been
personally responsible for the architecture and implementation of some of the
world's largest and most complex business systems, including a 3-node Oracle
Parallel Server configuration that services 3000 online users. James is a
well-respected member of the Oracle community and is the author of the
critically acclaimed book Scaling Oracle8i. He is the cofounder of Scale
Abilities, a specialist consulting and training company focusing on aspects of
system engineering related to building very large and complex computer systems.
Mogens Nørgaard is technical director at Miracle A/S, a database knowledge
center and consulting/training company based in Denmark, and is the cofounder
and "father figure" of the OakTable Network. He is a renowned speaker at Oracle
conferences all over the world and organizes some highly respected events
through Miracle A/S, including the annual MasterClass (2001: Cary Millsap, 2002:
Jonathan Lewis, 2003: Steve Adams, 2004: Tom Kyte) and the Miracle Database
Forum, which is a 3-day conference for database people. He is also the cofounder
of the Danish Oracle User Group (OUGKD) and was voted "Educator of the Year" in
Oracle Magazine's Editor's Choice Awards, 2003.
David Ruthven - No biography is available for this author.
Gaja has more than 12 years of technical expertise, with over 11 years of
industry experience working with Oracle systems. His key areas of interest
include performance architectures, scalable storage solutions, highly available
systems, and system performance management for data warehouses and transactional
systems. He holds a master's degree in computer science from Bowling Green State
University, Ohio. He has presented many papers at various regional, national,
and international Oracle conferences, and is the coauthor of Oracle Performance
101 from Oracle Press.