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Watching Paint Dry or V$SQLTEXT_WITH_NEWLINES

How much time to do you spend debugging database application problems? Probably more time than you want. How much of that time is spent capturing the SQL that is being submitted by your application to the database? I’m going to guess that it’s a significant amount. Asssuming you have access to production (or a test […]

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On Real-Time SQL Monitoring and the /*+MONITOR*/ Hint

Oracle 11gR1 Enterprise Edition with the Diagnostic and Tuning packs has a very compelling new feature, Real-Time SQL Monitoring. Oracle thinks enough of the feature that it was highlighted prominently in whitepaper by ACE Directory Arup Nanda titled “Oracle Database 11g: The Top Features for DBAs and Developers” (read it here) Long story short: Too […]

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Database Driver’s License

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 […]

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Things to Keep in Mind for PASS 2013, Charlotte NC

So the news is out, Charlotte NC is a destination city! image courtesy Wikipedia 2012 Democratic Presidential Convention 2013 PASS Summit Already folks are wondering, hey, where is Charlotte? And, can I get good sushi there? Charlotte is a city I visit frequently. Here are a few things I’ve picked up along the way: It’s […]

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Are You Illiterate?

I know you can read, you’re here. But maybe you’re a functioning illiterate. Here’s what I mean. You spend a lot of time in the database writing queries, analyzing data, doing important stuff. Most of the time, things go great for you. You can answer questions for people. You make things happen. The wheels of […]

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Killing in the Name

Do you take pleasure in killing peo…people’s sessions in the database? If so, you are not alone. If you have Blocking Locks, the easiest way to fix that is kill the offending session and free up the requested resource. But, who should win this battle? What transactions take precedence? Should the business analyst have his […]

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SQL_IDs, Plans, and Baselines, Oh My!

Do you run a 3rd party application that uses Oracle RDBMS under-the-hood? Do you experience performance issues? Frustrated that you do not own the application SQL that is causing the issues? Maybe an upcoming upgrade to 11g might give you some relief. Many of the customers I speak with are unaware of a new 11g […]

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Is Your Query Running?

You better run and catch it then! You know you’re getting old when the new crop of kids don’t get this joke, or even worse, don’t understand what a prank phone call is. I’m pretty sure that folks still get phone calls from frustrated people who want to know how much time is left before […]

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Partitioning and DBMS_REDEFINITION

Unscientific research and Twitter gossip reveals that fewer than 15% of folks out there take advantage of Oracle’s partitioning (Oracle Docs) support for tables and indexes. Folks that build their own solutions in-house are more likely to discover and use partitioning. If you use a packaged 3rd-party database solution and it uses partitioning, then I […]

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Access of Evil

A play on words – the Axis of Evil, three countries that foster or promote terrorism. This is not a history lesson or political discussion, go here for that. So what is the Access of Evil? I would propose that the following practices conspire to bring down any well-ordered collection of data: MS Access MS […]

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Trailing or Leading Commas?

For me, it’s leading. If I have a code or syntax problem, I find it easier to see the line missing the comma if I can look at the first char position. Of course you may say that’s crazy, and any reasonable programmer would demand trailing commas. I’m guessing your IDE offers formatting options that […]

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Is it Possible to Learn without Doing?

No. For several years now I have been an Oracle database dude who eavesdropped on the SQL community. I hoped to pick up the lingo and become savvy enough that I could say “Yes, I do SQL Server.” If I’m being honest, then I must admit I have largely failed. Yes, I understand what people […]

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Oracle vs SQL Server, Take II

Missed PT I?: Read Part I my favorite aspects of each RDBMS platform Update: Read PT III where I talk about monitoring indexes I had the pleasure of hanging out with @oraclenerd and @SQLChicken earlier this year in Tampa, FL. It was remarkable for a couple of reasons, but what I remember most is playing […]

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