One of the most important challenges faced by Oracle database
administrators and Oracle
developers is the need to tune SQL
statements so that they execute efficiently. In this book, Mark Gurry shares his in-depth knowledge of Oracle's SQL
statement optimizers. Mark provides solutions to many common problems that occur with both the rule-based and cost-based optimizers. Mark provides a number of handy SQL
tuning tips, discusses the use of the DBMS_STATS package to manage database
statistics, and shows you how to use outlines to specify execution plans for SQL
statements in third-party applications that you can't otherwise modify.