The Value of Vendor-Neutral Database Certification

A company has come up with a vendor-neutral database certification exam. Some are wondering how much use this will be, as it doesn’t go into vendor-specificities. For me, it will be interesting to see if companies value a vendor-neutral database certification as they would a degree. It seems to cover the same topics, at least from my standpoint.

Cary Millsap is now blogging!

Please join me in encouraging Cary Millsap in making regular appearances on his new blog. Cary, my personal story – one of my first and most vivid memories of taking on a DBA role was when my mentor, Guy Arteau, bringing me a copy of your OFA paper with great awe and reverence and suggesting I study it carefully.

On Top, Down Under

As you may or may not know, I have been spending time in the Pythian Office in Sydney, Australia. In this post I share my experiences of what it is like to be from Ottawa, Canada but live and work in Australia (for at least a few weeks).

How To Set Up Oracle ASM on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

I’ve recently moved to Ubuntu Linux, and this post describes my attempt to play around with Oracle ASM on Ubuntu. For this demonstration, I used Oracle on Gutsy Gibbon.What I really like about Oracle is that once you’ve done something, you have ten different ways to go. I hope this post will enable you to explore some 11g’s new features on your favorite operating system.

8 for 2008

Well, Paul Vallee tagged me, and as I haven’t yet passed my probationary period I should probably answer the call…..Eight things about me that aren’t common knowledge:

Web Crawling 1.0

n Stuffing Six Million Pages Down Google’s Throat, Tim O’Reilly brings up a point, and some questions. . . just how poorly the big search engines index small sites with large collections of data . . .But it’s worth thinking about absolute (and temporary) limits to the growth of Web 2.0. What constraints do we take for granted? What constraints are invisible to us? Read more.

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