Thursday, March 15, 2012

Book Giveaway Update

There are still a few books available - anything unclaimed by the end of next week will be recycled. Pay only for shipping (and optional tip).

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Oracle Book Giveaway

I've got seven Oracle books available for giveaway. Any unclaimed books will get recycled (assuming the library doesn't want them).

If you'd like one or more, just send an email to my gmail account (my account id is just my last name, Vollman). Since I don't want to be out of pocket, I'll ask that you arrange to pay for the shipping, please.

In the unlikely event that there is high demand for one of these books, it'll simply go to whoever made the best offer. I'm not looking to make money, that just seems like the fairest way to get the book into the hands of whoever would enjoy it most, and I doubt offers will be very high at all. I spent hundreds on just these books (not to mention my others), and would probably just spend whatever money I do get on buying more.

Here's a brief write-up on each one.

Oracle 9i Performance Tuning, Tip and Techniques
Richard J. Niemiec - McGraw Hill Oracle Press

This book is in perfect shape except my name on the 2nd page. Obviously there are very few Oracle 9i installations out there, but there is nevertheless a wealth of knowledge that is still valid in the latest versions of Oracle.

Optimizing Oracle Performance
Cary Millsap, O'Reilly Press

Cary Millsap is, of course, a legend in this field. I reviewed this book here. This book is also in great shape save for my name on the 2nd page. Most of this book is still valid today.

Oracle Insights, Tales of the Oak Table
Several authors, OakTable Press

A timeless masterpiece that I reviewed here. Authors include Mogens Norgaard, Jonathan Lewis, Connor McDonald, Cary Millsap and many others. A highly enjoyable read, in great shape except (once again) my name on the 2nd page.

An Introduction to Database Systems (Sixth Edition)
Chris Date, Addison Wesley

Chris Date, the undisputed master of relational databases. An absolutely indispensable book for understanding both the theory and practice of relational databases. Though it was my textbook back in University, it's a hard cover and still in fantastic shape.

Oracle Wait Interface: A Practical Guide to Performance Diagnostics and Tuning
Richmond Shee (et al), Oracle Press

This was written for Oracle 10g, but I'd say the majority still applies today. It's in great shape, excepting for my name on the inside cover.

Oracle 9i PL/SQL: A Developer's Guide
Bulusu Lakshman, Apress Expert's Voice

I got this in a bargain bin for $10. PL/SQL hasn't change a great deal since Oracle 9, so it'll serve as a useful reference and great learning material.

Oracle Database 10g PL/SQL Programming
Scott Urman, McGraw-Hill Oracle Press

Other than Feuerstein's, this is my favourite PL/SQL Programming book. A fantastic reference, lots of code, great examples for both beginners and the advanced, and virtually everything still applies today. Highly recommended.

That's it!

Spread the word, and send the email if you'd like any of these books. I don't want to waste these books if there's someone out there who wants them.

Don't feel you need to offer me any money (other than shipping costs) but if you do, I won't accept anything higher than whatever the 2nd highest offer was.

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