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The following book was reviewed by Peter Tran:

Here’s an overview of the book:

“Now in its second edition, this best-selling book by Tom Kyte of Ask Tom fame continues to bring you some of the best thinking on how to apply Oracle Database to produce scalable applications that perform well and deliver correct results. Tom has a simple philosophy: you can treat Oracle as a black box and just stick data into it or you can understand how it works and exploit it as a powerful computing environment. If you choose the latter, then you’ll find that there are few information management problems that you cannot solve quickly and elegantly.

This fully revised second edition covers the latest developments in Oracle Database 11g. Each feature is taught in a proof-by-example manner, not only discussing what it is, but also how it works, how to implement software using it, and the common pitfalls associated with it.

Don’t treat Oracle Database as a black-box. Get this book. Get under the hood. Turbo-charge your career.

  • Fully-revised to cover Oracle Database 11g

  • Proof-by-example approach: Let the evidence be your guide

  • Dives deeply into Oracle Databases’s most powerful features”


Here is the review by Peter Tran:
“Let me just come out and admit that I’m a Tom Kyte groupie.  I have every book written by Tom and I’ve joined the Houston Oracle User’s Group just to hear him talk – it was standing room only! I have the printed 1st edition of Expert Oracle Database Architecture: Oracle Database 9i and 10g Programming Techniques and Solutions, with the 2nd edition updated to include Oracle 11g. This is the book I reference if I really want to learn how Oracle works. Tom Kyte personally answers questions on A lot of what people ask about Oracle on AskTom helped shape this book. Tom doesn’t believe in rule-of-thumbs, since each Oracle application and environment is unique. He teaches you how to think and provides guidance on how you can best analyze the problem to come up with an appropriate solution. Similar to his style on AskTom, his examples are complete. This means he’ll provide the actual CREATE TABLE command including the steps to populate the table before he demonstrates the crux of the problem – an example is the chapter 13: Partitioning. This chapter is the clearest and most complete description of Oracle’s partitioning I have ever read, which includes Oracle’s own documentation. If you ever worked with Oracle’s partitioning, this chapter alone justifies getting the book. My only complaint is his examples are print out from SQL*PLUS, because it includes the line numbers which prevents you from copying and pasting directly from the e-book version. This is a minor complaint since you can always download the source code directly from the publisher. On the other hand, you know the examples work since he did go through the effort of executing them. I’ll be wearing my “I heart Tom Kyte” the next time he’s in town for another talk. If you’re learning Oracle, you won’t have any regret getting this book.”

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