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RE: Apps Books suggestions

From: Mark W. Farnham <>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 18:34:30 -0400
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I'm in the middle of reviewing Oracle Applications DBA Field Guide by Elke Phelps and Paul Jackson and published by Apress. The ink seems a little moist, but it is available to purchase.

Disclaimer: Elke wrote something nice about me, and my ethics advisor says I have to mention that when I review the book. Check. Also I got a free copy to review. Check.

This book will definitely save you a ton of time just looking for where the various geniuses decided the various configuration files affecting the E-business suite should live.

The bonus is that it describes what lives where on all the logical tiers and describes common ways of positioning the various logical tiers on actual servers. You'll get an appreciation of the whole stack of technology that an E-business suite (Oracle Apps) DBA often gets roped into supporting.

John's paper is also good, but here is the problem: Not just the implementation, but also the architecture of the E-business suite is a moving target. Without pulling it up and reviewing again after four years, I'd wager a dozen donuts that bits of John's paper are now wrong (I think that is what John is implying when he says it is still relevant from a conceptual view, which I'm sure it is.) Soon bits of Elke and Paul's book will be out of date. For example, real soon now you won't have to use jinitiator any more and the native java "thingy" will work just fine. (The early adopter program is already open, and this is NOT smoke and mirrors.)

However, right now the book is extremely accurate (as far as I've read, and that's about half way through), and the sectional description should stand the test of time at least until Fusion.

I hope you find it useful. (And I have no financial interest in the book and this is not a paid review, in case you wondered.)



-----Original Message-----

From: []On Behalf Of John Kanagaraj
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 4:21 PM
To:; Oracle Discussion List Subject: RE: Apps Books suggestions

Hi Niall,

There is somehow a *distinct* lack of books on this. However, I put together an article long ago on this very same topic (2002), but it is still relevant from a conceptual view. Links off - select the "So, What is an "Apps DBA" Anyway?" link (word doc).

John Kanagaraj <><
DB Soft Inc
Phone: 408-970-7002 (W)

Fear connects you to the Negative, but Faith connects you to the Positive! I Jn 4:18

-----Original Message-----

[] On Behalf Of Niall Litchfield Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 1:12 PM
To: Oracle Discussion List
Subject: Apps Books suggestions

as the title really, I'm after good introductory material for e-business suite for an experienced dba.


Niall Litchfield
Oracle DBA


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