Oracle Programming: A Primer Version 8.0
||Author: Rajshekhar Sunderraman|
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Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co (16 December, 1999)
Sales Rank: 98,331
Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Best Oracle programming book out there
Why? That is because it helped me practise in real world orcale programming. I understand 95% percent of what the author is talking about. The book is easy to understand. Like one of the reviewers said, every page of this book counts. This is a book you can read from cover to cover. I disagree with the reviewer who said JDBC should be left out.
I think the author just wanted to show how to connect java with orcale. JDBC is a huge area. How can it be covered in such a tiny book? It is just like the author leads you to the right path of oracle with java. And then users can get deep into JDBC with oracle using some other books. How could the author leave JDBC out of this book since JDBC is a very easy way to get connected with Oracle. And also java is a very hot language and getting stronger and stronger as time goes on. I'D GIVE IT SIX STARS IF I COULD.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Great book for programming
I have not seen any other book, which has so many sample databases to work with. The author gives many examples to help understand the concepts of SQL.Truly, a great book for programming and many tips for writing queries and JDBC concepts explained very well.Great coverage of PL/SQL.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn oracle programming.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Beginners that aren't quite beginners
This book is certainly aimed at the novice in Oracle, but to follow at the speed this book goes, it is definitely not aimed at programming novices.
This book starts in Chapter 1 by providing an overview of relational database technology. For the person who received formal education in databases this chapter will bore. For those not introduced to database theory the chapter contains the essentials. It also provides a nice link for people coming from a more mathematical sciences background. It moves quickly from a tabular view of databases to a formal relational algebra view. Personally I like this approach as the use of SQL (even for what would be considered advanced queries) is eased when looking at the relational concepts behind the problem - the SQL is reduced to a syntactical issue. The formal notations are, however, never really used again. The reader is expected to make the link between SQL and relational algebra himself. This is an easy task if you have a slightly more formal background, but it may also just lead to a bit of confusion if you don't have the formal background.
This book furthermore assumes a programming background. If you don't have a decent background of programming this book will quickly loose you. It moves fast. I would thus gladly recommend the book for a programmer who just wants to brush up on Oracle and how it can be used. After reading the book and mastering the concepts there would, however, not be much use for it as a reference.
In short, if you doubt your ability to follow programming texts that goes fast this book is not for you...
This book provides examples and offer suggestions for practical work that could keep the really studious busy for quite some time.
I give it 4 stars purely critising the speed at which it blasts off. In all fairness though, for some that might make it a five star book.
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