I am new to Oracle and I would like someone to recommend a few good books to me. I have read the readers comments from the books on Amazon and don't know wether the opinion is qualified or not.

I would like to know:
1. Configuring 8i to receive files from a webserver and make some kind of response (inlc. a topic on SSL)
2. an Overall beginners guide to Oracle. Including db objects, methods, and configurations. I have some of the documentation from the Oracle.com website (pl/sql reference, release notes, 8i documentation) which is good but...I need something more concise and incisive.