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Kalen Delaney

Did You Know? I'm not just a SQL Server expert!

School started for my two university-attending sons, and one of them was ordering his books on Amazon from the Marketplace, which is resellers and Amazon partners, selling both new and used. He ordered the books before classes started, expecting to receive them by the end of the first week of school. On Thursday of the first week, one of the vendors sent him email, saying that they didn't have the book after all, and were refunding his money. He was very frustrated because he had an assignment due the following Monday, for which he needed to use that book. I was really shocked that they would have said they had the book, when they really didn't.

But today, I realized it is not all that uncommon. I was checking on Amazon to see if they had put up any pre-order information for my new book.  Well, I didn't see any news about my next SQL Server book, but I did see this:

I wrote a book on Oracle 10g and I didn't even know it! I even followed the link to buy new or used copies from resellers, the same kind of link my son followed, and saw this:


Oracle 10g


So the book is apparently available... a used copy from one reseller and a NEW one from another. I'm tempted to order it and see what I said. Because they say it is IN STOCK....

Or if one of you decides to buy it, let me know how you like it!



Published Thursday, October 9, 2008 2:47 PM by Kalen Delaney
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Carla said:

AND it's written in Spanish!

I tracked down the ISBN Number.  This is what I came up with:



Bookseller: Casa del Libro

(Pozuelo de Alarcón, MAD, Spain)

Bookseller Rating:  

Price: US$ 80.27

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Quantity: 1  Shipping within Spain:

US$ 6.84

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Book Description: MCGRAW-HILL / INTERAMERICANA DE ESPAÑA, S.A., 2005. Book Condition: New. -1x-1. 0p᧠nas, Libro en Espanol / Books in Spanish. Bookseller Inventory # 2900001093074

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Bookseller: Mario Spanish Books

(Daly City, CA, U.S.A.)

Bookseller Rating:  

Price: US$ 93.05

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Quantity: 1  Shipping within U.S.A.:

US$ 3.00

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Book Description: Book Condition: NEW. Bookseller Inventory # CD34141

[Bookseller & Payment Information] [More Books from this Seller] [Ask Bookseller a Question]

3.    Oracle 10g (ISBN: 8448149394)

Delaney, Kalen  

Bookseller: Bookarama, Inc

(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)

Bookseller Rating:  

Price: US$ 104.49

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Quantity: 1  Shipping within U.S.A.:

US$ 3.00

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October 9, 2008 6:52 PM

P. Wehland said:

If it's got your name on it I'll buy it! (Even though it is Oracle)


October 9, 2008 8:07 PM

ArnieRowland said:

From Carla's research, yours costs MORE!!!

That translates into larger royalty checks -doesn't it?

October 10, 2008 12:16 AM

mosha said:

I also had (in fact still have) Amazon listing a non-existing book with me as an author. What's even more interesting - there is even a review, saying how good this book is :)

October 10, 2008 12:53 AM

Kalen Delaney said:

Thanks, Carla. I guess a cheap pattern matching algorithm could match "Kalen Delaney" and "Kevin Loney". :-)

And Paul, this is great news. All I need to do is publish one book that costs $10 Million, and only sell one copy (to you), and then I could retire. ;-)


October 10, 2008 4:39 AM

Armando Prato said:

I can't wait for the Italian version.  Any DB2 books we should know about?

October 10, 2008 10:02 AM

Paul Nielsen said:

a similar story...

I was poking around on ebay a few years ago and found that the Inside Norton Anti-Virus book I wrote back in 91-92 had been translated into Spanish and a used copy was for sale on eBay. I had no clue it had been translated into Spanish. Since one of my great regrets is that I never mastered a second language, I bought the copy for my shelf.

October 10, 2008 2:39 PM

John Paul Cook said:

I found my name listed as coauthor of a book I didn't know about. The publisher republished articles from several authors as a book. To my great surprise, Joe Celko was one of the other authors. I can claim I've coauthored with Joe!

October 10, 2008 2:56 PM

AaronBertrand said:

My name is on the cover image of this book, still years later, even though I bowed out of the project long before the book was ever available for sale:

You'd think they would have updated the image when the co-author changed.  To make matters worse, they didn't spell my name right in the first place!

October 13, 2008 10:48 AM

Omar Torres said:

Amazing! So some of the examples in your Oracle book would look like this:  

SELECCIONA * DE base.datos

DONDE base.datos COMO '%Oracle'



October 13, 2008 8:08 PM

Steve Dassin said:

Maybe you'll be an author of a book on how to read the transaction log.

October 17, 2008 4:29 AM

Jeff said:


I'll help you save some money on your book...


There's now a NEW copy for only $80 on Amazon Marketplace, but you've got copies at Alibris too!


October 20, 2008 7:50 PM

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