I've been - and still am - very busy lately.
But unlike the other topics on my list, I really wanted to get this one out first.
It's been a while since I've been so excited about a book.
I'm a bottom-up learner - like bottom-up parsers (as opposed to top-down parsers) I like to get my facts as detailed as possible and then work my way up to more general topics. For example, when I learned my backup & recovery skills, I learned about block internals first as opposed to diving in all sorts of high level commands.
I think Craig's new book fits right in there.
I found out about the book a couple of months ago as Daniel Fink told me he was reviewing this book - I immediately ordered it on Craig's site before it was available on Amazon.
I must admit, I've only read chapters 6, 7 and 8 - covering buffer cache internals, redo internals and shared pool internals. These are 3 chapters every dba should read !!! Those 3 chapters are worth the price on their own !
So if you're buying only one Oracle book this year - buy this one !!!
And while you're buying books, get Christian Antognini's Troubleshooting Oracle Performance too !
PS - for the fans of Oracle Insights - tales of the Oaktable - TOTOT2 is on it's way !
Kurt Van Meerbeeck
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