Oracle Essentials, 4th Edition
Oracle Database 11g
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2007
Pages: 408

Oracle is an enormous system, with myriad technologies, options, and releases. Most users--even experienced developers and database administrators--find it difficult to get a handle on the full scope of the Oracle database. And, as each new Oracle version is released, users find themselves under increasing pressure to learn about a whole range of new technologies. The latest challenge is Oracle Database 11g.

This book distills an enormous amount of information about Oracle into a compact, easy-to-read volume filled with focused text, illustrations, and helpful hints. It contains chapters on:

  • Oracle products, options, data structures, and overall architecture for Oracle Database 11g, as well as earlier releases (Oracle Database 10g, Oracle9i, and Oracle8i)

  • Installing, running, managing, monitoring, networking, and tuning Oracle, including Enterprise Manager (EM) and Oracle's self-tuning and management capabilities; and using Oracle security, auditing, and compliance (a new chapter in this edition)

  • Multiuser concurrency, data warehouses, distributed databases, online transaction processing (OLTP), high availability, and hardware architectures (e.g., SMP, clusters, NUMA, and grid computing)

  • Features beyond the Oracle database: Oracle Application Express, Fusion Middleware (including Oracle Application Server), and database SOA support as a Web services provider
The latest Oracle Database 11g features: query result set caching, Automatic Memory Management, the Real Application Testing, Advanced Compression, Total Recall, and Active Data Guard Option Options, changes to the OLAP Option (transparently accessed and managed as materialized views), the Flashback transaction command, transparent data encryption, the Support Workbench (and diagnosability infrastructure), and partitioning enhancements (including interval and new composite types)

For new Oracle users, DBAs, developers, and managers, Oracle Essentials provides an invaluable, all-in-one introduction to the full range of Oracle features and technologies, including the just-released Oracle Database 11g features. But even if you already have a library full of Oracle documentation, you'll find that this compact book is the one you turn to, again and again, as your one-stop, truly essential reference.

"Oracle Essentials gives a clear explanation of the key database concepts and architecture underlying the Oracle database. It's a great reference for anyone doing development or management of Oracle databases."

--Andrew Mendelsohn, Senior Vice President, Database Server Technologies, Oracle Corporation
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NOT a How-To Book

By BillyB

from Seattle, WA


  • Good survey of Oracle


  • Not a how-to book

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    Comments about oreilly Oracle Essentials, 4th Edition:

    This is a decent "overview and survey" book of Oracle's features and benefits.

    However, it is not a book I'd recommend to anyone actually trying to get things done.

    This is definitely not a how-to book for DBAs.

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    Clearly explains the inner working of Oracle...

    By jdruin

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    Comments about oreilly Oracle Essentials, 4th Edition:

    Oracle Essentials, Oracle Database 11g, 4th edition

    Rick Greenwald et al.

    O'Reilly - 4th Edition (11g)

    This is a very detailed overview of the inner workings of Oracle. Each chapter is a small book in itself going into the detail of the subject. This might be confusing to those without a clear understanding of how databases work in general, and a background in computer science would help. Overall, the author does a nice job of explaining each topic in such a way that it would be reasonably clear either way though. There are many diagrams, tables, lists, and pictures to help explain the material. This would not be so much a reference for programming Oracle as it explains what is available in Oracle and how Oracle provides its features. The book should be usefully to Oracle DBAs and system administrators. It will also appeal to those that want a book that goes beyond stating what Oracle can do and shows how Oracle actually does what it can do.

    Generally chapters cover:



    Installation and Running

    Data Structures (B*-trees, etc.)






    Warehousing, Business Intelligence



    Distributed Databases

    Object Oriented Development

    New Features of 11g


    - The internal workings of Oracle are clearly explained through out.

    - A great book for system administrator, DBAs, and those who take care of Oracle databases.

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