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STEM to STEAM, Andy Savage, and a manipulative huffpost ad that could have been great

Andy Savage gave a powerful and on-target keynote at the Collaborate Conference (Quest, OAUG, and IOUG #C14LV). There is a nice summary at http://collaborate.ioug.org/p/bl/et/blogid=40&blogaid=289 , which I recommend. My favorite bit was point #7 : Art belongs in the same discussions as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M., not S.T.E.M.).

Andy phrased his entire take, even the bits of irony, on calling for positive action.

This is in contrast to a recent huffpost manipulation: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/24/verizon-ad-tells-parents-to-encourage-girls_n_5526236.html

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Day 3+ of UKOUG Tech 14

Sorry it’s taken a couple of days to finish off this series of blog posts on UKOUG Tech 14. I had expected to get some time on the trip back to write this, but as you’ll see if you keep reading, that really didn’t happen. So let’s go back to Day 3 of the conference.

ORA-4068 and CONSTANT keyword…good and bad

Anyone that has ever coded PLSQL will be familiar with the error ORA-4068, where you had some state persisted in a session due to a package variable, and then when you change the package, the state is cleared along with an ORA-4068.  Here’s a quick example:

 

Session 1 

SQL> create or replace
  2  package PKG is
  3    procedure P;
  4  end;
  5  /

Package created.

SQL> create or replace
  2  package body PKG is
  3      my_global int := 10;
  4    procedure P is
  5    begin
  6       null;
  7    end;
  8  end;
  9  /

Package body created.

Session 2 

SQL> exec pkg.p

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

Session 1

Now we change the package… In this case, I’ve just changed the value of the global

Day 2 of UKOUG Tech 14

Day 2 of the UKOUG Tech 14 conference for me started with the second session (I spent the first session typing up the blog post on Day 1 as there wasn’t a presentation I was interested in). Tammy Bednar was presenting on “Creating a Test / Dev Database in Minutes Using the Oracle Database Appliance”. Tammy is another old timer at Oracle. Like myself and Maria Colgan, she has been an Oracle employee for 20 years. I’d been discussing with Maria on day 1 that people either seem to move on from Oracle within a couple of years, or they stick around for a long time like us. For me, that’s because I’ve been able to move around and do different things that have kept my interest levels fresh.

Day 1 of UKOUG Tech 14

Monday was the first day of the main part of the UKOUG Tech 14 conference, after SuperSunday’s additional content. I had a great night’s sleep and woke at 7 am, much to the disgust of Richard Foote who had been up for four hours already and didn’t seem to appreciate my #NoJetLagHere hashtag replying to his lack of sleep tweet. :) I managed to get to the conference relatively dry, but realized yet again that you don’t come to Liverpool in December for the weather. :)

Days -1 and 0 of UKOUG Tech 14

The UKOUG user group conference is one conference I have wanted to get to for a long time, but never managed to before. This year, with the change in job roles to being a database architect in the DBaaS team within the Enterprise Manager product management group, I finally got the go ahead to submit some papers. I was notified some time back that one of them had been accepted (Snap Clone) and one shortlisted (DBaaS), and I was asked by one of my colleagues to help out with the Enterprise Manager round table. Just before I came over to the UK, the UKOUG folks asked me to also present the DBaaS presentation, so now I have something on each of the 3 days the conference is scheduled for.

truncated ddl in 12c (and 11.2.0.4)

Just curious if anyone else is seeing this behaviour..

SQL> set long 500000
SQL> @pt "select * from v$sql where sql_id = '1km492z723vpu'"
 
SQL_TEXT                      : alter table scott.emp
SQL_FULLTEXT                  : alter table scott.emp
SQL_ID                        : 1km492z723vpu
...

Suffice to say, there’s a lot more to that SQL statement, but its lost in v$sql. Once complete, it does appear in full in v$sqlstats, but its a pain when you cant see the whole statement..

Is Continuous Integration compatible with database applications ?

Continuous integration and continuous delivery offers huge efficiency gains for companies  but is continuous integration even possible when the application’s backbone is a massive relational database. How can one spin up database copies for developers, QA, integration testing,  and delivery testing ?  Its not like Chef or Puppet can spin up a 10TB database copy in a few minutes the way one can spin up a Linux VM.

There is a way and that way is called data virtualization which allows one to spin up that 10TB database in minutes as well as branch a copy of that 10TB from Dev to QA, or for that matter branch several copies and all for a very little storage.

AUSOUG conference Perth

The annual two day AUSOUG conference in Perth is well underway, and so far, its been a wonderfully successful event. In particular, we Australians are notorious for not really getting into the networking thing, so conferences often have a lot of ‘awkward silences’ when sessions are not on, and we are meant to be (god forbid) *talking* to each other :-)

But this year has been different. Lots of banter, lots of discussion. Also, the AUSOUG committee got it exactly right this year. The venue is just the right size, the rooms are the right size, the timings of the sessions and transit times were spot on. It is a real credit to them – it shows how much they are listening to the speakers and attendees feedback.