7 Things You Need to Know About Oracle 11gR2 — Part 1: Concept Guides

Beginning Integra’s seven-part blog mini-series entitled “7 Things You Need to Know About Oracle 11gR2“, our own Jason Buchanan, recently one of just twelve people from around the world hand-picked by Oracle to participate in the Oracle 11gR2 final beta, offers his thoughts on the all new, completely re-written 11gR2 Concept Guides. Here is what Jason had to say:

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 is Oracle’s best database release to date and while it may take a while for everyone to uncover all of its new features one of its finer points is the updates to the documentation, specifically the Oracle Database Concepts guide.

The Concepts guide has always been a wealth of solid information and to my delight it has been overhauled and improved by Lance Ashdown and Tom Kyte. Many DBAs have a shelf of books by Tom Kyte but the 11gR2 Concepts guide is the most relevant document to date for all things related to the Oracle database. And as you might expect it has working examples that you can test and try for yourself.

One of the best updates to the book is the readability and clarity of the topics. At the risk of redundancy many sections repeat, with brevity, information from previous chapters to avoid flipping back and forth through the book. The flow of the topics makes for a comfortable read and all “foundation knowledge” a DBA needs to know is in the Concepts guide. The level of technical detail is well balanced and each section has recommended “further reading” links to the more in-depth documentation.

I’m a big fan of printing the PDF documentation to a duplexing laser printer (or better yet, a color laser printer with duplexer) and then getting the printed copy “coil-bound” at Kinkos, Staples, etc. For $5 you can get your printouts bound using a spiral coil binder with a clear top sheet and black vinyl back page. No more troublesome 3-ring binder mess. The Oracle Documentation group has done an outstanding job of formatting and preparing the PDF versions of the documentation which prints to perfection.

The Concepts guide is by far the best book available for anyone who wants to understand how the Oracle database works. Highly recommended.

Please check back soon for Jason’s next entry in this blog series: “The Inside Scoop on Oracle 11gR2 ASM“.

Also, please join Integra CTO Allan Edwards and Jason Buchanan on Tuesday November 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm Eastern / 9:00 am Pacific for a live webcast entitled “Safe Passage to Oracle 11g: Lessons from Recent Upgrades“. In this important 30-minute webcast, Allan, Jason, and other Integra consultants will share critical lessons learned during a number of recent real-world 11g upgrade projects. What you learn in this webcast can make the difference between success and disaster, so register for the webcast now!

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments here, or on our Facebook discussion board!

Thanks!

Eric Heine
Vice President
Integra Technology Consulting

781-890-0070
eheine at integratc dot com

www.integratc.com

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2 Responses to “7 Things You Need to Know About Oracle 11gR2 — Part 1: Concept Guides”

  1. eoracleapps Says:

    Hi !
    I guess to get info on 7 things for 11g I need to join yout web cast.

    http://eoracleapps.blogspot.com/

  2. Integra Technology Consulting Says:

    The “7 Things You Need to Know About Oracle 11gR2” series will continue here, but further insights and real-world case studies will be available in the webcast, “Safe Passage to Oracle 11g — Lessons from Real Migrations”, which will be held Tuesday 03 Nov 2009 at 12:00 pm EDT: http://bit.ly/11gWebcast

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