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Statspack installation scripts

When Diagnostic Pack is disabled, either because you don’t have Diagnostic Pack or you are in Standard Edition, I highly recommend to install Statspack. When you will need it, to investigate on an issue that occured in the past, you will be happy to have it already installed and gathering snapshots.

I order to be sure to have it installed correctly, there’s a bit more to do than just what is described in spcreate.doc and I detail that in a UKOUG Oracle Scene article Improving Statspack Experience.

For easy download, I’ve put the scripts on GitHub: https://github.com/FranckPachot/scripts/tree/master/statspack

You will find the following scripts for Statspack installation:

Words I Don’t Use, Part 3: “Best Practice”

The third “word I do not use” is best practice.

The “best practice” serves a vital need in any industry. It is the answer to, “Please don’t make me learn about this; just tell me what to do.” The “best practice” is a fine idea in spirit, but here’s the thing: many practices labeled “best” don’t deserve the adjective. They’re often containers for bad advice.

The most common problem with “best practices” is that they’re not parameterized like they should be. A good practice usually depends on something: if this is true, then do that; otherwise, do this other thing. But most “best practices” don’t come with conditions of execution—they often contain no if statements at all. They come disguised as recipes that can save you time, but they often encourage you to skip past thinking about things that you really ought to be thinking about.

Best practices? I'm not so sure.

I'll be delivering a webinar this week that has the words "Best Practices" in the presentation title. As I've been preparing, it has really struck me how my definition of a best practice is not the traditional IT definition. Wikipedia says

Right Practice (via James Morle’s Blog)

Great post from James Morle. Consider it required reading (and thinking).

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote a post, sorry about that! I thought that I would take a brief break from the technical postings and espouse some opinion on something that has been bothering me for a while – ‘Best Practices.’ Best Practices have been around a long time, and started with very good intentions. In fact, one could easily claim that they are still produced with good intentions: To communicate methods that the hardware and software … Read More

via James Morle’s Blog

Right Practice

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote a post, sorry about that! I thought that I would take a brief break from the technical postings and espouse some opinion on something that has been bothering me for a while – ‘Best Practices.’ Best Practices have been around a long time, and started with very [...]