Database Driver’s License

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Do you just hand your keys to whoever wants access to your car or your house? Why do so with your database? Just because someone wants to look at ‘your’ data, doesn’t mean you have to let them in without asking a few questions, right? While the person won’t be driving your car, they’ll be driving data in your database. …

BEFORE SELECT TRIGGERS

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After a year of blogging and living out loud on Twitter, I have started to build a nice network and community. One of the people in my new network is Martin Berger (blog | Twitter). Earlier this week, Martin responded to my Toad Challenge with a question about ‘Before Select Triggers’ (conversation) So let’s get this out of the way …

Toad Jobs

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A lot of good news this week about jobs here in the United States and a bunch of new hires for the month of April has many people feeling much better about the US economy. After being hammered with depressing reports for the past two years, it’s very nice to see the pendulum swing in the other direction. Quest has …

Are you a real DBA?

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I’m sorry, I didn’t realize there was such a thing as a ‘fake’ DBA Jeff! Ok, so labeling someone as a ‘real’ DBA is a bit insulting to DBAs everywhere. If you have children, that makes you a parent. If you are responsible for a database, then you are a DBA. So what exactly am I getting at? What do …

My Oracle is broken, can you fix it?

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“Look for things that make them go!” – from ST:TNG, “Samaritan Snare” (Wiki) I have a tendency to relate everything in life back to a Star Trek or South Park episode – it’s a personal problem and I’m currently in therapy, courtesy my DVR. But back to Oracle… How often have you been asked to help with a performance problem, …

Oracle XE: Xtra-Awesome Edition (FREE)

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Did you know you can run Oracle RDBMS for free? Updated on 11/25/2011 – 11gR2 now available for Windows x32 and Linux x64 Yes, there are limitations (fine print), but just about anyone can take advantage of this offering. So, why should you care? Maybe you are a developer, and your DBA refuses to grant you privs you need to …