January 20, 2003
Bringing Order to a Chaos of Data: O'Reilly Releases "Oracle in a Nutshell"
Sebastopol, CA--Over the past three years, Oracle Corporation has
introduced new products and significant updates to its industry-leading
database system at a dizzying pace. And with each new release, the
company has added thousands of pages of documentation to its web site,
complicating the ability of Oracle users to keep up with information
about the database and its capabilities. In an effort to bring order to
this chaos of data, the authors of Oracle in a Nutshell (O'Reilly,
US $49.95) have boiled down Oracle's documentation into a single volume
that contains what they consider the most essential information on the
database's architecture, syntax, and user interfaces.
"One of the greatest challenges that faced us was the most basic--how
to create a Nutshell book for Oracle and still have a volume that you
could actually lift without mechanical assistance," comment authors
Rick Greenwald and Dave Kreines. "We've tried to pull together, in the
most concise fashion possible, the information that database
administrators need as they manage and write code for Oracle
The result is a 900-page desktop reference whose condensed material and
unique format offer quick access to vital Oracle commands, language
constructs, parameters, and file formats. "Oracle in a Nutshell" is a
technical reference for serious users who know what they want to do,
but just can't remember the right command or default, the right
parameter or range of values, or the right package header format and
Oracle is complex; offering a myriad of options, languages, and tools.
The most recent product updates have changed this once self-contained
database into a system designed to support object-oriented programming
and communicate with other technologies to run powerful e-commerce
applications. Oracle's "internet database" (versions 8i and 9i) is
XML-enabled and includes vast support for Java developers. With these
and other innovations, Oracle has remained the leading enterprise
relational database management system (RDBMS) in the world since its
introduction a quarter-century ago.
"Oracle in a Nutshell" covers all Oracle versions through the latest
release of Oracle9i. Greenwald--a writer and programmer who currently
works for Oracle--and Kreines, an Oracle DBA and author of other Oracle
titles for O'Reilly, distilled more than 13,000 pages of Oracle
documentation into this practical desktop quick reference.
"There is something here for all types of Oracle users: DBAs, PL/SQL
and Java developers, and system, network, and security administrators,"
Greenwald and Kreines assert. "We think they will find the answers they
need in this volume."
Oracle in a Nutshell
A Desktop Quick Reference
By Rick Greenwald, David C. Kreines
0-596-00336-6, Order Number: 3366
926 pages, $49.95 US, $77.95 CA, 35.50 UK
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