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We'll review here those texts which are, or claim to be, about Oracle SQL. We try to be current, but we do not always
go out and buy the latest edition of every book, especially if we
disliked the last edition. We try to be
fair, but disclaim responsibility for any errors or omissions.
THE TOP 10 ORACLE BOOKS. We power searched the amazon.com
database for Oracle etc., deliberately excluding any
publication date before 2013, and excluding any title emphasizing
peripheral topics (such as Perl, scripts, clusters, .net, networks, OCP, and backups).
That leaves the most recent general and tuning books.
We have sorted this list in approximate order of importance,
by placing the most popular books first.
If there is an amazon rating, of 1 to 5 stars, we have noted it.
For books about Oracle 12c (the newest version), we have noted what appear to be the earlier editions.
Oracle Database 12c New Features
Robert G. Freeman. McGraw-Hill, December 2013.
The earlier book was Oracle Database 11g New Features which got 4.5 stars.
The new book will include some commentary by Oracle expert Tom Kyte.
Read an article by the author.
Oracle Database 12c Performance Tuning Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
Sam Alapati, Darl Kuhn, Bill Padfield. Apress, November 2013.
The earlier book was Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach which got 4.5 stars.
Read Hooper's review of the earlier edition.
Oracle 12c For Dummies
Chris Ruel, Michael Wessler. For Dummies, November 2013
The earlier book was Oracle 11g For Dummies which got 4 stars.
Targeted for database administrators.
Pro Oracle SQL, Second Edition
Karen Morton, Kerry Osborne, Robyn Sands, Riyaj Shamsudeen, Jared Still. Apress, October 2013.
Read Hooper's review of an earlier edition.
Read Abercrombie's review of an earlier edition.
Oracle Database 12c The Complete Reference
Bob Bryla, Kevin Loney. McGraw-Hill, October 2013.
The earlier book was Oracle Database 11g The Complete Reference which got 3.5 stars.
This is the most popular of the doorstopper Oracle books.
Read the TDAN review of a much earlier edition.
Visit Kevin Loney's web site.
Oracle Essentials: Oracle Database 12c
Rick Greenwald, Robert Stackowiak, Jonathan Stern. O'Reilly, September 2013.
The earlier book was Oracle Essentials: Oracle Database 11g which got 4 stars.
Read coderanch's review of an earlier edition.
Read Dr. Bob's review of an earlier edition.
Read a sample chapter from an earlier edition.
Oracle Database 12c: Install, Configure & Maintain Like a Professional
Ian Abramson, Michael Abbey, Michelle Malcher, Michael Corey. McGraw-Hill, September 2013.
The earlier book was Oracle Database 11g A Beginner's Guide which got 3 stars.
Read Abramson's blog.
Oracle Database 12c SQL
Jason Price. McGraw-Hill, September 2013.
The earlier book was Oracle Database 11g SQL.
Read Surya's review.
Pro Oracle Database 12c Administration
Darl Kuhn. Apress, July 2013. 3.5 stars.
The earlier book was Pro Oracle Database 11g Administration.
Oracle SQL Tuning: A Close Look at Optimizer Hints
Dan Hotka. CreateSpace, June 2013. No rating.
Only 76 pages, and of no interest for beginners, but only 14 dollars. Dan Hotka is fairly well known; he's a trainer and he's been
writing SQL books of various sorts for 20 years.
Study Guide for 1Z0-146: Oracle Database 11g: Advanced PL/SQL
Matthew Morris. CreateSpace, February 2013. 4 stars.
Mr Morris has written several "study guides" for people interested in taking Oracle exams and becoming certified.
Read an email exchange which makes him seem honest and intelligent.
There are a few books which, though slightly older, are by extremely well-known authors and sometimes considered essential.
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Expert Oracle Database Architecture: Oracle Database 9i, 10g, and 11g Programming Techniques and Solutions
Thomas Kyte. Apress, July 2010. 5 stars.
Read Tran's review.
Visit Tom Kyte's blog.
Oracle Core: Essential Internals for DBAs and Developers
Jonathan Lewis. Apress, November 2011. 4.5 stars.
Visit Lewis's blog.
Read Tanel Poder's recommendation (not a full review, but Mr Poder is well respected). Read Akhmadeev's review.
Expert Oracle Practices: Oracle Database Administration from the Oak Table
Pete Finnigan, Alex Gorbachev, Randolf Geist, Tim Gorman, Connie Green, Charles Hooper, Jonathan Lewis, Niall Litchfield, Karen Morton, Robyn Sands, Joze Senegacnik, Uri Shaft, Riyaj Shamsudeen, Jeremiah Wilton, Graham Wood. Apress, January 2010. 4.5 stars.
The Oak Table is a group which includes performance experts.
Read an excerpt.
Oracle PL/SQL Programming: Covers Versions Through Oracle Database 11g Release 2
Steven Feuerstein, Bill Pribyl. O'Reilly, October 2009. 4.5 stars.
Read Steven Feuerstein's blog.
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