Accuracy Matters

angry-1300616_640One of the annoying things about our industry is the volume of acronyms and very specific terminology used on a day-to-day basis. If you know the lingo you are fine. If not, life can be quite problematic.

In some cases, this is just a smoke screen to hide a lack of true understanding, say enough buzzwords you read in a Gartner report and people will eventually stop asking you to define them, but in other cases (more...)

Database Triggers : Use at your own risk!

error-24842_640I wrote a Tweet about triggers yesterday that seemed to get a strong reaction, so I thought I would clarify some things. 🙂

Guns don’t kill people, people do (or is that rappers). In the same way, triggers are not inherently evil, but their misuse is. Toon Koppelaars, of Helsinki Declaration fame, wrote some posts about triggers, which amongst other things highlights the problem of stigmatising something because it is being misused. With all that (more...)

Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c : It’s Alive!

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I wrote some blog posts about Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c a little over 6 months ago.

Since those posts we’ve had bigger fish to fry, so I pretty much put 13c on hold until now. I’ve just built a new 13c server and in the coming weeks will be (more...)

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 : Come and Play!

In a few short weeks I’ll be jetting off to Oracle OpenWorld 2016. It’s pretty crazy to think this will be my 11th visit to OOW and San Francisco…

The rough itinerary for the trip will be…

New York City. I’m going to break my flight in NYC for a few days on my way to San Francisco. I’ve only recently confirmed my flights, but as soon as I did I reached out to NYOUG (more...)

Community and the “Hive Mind”

A really great thing about being part of the Oracle community is the networking and access to information it gives you. In my current job I have to do a number of things that are not really my forte. I know how to learn new stuff, but it’s always nice to get some feedback from people who know more than you. Over the last few years there have been a number of specific cases that (more...)

VirtualBox 5.1.4

VirtualBox 5.1.4 has been released.

Downloads and changelog in the usual places.

I’ve upgraded on my Windows 7 office PC. I’ll give it a go on El Craptian and Oracle Linux 6 when I get home.

Cheers

Tim…


VirtualBox 5.1.4 was first posted on August 17, 2016 at 3:04 pm.
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WordPress 4.6 “Pepper”

WordPress 4.6 “Pepper” has been released.

All 5 of the installations I manage had it listed as available, but like most new major releases, it hasn’t been set to auto-update immediately, so if you want it today you will have to log in and give the updater a nudge.

The update itself was really quick and didn’t give any errors. There have been some updates to the default themes recently, so if you don’t keep (more...)

OTN Tour of Latin America 2016 : It’s a Wrap!

laotn16The OTN Tour of Latin America (Northern Leg) is now over for another year.

Each tour comes with its own set of challenges. As the tour progresses you get increasingly more tired and less able to cope with those challenges. The journey from Guatemala to Pereira broke me. It was like my adrenal glands had burnt out and there was nothing left in the tank. When I get into that state I just want to be quiet (more...)

OTN Tour of Latin America 2016 : Pereira, Colombia to Home

laotn16The day started quite normally. I met Debra at about 08:00 for breakfast. We had a chat, then said our goodbyes, as she was leaving a few hours before me.

The hotel kindly allowed me to check out at 14:00, so I went to the gym, then went back to my room to chill until it was time to leave. Whilst in my room I started to feel a little unwell. I had visions of (more...)

Real Talk : PL/SQL and SQL as your only development skill

notes-514998_640This morning I was asked a question about the job opportunities for a PL/SQL developer these days. I’m talking about someone with good SQL and PL/SQL skills, but limited, or no, knowledge of other development languages.

I think most people know I’m a big fan of PL/SQL. If you have good SQL skills and you know PL/SQL well, you can do pretty much anything with an Oracle database, including all types of web service and web development. Throw in (more...)