Win A Free Copy of Packt’s Managing Multimedia and Unstructured Data in the Oracle Database e-book


I recently did the technical review of some of the chapters in a new Packt book called Managing Multimedia and Unstructured Data in the Oracle Database by Marcelle Kratochvil. I’ve known Marcelle for years and although we don’t always see eye-to-eye on DBA matters, she is definitely the first person I speak to about matters concerning multimedia and Oracle databases. A number of people “talk the talk”, but Marcelle is one of the few people that can actually “walk the walk” on this subject!

If you are interested in getting a free e-copy of this book, Packt Publishing are organizing a give away. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling me why you think you deserve a copy and what you hope to achieve after reading it. In 2 weeks (approximately 26-April-2013) I’ll read and judge the responses and make sure an e-copy of the book gets to the 4 lucky winners. I’ll be contacting the winners by email, so you will have to use your real email address when you comment! 🙂

I’m not going to reveal my judging criteria, and I’ll probably ask Marcelle to help me decide, so try and be a little creative in your answers. 🙂 Just asking for a copy is not going to make you a winner. 🙂

Let the games begin…



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Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

19 thoughts on “Win A Free Copy of Packt’s Managing Multimedia and Unstructured Data in the Oracle Database e-book”

  1. Unstructured data, multimedia, XML,… all topics I have been hanging out to hear at user group conferences, but always bitterly disappointed. I’ve played around with XML, querying external web services and RSS feeds, and I’m wondering where I could push the boundaries here, and with video, audio, SMS which we collect, but sits on our file system, I can only dream of what might be after reading this book. Please,… a copy (beg, grovel).

  2. I’m using PL/SQL to allow our users to “upload” files (anything) into the XMLDB repository, then I “link” those files with relational data in the schema containing our ERP data. That enables our ERP users inside the ERP system to view documents “attached” to customers, products, employees, whatever. And we can Oracle Text search those files whether they are Word documents or Excel or whatever.

    Works fine and users are happy, but I would very much like to know how much more advanced I could make this. For example:

    – Could I use user-defined repository metadata to represent some of the relational referenced data in the repository giving me better text search performance?

    – How could I organize the files in the repository to give WEBDAV access to users, but only to those files where they have access in the ERP system to the referenced relational data?

    – Etc.

    So if this book delves deeply into this, then it would be very interesting to see how much I can improve my repository “file system” 🙂

    Kim Berg Hansen
    kibeha [squirrely-a] gmail [dot] com

  3. World is now full of multimedia information and it is very important to understand how to properly store it inside the database. I use XML too as one of the major data types and recently started with LOBs. Definitely it would be a great addition to my library.
    Thank you..

  4. This subject interests me a lot because I’m trying to learn more about how to recognize and deal with unstructured data and its applicability in current global market scenario.

  5. This subject interests me a lot because I’m trying to learn more about how to recognize and deal with unstructured data and its applicability in current global market scenario.

  6. With time, the data is coming more unstructured and sparse… I want to look forward and have a good starting point on this subject…

  7. Would like this book for research. Use to be all files (Multimedia/Unstructured) was to be placed in the DB. But recently a number of companies are asking to these files to be placed on a file server and a pointer in the DB. This to help w/ the size of the DB, as well as the time of the backup’s (RMAN).

    But with the info being on the file servers the auditing could not be as secure as if it was in the DB.

    Be interested best practices for these types of data w/i the DB.


  8. I have been in Oracle Database world for years, that time the only thing that comes to my mind is “what are people going to do if someday they have to deal with a big data…very very big data?”

    And here it comes, data growth is dramatically increased nowadays. It is not only about how to store the data in database, but people have to find the most effective and efficient way about how to extract important information from the unstructured data. This is where Oracle comes into play. Oracle has technology to help people find new insight and capitalize on hidden relationship.

    I take a control as database and middleware specialist in my company, I believe this book can very helpful for me to reveal the secret in order to gain better understanding of how to manage multimedia and unstructured data intelligently that can have a significant impact on enterprise datawarehouse.

    At last, but not least…doing further R&D (research and development) is very important after reading this book. This way, keep me stay awake about the greatest technology that Oracle has and spreading knowledge to the other professionals so we are always ready to meet challenge together.


  9. Please can I have a copy of the book ?
    Pretty please…?
    Pretty, pretty, Please ?


  10. Hi, Tim! I’ve worked an Oracle DBA just about 1.5 year. It’s very interesting to study the vast capabilities of Oracle. Most recently, the company in which I work, set a goal – to implement workflow (unstructured data), which can contains some digital objects! I’ve read your blog about 1 year, and I’d like to say – it’s really helpful for me (and I’m sure for many readers). So, I’m sure, this book will really cool and help me to improve my Oracle knowledge! Best Regards, from Moscow!:)

  11. For me the obvious selection criteria is the best answer to “explain what the fundamental flaw is when comparing a relational system to one with unstructured data and trying to highlight this argument by focusing on foreign keys”.
    How easy is it for people to break away from the chains of relational and expand their thinking into a more realistic world model (which isn’t necessarily object-oriented).
    Equally good are embarrassing photos, video, audio or any other multimedia of Tim.

  12. The old days of structured data where everything fitted nicely into standard data structures (rows and columns in a nice schema) are quite the opposite of what we are trying to store in our databases now. Unstructured data (documents, video, audio, XML, geospatial, images, etc), whether it be machine or human based are also being stored in newer data types (clob, blob, xmltype). Having seen mutli-row, nested XML tables in clob fields, referential integrity goes out the door (not to mention performance). I suspect xmltype might be easier (bar the syntax), but the nature of some unstructured data isn’t relational at all. Am sure there is much more to this, hence hoping a ecopy comes my way…

  13. Hi Tim,
    Thanks for the game :), I would like to grab a book because to learn more about unstructured data. I use to get frequent requests on LOBs on config/ redef/ performance. Think this book give more knowledge on the subject

  14. I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you send me the book now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

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