Filled with simple to understand examples
Being an Oracle developer and heavily into Java I loved this book.
It assumes nothing and starts out easily, explaining the tools, database and a simple guide to tables and data types.
It even gives an overview of SQL and PL/SQL just in case.
After that firm foundation, just in case you needed it, it moves onto object-relational and object features and an introduction to JDBC.
The progression in then to advanced JDBC and J2EE persistence, followed by the use of Enterprise Java Beans and object-relational mapping s to Java Data Objects.
All in all a very good book. Filled with simple to understand examples and the output they generate, which is always a good thing.