A fantastic addition to Apress's ever-growing line of performance optimization titles for Oracle developers and database administrators written by internationally acclaimed experts. This book forges a strong link in the chain from performance problem to performance solution by giving readers a systematic method for solving problems once they've been identified. Christian Antognini's emphasis on planning for performance as an application requirement represent clear and fresh thinking on the problem of database performance. His use of solution roadmaps to provide a repeatable path from identified problem to solution make his book genuinely helpful to readers who want more than a random collection of performance tips. Readers of Jonathan Lewis, Tom Kyte, Craig Shallahamer will welcome the chance to add Christian Antognini to their shelves.