DBAs Versus Developers

thatjeffsmith Database Stuff 6 Comments

On Thursday, September 30, 10:30AM EST, Bert Scalzo and I will be doing a Quest sponsored Webcast – “DBAs Versus Developers.” Sign Up/Register for the Webcast That sounds awfully contentious, Jeff! When visiting customers I am often talking to a group of developers in the morning and DBAs in the afternoon. In the morning, I tell my DBA jokes. In …

Advice for Oracle Open World Attendees

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Updated for 2015! If I were attending as a developer/DBA, here are the things I would be doing: Take notes, collect materials. Come back to work, put on a lunch seminar sharing the biggest things you learned during the week – make it EASY for your boss to approve #OOW16. Put Twitter handle on name badge. Plan for sessions in …

‘New’ Technology from 2000

thatjeffsmith Database Stuff 5 Comments

I spend a lot of time speaking to PL/SQL development teams. A conservative estimate would break down to about 200 presentations a year and 2,000 developers. I have several stock presentations, but I prefer to have conversations with my audience rather than just start throwing slides up on the projector. If we find a topic of interest, then I can …

My ‘New’ Job

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I have never been really good at telling people ‘No.’ Let me clarify that – I have never been really good at telling people I work with ‘No.’ This trait put me in an interesting position recently when both @BrentO and @CHasker Instant Messaged me at work. Apparently I was the lucky guy to run Quest’s new Wiki/Blog site, OraDBPedia. …

SQL Server vs Oracle Via Toad

thatjeffsmith Toad® Stuff (Retired) 2 Comments

This is not a volley in the RDMBS wars. This is a quick cheat sheet for getting started using Toad for SQL Server if you are already used to using Toad for Oracle. Pages not Windows Toad for Oracle is a classic Windows application that utilizes a classic MDI presentation. Toad for SQL Server uses ‘Document Tabs’ for each ‘Window’ …

Proposed Outline: Toad Book

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Time. I finally have some ‘free’ time. I have chosen to spend this time wisely. Instead of being reactive to e-mails, phone calls, IMs, tweets, pokes, etc, I am going to get serious about my book. The book has been inside my head for several years now, and I feel comfortable enough with the story to put it into words. …

Teaching Toad or Teaching SQL?

thatjeffsmith Toad® Stuff (Retired) 6 Comments

So for the past two days I’ve been taking a group of about 15 people through the paces of Toad and working with SQL Server. These folks are coming from an all Oracle environment to a completely SQL Server one. Tangent: Yes, they are actually migrating an entire application over. They are in year 3 of this process, and I’m …

#OracleHelp

thatjeffsmith Database Stuff, General 5 Comments

I think it’s safe to say that the Twitter hashtag #SQLHELP has been an unqualified success. Why do our SQL Server friends have such a vibrant community on Twitter while us Oracle folks seem to be a bit resistant to all of this Web2.0 stuff? That’s largely a rhetorical question, although my gut tells me it’s a generation/age gap issue… …