What makes a book great?
One website (Martin Cothran) defined a great book as: To call something "great” is to attribute to it some combination of three virtues: intellectual, moral, and aesthetic. An intellectual virtue has to do with something's truth; a moral virtue has to do with the good of a thing; and an aesthetic virtue has to do with a thing's beauty. Ultimately, however, all of these considerations come into play for a book to be called truly "great.”
A Great Oracle Book
I think Rich's Performance Tuning Tips and Techniques book fits into this category. Rich's book is a definitive book on Oracle tuning that has proved itself over time. This book is a good thing because performance tuning is a key skill DBAs must have. It also has aesthetic virtue because his insights, words of wisdom and perspective make this book a thing of beauty from an Oracle DBA perspective.
Time to Start Reading
I'm now going to read the latest release of this book from the very beginning to make sure I keep my skills honed. I will follow up with my review when I finish the book.
Labels: Performance Tuning