Many people assisted me in writing the book you now have in your hands. I'm extremely grateful to all of them. Without their assistance, this piece of work wouldn't have seen the light of the day. While sharing with you the brief history of TOP (Troubleshooting Oracle Performance), let me thank the people who made it all possible.

Even though I didn't realize it at the time, this story began on July 16, 2004, the day of the kickoff meeting I had organized for a new seminar, Oracle Optimization Solutions, which I had planned to write with some colleagues of mine at Trivadis. During the meeting, we discussed the objectives and the structure of the seminar. Many of the ideas developed that day and while writing the seminar in the ...

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