05 April 2013
05 April 2013

NoSQL and Oracle, Sex and Marriage

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At last week’s Dallas Oracle Users Group meeting, an Oracle DBA asked me, “With all the new database alternatives out there today, like all these open source NoSQL databases, would you recommend for us to learn some of those?” I told him I had a theory about how these got so popular and that I wanted to shar… Read more
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28 August 2012
28 August 2012

Is “Can’t” Really the Word You Want?

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My friend Chester (Chet Justice in real life; oraclenerd when he puts his cape on) tweeted this yesterday: “can’t lives on won’t street – i’m sure my son will hate me when he’s older for saying that all the time.” I like it. It reminds me of an article that I drafted a few months ago but hadn’t posted yet. Here it is… Read more
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11 June 2012
11 June 2012

An Organizational Constraint that Diminishes Software Quality

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One of the biggest problems in software performance today occurs when the people who write software are different from the people who are required to solve the performance problems that their software causes. It works like this: Architects design a system and pass the specification off to the developers. The developers implement the specs the architects gave them, while t… Read more
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19 April 2012
19 April 2012

Real Developers DO use Tools

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This video is a recording from the webinar broadcast by Red Gate on 24th January 2012. You may’ve heard the idea that real developers don’t need tools, and the mark of a good developer is someone who can hand-code everything. But there are certain tasks where it doesn’t make sense to disregard using tools. In particular, critical tasks that need… Read more
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30 March 2012
30 March 2012

The String Puzzle

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A piece of string is stretched tightly around the Earth along its equator. Imagine that this string along the equator forms a perfect circle, and imagine that to reach around that perfect circle, the string has to be exactly 25,000 miles long. Now imagine that you wanted to suspend this string 4 inches above the surface of the Earth.… Read more
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20 December 2011
20 December 2011

The Ramp

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I love stories about performance problems. Recently, my friend Debra Lilley sent me this one: I went to see a very large publishing company about 6 months after they went live. I asked them what their biggest issue was, and they told me querying in GL was very slow, and I was able to fix quite easily. (There was a… Read more
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19 August 2011
19 August 2011

Mastering Oracle Trace Data

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A one-day course taught by Cary Millsap London, UK, 8 Sept 2011 Oracle trace data is an extraordinarily rich information source for database application developers, administrators, and anyone who cares about the speed of an Oracle Database application. Oracle trace files include information that yields value throughout your software life cycle, whether you’ve bought prebuilt applications or built them yourself… Read more
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17 August 2011
17 August 2011

My Case for Agile Development, Cary Millsap

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Cary Millsap (Oracle Ace Director, co-founder of the OakTable) explains how the principles of the Agile Manifesto have defined his most commercially and technically successful projects (specifically, the implementation of the Agile Manifesto called Extreme Programming (XP), as explained by Kent Beck). Watch a full video recording of the session, including the Q+A. … Read more
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