(Points to anyone who can identify that reference.)
Being a new budding Oracle developer, I decided to make up for lack of experience with books. I debated subscribing to Safari (my nontechnical brother helped me decide
After working here a few weeks, I met Frank. The first thing I noticed about Frank was the O'Reilly catalog on his desk. The second thing I noticed was the O'Reilly Perl books he owned, including a first edition camel (still the best for new programmers! I'll never forget Job.). "My mother tongue!" I exclaimed, and so began a long discussion of comparing notes, talking Perl ("How did you ever get them to send you to YAPC?"), and broadening the context out to UNIX, Linux, and O'Reilly in general.
The next week Frank led me out to the largest Half Price Books in Dallas. (Yes, I am actually in Dallas now, as opposed to the Tarrant County side of the whole Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex which is often erroneously referred to as "Dallas.") There I got the CD Bookshelf and several other O'Reilly Oracle titles, all for at least half off, as well as Docbook: TDG on closeout for a dollar! I already had Learning PL/SQL and PL/SQL Programming on the way from Bookpool (they are having a 43% off sale on O'Reilly titles!), so I thought I was building quite a library.
However, this weekend my girlfriend and I discovered a 75 percent off bookstore had moved in next to a religious bookstore we wanted to go to. There are apparently two chains of these stores in Texas. If you don't live here, you should come to visit, because they have two rules that will make your heart and wallet sing:
So I doubled the size of my library, buying seven books for $5 a pop, and got a Learning Red Hat book for my girlfriend's dad as well, at $3-something. Frank was off yesterday, so I brought him over to my cube today to see the solid block of orange on my shelf. (Except for the SQLJ book. Curse that ill-advised attempt to move the color to the tiny band at the top!) I have so much material that to find something I google oreilly.com to see which table of contents I find it in. My collection is still incomplete, of course, and it'll take me forever to read all this, but I intend to plug through it and become the best I can be.
Come to Texas. We have cheap books.
My only regret at the moment is there are no O'Reilly books on Oracle Financials/Oracle Applications. I'm at a real loss on these subjects, although I'm borrowing official Oracle training guides from coworkers and hoping to be sent to those courses myself.