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November 2015

Application Performance Monitoring- First View

Working with test data is always fun and teaches those of us inside Oracle how best to use the new products that will be offered to benefit customers.  To me, it’s pretty straight forward and I didn’t first understand why it was necessary, but as I sit in on calls as we do performance testing of these great, new products, I understand why they need to direct so ma

DB2 virtualized on Delphix


Delphix is tightly integrated with PostGres, Oracle, Sybase and SQL Server but here is an example of  impressively easy workflow with DB2 which can be setup with a few extra scripts.


Simple sentiment analysis

Simple sentiment analysis. I was reading up an article about it, and as a simple demonstration I implemented a sentiment analysis in plsql based on the AFINN-111 dictionary. It uses a simple scoring system from -5 to 5, for negative and positive sentiments.

A new line on NEWLINE

Recently I was doing a simple external table load using a CSV file, but was getting an interesting error. My file looked simple enough

"2012348048","","05/02/2000","Subject 1","5","09/04/2007"
"2412348048","","05/02/2000","Subject 1","5","09/16/2002"
"348543169051","","03/10/2001","Subject 1","5","03/24/2008"
"348396029762","","03/10/2001","Subject 1","5","03/10/2001"
"1212348047","","05/02/2000","Subject 1","5","05/02/2000"
"1612348048","","05/02/2000","Subject 1,"5","06/02/2006"

So it should have been a fairly straightforward external table definition to access it

Enterprise Manager at OOW 2015

Well, another Oracle Open World has bit the dust, and as is always the case, there was a lot of great material presented, both by Oracle employees and customers. To help you identify the material and get your hands on the presentations where possible, I’ve taken a stab at grouping all the material together into sections. These are the areas the presenters identified the material as covering, so if the title doesn’t seem to match that area blame the presenters. :)

Direct path and buffered reads again: compressed tables.

In the previous post on the decision between buffered and direct path reads I showed the decision is depended on the version. Up to and including version the size of a segment needs to be five times small table threshold in order to be considered for direct path reads, and starting from the database starts considering direct path reads starting from small table threshold. The lower limit just discussed is small table threshold or five times small table threshold with lower versions, upper limit is called “very large object threshold” (VLOT) and is five times the size of the buffercache, which is the threshold after which a table scan always is going via direct path.

NOUG Session: How Cache Fusion Works

For all those attended my session at Northeast Oracle User Group at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Have you ever wondered how Cache Fusion knows where to get the block from? Or, how block locks vary from row locks? Or you are confused about the meaning and purpose of various Global Cache Service (GCS), Global Resource Directory (GRD) and Global Enqueue Service (GES). The session was meant to explain how all these actually work under the covers with live demos.

Fedora 23 and Oracle 11gR2/12cR1

A few months ago I mentioned doing some Fedora 22 installations. At the time I did some pre-emptive installations on the Alpha release of Fedora 23 also.

Now the final release of Fedora 23 is out, I’ve run through the articles again to make sure things are all ship-shape.

The Eternal Newbie

It’s been over a decade since I first heard Tom Kyte talking about Project Marvel, which eventually became Application Express (APEX). Since then I’ve “used” just about every version of APEX. I use the term “used” very loosely, because I typically use APEX for a few days to get a job done, then never touch it again for months. By the time I come back, I pretty much have to start the learning process from the beginning again.

Second wave of cloud migration

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