From bestselling comic-book franchise writer Charles Soule comes a clever and witty first novel of a twentysomething New Yorker who wakes up one morning with the power to predict the future—perfect for fans of Joe Hill and Brad Meltzer, or books like This Book Is Full of Spiders and Welcome to Night Vale.Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded Web site with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time, global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.He's also making a lot of high-powered enemies, from the President of the United States and a nationally prominent televangelist to a warlord with a nuclear missile and an assassin grandmother. Legions of cyber spies are unleashed to hack the Site—as it's come to be called—and the best manhunters money can buy are deployed not only to unmask the Oracle but to take him out of the game entirely. With only a handful of people he can trust—including a beautiful journalist—it's all Will can do to simply survive, elude exposure, and protect those he loves long enough to use his knowledge to save the world. Delivering fast-paced adventure on a global scale as well as sharp-witted satire on our concepts of power and faith, Marvel writer Charles Soule's audacious debut novel takes readers on a rollicking ride where it's impossible to predict what will happen next.
Published by: Harper Perennial | Publication date: 04/03/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 428 pages
The vast majority of Oracle SQL books discuss some syntax, provide the barest rudiments of using Oracle SQL, and perhaps include a few simple examples. It might be enough to pass a survey course, or give you some buzz words to drop in conversation with real Oracle DBAs. But if you use Oracle SQL on a regular basis, you want much more. You want to access the full power of SQL to write queries in an Oracle environment. You want a solid understanding of what's possible with Oracle SQL, creative techniques for writing effective and accurate queries, and the practical, hands-on information that leads to true mastery of the language. Simply put, you want useful, expert best practices that can be put to work immediately, not just non-vendor specific overview or theory.Updated to cover the latest version of Oracle, Oracle 10g, this edition of the highly regarded Mastering Oracle SQL has a stronger focus on technique and on Oracle's implementation of SQL than any other book on the market. It covers Oracle s vast library of built-in functions, the full range of Oracle SQL query-writing features, regular expression support, new aggregate and analytic functions, subqueries in the SELECT and WITH clauses, multiset union operators, enhanced support for hierarchical queries: leaf and loop detection, and the CONNECT_BY_ROOT operator, new partitioning methods (some introduced in Oracle9i Release 2), and the native XML datatype, XMLType.Mastering Oracle SQL, 2nd Edition fills the gap between the sometimes spotty vendor documentation, and other books on SQL that just don't explore the full depth of what is possible with Oracle-specific SQL. For those who want to harness the untapped (and often overlooked) power of Oracle SQL, this essential guide for putting Oracle SQL to work will prove invaluable.
Published by: O'Reilly Media | Publication date: 06/22/2004Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 496 pages
I hate fire. It nearly destroyed me. Now, my only chance at survival is a fire-breathing, shape-shifting dragon.An urban fantasy adventure full of mystical creatures and sassy heroinesDavie is a normal girl trying to live a normal life. Except that she can see the future and has visions that make her seem crazy. When she meets a man who immediately seems too perfect to be real, her quest for a normal life quickly ends. She soon learns the world is full of mythical creatures including shapeshifting dragons, dwarves, and mystical oracles. Can Davie adapt to the new world that has dropped her into the middle of a mythical war that could tear the world apart?Oracle is the first book in the Dragon Oracle series. If you like magical adventures with quirky characters, mythical creatures, and shapeshifting dragons, be ready to be transported to a magical realm that could be in your own town.Download Oracle and be transported to a new reality today!Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited
Published by: Fairfield Publishing | Publication date: 02/08/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Turns out, even psychics can have their blind spots. I've never not seen the past, present, or future accurately — until I met Blake Wilson, that is. Okay, so that's a lie.I also don't remember the first 20-some odd years of my life. But when you're 2,384, what's a couple of decades lost? Turns out — enough to unravel everything.All I know now is, I better figure out a way around my blind spots — or die trying.Kids' lives depend on it.Calling all fans of Shayne Silvers, Shannon Mayer, & Brandon Barr! If you like snarky-fun humor, gripping supernatural scenes, and twists that leave you spellbound — then you will LOVE Carissa Andrews' world built especially for Diana Hawthorne. Oracle can be read separately or in conjunction with the prequel novelette, The Final Five (available now)! Tap the BUY NOW button to dive headlong into a world of immortal psychics, intense supernatural scenes, and a gripping story that won't let you stop until you've read the final page. INTERVIEW WITH CARISSA ANDREWSQ: What inspires your writing?A: I've always had a passion for ancient history and old mythologies. I originally went to school for archaeology, but ended up studying ancient art, history, and literature. My life experience has also brought me to some very eclectic interests, which I've used to elaborate in my stories... For example, I'm a Reiki Master, I've studied mixed martials arts, and have a special place in my heart for the metaphysical. I wanted my stories to be a blend of not only the things I found fascinating, but the sort of tales that I knew my readers would be enthralled with. If you can put down one of my books, then I don't feel I've done my job. Q: What other books are tied to Oracle?A: Oracle is the first in the Diana Hawthorne books, but there are two other stories tied to her world so far:
The Final Five (prequel) - Available Now! Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds - Coming November 2019!Q: What other books can readers enjoy?A: In addition to the ones listed above, I also have a young adult scifi/fantasy/dystopian series available for readers who love genre-bending speculative fiction. Those titles include: Trajectory: A Pendomus Chronicles Prequel (found exclusively in On the Brink Dystopian Anthology) Pendomus: Book 1 of the Pendomus Chronicles Polarities: Book 2 of the Pendomus Chronicles Revolutions: Book 3 of the Pendomus Chronicles Scroll up to click the BUY NOW button and start digging into this mythology grounded psychic supernatural thriller today!
Publication date: 06/21/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Hope is a four letter word. Yet, I can’t help but hope that the Oracle will be the answer to what I seek.But getting to the Oracle is no small thing as she resides in the center of the Blasted lands—toxic waste, lava, and monsters. And as the alpha of our Pride, it’s up to me to act responsibly and not get my people all killed.Driving us from behind comes the desert goddess whose rage is centered on me, and with her is a new ally, who still holds my heart in his hands. One whose voice calls to me still.Eyes on the prize, I will push forward, even though hope feels weak and pointless. Along the way, maybe my heart will heal, maybe I’ll bring my brother back from the dead, maybe this will turn out okay after all.Or maybe I will lose everything, and everyone I hold dear and discover I’m not meant to save anyone.Hope might spring eternal, but she’s a right bitch as far as I can see. Also Available!Witch's Reign (Desert Cursed Book 1) Dragon's Ground (Desert Cursed Book 2) Jinn's Dominion (Desert Cursed Book 3)
Published by: Hijinks Ink Publishing | Publication date: 11/06/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Demystifying the power of the Oracle 12c database The Oracle database is the industry-leading relational database management system (RDMS) used from small companies to the world’s largest enterprises alike for their most critical business and analytical processing. Oracle 12c includes industry leading enhancements to enable cloud computing and empowers users to manage both Big Data and traditional data structures faster and cheaper than ever before. Oracle 12c For Dummies is the perfect guide for a novice database administrator or an Oracle DBA who is new to Oracle 12c. The book covers what you need to know about Oracle 12c architecture, software tools, and how to successfully manage Oracle databases in the real world.
- Highlights the important features of Oracle 12c
- Explains how to create, populate, protect, tune, and troubleshoot a new Oracle database
- Covers advanced Oracle 12c technologies including Oracle Multitenant—the "pluggable database" concept—as well as several other key changes in this release
Published by: For Dummies | Publication date: 10/24/2013Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 435 pages
After 30 years of working with the Oracle Database, this Expert teaches SQL Tuning to the masses. Not a book of quick tips or rare oddities, these pages teach real knowledge. They present a practical process for tuning badly performing SQL that works reliably in the real world of the Oracle Professional. Refined and Distilled to save you years of the hard grinding everyone else had to go through to learn how to do it, these pages will teach you:- The Power of Cardinalities (Estimated Cardinality, Actual Cardinality, Table Cardinality, Cardinality Feedback)- The Importance of Driving Table and Join Order (Join Sentence, Join Tree, Query Diagram, Query Data Model)- The use of Query Decomposition and Reconstruction in localizing the problem component of a query- How to construct a Filtered Rows Percentage Spreadsheet to learn if a query got off to a good start- How to extract useful information from Oracle Query Execution Plans (Query Modification, Cardinality Estimation, Fetch Efficiency, Join Efficiency)- How to build indexes and evaluate their value to a specific problem query (DUNSEL Columns, Inequality Predicates, Column Modification, Column Order, Predicate Selectivity)- How to build the proper set of indexes for specific problem queries when necessary using a formal process (ACCESS, FILTER, COVERAGE, POST-TABLE FILTERING, Indexing for a Driving Table, Indexing for an Inner Table in a Join)- How to make joins go faster, particularly Hash Join (2% Rule, Precision Query vs. Warehouse Query, Most Common Join Failures Scenarios, Tuning the Hash Join)- How to use hints as a discovery tool instead of a club- The Absolute Necessity of Good Database Design in Assuring top Performance (Modeling Paradigm, 3rd Normal Form, SQL Workload Types (OLTP, DSS, Analytic), Fundamentals of Statistics (NDV, Uniform Distribution, Dependence, Dynamic Sampling), Addressing Statistics Problems (Staleness, Skew, Dependence, Defaulting, Out-of-Bounds, Transiency, Bloat)- Opening Moves used in the trenches for quick diagnosis under pressure (The Typical Crisis Meeting, Query Analysis Breakdown, Three Kinds of Row Counts, Types of QEP Plan Steps, Questions used to Guide the Analysis)- As a bonus, a special chapter offers unique perspective on EXADATA and how to position yourself to exploit its opportunities as a Developer or DBA (Sales Pitch vs. Reality, How much faster will your Apps go?, 40X Speed Up?, SMARTSCAN, Column Projection, Row Filtering, iDB Messaging, Storage Indexes, Bloom Filters, What sours the Secret Sauce, EXADATA's effect on your Applications, NON-EXADATA query costs, Reality of Hybrid Columnar Compression, The Three Compression Strategies, Where you the Oracle Professional can be Unique)- How to document your work in a ways that let you show others how good you are and teach them how to tune tooSupported by a dozen of Kevin's powerful SQL scripts that make it much easier for you to succeed, you will learn and apply the knowledge and processes found in this book and soon be recognized as one of your company's top SQL Tuning Technicians.
Publication date: 01/04/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 435 pages
The husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team of Sam and Remi Fargo return in a new adventure as they search for an ancient scroll--which carries a deadly curse--in this thrilling addition to Clive Cussler's bestselling series.In 533 A.D., the last Vandal ruler in North Africa consults an oracle on how to defeat the invading Byzantine army. The oracle tells the king that a high priestess cast a curse upon the Vandal Kingdom after a sacred scroll was stolen. In order to lift the curse, the scroll must be returned to its rightful home. But the kingdom falls before the scroll is found, leaving its location a great mystery. . . until a current day archeological dig, funded by Sam and Remi Fargo, uncovers some vital clues.The search for the ancient scroll is put on hold when the Fargos learn that a shipment of supplies intended for their charitable foundation's school has been stolen, and they travel to Nigeria to deliver new supplies themselves. But their mission becomes infinitely more complicated when they run afoul of a band of robbers. The group takes Remi and several students hostage, and there are signs that the kidnapping is related to the missing scroll. The Fargos need all their skills to save the lives of the young girls at the school before they uncover the hidden treasure. . . and lift the deadly curse.
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons | Publication date: 06/11/2019Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Master the Cutting-Edge Features of Oracle Database 12c Maintain a scalable, highly available enterprise platform and reduce complexity by leveraging the powerful new tools and cloud enhancements of Oracle Database 12c. This authoritative Oracle Press guide offers complete coverage of installation, configuration, tuning, and administration. Find out how to build and populate Oracle databases, perform effective queries, design applications, and secure your enterprise data. Oracle Database 12c: The Complete Reference also contains a comprehensive appendix covering commands, keywords, features, and functions.
- Set up Oracle Database 12c or upgrade from an earlier version
- Design Oracle databases and plan for application implementation
- Construct SQL and SQL*Plus statements and execute powerful queries
- Secure data with roles, privileges, virtualization, and encryption
- Move data with SQL*Loader and Oracle Data Pump
- Restore databases using flashback and the Oracle Database Automatic Undo Management feature
- Build and deploy PL/SQL triggers, procedures, and packages
- Work with Oracle pluggable and container databases
- Develop database applications using Java, JDBC, and XML
- Optimize performance with Oracle Real Application Clusters
Published by: McGraw-Hill Education | Publication date: 08/05/2013Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 1472 pages
In this epic fantasy series for fans of George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb, Jewel Markess must contend with deadly court politics, and visions of looming magical threats. Beneath the streets of Averalaan, capital city of the Essalieyan Empire, lie the three Princes of the firstborn, doomed to sleep until the end of days. When gods walked the world, they feared the Sleepers—and the Sleepers are waking. House Terafin has already felt the consequences of their stirring. To save the city and the House over which she rules, Jewel Markess ATerafin must face the Oracle. She leaves a divided House and a city haunted by demons in human guise. At no time in Terafin’s history has it faced the dangers it now faces, and it will face them bereft of its leader. But the path of the Oracle was old when the gods ceased to walk the world. Ancient creatures stalk winter skies at the behest of the demons, who mean to ensure that she will never reach the Oracle’s side. Secrets, long hidden from all but the firstborn, will finally be brought to light. Choices will be made, and paths chosen, from which there will be no return....
Published by: DAW | Publication date: 05/05/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 688 pages