Reading List

I spend a lot of time on-line. Most of my news and editorial content is found via Twitter posts, but there are a few outlets that I check out on a regular basis. If you enjoyed my writing at all, I think you’ll love reading what these folks have to say!

Oracle and SQL Developer Stuff

  • Kris Rice – my boss and creator of SQL Developer. Insight to how stuff ‘really works’
  • Barry McGillin – SQL Developer, developer!
  • Dermot O’Neill – another developer who blogs SQL Developer
  • berxblog – A DBA who is willing to share his time and expertise
  • ORACLENERD – OBIEE and other things that make my head hurt
  • Laurent Schneider – prolific and EXCELLENT content
  • DBAKevlar – DBA rants and lots of great tuning advice
  • ODTUG Blog – The Oracle user group dedicated to developers and the tools they use, does it get any better than this?
  • KelloggsDBA – I learn just as much about parenting and being a good person as I do Oracle stuff

Data and Databases

  • Brent Ozar – Yes, he does SQL Server, but his insight in consulting, server technology, and humor is top notch. I learn A LOT from this guy.
  • InfoAdvisors – Karen Lopez knows her data, she loves it, and it really shows
  • Erin Stellato – She lives in an evil parallel universe, but she’s a great writer and I enjoy seeing how the other half lives

Folks that Blog About Blogging


  1. Hi Jeff,

    Sorry to bother you with another silly question.

    I am creating a CV.040 Conversion Data Mapping for a Oracle Quality collection plan.
    This solution needs to bring daily Quality results from a testing machine on the factory floor in the form of a textile to a Windows folder
    My original idea was to use a batch file in Windows and launch the SQL*loader and populate Q_IMPORT_IV On the eBS side
    I would then schedule the Collection Import Manager upload data into Oracle Quality Results table.

    But now I see that in the “Oracle Manufacturing APis and Open Interfaces Manual” page 11-14 that Oracle is using PL/SQL code to move data
    and not SQL*Loader.

    Can I do daily SQL*Load into a Oracle eBS interface table??
    Will SQL*Loader erase existing data?

    I guess the questions is SQL* Loader the right tool to move daily text data into a Oracle table and not lose previously loader data.


  2. Jeff:

    I could not find Oracle client but if found this zip file:
    does this file have SQL*Loader??


    • Jeff,
      Thank for your help.
      Here is the 2 zip files I downloaded:

      My network at is wireless and I also have TOAD installed on me notebook.
      ORA-00119: invalid specification for system parameter
      ORA-00132:syntax error or unresolved network name
      Any ideas??
      Thank you in advance.
      Best Reagards,

  3. Hi Jeff,

    Where do I download SQL*Loader from to run on my Windows/7?

    • Go to and download the Oracle Client for Windows. That contains the sql loader program.

  4. Hi Jeff,

    I have a text file of Quality Results that I need to populate a Oracle Quality Interface table with.

    When ever a new plan is created, Oracle Applications creates two views automatically with names
    Q__V and Q__IV. View Q__V is based on QA_RESULTS table while Q__IV is based on QA_RESULTS_INTERFACE table which is used for importing huge data in Quality

    Below is a sample of a Pl/SQL for placing one record on this table. But daily
    I need to place between 100 to 200 records from a Text File for a machine that is collecting these test results.


    I hope I copied the above scripted correctly from Oracle eBS Oracle Qualty interface.
    The resources that I have on my machine are:

    I have eBS R12.1 running on my notebook as a Linux guest on VMware on

    I have Oracle SQL Developer and MS Office on my notebook.
    So I could experiment with your feedback.

    Greatly appreciate your help.

    Best Regards,

    • What is an Oracle Quality Interface table?

      Text file on machine > daily loads to Oracle?

      I would setup a local job to kick of a sql*loader session to load that data for you. You can use SQL Developer to help you define your SQL*Loader job/files. Do a search on my blog for excel and sql loader for more information.

  5. At my work we are replacing our old PL/SQL Developer tool with SQL Developer and I took lead to help my colleges during this transition. I am glad that I found this blog, i am sure this will help lot to me and my team.


  6. randomly I landed on this site. Wow. For past two hours I am reading tips and applying to my Oracle SQL Developer environment. Thank you for posting all these wonderful tips. Now I dont’ see any reason to stick with my old PL/SQL Developer tool.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Thanks Sabahat! If you find anything lacking or ‘missing’ based on your previous tool, be sure to let us know!

  7. when i execute the script as below:
    it always return ‘unkown’
    Does any setting should to adjust?

    but when i used other tools(ex. PL/SQL developer),then same script can return correct data for me.

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