Tag: User Groups

IOUG Collaborate 2013 — Call for Speakers Informational Webinar

As I’ve become Director of Communities for IOUG recently, I’m intimately involved in many aspects of leading the IOUG community. One of the areas the user group is pursuing all the time is finding new speakers, and it takes a lot of convincing before community members actually start presenting. There are many of you who have exciting projects and implementations to share but can’t quite convince themselves to actually present.

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IOUG Oracle RAC SIG Board Officer Nominations are Open!

If you are looking to kick start your community contributions or looking to volunteer more than what you already do, I have an awesome suggestion for you — nominate yourself to serve as an IOUG Oracle RAC SIG Board Officers volunteer. Find out more here.

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Presentations for Ottawa Oracle User Group

The Ottawa Oracle User Group (OOUG) was kind enough to invite me to give presentations for a whole morning. The group was ultra engaged and asked a lot of good questions, so my usual 50-minute Big Data presentation ended up taking 100 minutes, and the rest of the content had to be squeezed a bit. I hope everyone had a good time!

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NoCOUG Contest: a Gentler, Saner Solution

The actual challenge calls for a more generic solution than originally described in the magazine. Because there is no glory in half-solving a problem, I had to come back to it. And because the Great Karmic Balance could probably use it, I thought I could take advantage of the broader scope to produce a solution more geared toward elegance and modernism.

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NoCOUG Contest Take #1: The Es-cu-el Spell

As heralded by Iggy Fernandez and Gwen Shapira, NoCOUG has launched its Third International SQL vs. NoSQL Challenge. Pythian is sponsoring the challenge, so I decided not to take part in the contest. However, I’m still having a crack at the problem just for fun. Here is my first take on it.

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NoCOUG Contest: the Perl Dark Horse Entry

So NoCOUG announced its third international SQL & NoSQL challenge earlier this week. Yay! As I did last year, I tried my hand at forging a Perl solution for the challenge.

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Pythian and NoCOUG Announce the Third International SQL Challenge

For the third consecutive year, NoCOUG is hosting an international SQL challenge. In this challenge, the Wicked Witch of the West needs help in creating a magic spell to ensure that the Third Annual Witching & Wizarding Ball is a grand success. Here’s the challenge…

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What a Difference a Space Makes

I had a very interesting experience in my “RACing up the Miles” session this morning. There were about 70 people in the room, and I hope they enjoyed the session as much as I did. I discussed a wee bit of architecture about RAC and concentrated on a very basic beginner’s primer to management activities with srvctl and crsctl.

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And They’re Off….

It’s day 2 of COLLABORATE, and I have no distractions like hockey to tend with today. I have seen a nice balance between new technology and the traditional offerings in the Oracle tech space. These user group shows, in some ways, are the bastion of the technologies which, as “old” as they may be, are still in use and of interest to many attendees.

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Day 1 COLLABORATE12

Ah yes, the comfort of being around my second family: the user group and fellow Pythianites. I started my day with a BIG DATA session by Ian Abramson. I have heard quite a buzz about this topic for some time, and it’s getting louder. I always love to hear about the multi-terabyte data structures/databases as it reminds me of the first time I went from a 20Mb to a 40Mb hard disk on an 8086.

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