Another fantastic Kscope in the can.
This was my final year in an official capacity which was a lot more difficult to deal with than I had anticipated. Here's my record of service:
- 2010 (2011, Long Beach) - I was on the database abstract review committee run by Lewis Cunningham. I ended up volunteering to help put together the Sunday Symposium and with the help of Dominic Delmolino, Cary Millsap and Kris Rice, (more...)
A few years back I pondered whether DISTINCT was a bug
My premise was that if you are depending on DISTINCT to return a correct result set, something is seriously wrong with your table design. I was reminded of this again recently when I ran across Kent Graziano's post on Better Data Modeling: Are you making these 3 beginner mistakes in your data models?
Instead of that, you should be defining a natural, or (more...)
Silver Pockets Full
, send this message to your friends and in four days the money will surprise you. If you don't, well, a pox on your house. Or something like that. I didn't know what it was, I just saw this in my FB feed:
Back in November
, I checked to see the frequency of having incremental numbers in the date, like 11/12/13 (my birthday) and 12/13/14 (kate's birthday). I don't want to (more...)
That's Mike and Lisa, hanging out at the hospital. Mike's in his awesome cookie monster pajamas and robe...must be nice, right? Oh wait, it's not. You probably remember why he's there, Stage 3 cancer. The joys.
In October, we helped to send the entire family to Game 5 of the World Series
(Cards lost, thanks Red Sox for ruining their night).
In November I started a GoFundMe campaign
, to date, with your help, (more...)
You didn't miss Part I
, at least not here you didn't.
Many of you know Mike Riley. If you don't, here's a little history. He's the past president of ODTUG (for like 37 years or something) and for the last two years, he's served as Conference Chair for Kscope. (more...)
This year is kind of fun, my birthday is on November 12th (next Tuesday, if you want to send gifts). That means it will fall on 11/12/13. Even better perhaps, katezilla's
birthday is December 13th. 12/13/14. What does this have to do with SQL?
Someone mentioned to me last night (more...)
I'm talking about the ODTUG Board of Directors
That's really all you need isn't it?
Today wraps up the voting period for the ODTUG Board of Directors. If you're asking me what ODTUG is, stop reading now. If you are a member of ODTUG, then please give me (more...)
by Victor Fagundo
The argument over why Businesses should abandon Excel in favor of more structured tools has been raging for as long as I have had more than a casual exposure to Oracle products. From the standpoint of an IT user Excel appears to be a simplistic, flat-file-based, error-prone (more...)
I'm going to be busy.
Here's my list of events:
- I arrive in San Francisco on Saturday around 1 PM. If you're arriving at around the same time, let me know, we can share a cab into the city.
- Beer. After arriving I plan on finding a very cold (more...)
I've always considered myself a developer and a LOWER(DBA)
. I may have recovered perhaps one database and that was just a sandbox
, nothing production worthy. I've built out instances for development and testing and I've installed the software a few hundred times, at least. I've done DBA-like duties, but (more...)
It started at The Talent Code
blog by Daniel Coyle a few weeks back, What's Your LQ (Learning Quotient)?
. That led me to Diamondbacks’ Goldschmidt Has Little Ego and Few Limits
. I like baseball stories. I especially like this passage:
“A lot of kids have so much pride that they (more...)
This one was sitting in the drafts folder for a week or two, then I saw this post on Twitter:
Last week at #kscope13 I saw an outstanding example of context switching. If you don't know what it is, Tom Kyte explains it here
The two environments are just "different", separate and distinct. You can do plsql without SQL, you can do SQL (and many times do) without invoking plsql. (more...)
It's not often that I run across articles that really resonate with me. Last night was one of those rare occasions. What follows is a sampling of what I consider to be required reading for any IT professional with a slant towards database development.
I always find myself putting an asterisk (if only mentally) next to certain statements. I shall now put all those statements here and link back.
- I don't know everything
- I'm not the best developer in the world, but I constantly work at getting better...
That's it...for now.
I updated my host OS a few months back after getting repeated notifications (yes, I know, I can shut them off) that 10.04 (I think) was moving out of support.
Since then, I've had an issue with my Nvidia drivers. Basically, I get video on a single monitor (dual (more...)
I'm busy deriving file layouts from PL/SQL. Probably close to 100 file definitions...each of them slightly different, each of them defined in the code. Fun!
There are a mixture of types too, fixed width, csv, etc. Thankfully, I've read enough of the code now that it's relatively easy to (more...)