By Alexis Leon, Comdex Computer Publishing, 1998.
Oracle is the most popular relational database
management system in the world. It runs virtually on every
platform from mainframes to minicomputers, PCs to Macintoshes,
etc. It functions almost identically in all these machines, making
Oracle one of the most portable and popular software systems.
Oracle documentation is very comprehensive but
voluminous. There are more than 50 volumes and manuals. Finding
the information one wants from this ‘Library’ is a time
consuming and tedious task. There are a number of books which
teaches the fundamentals of database management systems,
fundamentals of Oracle, Oracle’s powerful querying tools,
networking in oracle, Oracle Performance Tuning, Oracle database
administration, etc. But there are not many books, which covers
all these areas in a single volume. The Oracle8 Application
Development Handbook is intended to fill this void. It will cover
all the relevant topics and to the required level of detail. There
will be no frills, bells and whistles. This will be a book that
every Oracle user and developer will find very useful and handy.
This book is written with an aim to give one an
in-depth understanding of Oracle8 object-relational database
management system and its use in a client-server environment,
without burdening one with the complex details that one will never
use or need. One will quickly learn to design, build and deploy
applications using Oracle8 and other development tools, which
makes application development in Oracle faster and efficient. The
Oracle’s SQL language and extensive facilities for enforcing
data integrity is given a through treatment. This book also covers
database administration, database security, backup and recovery,
performance tuning, networking and distributed database
This book is targeted to all users of Oracle8.
It assumes nothing. All the topics are explained from the basics
to the most advanced level. For example the book explains the
relational database concepts from the very beginning and takes you
step by step through the application development, using Oracle. It
also introduces you to the latest tools available which will make
the application development easy. It uses real life examples to
illustrate the concepts and provides the tips, tricks and short
cuts that one can use to make the most out of Oracle.
The book is written in the format, which makes
it easy for the users of earlier versions of Oracle. New features
of Oracle 8 will be highlighted and wherever there is a change
from the past it will be indicated. So experienced readers can
skip or skim through the areas that they are already familiar.
This book is written with the objective to
provide comprehensive and thorough coverage of the subject, make
the book a single point reference, which the user will always
want, by his side. So this book is for the end user and the
developer, for the designer and the programmer, for the novice and