Oracle

ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010 — Ready… Set… Go-o-o!

I just arrived and right in time for the Oracle ACE Directors’ briefing that will run for the whole days of Friday. This is a super secret meeting where Oracle’s super secret plans are shared. The ACE Director’s briefing is where Oracle shares the roadmap of its products — some of it is long term strategy and some is about the upcoming releases.

Next Week’s MySQL Sessions at ODTUG Kaleidoscope

By now you know that there is a MySQL Track during next week’s ODTUG Kaleidoscope in Washington, DC. Ronald Bradford and I organized the schedule at the last minute (Ronald did a lot of the work!). It was difficult to fill a schedule with 19 sessions that are either 1 hour or 1.5 hours long, and to do it I ended up with three presentations. At each presentation I will be giving away a copy of The MySQL Administrator’s Bible, so be sure to show up! All MySQL track sessions are in Maryland C, and all times are Eastern.

Oracle’s OPT_ESTIMATE hint: Usage Guide

Many have expressed the deepest desire to see OPT_ESTIMATE documented, but that never happened. I’ve just troubleshot a problem and used this hint a lot during my “what if” scenario testing, and found this hint to be quite useful. Thus, I decided to document it here on the blog. I will come back and update this blog as I discover new parameters, and feel free to suggest what you’ve found in the comments. If you can, include an example to illustrate usage.

Keeping Up

I’ve just wrote few bits about learning a new technology and after skimming through my Google Reader, I noticed a great post by Gwen Shapira — Deliberate Practice. That’s reminded me about another aspect of learning that I didn’t mention — learning is a continuous process.

Oracle UTF8 Encoding and String Manipulation Overhead

For one of our customers, I’ve recently reviewed the strategy of migration from single-byte encoding to variable length multi-byte UTF8 (AL32UTF8 encoding in Oracle naming standards). These type of projects are coming up again and again so I think it must be common for many of you. Thus, this bit might be useful. This is the PL/SQL block I came up with

APEX — Bulk Images Upload Using EPG

was recently installing one APEX application and needed to upload a bunch of images. APEX was configured to use EGP (Embedded PL/SQL Gateway) so traditional options were to configure FTP or WebDAV but I’d rather not open these services on production environment. Our resident APEX expert pointed me to the installation process and suggested there is a simple way to do that using a single PL/SQL call. It turned out that it was more than a single PL/SQL call involved but nothing too difficult. What you need is to create the hierarchy of files and directories that you want to upload (images or not – doesn’t matter). Then you create an XML file imagelist.xml listing required directories and files to upload. Here is the example:

Notes on Learning MySQL (as an Oracle DBA)

So how does an Oracle DBA go about learning MySQL?
Obviously you start by reading the docs. Specifically, I looked for the MySQL equivalent of the famous Oracle “Concepts Guide”.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist. I couldn’t find any similar overview of the architecture and the ideas behind the database. The first chapter of “High Performance MySQL” had a high level architecture review, which was useful but being just one chapter in a book, it lacked many of the details I wanted to learn. Peter Zaitsev’s “InnoDB Architecture” presentation had the kind of information I needed – but covered just InnoDB.

Installing Oracle 11gR2 Enterprise Edition on Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

I recently reformatted my laptop with the latest Ubuntu LTS release, 10.04, aka Lucid Lynx. Since I like to have a native client installation as well as a portable sandbox server, I decided to install the latest version of Oracle EE, 11.2.0.1. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I’m going to direct you to the previous Oracle-on-Ubuntu post by my colleague Augusto Bott. Many of the directions there hold true here (even with 32-bit vs 64-bit), with a few exceptions.

Pythian & Oracle Offer Database Software and Services to ISVs

The Pythian Group Inc., the leading provider of remote database infrastructure services, announced that it is teaming with Oracle® to provide Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) with a convenient and flexible all-in-one solution for licensing Oracle products and Pythian services required to correctly plan, deploy and manage the ISV’s database infrastructure.

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