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  November 1, 1999
O'Reilly Releases Oracle Essentials and
Oracle8i Internal Services
SEBASTOPOL, CA--Oracle is an enormous system, with myriad technologies, options, and releases. Most users--even experienced developers and database administrators--find it difficult to get a handle on the full scope of the Oracle system. O'Reilly & Associates has just made it easier by releasing Oracle Essentials: Oracle8 & Oracle8i.

Oracle Essentials provides an invaluable, all-in-one introduction to the full range of Oracle features and technologies. It distills the enormous amount of information about what Oracle is, where it came from, and what the latest releases do.

Oracle Essentialsexplains what's new and important about Oracle's revolutionary releases, Oracle8 (the "object-relational database") and Oracle 8i (the "Internet database"). It covers Oracle products, overall architecture, data structures, and system management and tuning. It describes multiuser concurrency, OLTP, high availability, data warehousing, distributed databases, and extensions for Oracle8 and Oracle8i, including the latest Java and Web technologies. Oracle Essentials also includes an appendix full of references to additional online and offline resources.

Another recently released Oracle title, Oracle8i Internal Services for Waits, Latches, Locks and Memory, is aimed especially at administrators and developers who need detailed internal information to do advanced performance tuning.

Oracle8i Internal Services lays a foundation for advanced performance tuning of the Oracle database. Based on Oracle8i release 8.1, the book describes many of the secrets of Oracle's internal services: data structures, algorithms, and undocumented Oracle system statistics. Main topics are: waits, latches, locks (including instance locks, used in parallel server environments), and Oracle's use of memory.

Online Resources

Oracle Essentials: Oracle 8 & Oracle8i
By Rick Greenwald, Robert Stackowiak & Jonathan Stern
1st Edition, October 1999
374 pages, ISBN: 1-56592-708-7, $34.95

Oracle8i Internal Services for Waits, Latches, Locks and Memory
By Steve Adams
1st Edition, October 1999
132 pages, ISBN: 1-56592-598-X, $19.95

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