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Taming Pod::Weaver

Pod::Weaver, which does to POD what Dist::Zilla does to distribution files, is all that, only moreso. But it feels so powerful, holds so much promises to make my life easier once I manage to master it, that I won’t let the steep learning curve deter me. I’ll climb down my brain bicycle, and push it up that hill. And I’ll provide a running (well, walking slowly) commentary as I go along, in the hope that it’ll help other peeps who might want to venture is those exciting yet dark waters. Okay. Enough preamble. Let’s get cracking.

Alex Gorbachev Presenting at TOUG’s DD Day

‘m going to be presenting two of my OOW11 sessions at the Toronto Oracle User Group’s DD Day. I’m going to be presenting two sessions, Is Oracle Exadata for You? Starring Roles for the Best Technology, and Under the Hood of Oracle ASM: Failability Analysis.

Log Buffer #241, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

World has opened up in San Fransisco with the database bangs. MySQL and Oracle databases have scintillated the hearts of developers, DBAs, technology aficionados, and the mere spectators. That and plethora of news has also poured in from SQLServer melas. This Log Buffer Edition is proud to shed spotlight on all these happenings in this Log Buffer #241.

Cloudy End to a Roller Coaster Week at OOW

Pythian’s presence at OOW each year permits this fine company, of which I have been a part for a total of close to 8 years, to get higher on Oracle’s and the industry in general’s radar. There are so many differentiators that separate Pythian from other companies. Take homes from OOW?

Back to School: Elementary Physics for DBAs

A few days ago I was asked to estimate how much space needed to be added to the ASM diskgroup to handle the database growth for one year without additional need of adding disks. To do this I needed to calculate acceleration and assuming the acceleration stays the same I would be able to calculate the “distance” or (how much the DB would grow in one year). I used the following formulas…

Musings from OOW …

There has been some chatter at Oracle Open World (OOW) about the next release of the database. They will be calling it Oracle Database 12c (for Cloud) and it is expected in the 16-18 month timeframe from this version of OOW. Oracle has made no commitment to this time frame, but satiated the appetite of CORE database people by giving an update with no firm

Oracle Database Cloud Services: A Few Initial Thoughts

The website for Oracle Database Cloud Services is now online. It’s a hosted database service running Oracle 11gR2. The database can be accessed using a hosted Oracle application server, via JDBC across the Internet, or their own RESTful API a la Amazon. Notably lacking is Oracle’s own TNS network protocol. A lot of the feature set seems to be oriented toward data warehousing applications, including the aforementioned partitioning, bitmap indexes, query rewrite, and star transformations. A few other interesting features

Oracle Open World Has Been Just That

After the first day and a half, the show has yet again lived up to all expectations. Oracle has been around for over two decades and this well-oiled machine excels at everything it does … OOW 2011 being a living/breathing example. It all started with the database and everything they have touched since has turned to gold.

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