Scraping and querying Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards votes – Part 1

You know about the Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards voting, right? If not, then go vote now, please, and then come back and read on :-)

I want to be able to query the voting status, who is ranked what in each category and so on. But I don't want to type in votes in a table, especially not when they change all the time. Instead I'd like to query the live data in (more...)

Oracle Database Developer Choice Award Nominee = Me



Oracle is celebrating the Oracle Community by having us developers nominate and vote for
Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards to our fellow developers in five database development technologies:
SQL, PL/SQL, ORDS, APEX, Db-Design

The nomination period is over and it has been possible to vote since September 15th. Voting is open until October 15th and winners will be announced during Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

The nominees are all active in the Oracle Community helping others as (more...)

Row pattern matching nested within hierarchy

I've been playing around with MATCH_RECOGNIZE - the data pattern matching extension to SELECT that was introduced in version 12.

Most examples I've seen have used the default AFTER MATCH SKIP PAST LAST ROW as most often the logic dictates, that when we have found a match in a group of rows, we want to search for further matches after those rows to avoid unwanted "double" matches.

But can there be uses where we want (more...)

ODCI dynamic table function parser

Supposing you've got data as a text string with "row" and "column" delimiters and you would like to parse out those columns and rows. The external table syntax would actually be great for this, but that requires writing the text out to a file first, and then you can import it back again as columns and rows.

There are various other alternatives using SQL and/or XML manipulations, but one method that I don't see much (more...)

Escope very early status

Just a brief summary of the status of Escope so far - I know it's very very early and too early to even tell whether it'll become real or not, but anyway ... ;-)


  1. For those who don't know yet, we're trying to see if it is possible to create a conference in Europe like the Kscope conference by ODTUG. See my early thoughts here:
    http://dspsd.blogspot.com/2015/06/feasibility-survey-of-possible-european.html
  2. We're gathering feedback from as many European (more...)