Today’s the first day of school in my city, and the plethora of “OMG 1st day of school!” posts of Facebook and my own kids heading back in to slog through another year of fundamentals got me thinking about education. My own kids (12/daughter and 10/son) came home and went swimming since it was about 104 degrees today…the hottest day of the summer, as it were.
Anyways, after that activity my son decided to (more...)
I’m going to kick this post off by taking sides in a long-standing feud.
Apple is amazing.
There. Edgy, right? Okay, so maybe you don’t agree with me, but you have to admit that a whole lot of people do. Why is that?Sure, there’s the snarky few that believe Apple products are successful due to an (more...)
Canalys Q1 2014 Smartphones: 81% Android, 16% iOS, 3% Windows Phone http://t.co/ty3E1vSysnSo it's looking at 2014 Quarter 1 shipment of nearly 280 million smartphones. 81% are now android, only 16% related to Apple - that next iPhone better be (more...)
— Kellyn Pot'Vin (@DBAKevlar) May 13, 2014
For a long while now I’m having this idea to initiate an APEX group on some social network to bring APEX Fans together and have regular meetings in my hometown Vienna, Austria.
This idea in mind I met Dan McGhan at APEX World 2014 in Zeist, Netherlands. While talking about this and that we discovered that we both are fans of meetup.com which is a platform to organize meeting groups.
Of course we instantly (more...)
Back in March of last year I wrote an article on the five frequently misused metrics in Oracle: These Aren’t the Metrics You’re Looking For.
To sum up, my five picks for the most misused metrics were:
- db file scattered read – Scattered reads aren’t always full table scans, and they’re certainly not always bad.
- Parse to Execute Ratio – This is not a metric that shows how often you’re hard parsing, no matter how (more...)
Random thoughts on a Friday afternoon…
We’ve all got problems. More to the point, every IT department or team has problems of some kind. It’s why we hire consultants, buy products, start long and arduous journeys into the great unknown depths of root cause analysis, and so on.
What fascinates me is the level at which we come to identify with our problems. When I’ve gone into an environment to deliver recommendations, the conversation usually (more...)
Suddenly a big thunder rolled through the APEX community -> Version 5.0 has arrived in an early adopter version, as published on Joel Kallmans Blog (as usual on a friday, late night over here in europe).
Over the past 10-15 month we saw numerous presentations of what we can expect in APEX 5, and many of us had our own ideas.
As soon as I got word through twitter I applied for a workspace (more...)
Alchemists are best known for their (completely fictional and entirely ridiculous, but that’s besides the point) amazing ability to turn lead into gold. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of lead in the Oracle world. Bugs, angry developers, metrics that can seem to elude human understanding…but I (more...)
You’ve purchased servers, storage space, switches, cables, and countless other pieces of hardware. The Oracle licenses are bought and paid for, Enterprise Edition with a few add-ons. All told, you’ve spent a small fortune on this infrastructure. It’s finally time to start up your database and begin using it for (more...)
In our first MapReduce with Hadoop Streaming in bash article, we took a collection of Stephen Crane poems and used a MapReduce job to calculate ‘term frequency’–meaning we counted the number of times each word in (more...)
apex.oracle.com has been upgraded on Sept 6th 2013 to Version 4.2.3.00.07, which means a release of APEX 4.2.3 is close.
There are no release notes out yet, but what i could see we have three two Packaged Applications:
- Data Reporter
- Opportunity Tracker
In APEX 4.2.2 there was a Packaged Application “Service Notifications Administration” which isn’t in 4.2.3 anymore (although it was marked as (more...)