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My Pro-Tips for YAPC First-Comers

Woe, woe is me. After two years of YAPC, meddling circumstances force me to skip attendance this year. Still, I am extremely pleased to know that Pythian is still sending one of our young Padawans into the fray. Yesterday, he was asking me if I had any tips, survival strategies, or any words of wisdom…

Insights from the PgCon 2013

PgCon 2013 was attended by 256 people across the globe.  Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy tutorials, talks and an excellent unconference (this last deserves a special mention). I lectured a talk related with Full text search using Sphinx and Postgres (you can find the slides at http://t.co/lgFoLq37EC, and all of the talks have been…

Pythian’s Third Annual Geek Pride Day

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The day has arrived, and it’s probably one of our favorite days at Pythian – Geek Pride Day! Since May 25 (the “official” day according to Wikipedia) falls on Saturday, we celebrated it a day early so everyone could participate. For the third year in a row, our 250+ global Pythianites have had the opportunity…

EBS Forms Compilation Errors in Large Terminal Windows: Size Does Matter!

During a recent customer environment cloning activity, I got myself up to the point where CUSTOM.plx was required to be recompiled. Nothing difficult, you might say, right? I thought the same. But that activity just killed lots of troubleshooting hours for me. frmcmp_batch.sh call was just failing with “Terminal map initialization failed.” [oracle@appslab01 ~]$ frmcmp_batch.sh…

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