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Posted Sep 19, 2003

Dispel the Curse of Poor Oracle Performance

By Staff

[From O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.]

Sebastopol, CA--Harry Potter, a wildly popular wizard created by J. K. Rowling, spends his fictional life studying sorcery at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In his third year, his best friend, Hermione Granger, enlists the use of magic to add to her already heavy academic load. With the blessing of the deputy headmistress, Hermione employs the Time-Turner, a charmed necklace that allows her to hop back through time in order to take two classes at once. While her scholastic endeavors prove to be a bit more taxing than she anticipated, the Time-Turner is instrumental to the climax of the story: Hermione and Harry use it to right some terrible wrongs, saving the day once again.

Thankfully, you don't need magical accoutrements or special wizard training to get the most out of your Oracle database--that includes fixing some horrible inefficiencies that have been cowering within the system for years. The methodology for recovering swift, finely honed Oracle response time is contained within the pages of "Optimizing Oracle Performance" (O'Reilly, US $34.95), authored by renowned Oracle scientists Cary Millsap and Jeff Holt. Their book cuts a path through the complexity of current tuning methods, and streamlines an approach that focuses on optimization techniques that any DBA can use quickly and successfully to make noticeable--even dramatic--improvements.

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