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The “You” in User Group

Time for my user group rant again. Every time I am poised on the edge of taking another pilgrimage to an Oracle technical event I descend into this user group smoke screen ( a good thing) and spout rhetoric about how amazingly valuable they are. User groups are frequented by the salt of the tech user community.

Pythian Speaking in the UK

If you’re like me and are a DBA in the UK with a penchant for MySQL or Oracle, you’ll know we have a smörgåsbord of conferences here next week. We’ve been waiting, and like buses two have come at once. We have the UK Oracle User Group Conference 2012, in Birmingham on 3rd – 5th December 2012, and the Percona Live London MySQL Conference running on 3rd – 4th December. Pythian will be speaking at both events.

The Drum Roll to UKOUG Commences

A mere 5,018 minutes until the festivities start at the 2012 version of the UKOUG User Group Conference. The show is intense and hugely educational with some of the world’s finest in attendance and presenting. For us Pythian’ites the trek terminates on Wednesday evening with British football’s Manchester United. Keep a close eye out for RACAttack above the vendor forum. Pythian’s own Alex Gorbachev and others will help you attack the RAC. Not to be missed.

Pythian MoBros United!!

Movember is getting to and end… and what a ball we had at Pythian this month! The laughs, pictures and performances will stay in our memories for a long time, and on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, etc…

Pythian’s 9th Oracle ACE

I have just received notification of my acceptance into the Oracle ACE program and will enthusiastically support and continue to be an evangelist for the Oracle offerings though most of my heart lies in the same place as many current and previous personnel at this fine company – the CORE database technology.

Read GoldenGate Discard Files

GoldenGate discard files can get big and cumbersome. To address this, I have build a PL/SQL function to read the discard files thereby reducing the output to one line per error and it also means that I can apply SQL logic to filter out the unwanted entries. Here’s how to do it.

Log Buffer #296, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

This week’s Log Buffer #296 focuses on Oracle, SQL, and MySQL weblogs from across the planet. Log Buffer Editions are the manifestation of the fact that nerd bloggers from databases are not only growing but they are also producing immense volume of quality ramblings. Enjoy.

Concrete Advice for Abstract Writers

The main difficulty in writing good abstracts is that you are trying to accomplish multiple goals in the same short text: You are trying to convince the abstract reviewer that the topic is interesting, that you are an expert on the subject matter and that you will be educational and entertaining. Here are my tips.

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