Tip of the Week
This week's tip is about our pdf format ebook, Oracle Tips from the Real World...52 Weeks with Alydan Consulting, a collection of our first year's worth of tips. Below is the introduction from the ebook, which explains what this is all about.
A question …Do the world, the Internet, and your friendly neighborhood Oracle DBA really need another Oracle tip website or collection?
The answer to that is probably no, but I did it anyway. This effort grew out of a vague sense of dissatisfaction with articles I was reading in magazines and on the Internet. That dissatisfaction had nothing to do with the quality of what I was reading, but the content.
First, my world, circa fall 2004, was an Oracle9i world. But almost everything that was being written was about Oracle10g. At that time, the Oracle10g articles might have been interesting, but were of no real value in the job I was doing on a daily basis. Even today, fall 2005, my world is still primarily an Oracle9i world, and I see as much Oracle8i (and before) as I do Oracle10g.
Second, I wondered who has the time or occasion to implement some of the more "out of the mainstream" features that many articles seem to be about, or the complex abstraction layers that maybe make life easier or maybe just become something else that needs to be maintained, updated, etc. Most DBAs that I know spend their day solving problems efficiently enough to move on to the next one, responding to user requests, and planning how to better do those things that DBAs do everyday: tuning, monitoring, backup and recovery, etc.
With those thoughts in mind, I challenged myself to write the kinds of tips that I would like to see. The goal was to write one tip per week, with each tip being based on something that happened on the job that an Oracle DBA like me would find interesting and useful.
Was I successful? I guess that depends on your definition of success. I did manage to write one tip per week; except for the week between Christmas and New Years Day and the week I was on vacation (although I hope visitors enjoyed the non-technical tip from that week). And the tips have become my own knowledge base that I refer to regularly. From looking at web site activity, I know somebody out there is looking at them. I’ve gotten a handful of emails from folks who have tried to use specific tips, one a nice "thank you" and the rest implementation questions. Conversations with friends and coworkers have included some positive and no negative feedback.
Bottom line…I thought the effort was successful enough to do it for another year, and to collect the first year’s worth into this ebook. I hope you agree.
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