That last D is Development if that’s unclear. Anyway, like Thao says, Happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it, and for those who don’t enjoy the silence in our absence. To Thao’s question, I’m going with Internet. Yes, it’s (more...)
As a team-building activity for our newly merged team of research, design and development, someone, who probably wishes to remain nameless, organized a glass mosaic and welding extravaganza at The Crucible in Oakland.
We split into two teams, one MIG welding, the other glass breaking, and here’s the result.
All-in-all an interesting and entertaining activity. Good times were had by all, and no one was cut (more...)
Editor’s note: Here’s a repost of a wonderful write-up of an event we did a couple weeks ago, courtesy of Friend of the ‘Lab Karen Scipi (@KarenScipi).
What Karen doesn’t mention is that she organized, managed and ran the event herself. Additional props to Ultan (@ultan) on the idea side, including the naming, Sandra Lee (@SandraLee0415) on the execution side and to Misha (@mishavaughan) for seeing the value. (more...)
This year some of us at the AppsLab attended the Samsung Developer Conference aka #SDC2014. Last year it was Samsung’s first attempt and we were also there. The quality and caliber of presentations increased tenfold from last year. Frankly, Samsung is doing it really hard to resist to join their ecosystem.
Here are some of the trends I observed:
Wearables and Health:
There was a huge emphasis in Samsung’s commitment with wearable technology. They released (more...)
Editorial Note: This is a guest post by friend of the ‘Lab and colleague DJ Ursal. Also be sure to check out our Hackathon entry here:
EchoUser (@EchoUser), in partnership with SpaceGAMBIT, Maui Makers, the Minor Planet Center, NASA, the SETI Institute, and Further by Design, hosted an Asteroid Hackathon. The event was in response to the NASA Grand Challenge, “focused on finding all asteroid (more...)
An interesting ‘problem’ surfaced a while ago, one where a user with zero quota on every tablespace could successfully create tables. Of course once it was time to insert data the inserts failed, but this was confusing the user creating the tables. The ‘problem’ stems from enabling deferred segment creation in the database. Let’s see how that can create a confusing situation,
Deferred segment creation allows tables and indexes to be created without physical segments (more...)
As I help a peer with a SQL Tuning engagement, I face the frequent case of: “We do not want to gather CBO schema object statistics because we don’t want our Execution Plans to change”. Well, the bad news is that: not gathering stats only gives you a false sense of safety because your Execution Plans can change anyways. The reason has to do with Predicates referencing values out of range. Typical cases include range (more...)
Last week I attended the East Coast Oracle User Group conference, also known as ECO, in Raleigh, NC. This being my first time at ECO, it was a good event for being a two day conference. The low-key environment provided a nice, comfortable environment for interaction between the speakers and those in attendance. If you ever have the chance to catch this conference, it would be a good one to attend.
What you can expect (more...)
I upgraded my database a couple of weeks ago and now my users complain their application is slower. They do not provide specifics but they “feel” it is running slower. Sounds familiar?
Every once in a while I get a request that goes like this: “how can I find if some SQL on my database is performing worse over time?”
It is very hard to deal with the ambiguities of some problems like “finding (more...)
Oracle 12c (version 18.104.22.168) offers the option of using in-memory processing to speed things along. Called the In-memory option it’s installed when you install the 22.214.171.124 software. Using it can make a considerable difference in processing speed, provided you have sufficient resources (RAM) available. Let’s revisit an older example, on Bloom filters, and see if Oracle processes things any faster in-memory.
Looking again at the Bloom filter example using (more...)
Inspired by the recent furore around Shellshock I decided that it was time to try an alternative to bash. By the very grown up process of shutting my eyes and poking my finger at the results of a search for “shell” I ended up at fish shell, described by the project as “a command line shell for the 90s”. I’m presuming that this means the 1990s and is not a minimum age requirement.
An interesting issue presented itself just recently with a logical standby database I manage. The database is used for generating reports and the client wanted to skip all DML activity for a given schema as it wasn’t necessary for reporting purposes. I had done this in version 10.2.0.x; it was a simple procedure on a low-traffic database:
alter database stop logical standby apply; exec dbms_logstdby.skip('DML','','%') alter database start logical standby apply;
Consider the following concept: When you are born you are issued a map showing the direction your life will take. Along the way people will come into your life and help you make sense of parts of that map. You may not know these people at the time but they will be important in establishing where you are to be headed and possibly what you should be doing. Eventually you can read the entire map (more...)
In a forum I frequent the following question was raised:
We see some sqls that have been running for a long time in our prod DB, 11.2. when we check the v$session, i see null sql ids for them. The sql_address shows up as 00. I would like to know what these sqls are doing because they correspond to processes that are burning up the CPU and driving the usage to > 85%.
Enkitec’s Sizing and Provisioning (eSP) is a new internal tool designed and developed with Oracle Engineered Systems in mind. Thanks to the experience and insights from Randy Johnson, Karl Arao and Frits Hoogland, what began as a pet project for some of us, over time became an actual robust APEX/PLSQL application, developed by Christoph Ruepprich and myself, and ready to debut at Oracle Open World 2014.
This posting is about eSP, what it does, and (more...)
In Oracle releases 10.2.0.x and later join processing can be made more efficient by the use of Bloom filters, primarily to reduce traffic between parallel query slaves. What is a Bloom filter? Named after Burton Howard Bloom, who came up with the concept in the 1970s, it’s an efficient data structure used to quickly determine if an element has a high probability of being a member of a given set. It’s based (more...)
Recently I was declared, for want of a better word, an Oracle ACE. I was nominated by someone I respect and admire; just the nomination itself was enough, really, to make my day. When I received notification that I had been selected I was truly surprised. I immediately thanked my nominator, who told me:
"Still, it is just a nomination form, and you did all the work that made it so impressive. Congratulations!"