Monday, August 15, 2005

About the Technical Reviewers

As the print date draws close for the new book, (they have the price wrong, working on getting that fixed - the LIST will be $45, not 69.99 as listed!)  I'd like to introduce the review team and thank them.

Without a technical review team of the caliber I had during the writing of this book, I would be nervous about the content.  Jonathan Lewis, Roderick Manalac, Michael Moller, and Gabe Romanescu spent many hours poring over the material and verifying it was technically accurate as well as useful in the real world.  I firmly believe a technical book should be judged not only by who wrote it but, as importantly, by who reviewed it.

Jonathan Lewis has been involved in database work for more than nineteen years, specializing in Oracle for the last sixteen years, working at consultant level for the last twelve years. Jonathan is currently a director of the UK Oracle User Group, and is well known for his many presentations at the UKOUG conferences and SIGs. He is also renowned for his tutorials and seminars about the Oracle database engine, which he has held in various countries around the world.

Jonathan is author of the acclaimed book Practical Oracle 8i (Addison-Wesley, ISBN: 0201715848), writes regularly for the UK user group magazine, and occasionally for other publications, including OTN and DBAZine. He also finds time occasionally to publish Oracle-related material on his website

Roderick Manalac graduated from UC Berkeley in 1989 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He's been an employee of Oracle Support Services ever since. Practically all of that time has been spent in assisting external customers and internal employees (around the globe) gain a better understanding of the subtleties involved with running the Oracle database product on Unix platforms. Other than that, he spends way too much time playing video games, watching TV, eating snacks, and willing the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series.

Michael Moller is an Oracle Certified Master (OCM) and has been in computers since his 10th birthday, approximately 40 years ago. He's been involved in pretty much everything related to building and running software systems, as a Programmer, Principal Senior System, Design Engineer, Project Manager, and Quality Assurance Manager. He worked in the computer business in USA, England and Denmark, before joining Oracle Denmark, 10 years ago, where he worked in Support and later in Premium Support. He has often taught in Oracle Education, even taking the Oracle Internals seminar on a whistle-stop tour of Europe. He spent the last 2 years of his time with Oracle working in Development in the USA, creating the course materials for advanced courses, including Internals on NLS and RAC. Nowadays Michael is gainfully employed in Miracle A/S, Denmark with consultancy and education.

Gabe Romanescu has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and works as an independent Oracle consultant. He discovered relational theory and technologies in 1992 and has found comfort ever since in the promise of applied logic in the software industry. He mostly benefits from, and occasionally contributes to, the AskTom and OTN forums. He lives in Toronto with his wife Arina and their two daughters, Alexandra and Sophia.

I really appreciate the time they spent, the comments they provided. I know myself how many hours it takes to do the work they did. It would not be the book that it is without them.



Anonymous Marcio Portes said....

As first comment on this subject, I'd just like to join Tom to thank you those guys. Without such great people good books would be hard to exist.
Great job!


Tue Aug 16, 12:30:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Fahd Mirza said....

Tom, How did you select your reviewers? I cant' wait to have the book written by you and reviewed by distinguished people like your reviewers.

Tue Aug 16, 01:34:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous adewri said....

Hi Tom,

Were there instances where you and the reviewer(s) disagreed and then finally made up to a common conclusion?


Tue Aug 16, 06:19:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Isn't Gabe the one you recruited from asktom?

Tue Aug 16, 08:33:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

How did you select your reviewers?

I made suggestions to the editor and he put the team together. Jonathan is someone I'll take if I can get him anytime. Roderick is someone I know from the internal email lists at Oracle - he is the answer man there. Gabe would find many subtle issues/mistakes on asktom frequently. Michael has been around the block a couple of times.

where you and the reviewer(s) disagreed
Always happens -- but depends on how you define disagree.

For a technical point, it would be 'provable' one way or the other, if someone was to say "I don't agree", period - I would probably ignore that. But they don't, they say "I don't agree and here is my case" - and I would usually either soften my way of saying something, or add in the counter case (just to show why rule of thumb is dangerous sometimes, they do not always apply).

I would address however every single comment, I'd guess there were between 1,500 - 2,000 comments at least.

Isn't Gabe

Yes he was.

Tue Aug 16, 10:06:00 AM EDT  

Blogger R Menon said....

Kudos to you and your tech reviewers! I cant wait to get the book in my hands!

Tue Aug 16, 12:44:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

congratulations on another important tool for the Oracle user base!

How long does it take to go from finished (final approval) to printed (now on paper)?

Tue Aug 16, 02:42:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Arun Mathur said....


I frequent asktom a lot, and I had a strong feeling you would ask Gabe to review your work. I always enjoy reading his comments. Anyways, looking forward to reading the book.


Tue Aug 16, 08:56:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

How long does it take to go from finished

I finished on august 11th, however, they are still putting the final touches on as late as right now (just reviewed the cover for the book and the front matter - the foreword by Ken Jacobs, the introduction, the acknowledgments and such)...

And it'll be on paper by the 17th of September for Oracle Open World in San Francisco, so - about a month I guess.

Wed Aug 17, 12:07:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Martin said....

Just reviewed the cover for the book

They are not putting 'Bionic Tom' on the front cover again are they? ;)

Well anyway, I think I'll wait for the second part and buy them as a set (assuming they will be sold as a set)

Wed Aug 17, 04:48:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

The cover will not have a big picture on front (for which I am very grateful, I never liked that).

On the back, a small picture.

No word yet on any bundling, has not been decided.

Wed Aug 17, 09:47:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....


When expected to be available in INDIA.

Sat Sep 10, 01:17:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

When expected to be available in INDIA.

No idea, that is up to the publisher, I'll see if I can find out.

Sat Sep 10, 08:07:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

have you found out, when your book will be available in INDIA

Mon Sep 26, 04:40:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

the book is definately available in contains 724 pages and priced at $49.00.
Also how is CBO Fundamentals by JL??

Thu Jan 26, 11:19:00 PM EST  

Blogger Sandeep said....

You could get the eBook 50% cheaper than the hard-copy. enjoy reading !!

Mon May 29, 03:54:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Bhavesh Ghodasara said....

its avilable in India,,,got it after too much hardship...
hey I get very less information about control file.(you write that its more related to DBA).
where can i more and accurate information about it??
if its by your writing then its good..
by the way book is really very good.just purchase your two books :
effective oracle and expert oracle 9i,10g.
which book should i have read first??

Wed May 31, 01:52:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

What more do you need to know about the controlfile? I mean, I did say "To a DBA they are an important part of the database, but to a software developer they are not extremely relevant." but that doesn't mean I didn't tell you all about them?

Wed May 31, 01:57:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Bhavesh Ghodasara said....

for control file there is only half page, for other files atleast 2-3 pages.

Thu Jun 01, 01:26:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

for control file there is only half page, for other files atleast 2-3 pages.

Volume of material is not a reflection of the needed depth of material.

The control file is a very simple file. It does not take very many words to describe it.

You seem to indicate "something is missing" - what do you think is technically missing?

Same thing happens in the concepts guide. Lots of text about lots of the other files.

Very little about the control file - perhaps because there simply is "not that much to say"

Thu Jun 01, 01:53:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Do you have any interedependence among the chapters in this book? If so, can you please elaborate this or at least let me know if you have already informed this in the book.


Mon Jun 05, 07:02:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Narayan Acharya said....


Re: Expert Oracle Database Architecture.

Your style and treatment has helped me get a clearer picture of all the components of Oracle software that work together to do what it does so well.

You mention at a number of places in the book that you are writing with an Oracle developer in mind ( and stray over to the DBA perspective when necessary).

I am trying to move from a developer perspective to a DBA one and hopefully get certified as one. Which book would you recommend that is written with a prospective and beginner DBA in mind ...? Have you authored any ?


Thu May 17, 11:59:00 AM EDT  

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Sun Aug 12, 07:30:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tom, I have a copy of your book and now that 11g is inkcorporated, should we not get an upgrade price?? Let us know...Derek

Tue Aug 31, 10:37:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....


What prior 2nd editions have you ever bought of a book that had an 'upgrade' price??

Tue Aug 31, 10:41:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

There's always a first time, Tom. The chapters will all be the same but will have additional information. You can be the pacesetter...Derek

Tue Aug 31, 10:57:00 AM EDT  


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