Working mainly with App Server these days, I’ve read a manual or two… I’ve even bought them (my Oracle7 manual set takes about an arm’s worth of bookshelf and almost cost a leg too).

This all changed in 1997 when I loaded the entire database documentation set onto my new toy at the time, a Toshiba Libretto PC (which was about the same size as a hefty novel). Since then I’ve never looked back. Yes, I do periodically print out chunks of manual for reading on the train (as there’s no point keeping them longer than a few months I use all that single-sided junk mail you get), but more often than not I read documentation online. This has the following advantages:

  • you can easily search for terms across several books,
  • you can have several pages/books open at once in different windows,
  • you’ve got the right version for the software you’re running,
  • you can copy and paste any command examples you want to try.

All obvious stuff - so with such easy access to the documentation, why is it you still see lame questions (on Oracle-L, OTN discussion forums, etc) asking how to do such and such? Surely it’s quicker just to look it up… and you don’t have to wait for some kind soul to reply.

The Oracle manuals (and Cisco for that matter) are very comprehensive - yes, there are lots of them but these are complex products. Of course reading the manuals doesn’t solve a problem in itself… just not reading them means you’re more likely make things worse!

Find more about  ,

6 Responses to “RTFM - stuff you never wanted to know about reading the manual!”  

  1. 1 Alex Fatkulin


    remember that funny thread on OTN :)

  2. 2 Alex Gorbachev

    Well said. Thanks Simon!

    All obvious stuff - so with such easy access to the documentation, why is it you still see lame questions (on Oracle-L, OTN discussion forums, etc) asking how to do such and such? Surely it’s quicker just to look it up… and you don’t have to wait for some kind soul to reply.

    I can’t resist adding “It’s lame guess-answers that inspire lame questions”.

  3. 3 Charles Schultz

    I agree, the documentation is both vast and comprehensive, in good and bad ways. The authors have gone to amazing lengths to describe, report and analyze how Oracle works. It is a grand day when you can find that little piece of gold buried in the mounds of verbiage.

    I am happy to refer to the documentation, especially if someone can point out a particular section that may be of interest. Trying to find what you are looking for if you have “no clue” may be a wild goose chase, however. For all the good documentation, I have found that errors are not documented well. I look forward to when errors can be cross-referenced with the documentation in a meaningful way (I hate those ora-600 errors that say, “You should never see this, call Oracle Support”).

    The irony to such a thick library is that there are many things that are not documented, so it is easy to come in with the expectation that “everything” is documented and then get a reality check when you cannot find it.

    All in all, the documentation is excellent! The next step in evolution is when they finally put up a wiki. Please, the sooner the better!

  4. 4 Stephen Booth

    My personal view is that Oracle documentation (for the database at least) took a sharp decline after version 7 and is only now starting to recover. The version 7 documentation was clear, explanatory and quickly let you find what you needed to know. Versions 8, 8i and 9i documentation seemed bloated, unclear and to have massive gaping holes. I heard a rumour that version 7 and earlier the documentation was mostly written by techies who either worked on/with the product or had worked on/with the product in the past where as in 8 Oracle brought in a load of technical writers to overhaul the documentation and give it a more professional polish. How true that is I don’t know but I certainly saw a big change between v7 and v8.


  5. 5 Ken Naim

    I find the documentation to serve its purpose quite adequetly however i find the search engines lacking, especially when delaing with some oracle features that use very generic terms as names, unforutently none come to mind at the moment.

  6. 6 hondata

    Loving the look of the site, except for some of the ads that get in the way. Other than that, it is a real pleasure being on here.

Leave a Reply

  • free cum in ass videos
  • mature hanging tits galleries
  • Ashley lowe nude video
  • young teen hot shots
  • free fuck wifes pics
  • gorgeous pussy gystyled
  • The best interracial movies
  • young grils pussy
  • girls white ass
  • black fats booty movies
  • sex and the teenage mind movie
  • pantyhose sex movies dvd
  • free video tits ass milf
  • Hardcore nude picture
  • shemales free videos
  • great young girls art
  • Sexy tit video
  • sexy cwmbran girls
  • free lesbian full movies
  • fuck me girl tubes
  • girls naked in the city
  • innocent teen amateur
  • sexy young girls who love cum
  • bubble ass whitegirls
  • asian women stars
  • black sexy big booty ladies
  • ebony suck monster dick
  • boobs and cunt galleries
  • high cuality star movies
  • women like black dick
  • free naked sexy girls with glasses
  • internal orgasm movies
  • nonude young girls puffies
  • petite masion restaurant az
  • hip hop sexy black girls
  • New pussy sex
  • feminin sex videos
  • Sex drive movie reviews
  • tube anal videos sasha
  • sexy james from pokemon with boobs
  • free pussy shaved sperm tube
  • Francine prieto nude videos
  • free streaming anal reluctant
  • pemberton concert girls pictures
  • girl with a big dick
  • big butt interracial video
  • Sex india female
  • teen rides boyfriend videos
  • view fucking young girls
  • still gettin my dick suck
  • tube teeny young movie
  • hot wife jesse black
  • hot pinkd blonde pussy
  • orgasm female videos
  • free girl suck vids
  • wife being used by black
  • sexy lesbain girls
  • that girl can suck dick
  • vietnamese sex xxx
  • teen babes fuck hard
  • wet pants girls sex
  • Sex teacher photos
  • zanes sex chronicles ebony
  • nip hop ass girls
  • drug aicted slut interracial black guy
  • natural breast girl pictures
  • champagne black star
  • cerina vincent tits video
  • milf nylon tits pics
  • japan sex thumbs
  • girl orgasm close up
  • wat lubes for anal sex
  • high heels girls free gallery
  • sex thumb gallery
  • i saw my girlfriends sisters pussy
  • hentai lesbians fingering
  • Teen sexy lingerie
  • real celebirtiy sex videos
  • busted flashing dick forum
  • the sexy girls naked
  • Busty blond teen
  • free ebony lesbians
  • solo amateur wife
  • beach naked girls pics
  • hot sexy amateur vids
  • free sexy indian babes
  • white girl take black dick
  • Big boobs squirt
  • free young abuse gagging throat
  • Small girls tits
  • pros sex video
  • free asian pussy sluts sex stories
  • young redhead ass fucked
  • young girls paintings of heaven
  • free videos of erotic massages
  • watch hardcore lesbians grind
  • galleries tiny tits
  • picture of kirk camerons wife
  • sexy male ethnic hairstyles
  • free amateur wife filming videos
  • Girl nude beaches
  • girls fancy party dresses
  • free black lezbian videos
  • Emo girl sex video
  • spring break naked pics video
  • Lesbian old young video
  • shemale teacher fucks girl
  • young mature erotic stories
  • Girl sexy videos
  • forced ass sex pictures
  • teens first ass fucking video
  • free asian vedios
  • free teen sex videeos
  • free video sean yount
  • isreal sexy girls
  • shemale leg galleries
  • mature guys video
  • long amateur vids
  • butts and thongs pictures
  • free online webcam
  • six men fuck girl
  • my wife on hien camera sex
  • reviews for couples retreat movie
  • frees vids
  • teen bisexaul boy sex
  • husband lets me fuck videos
  • Hot naked maids
  • african tribesmen interracial sex
  • asian free teen
  • girls bravo pussy
  • free videos of sleeping sex dy
  • skinny petite teen movies
  • big boob nude teen sex
  • sexy asian big tits
  • plus daughter fuck videos
  • mmf free videos
  • young anal asian
  • nfc championship bikini girls
  • young hot teens
  • flashing maid videos
  • asian swim suit
  • teen movie ebony
  • snow teen vids
  • Teen evil xxx
  • pic of girl butt
  • asian girl galleries net
  • tiny little small russian blowjob video
  • sexy naked girls get fucked galleries
  • ass lick fart bloopers
  • xxx nakita
  • free very very very young asian
  • i celebrity sex videos
  • wife over sex
  • girl scouts exposed lessons in lesbianism
  • sex freaks tits
  • teen sex casting couch
  • free doctoe sex videos
  • Very hot fucking sex
  • black chick white dick anal
  • pre angels pussy
  • cyber sex fake girls
  • anal video free
  • round boobs likcing lesbians
  • naked cyber girll
  • country girls who suck cock
  • Cum shot picture
  • free videos hardcore teen
  • la petite amelia wine bar
  • Ass girl naked
  • latina pussy getting fucked
  • thin teen fuck
  • see through bikini video free
  • young masterbation videos
  • ebony bukkake movie galleries
  • dark haired girl fingering herself videos
  • free sexy black girl striping video
  • Hot big tits sex
  • daniel housewives of new jersey
  • xxxx erotic sex videos
  • womens sized petite denim jumper
  • free k and girl sex
  • justin magnum naked pictures
  • hottest black girls
  • naked az pics of celebrities
  • hub madison ivy gets fuck
  • big ass white girls vids
  • bikini cricket video
  • free shemale live webcam
  • Girls are fucked
  • Asian nude pictures
  • anal sex audio
  • naked models free pictures
  • pussy pump diy
  • naked tight teen pics
  • pussy sex
  • dakota fanning sex sceen video
  • squirting girl movies
  • words of advice for teenage girls
  • virgin amateur smut movies
  • wife gives black man handjob
  • web cam girl orgasm
  • Hot taiwan girl
  • passionate movie sex scenes
  • womans pussy skin
  • Sucking milk from tits
  • ass girls video free
  • gauge fuck video list
  • japanese film alzheimer young man
  • trailer trash girls videos
  • nubile naked teens
  • tiffani rox college fuck fest pics
  • deny jennifer sapphic erotic gallery
  • charles young black panther
  • fresh teen pussy close up
  • adorable girls xxx
  • Blonde pretty girl
  • asian girls in miniskirts
  • Big black cock in tight white pussy
  • thailand sexy girl