Tag: misc

Certification exams

This is an update of a blog item I made nearly 15 years ago … but I think it still holds true Is doing the OCP exams worthwhile ? Yes, but not for the reasons you may be thinking. The OCP exams are a…

Merry Christmas

To the tune of “Let It Snow” Well, the response of the app is frightful, and users are getting spiteful. They claim the database is slow, “Make it go”, “Make it go”, “Make it go” It doesn’t show signs of locking, Yet the performance…

The art of describing a problem

Now that I’ve been answering AskTom questions for a while, there is obviously a huge amount of variety in the topics and the problems that people are encountering.  And it always feels good when I can help those people.  Chris and I don’t always…

The twelve days of … AskTom

On the 1st day of AskTom, a poster sent to me A question about 12c   On the 2nd day of AskTom, a poster sent to me two SQL queries, in a question about 12c   On the 3rd day of AskTom, a poster…

The power of metaphor

We had a question on AskTom the other day, asking us to explain what a “latch” was. A simple metaphor sometimes does the trick  

Virtualbox 5.0

I like it when stuff just “works”. I’ve been using Virtual Box 4 for a long time now, and since my needs are relatively simple (ie, run a VM!) then I’ve not had any great cause to move to version 5.  But today I…

Joining Oracle

Last month I joined Oracle after nearly 20 years of working with their technology.  Some people congratulated me on my new role, others told me that going from working solo to working for a massive organisation would be disaster.  In the latter case, this…

Oracle Developer awards…chosen by Developers

I was reading the following post today http://stevenfeuersteinonplsql.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/the-oracle-database-developer-choice.html Oracle are planning on rewarding developers in the following areas: SQL PL/SQL Oracle REST Data Services Oracle Application Express Database Design At first glance I had a bit of a cynical view…it could easily be one…

The technology community

I remember on a flight to the UKOUG, I was doing what all presenters typically do on a plane.  They enter the cabin with the thought of “OK, I’ll spend most of the flight getting those slides just right”.  Then…a set of broadcast advertisements,…

You never stop learning

My mate Scott Wesley, whose specialty is Apex, is currently at Kscope having the time of his life (well, I hope so ).  He tweeted this picture last night of his conference badge, mainly about the “I love Apex” buttons, but something else struck…

A new challenge…

After the last 16 years in the contracting and consulting world, for dozens of clients in Australia and other countries around the world, its time for a change of direction.  Whilst doing work with Oracle systems has always been (and continues to be) rewarding,…

From Product X to SQL Developer

I recently worked at a company that used “Product X” for all of it SQL and PL/SQL activities.  There’s no real need to reveal what “Product X” is, because this isn’t a post about whether as a product it was good, bad or somewhere…