Oracle, The Complete Reference
This is a book
originally wrote in 1989 about the Oracle database products, versions 5 and 6,
while I was in seminary and before I went to work for Oracle Corporation. It was
first published by Osborne/McGraw-Hill in 1990. Several years ago, Kevin Loney
took on the unenviable job of keeping it up-to-date with technical advances in
the Oracle database product line, which is now up to version 9i. The book is
available worldwide in about 8 languages, and has been the best seller in its
category every year since 1990. Details on the book can be found on the
publisher's web site:
Osborne/McGraw-Hill or at
For a list
of errata from the book, see
Kevin has also written a number of other excellent books on Oracle.
The book comes with a CD which includes practice tables that can be loaded
into your own Oracle database and used while reading the book. These tables are
also available here, which some people find easier than getting them off of the
CD. Also, in some earlier production runs of the book, some of the CDs did not
work correctly, so these files here are an alternative means to get the tables.
To use them, copy all of these files to a diskette or a subdirectory, and
then read the
file READ.ME for instructions. This only works, by the way, if you already own a
copy of Oracle and have it installed on your computer.
Also, though I always (well, almost always) welcome comments on the book, I
no longer work in the field, and I can't consult or give advice on Oracle or any
questions you might have on how to use it. I'm busy being a dad, pastor and
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