Oracle Open World 2008 Diaries: the X Preview

A few words about my presentation on Sunday — Under the Hood of Oracle Clusterware. The hall was packed full and, unfortunately, few people were not even let it as I learned later. The session went very well and I should, perhaps, send you to other blogs with responses instead of my subjective perspective. Lots of buzz about the X key note that will be just in couple hours and even non-OOW attendees are rumoring about it.

Much Oracle Ado

If you track the database world outside of MySQL, you know that Oracle is having a conference this week. It’s called Oracle Open World. Drips with irony doesn’t it? But this post isn’t about Oracle being open or otherwise. This post is about the announcement being made Wednesday. It seems Oracle has a surprise. A pretty well kept surprise. It’s such a big deal that Larry Ellison himself is making the announcement.

Oracle’s Secret New Feature: Educated Guesses

Larry Ellison is announcing a major new feature this Wednesday at Open World. For the first time in a while, his keynote is dedicated to the “database” as opposed to the usual high level ERP/Apps/Fusion. Even the title of his keynote is catchy — “Extreme Performance”. Oracle has been keeping the new feature a secret. Even the 11gR2 beta program had very few participants to prevent information leaking out. It’s, “Something’s coming, but I am not telling what.” Okay, it worked on me, I’m excited about it. Let’s think what it could be.

OOW Video: Mary Matalin and James Carville Keynote

To start off the conference, the first keynote at Oracle OpenWorld took a break from technology and veered into the world of politics. The official conference description says: Washington’s best-loved political couple Mary Matalin and James Carville entertain the crowd with a bitingly humorous look at the world of politics. Indeed, there was humor, and politics. For a light-hearted yet factual look at US politics

GNU basename in PL/SQL

In the process of scripting a database migration, I was in need of something akin to the GNU basename utility that I know and love on Linux. basename is most famous for taking a full file path string and stripping away the leading path component, returning just the name of the file. This can be emulated in PL/SQL with calls to SUBSTR and INSTR, like this…

How to Tie OS-level PIDs to Oracle Database Sessions

About once a week, our team gets a request from the server admins to provide some information on why a database server is running slowly. This typically begins a painstaking process of finding the main processes on the OS side and tracing them back to database sessions. Attached to this post (see bottom for link) is a general diagram that the team came up with for relating our tables together, taking RAC into consideration.

So, You Want to be an Oracle ACE? Oracle OpenWorld 2008 Presentation

Next week, Dan Norris and I will collaborate on a presentation at Oracle Openworld 2008. Our presentation, entitled So, You Want to be an Oracle ACE?, will be on Monday, 9/22, from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm in Moscone South, room 310 — that’s the very first conference slot. We’ve already put together our presentation, with input from many Oracle ACEs and Oracle ACE directors, complete with some great video clips. I’m excited and honored to be presenting with Dan. The official description of our presentation is…

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