Rewriting Old (Crappy) Content

One of the mildly annoying things about writing articles on the internet and blogging is coming across your old articles that are utter crap. 🙂

Something happened at work yesterday and I responded to the person in question with a few quickly typed notes and thought to myself it would make a reasonable “backfill” type article for the website. Nothing interesting and new, but a useful addition for myself, so I could answer the same question (more...)

Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) News

I’m no UX expert, but it’s a subject I’m interested in. The contents of this post is me forwarding (with permission) the latest OAUX newsletter.

NEW OAUX STRATEGY AND ROADMAP EBOOK: The OAUX team’s updated cloud UX strategy ebook contains information about what guides the design of Oracle’s cloud UX as we continue to evolve. It is based on our research with Oracle’s applications users, and offers you a glimpse at the roadmap and (more...)

The Definition of Done

One of things I find myself getting increasingly frustrated with is the definition of done by some people and companies.

For context, I’m speaking about work that is allegedly entirely complete, not necessarily what I expect out of the first sprint on a project. Sorry for stating the obvious, but someone will try to explain to me what the “Definition of Done” is from an agile perspective and I’ll get cranky… 🙂

Just off the top (more...)

Oracle Database 18c Released : How to Get Started

Just in case you missed it, Oracle Database 18c was released on Friday. You can read the announcement in this post.

How to Get Started

You might be a bit disappointed if you don’t have an Oracle Cloud account, or an engineered system. Not to worry. You can try Oracle Database 18c on Live SQL.

The documentation is already available. You (more...)

A week with my Windows 10 desktop…

I mentioned in a previous post I was done with the MacBook Pro, but the combination of it no longer being a brick and my inherent laziness has meant I’ve lost momentum on the switch and I’ve not ordered a new laptop (pause for dramatic effect) yet… Even so I’ve been using a Windows 7 PC at work for nearly six years and last week it got swapped out for a new PC with Windows (more...)

Hey DBA, fix it, but don’t touch it!

Martin Berger posted an interesting tweet the other day.

“what’s the expectation a DBA should do when “something is slow” – but HW and SW is ok and DBA is not responsible (and must not manipulate) schema or statement?”

The thread includes some suggestions, but I want to come at it from a different angle…

I have a lot of sympathy for this situation. In my current role I look after a lot of (more...)

WordPress 4.9.3 and 4.9.4

I’ve given up on posting about new WordPress releases as most of you who are self-hosting are probably using the automatic update feature, so by the time you read my release announcement you’ve already upgraded automatically. Not this time… 🙂

Yesterday WordPress 4.9.3 was released and got automatically applied to the five WordPress blogs I look after. As well as fixing a bunch of bugs, 4.9.3 also broke the automatic update feature, (more...)

OUG Ireland 2018

Next month (22-23 March) is the OUG Ireland 2018 event. Somehow I managed to miss the call for papers, so I wasn’t in the race for a speaker slot, but I just booked my flights and hotel, so I’ll be lurking around.

If anyone drops out of a session after 11:00 on the first day, or at any time on the second day, I’m happy to drop in and fill the spot. Just sayin’! 🙂 If (more...)

Mac updates disaster (again) and a return to Windows desktop?

A couple of nights ago I tweeted about my MacBook Pro being a brick after the latest updates were applied. It was totally unresponsive. The only thing that would work is the “Option” key at boot to alter the boot order.

This is not the first time this has happened to me, and not just on this machine. I think in total I’ve had to restore the entire OS from TimeMachine three times. Once on (more...)

SQLcl : Going cold turkey from SQL*Plus

I’m a SQL*Plus junkie. I have loads of scripts that do exactly what I want them to do, so for most tasks I am more productive from the command line than using other tools. If I do find something difficult, I just flick across to SQL Developer or Cloud Control. I’m not a snob about it, but I prefer the command line.

A couple of weeks ago I was playing with the ORDS stuff in (more...)

Pretrospectives : The death of any project!

If you’ve never heard of “pretrospectives”, that’s because it’s a made up word.

I was working in a team who were “a little frustrated”, so we vented by writing our Fragile Manifesto. It wasn’t a new idea, but it served its purpose and made us chuckle. It came up in conversation a few days ago so I took a look at it again, and one of the things that stood out was the “pretrospective”, which (more...)