Tuesday, October 11, 2005

And I did not pay him!

And I did not pay him anything (really). Chris Foot wrote the nicest review I’ve ever received. He commented on everything from the layout and format (which is not the standard Apress layout! I had changes made to it – ones he pointed out like the gray box for code to make stand out), to writing style, content and so on.

Chris, thanks for the review, what more can I say. Oh – and yes, metalink is the place to start for non “howto questions”. What version is supported on platform X? – metalink. I’m getting an ORA-0600 – metalink. But questions that are “howto” or “best practices” – forums, metalink forums, otn forums, oracle-l, asktom – they are best suited there.
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17 Comments:

Blogger Commi said....

As stated above very nice review, but to be honest I expected you to get this kind of reviews. You did the work and you did it great. Until now I had not thought wether to buy your new book in addition to the others I posses, but reading the review made me just order a copy within under a minute. And I do know in advance it is a good purchase.

Tue Oct 11, 08:27:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Kashif said....

Hi Tom -

Wow, very nice write-up by Chris Foot indeed. Quick question, is the PDF on the CD for the new book or the old one? I thought it was for the old... Also, what other content is there on the CD besides the PDF for the old book ("Well thought out and containing loads of valuable information.")?

I haven't bought the book yet but I was at Barnes & Noble over the weekend flipping through the book, and I have to say that even though I could see similarities in this text and the previous one, I was having a hard time putting the book down. I think it's going to be an excellent refresh of the concepts for me.

Thanks.

Kashif

Tue Oct 11, 10:27:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Michael Dinh said....

Cannot wait for the next book.

Congrats Tom on an awesome review.

Tue Oct 11, 11:16:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Rob H said....

Great review tom.

For those still on the fence (like kashif) go buy the book. I have said it several times on the website and to Tom, Chapter 6 on Locking and Latching is worth the price of the book itself (although I still have questions). Don't take my word for it go read it.

Also, I find the PDF an excellent addition that I keep on my laptop for offline information. There are even times when access to the internet is very limited (WHY BLOCK ACCESS TO ASKTOM?! :D) and the PDF is a great lookup. Having the Oracle Docs and the book on the laptop has been extremely helpful (although I don't appreciate the search function of the docs going to OTN, this is pain when online access is limited).

Tue Oct 11, 11:31:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Out of curiosity, what happened to the links to other blogs?

Tue Oct 11, 11:50:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Kashif said....

Hi Rob -

I'm on the fence, but for reasons other than the quality of Tom's books, which I know are fantastic. I own Expert-One-on-One and had ample access to Effective Oracle via work before I changed jobs. I used to post frequently on Tom's website and blog though but not as much now.

By the way, I think the blog is taking me away from the AskTom website, I used to read on AskTom regularly previously, but not as much now because I spend more and more time reading here!

Kashif

Tue Oct 11, 12:48:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

" Out of curiosity, what happened to the links to other blogs? "

Yes,, What really happened to the links out there , Tom?

Tue Oct 11, 01:52:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

For those still on the fence, Bookpool has a $10 rebate on APress books this month.

http://www.bookpool.com/ct/98051

Tue Oct 11, 02:37:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tom,

I am curious as to what do you think of my idea of creating a database for bugs(to records the bugs from applications currently in development. Do you have such database at oracle? Any ideas??

Thanks,

Lou

Tue Oct 11, 03:03:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

Maybe it's a bit too early to review your book, since I've only sampled around 15 sections so far (damned PostMan), but what I've seen is 100% consistent with Chris's review.

What surprised me is that, even if I've browsed asktom daily for some years now (you haven't noticed of course), reading I bet almost every followup, I actually found in the book a couple of things I missed (and I expect to find more as I read). Of course there's more in the book than in asktom, but finding "new" things after so few pages worth of reading ... not to mention of course that learning from a well-designed and well-written book is far easier than "interpolating" hundreds of questions/answers.

But the #1 feature of the book for me is that I can trust you "by default", which means that I can safely assume that what's written is true and accurate, and test things just to check if they apply to my problems and context - that's a point that Chris took for granted and obvious, but worth pointing out.

Thanks for writing!

Tue Oct 11, 03:43:00 PM EDT  

Blogger kamus said....

Tom, I just want to tell you a good news, the "Great Fire Wall of China" has released the block of blogspot, so we can visit your blog freely without any proxy. Cheers :-)
BTW, I'm a Oracle DBA from China.

Wed Oct 12, 03:03:00 AM EDT  

Blogger TianBingChao said....

Yes, i have bought a copy of Effective Oracle by Design just July. I will buy
this book soon.thanks for your nice work :)

Wed Oct 12, 10:08:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Jay said....

What happened to your links on your blog page? It was access point to the blogger world... :)

Wed Oct 12, 11:38:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Jeff Hunter said....

I am curious as to what do you think of my idea of creating a database for bugs(to records the bugs from applications currently in development. Do you have such database at oracle? Any ideas??
Why re-invent the wheel? There are about 20 bug tracking open source systems out there. Maybe you could take your enthusiasm and put it work on an open source project.

Wed Oct 12, 11:42:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Peter K said....


kamus said....

Tom, I just want to tell you a good news, the "Great Fire Wall of China" has released the block of blogspot, so we can visit your blog freely without any proxy. Cheers :-)
BTW, I'm a Oracle DBA from China.

Well, that is good news indeed. A new whole audience group for Tom.

Wed Oct 12, 02:40:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Das said....

Hi Tom,

Congratulations and Thanks for the
superb book and you deserve such an awesome review.

I ordered it weeks ago and was really glad to get it signed during the CTOUG seminar on October 12th. By the way, it was fantastic. I guess you would do quite well at Poker, considering the fact that you said, "SQL*Plus is the ultimate data visualization tool in the planet", with a straight face :-)

Fri Oct 14, 08:11:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Das said...

your timing is impeccable with regards to poker...

Tonight is poker night ;)

Fri Oct 14, 08:15:00 AM EDT  

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