brew install sqlplus

Gee, that didn’t work.

For those of you wondering about the title of this post, I’m referring to the brew package manager for Mac OS — a nice utility for installing Unix-like packages on Mac OS similar to how yum / apt-get can be used on Linux.

I particularly like the way brew uses /usr/local and symlinks for clean installations of software without messing up the standard Mac paths.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a brew “formula” (more...)


Last week I attended the Rocky Mountain Oracle User’s Group Training Days Conference in Denver, Colorado. RMOUG TD is one of the largest independent Oracle User’s Groups for Oracle database technology and draws a large number of Oracle Aces and Ace Directors, Oracle OakTable members and senior Oracle corporate technology leaders.

On Monday I attended a session by Cary Millsap from Method-R Corporation. In this full day session, Cary talked about how to use Oracle’s trace files to accurately diagnose performance problems related to specific business transactions by profiling the execution of database activity at the detailed call level. Using (more...)

Of Wine and Fish

In my last post touching on my case for Data Engineers, my friend Greg Rahn provided a humorous quote about data from Andy Todd:

“Data matures like wine, applications like fish”

Which, near as I can tell, came from an Open Source Developer’s Conference in Brisbane, 2009 at which Andy talked about, of all things, “Change in Database Schemas and Source Code“.

I’ve dropped Andy an email to see if his presentation is online anywhere, since it touches the topic that is near and dear to my heart.

In this post, though, I’d like to address some (more...)