Looking at my last blog post (related to Oracle that is) it looked to have occurred back in Oct/Nov of 2008, right before I joined pythian
. I'm sure I left a lot of blog topics for the Pythian blog in my head. It was a fun ride working for pythian
. I think my 19-20 months working there gave me the skills and experience you just can't get anywhere else in the same time frame. I have the utmost respect for my co-workers there, as well as for Paul Vallee
as the Founder, President, and COO!!!
I'm not one to reflect (more...)
I have been anticipating the arrival of alice.com
in recent months. In the beginning, my interest was more due to the fact that I had worked with some of the alice employees. I think one is a Prairie Dog, one may be a Gopher, and I'm not sure what the other's are
. Regardless, after my initial followings, I became intrigued at what this company was going to become. I love online shopping, and I love getting deals on household items. I also love free stuff. Let's face it, that is the real reason I'm writing this. The free stuff (more...)
This post was inspired by a Twitter thread
that took place on October 31st between myself
(maybe I only included Don for his tongue in cheek, playground banter), and @surfsearcher
@oraclenerd: "besides commas at the start of a line (sql, plsql), I also hate mixed case sql and plsql"
@oraclenerd: "@piontekdd come on! it's just plain ugly...besides, I've gotta have have at least a little something to bitch about now and again. :) "
@piontekdd: "@oraclenerd life is too short to get upset about personal style :)"
Oracle 11g was released over a year ago, but lets face it, not everyone is running Oracle 10g, let alone 11g. July 31st marks the end of the 'free' Premier Support Oracle offered up to all Oracle 188.8.131.52 customers last summer. With that spirit in mind, I thought I would share some of my Oracle 10g Migration Ramifications. ('Upgrade' is a boring word and doesn't have a lot of words that rhyme with it. It is also a great homage to Adam Sandler's 'Cajun Man
In part 1, I will discuss an ORA-1426 you may (more...)
In the spirit of Jonathan Lewis' recent post, Sometimes, Everything I Write Sucks!
, comes today's installment of the Prestidigitation of Oracle. Today's prestidigitation
is that I'm not going to write about Oracle (or why I need to blog more), but I'm going to focus on a topic I've been dealing with lately which is implementing the ASPState
database with SQL
This is part one in the series and will go over the set up of a custom ASP session state
database to be used with ASP.NET applications which is connected to a SQL
Server database that is (more...)
The Oracle RAC SIG
are putting on an event in a few weeks in Chicago, August 4th and 5th. It is called the IOUG RAC Attack!
(awesome name, I wonder who came up with it). Since my current job entails supporting an Oracle RAC environment (2 5-node clusters) and we have some newer members who are a bit green in the RAC arena, I thought it would make sense to check into the event and agenda to see if it is worthwhile to send some people to this.
From looking at the agenda and the quality speakers they (more...)
I was recently refreshing a test database with production data (using datapump if anyone cares) and had forgotten to check the tablespace sizes between prod and test. During the load, I obviously ran out of space. A quick check in prod showed I needed 4GB of space. The test tablespace was set to grow to 2GB max. To add space, I performed a simple command to add the space.
ALTER DATABASE DATAFILE '/u01/oracle/data01/blah.dbf' RESIZE 8GB;
I resumed the datapump and went on my merry way. A few minutes later I received an email from Grid Control that the tablespace (more...)
I have been struggling with getting a custom Grid Control (10g Release 3) report to a) Run on a schedule successfully and b) email it to me for several weeks. I spent my customary time troubleshooting the problem myself, scouring metalink etc and finally resorted to opening an SR with Oracle Support. Two weeks later, and many "run opatch lsinventory -detail" or telling me to check my proxy settings (which I did on my own several times) tasks later, still no resolution. I decided to shelve the problem and move on to more pressing matters...
Enter the hand-off of the (more...)