Well I have been back from Collaborate 2006 for over a week now and decided that I should also make my presentation available from the Pythian web site. While there I participated in three sessions. I joined Michael Abbey, Ian Abramson, and Carl Dudley on a panel for the Non-Oracle DBA. My first presentation was PostgreSQL for the Oracle DBA. My second solo-presentation was Oracle 10g Data Pump 101.
Tip of the hat to Eddie Awad who does some noticing and some digging to confirm that lnnvl(), a function that provides functionality similar to ANSI “Is Not True” and can be used to return boolean TRUE whenever the predicate to the function is either NULL or FALSE is now supported in 10GR2.
Here is an article I posted on the Oracle-L mailing list recently. Much to my surprise, people liked it enough that they asked to see it here, too.
This was written in response to the question: “How do you edit an SPFILE?”
Hearing this week that Larry Ellison is thinking of acquiring and releasing its own version of Linux and seeing the ensuing media buzz reminded me of a different, but no simpler time: November 9, 1998. In fact, to say it reminded me is an understatement, I have a severe case of déja vu!
I am happy to present the very first post to my new group blog, where I will be inviting Pythian DBAs with interesting thoughts to contribute to prepare blogs of their own. My subject for this first posting: DBD::Oracle. Pythian is a big user of perl and DBD::Oracle internally, as our problem tracking groupware, Support Track, and our availability monitoring software, avail, are all written using the DBI to communicate with the underlying database.
Seah Hull at the Oracle Open Source blog interviewed me on the subject of Pythian taking on the stewardship of DBD::Oracle and even has a podcast of the interview available on his site.
Oracle announced that it would release a free for production use version of its database product, limited to 4G in the database, 1G of ram and a single CPU. Today, the four major open source DBMS vendors (MySQL, Postgres, Firebird, and Sleepycat) unanimously rejected Oracle’s new free-to-use Express Edition beta, claiming that users will not accept the capacity limits of the new oracle product.
Oracle has now issued its latest quarterly security patch (Oct/2005) which is geared at packaging several security issues into one very large patch, thus making it easier for customers to keep track of where they are with respect to having their Oracle products secured.
Oracle, currently in the process of acquiring the leading CRM (“Customer Relationship Management”) vendor, Siebel, is seeing some form of competition from SAP, who is offering to US companies running Siebel, a credit of up to 75% of their existing Siebel software licensing fees toward the licensing of SAP’s comparable CRM products.
fter acquiring TimesTen Inc. in June, 2005 Oracle Press, oracle is now offering its first release of the TimesTen product, under the Oracle brand name. TimesTen is an application tier database, or an “in memory database”, targeting real-time and time-critical applications for industries such as national defense, telecommunications, and travel.
Oracle continues to pursue it’s Computer Associates style acquisition strategy in its tenth such in a year’s time. This time, it’s logistics software company G-Log’s turn.