Get a Solid Foundation in Oracle Database Technology
Master Oracle Database 11g fundamentals quickly and easily. Using self-paced tutorials, this book covers core database essentials, the role of the administrator, high availability, and large database features. Oracle Database 11g: A Beginner's Guide walks you, step by step, through database setup, administration, programming, backup, and recovery. In-depth introductions to SQL and PL/SQL are included. Designed for easy learning, this exclusive Oracle Press guide offers:
Poor Quality -Very patronizing and worthless.
By Critical Eye on Aug 18, 2009
This book is one of the worst books I have read on databases. The quality of this book is worst than a term report from a Junior in college. It has fill-in the blanks at the end of each chapter; Seriously what were they thinking? Midway in the book page 208 of 410 pages total the author talks about "LEARN What a DBA does" and marks that as a critical skill, in the same section the author encourages readers to take Oracle Certification. Buy this book if you are Freshmen or grade school student trying to use Oracle, better google and find some decent getting started guides. It is full of fluff. Not worth the paper it's written on. -Very disappointed.
Extremely superficial, waste of time and paper
By Riccardo Audano on Feb 16, 2011
Some people really do not understand the difference between an introductory text aimed at beginners and a superficial, worthless and cheap pseudo-introduction. The author, editors and whoever else worked on this book are clearly members of this category. This text is extremely thin and nonetheless padded with lots of useless chatter and "fluff". When it treats a serious subject it does so in a completely superficial and cursory manner. The "practice session" are actually just a numb & dumb enumeration of steps to take with no explanation or discussion whatsoever. The result is a total waste of time for the beginner who's left to wonder if he didn't get anything from this book because of his lack of skills or inclinations..until he's given the chance to meet a decent book or a decent instructor. Writing an introductory text is actually a harder and more "important" task than writing for advanced readers.. first because it's always the foundation of a building that always matter most, and second because it's often on of the tools which an aspiring practitioner in the field uses to find out whether he 's got any true talent and interest for that field. It's a shame for a well respected company like McGraw-Hill Osborne to publish rubbish like this.
I'm new to Oracle, so this was a fine primer
By W. Culpepper on Apr 04, 2013
I bought this book 2 weeks before taking Oracle's 5 day SQL training class in Atlanta, thinking it would help and it did...with the first 6 hours of a 40 hour class! But, it isn't a SQL only book; what it is is a great jumping off text for someone new to database architecture and the Oracle server mechanics. It's easy to understand, easy to read, and easy to stay focused on the subtopics in each chapter. What's more, it's not verbose and overly wordy like so many tech industry books can be. I would HIGHLY recommend it for beginners.
Missing LOTS of critical information
By Minimike on Jul 27, 2014
This is one of the most confusing "technical" books I've ever tried to read. The author(s) seem to assume prior knowledge of installation and configuration of various oracle components. As an example, in "Project 3-1 Test a Connection", it's abundantly clear that the first 5 steps take place on the machine that's running the database. However, step 6 says to configure the remote system (WHAT remote system?) by starting the Oracle Net Configuration Assistant. After going through the first two chapters, the only place on my network that Oracle software exists is on the database server. How can running the ONCA on the server configure a remote system? How would it KNOW about any remote systems? At this point in the book I've not been instructed to install anything on a remote system, or what, in fact, I SHOULD install. Is ONCA included in the Oracle client software? If so, why did the exercise not instruct me to install the client on the remote system, give me a step-by-step procedure for doing so, and then explicitly state that remote configuration involves running ONCA ON THE REMOTE SYSTEM?!? I STILL haven't sorted this out, and it's wasting my time. UPDATE: On a whim I installed the Oracle client on a remote machine, and sure enough, there was ONCA. I was able to complete "Project 3-1 Test a Connection" and moved on. Three pages later I came upon a section called "Install the Oracle 11g Client Software." <sarcasm> How cool is that? </sarcasm> A beginner's guide should assume ZERO previous knowledge or exposure to a product, and should engage in excruciatingly detailed hand-holding, step by step, with no assumption the reader will somehow divine steps the authors neglected to spell out. This is just one example of missing information critical to understanding the content; I've encountered at least four others in the first two chapters, and had to resort to google to figure it out (like the relationship between connections and sessions, for example). It seems to be an annoying trend for this book. Based on my estimation, if it was an adequate beginner's guide and didn't exclude critical information, it would be twice as thick as it is. My advice is to look elsewhere for more detailed content and empathy for novices.
Very good book
By Kodush01 on Apr 02, 2014
I really like this book because it work readers step by step and explain thoroughly on every chapter. The practice tests at the end of each chapter is a skill builder. Very good book. A must book for aspiring DBA's. As an OCA, it is a companion book Oracle Database 11g A Beginner's Guide Good book and would recommend it.
Beginner's guide to 11g
By Jaesmith on Apr 06, 2009
The book was comprehensive enough for a junior dba and skilled enough for a 15 yr veteran. The incorporation of the 11g concepts and OEM was a welcome addition. The pace was good for the expected audience and the book captured the fundamentals of a dba and some concepts of 11g. I found the Mastery Checks at the end of the chapters were challenging enough. The PL/SQL will help me get feedback to development on better ways to write loops, which we all know can be done better. A topic on statistics would enhance the overall skill set for this book. Overall the book was and will be helpful going forward.