Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A dying breed?

I usually get a feel for "what's hot" in the marketplace by the number of books on the shelves at my favorite bookstore. A couple years ago there was six shelves at my Borders store filled with books on Oracle. Oracle for Dummies, PL/SQL, and scores of Certification books. I was quite surprised to find only three books on Oracle at the same store this past weekend.

MySQL still has some respect with about a 1/2 shelf. .Net clocked in with about 5 or 6 shelves with a smattering here and there of Java and the associated technologies. Good old Perl shared half a shelf with PHP. But I feel left behind because I don't know Excel Macros (about 12 shelves).

Maybe Oracle has really achieved a self-tuning, self-managing database and we don't need books anymore.

Please excuse me while I apply four more patches to my "up-to-date" installation.


Noons said...

Ah yes, similar here.
It used to be one shelf for Oracle, another for SQL Server, then one shared between mysql and postgres and two or three db2 books.

Now, it's two for SQL Server, half a shelf for Oracle, half a shelf for mysql and postgres and nothing - as in 0, nada - for db2.

Heaps of .net, a little of java + php + apache, almost nothing about j2ee.

I'm sure it's just me, but I do detect a trend.

then again, I'm fully expecting the usual "cynical,cynical" chorus to start...

DomBrooks said...

Funny that.

After years of JDBC client projects, my last two have been .NET.

Anonymous said...

Well here's another alternative to consider.

Maybe there are quite a few good oracle books available and the oracle professionals ( being somewhat cheap ) know and order them from online websites.

After all if you have Cary Millsap's book, a couple from Tom Kyte, and a couple more from Jonathan Lewis ... what else do you need?

You don't really want to see those red books with the horse heads on them filling the shelves now do ya?

Gary Myers said...

Personally, I'm buying online. The bookshops tend not to get in the 'right' computer books, and ordering them from the US (including delivery costs) is cheaper than buying them in the shop down the road.
Maybe MySQL and SQL Server haven't worked out this Interweb thing ?

Steve said...

How many books which could be considered "pure" computer science did you see? These days you only see bookshelf space spent on the technology of the moment (*cough* web development) and very little on solid foundations.