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Oracle Developer Day Perth

Well…it was a great day with over 100 people attending.

I had the standard fail of trying to show people 200 things that I think are important, in a time allowing only for 50 things, but better to be overfed than starving :-)

Links to the slides are below.  Thanks everyone for coming – hope you had a great day.

Lineage of the 100-400 slide PPT


5727330912_ca5a5a7760graphic by Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig

There is the  Mandel approach to power points in presentations where one is suppose to spend 3 minutes per slide, thus a 60 minute presentation is 20 slides or less.

How about going the other way, showing 3 or more slides per minute?

RMOUG Training Days 2014

I made my way again this year to one of the best, if not the best, user group conferences, the Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days, held in Denver Colorado on the 6th and 7th of February. Huge kudos to Kellyn Pot’Vin and the rest of the organizing team (see her review here) for […]

Full free day of performance class at Oracle Corp

This Thursday, Feb 20, I will be giving a full day of free Oracle performance classes.  Remember the serve the best lunch ever at the Oracle conference center . It’s top class!

Register here

Here is the write-up from NoCOUG on the day: Upgrade

A warning on Oracle-L from Chris Dunscombe: If you’ve got a large stats history – with lots of histogram data – then the upgrade could take an unexpectedly long time. Presumably the same is true if you upgrade from (or earlier) to 12c.



My provisional agenda for Training Days 2014

3:15 I present “Selectivity and how Oracle calculates it”

8:30 – 9:30 (Difficult choice) Iordan Iotzov – How sure is the optimizer about its cardinality estimates
11:15 – 12:15 (Difficult choice) Andy Colvin – Common Exadata mistakes
13:15 – 14:15 Jeff Smith – Oracle Careers panel discussion
14:30 – 15:30 I present “The revolution in histograms”.
16:00 – 17:00 Terry Sutton – “Now what’s up with dbms_stats”

8:30 – 9:30 Alex Fatkulin – Why you may not need offloading
9:45 – 10:45 Jeff Jacobs – SQL Performance anti-patterns
11:15 – 12:15 Alex Gorbachev – Hadoop for Oracle Database Professional
13:30 – 14:30 Bjoern Rost – The ins and outs of Flashback Data Archives

Then it’s off to the airport before the show is over to get my flight home.

Delphix success and Paternity Leave


photo by Steve Jurvetson

I’m off on for a couple weeks for paternity leave! Actually started on Saturday night a week ago with the beautiful, stressful, exciting, fast birth of our second son. What a gift. :)

Fedora 20 : Upgrade from Fedora 19

It’s a little over a month since Fedora 20 was released, but during a terrible bout of insomnia last night I decided to upgrade my desktop PC.

The upgrades using “fedup” worked fine for the previous releases (Fedora 18, Fedora 19). Unfortunately, it failed abysmally for the upgrade to Fedora 20. I tried a few times, but I was not able to troubleshoot it, so I gave up and did a reinstall.

I’ve got an SSD for the system drive, but keep almost everything of importance on a second drive (and a backup drive). I tend to do most things in VMs, so I ended up doing the following:

Free developer day in Perth

Got a massive day of goodies coming to anyone in Perth..for absolutely no cost – just your time and your enthusiasm.

There’s something for

  • database developers
  • Apex developers
  • ADF developers

See you all there …

ORA-65131 grrrr

So…the future is container databases ?

Cool ! I’ll create all my databases as container databases….I’m so happy….until

ERROR at line 1:
ORA-65131: The feature Flashback Data Archive  is not supported in a pluggable database.

It is documented but seriously….that’s not so flash :-)