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A guided path to database expertise

At college/university, the learning path for a computing-related course often includes several coding languages, and occasionally some treatment of database technology as well. But often, it is only once you enter the business world as you embark upon your IT career that you truly start to face the demands of enterprise-level data requirements. The small amount of education on databases, or the small databases themselves sometimes do not prepare you for the realisation that data drives everything in the business world.

And where does one start? The amount of content out there about databases is overwhelming, and often assumes a base level of knowledge or is targeted at solving specific business problems.

If you have faced this obstacle, then I’m pleased to offer a new resource for you. One simple, consolidated, FREE training guide to kick start your database knowledge on developing applications on the Oracle Database.

Enjoy!

Always free / always up tmux in the Oracle Cloud with KSplice updates

By Franck Pachot

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I used to have many VirtualBox VMs on my laptop. But now, most of my labs are in the Cloud. Easy access from everywhere.

GCP

There’s the Google Cloud free VM which is not limited in time (I still have the 11g XE I’ve created 2 years ago running there) being able to use 40% of CPU with 2GB of RAM:

3 months after the Oracle “Always Free” Tier — unexpected termination.

3 months after the Oracle “Always Free” Tier — unexpected termination. But don’t panic.

3 months ago, when Larry Ellison announced the “Always Free Tier”, I posted a blog about its possibilities and limitation:

The Oracle Cloud Free Tier

I used the ATP, ADW, and compute instances that I’ve created during that time and then did not expect any termination. But exactly 3 months later, the service is not available.

Autonomous Database

About the Autonomous Databases, I got the same as Dani Schider:

3 months after the Oracle “Always Free” Tier — unexpected termination.

3 months after the Oracle “Always Free” Tier — unexpected termination. But don’t panic.

3 months ago, when Larry Ellison announced the “Always Free Tier”, I posted a blog about its possibilities and limitation:

The Oracle Cloud Free Tier

I used the ATP, ADW, and compute instances that I’ve created during that time and then did not expect any termination. But exactly 3 months later, the service is not available.

Autonomous Database

About the Autonomous Databases, I got the same as Dani Schider:

Worth the wait

Yes, I know it’s been awhile Smile

Yes, I know people have been angry at the delay Smile

But, can we put that behind us, and rejoice in the fact…that YES

It’s here!

Yes, 18c XE for Windows is now available.

https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/database-technologies/express-edition/downloads/index.html

A free persistent Google Cloud service with Oracle XE

In a previous post I’ve listed several free online services which run an Oracle XE so that you can test your SQL easily. You may want use Oracle XE further, with full access to the database and its host, and still from a web browser. You probably have a Google account. Then you also have a Virtual Machine on the Google Cloud (0.5 vCPU / 1.70 GB RAM boostable to 1 vCPU / 3.75 GB) and 5 GB of persistent storage (as long as you used it in the 120 previous days). Just try this Google Cloud Shell: https://console.cloud.google.com/cloudshell.
In this post, I explain how to install Oracle XE there.

Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration (1Z1-062) beta exam : Free Voucher Competition

I’ve just been sent 5 free vouchers for the Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration (1Z1-062) beta exam! Here is an excerpt from the email…

“We are piloting this program with the Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration (1Z1-062) beta exam. … we have provided five (5) vouchers for free beta exams. You can use them for a giveaway on your blog if you like. Simply send the voucher number to the winner. They will enter this voucher in the appropriate field during exam registration at Pearson VUE. This beta exam is scheduled to end on October 19, 2013.”

Prize Winners : Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Integration and OA Framework Development and Extension Cookbook

A couple of weeks ago I started a competition to win 2 copies of Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Integration and OA Framework Development and Extension Cookbook by Andy Penver. Thanks to Packt for donating the prizes. The competition closed yesterday and the lucky winners are:

  • Arun
  • Ajay Sharma

I’ve sent your email addresses to my contact at Packt, who will contact you to deliver your e-book.

Cheers

Tim…

Free Book: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Michael McLaughlin‘s blog has a post about a free MS SQL Server book (Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012) available here. If you are into MS SQL Server, you can’t get a better deal than that. :)

Remember, you can still get hold of a free copy of Tom Kyte‘s book (Expert Oracle Database Architecture, 2nd Edition) from Red Gate.

Cheers

Tim…