Finished reading Oracle Core

Just finished reading the book by Jonathan Lewis titled “Oracle Core: Essential Internals for DBAs and Developers“.  I think I picked it up at the Collaborate 13 conference in Denver last April but haven’t had time (or taken the time) to read it.

Reading a book like Oracle Core can be a challenge because it is pretty dense with example scripts and outputs including dumps in hex.  So, I decided to take the strategy of pushing myself to crash through the book without carefully following every example.  I may only have absorbed about 10% of the material but if I didn’t jam through it I would have gotten 0%!

I picked up Oracle Core because I had read another book by the same author titled “Cost-Based Oracle Fundamentals” which has paid for itself 100 times over in terms of helping me tune queries.  I highly recommend Cost-Based Oracle Fundamentals without reservation.  But, like Oracle Core it can be a challenge to just sit down and read it and follow every SQL example and output.  Probably it would be worth making a first pass focusing on just the English language text and skimming the examples, maybe delving into the examples of most interest.

In the case of Oracle Core I haven’t yet put it to practical use but I’m glad to have at least skimmed through it.  Now I know what’s in it and can refer back to it when needed.

Next I hope to start reading up on Oracle 12c since I plan to get my certification this year.  But, I wanted to finish Oracle Core before I moved on, even if I only read it at a high level.

– Bobby

 

 

About Bobby

I live in Chandler, Arizona with my wife and three daughters. I work for US Foods, the second largest food distribution company in the United States. I've been working as an Oracle database administrator and PeopleSoft administrator since 1994. I'm very interested in Oracle performance tuning.
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3 Responses to Finished reading Oracle Core

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    • Bobby says:

      Kumar,

      Thank you for the feedback. I enjoy working on the blog and it helps to get some sense of how it is received by other people.

      – Bobby

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