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.

Moving Optimizer Statistics for all Objects Involved in an Execution Plan (between databases)

In this blog post I would like to share with you how I have transferred optimizer statistics and as result managed to get exactly the same execution plans in both production and development environments. I am not going to go through all the details in this blog post as I am limited in time today. You can find all the steps I have used in my script repository.

Plastering ‘endorse’ Buttons All Over the (coder)Wall

I’m ashamed to say, I’ve been slacking off in the blogging department. I believe, however, that I can plead attenuating circumstances considering that I’m busy doing terrible things to Dancer 2 and that I just dusted off the elf bonnet and began to churn out proposals for the Perl Advent Calendar.
But still, I felt like I should resurface for a few minutes, if only to give a token sign of life. So here goes.

“When the Nerds Go Marching In”

Palomino was honored to serve as part of the team of technologists on President Obama’s re-election campaign. Atlantic Magazine ran a fascinating piece about Narwhal, the sophisticated data architecture that enabled the campaign to track voters, volunteers and online trends. Palomino CEO Laine Campbell joined the team in Chicago for the final days of the…

Log Buffer #295, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Horizon is getting cloudier. But these low hanging clouds are not darker or ominuous in any way. These are the clouds of enabling technologies providing mortals, drops of technologies according to their wishes. Behind this seamless information troposphere, databases are floating, again on demand. This Log Buffer Edition showers the droplets of blogs from databases in Log Buffer #295.

Character Set Conversion 10g and 11g – Part 1

This post is the first in a series of discussions … perhaps you have never had the pleasure of needing to change a character set. If you have not and soon do, purchase a good sleeping bag as you may be at the office late for a few days to get the task accomplished.

Case Study: How to Return a Good SQL Execution Plan from 10g Days After an 11g Migration

Any database upgrade suppose to change SQLs’ execution plans for the better. In 99 cases out of 100 this is exactly what happens. What to do with rest 1% of the SQLs? This blog post is exactly about such unlucky case I have resolved today. Hope that you will learn something out of it. As always let me know what you think using the comments section at the end of the post.

Yury, Remember: This is How You Disable AUTO_TASKs in 11G

I find myself forgetting on how to disable Oracle AUTO_TASKs on regular basis. Therefore I have decided to document it under this small blog post. As an additional bonus I may hear others experience in the area. So if you disagree or have some other experience please do not hesitate to comment under this post.

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