Oracle and Open Source
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: April 2001
Pages: 426

Oracle & Open Source is the first book to tie together the commercial world of Oracle and the free-wheeling world of open source software. As this book reveals, these two worlds are not as far apart as they may seem. Today, there are many excellent and freely available software tools that Oracle developers and database administrators can use, at no cost, to improve their own coding productivity and their system's performance. Moreover, many of the finest Oracle developers are now making their source code freely available so their peers can build upon this code base. Oracle Corporation is even porting its RDBMS to Linux and starting to incorporate a growing number of open source tools in the company's own software.

Oracle & Open Source describes close to 100 open source tools you can use for Oracle development and database administration, from large and widely known open source systems (like Linux, Perl, Apache, TCL/Tk and Python) to more Oracle-specific tools (like Orasoft, Orac, OracleTool, and OraSnap). You'll learn how to obtain the software and how to adapt it to best advantage. The book abounds with code examples, download and installation instructions, and helpful usage hints.

Not only does it tell you how to find and use existing open source code; Oracle & Open Source gives you the details and the motivation to build your own open source contributions and release them to the Oracle community. You'll learn all about tools like the Oracle Call Interface (OCI) and Perl-DBI (Database Interface), which provide the glue allowing new open source tools to link into commercial Oracle software.

With Oracle & Open Source as a guide, you'll discover an enormous number of highly effective open source tools, while getting involved with the thriving community of open source development.

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As an Oracle DBA of "old" (or if you want traditional) type who get used to work with tools and utilities coming from only reputable vendors, such as Oracle Corp., I was pleasantly surprised by discovering a whole new world of applications that are well written, thoroughly tested and extremely valuable for both Oracle pros., and new learners. Not to mention that all of them are totally free. More specifically, such applications as ViennaSQL, JDBA, OracleTools - all very detailed described in this book - found immediate use in my everyday work. The authors did a supreme work on discovering and presenting to us a scope of applications that will satisfy the most critical readers.

Standing alone is a chapter on DB Prism/Cocoon. As far as I'm concerned, just this part of the book alone justifies a purchase and time spent on reading.

Strongly recommend.

V.Roytman, DBA

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I'm a professional Oracle development consultant, with many O'Reilly Oracle books in my collection, and this one is definately up to the usual high standard. The book covers an enormous breadth of technology, giving you the installation and set-up basics for Perl, Tcl, Python and Java, and how to connect them all to an Oracle database. Many web tools are covered including Apache, PHP and PHPOracle, EmbPerl, web caching. On top of the basic technologies the book contains reviews and installation instructions for most of the Open Source Oracle tools out there, including the authors ORAC tool. If your interested in Oracle Open Source technology, look no further!

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Oracle & Open Source.Definitely a new initiative. Should have been much better if you included a CD (though the authors have valid reasons for not including the CD with the book!!). But most of the tools are lightly treated (including the author's own karma).

If you are monitoring/supporting real time databases and interested in cost effective/flexible/intelligent tools this book is definitely for you...

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