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June 2017

My NoPlsql versus SmartDB deep-dive presentation materials

For those who are interested here are my two slidedecks used in yesterday's deep-dive session at ODTUG, here they are in ppsx format which includes all the animations.

Part 1: Comparison between NoPlsql and SmartDB approach
Part 2: SmartDB, how to do it?

Also a pdf-version of both slide-decks:

Part 1+2 as one pdf.



PeopleSoft and Adaptive Query Optimization in Oracle 12c

Adaptive Query Optimization is a significant feature in Oracle 12c. Oracle has made lots of information available on the subject.(See

Friday Philosophy – “Technical Debt” is a Poor Term. Try “Technical Burden”?

Recently my friend Sabine Heimsath asked a few of us native English speakers what the opposite of “technical debt” was. My immediate reaction was to say:

I’d say (sarcastically) “proper development” or “decent designer” or even “what we did 25 bloody years ago when we were allowed to take pride in the software we created!”

But my next comment was less reactive and more considered. And that was to say that I did not like the phrase “Technical Debt”:

A debt is when you owe something to someone, to be paid back. You do not owe anything to someone when you build poor systems, you are actually creating a “technical burden” – something those in the future will need to live with and may eventually have to sort out. Those who created the bad app or design will probably not be the ones fixing it – as in paying the debt.

Path to Better Presentations

I know you’ve read the title and are thinking, “Great, I’m going to learn how to write better presentations!”  The truth is, it’s about how conferences do call for papers timelines, abstracts, as well as how we manage our content.

ODA X6 installation: re-image

The Oracle Database Appliance is shipped with a bare-metal installation which may not be the latest version. You may want to have it virtualized, or get the latest version to avoid further upgrade, or install an earlier version to be in the same configuration as another ODA already in production. The easiest for all cases is to start with a re-image as soon as the ODA is plugged. This post is not a documentation, just a quick cheat sheet.

I don’t want to spend hours in the data center, so the first step, once the ODA is racked, cabled and plugged, is to get it accessible from the management network. Then all tasks can be done from a laptop, accessing the ILOM interface through a browser (Java required, and preferably 32-bits) before the public network is setup.

DOAG Red Stack Magazin Artikelreihe "Oracle Database Cloud Performance" (German)

In der aktuellen Ausgabe des für Mitglieder der DOAG, SOUG und AOUG kostenlosen DOAG Red Stack Magazins wurde der erste Teil meiner zweiteiligen Artikelserie "Oracle Database Cloud Performance" veröffentlicht.

Die Artikelserie basiert auf den hier bereits publizierten Erkenntnissen in diesem Bereich und führt diese weiter fort.

Der erste Teil geht auf die verschiedenen Aspekte der maximal erreichbare Performance ein (CPU, Storage etc.), der zweite Teil wird in der nächsten Ausgabe zu lesen sein und legt den Schwerpunkt auf die Konsistenz der Performance, also wie konsistent sich die Datenbanken in der Cloud in Bezug auf Performance während der Tests verhalten haben.

Development and the Importance of Containerizing

I’ve been at KSCOPE 2017 all week and it’s been a busy scheduled even with only two sessions.  Its just one of those conferences that has so much going on all the time that the days just speed by at 140MPH.

Taming XML data in the v$cell% family of Exadata views

While researching Exadata 12.2 features that have been introduced with Oracle I ran into an old problem of mine, querying the v$cell% views that are new with Exadata and Oracle RDBSM 12c Release 1 in a meaningful way. In case you haven’t seen them yet, these views expose cell metrics and other information in the database without having to actually connect to the cells and execute cellcli commands. They are very useful, and form the basis of the latter part of the Exadata AWR reports.

On our 12.2 Exadata system (using cellos and RDBMS the following views are exposed to the curious researcher:

12c Multitenant Internals: VPD for V$ views

I described in an earlier post on AWR views how the dictionary views were using metadata and object links to show information from other containers. But this mechanism cannot work for fixed views (aka V$) because they don’t have their definition in the dictionary.

The big difference is that most of V$ views are available long before the dictionary is opened or even created. Just start an instance in NOMOUNT and you can query the V$ views. Even in multitenant, you can switch to different containers in MOUNT, and query V$ views, when no dictionary is opened.

Top Ten Travel hints and Tips

Well, let me be honest right at the top here.  These are not travel hints Smile  These will not help you in any way.

This is me having a whine and a rant about a minority of people that I occasionally encounter when travelling.

Yes, this can probably be best described as me and my first world problems, but I need to expunge these so that next time I travel, I don’t lose my head, and stuff some poor unsuspecting innocent passenger“under the seat in front of me or in the overhead locker” Smile