Oracle 10g/11g Data and Database Management Utilitiesby Hector R. Madrid
The book is well within its perimeters. It discusses in detail nearly all database management utilities that an administrator uses in his day-to-day activities. The book will prove to be helpful for DBAs in a junior role as well as for those who are preparing for database administration certification examinations. The language used in this book helps the reader understand the complex tools offered by Oracle even though he may not be aware of all the tools discussed.
The authenticity of the topics discussed and extensive examples/screen shots used are a real added advantage in understanding the utilities better. This book can also prove to be a good reference material for those involved in routine tasks not worrying about what all Oracle offers.
It deals with normal DBA tools like Data Pump, External tables, SQL Loader, Recovery Manager, Oracle Scheduler, Security Management, Database Configuration Assistant (DBCA) and much more. These are a must to be understood for a database administrator as well as a database developer/enthusiast. For a long time, there has been a demand for technical details of what a database administrator deals in his day-to-day life and this book addresses to this need. The book explains in detail the various tools the DBAs would use and then discusses the feature enhancements done in 11g. Also examples constitute a sizable portion of the book which are nice to have in a book of this magnitude.
In short this book deserves its place in your custody and will prove to be best in times of database administration activities.