Monday, April 30, 2007

Getting Started with Oracle

A friend recently sent me this link.

It's a 'Getting Started' page on the Oracle website, with a lot of good resources for beginner DBA's and developers.

The DBA section includes a 'Core Tasks' list which will guide you through most things from downloading the software to learning about backup and recovery.

There are also areas for learning about Enterprise Management and Oracle Security.

Some of the links will guide you through to the relevant OTN page for downloading software, whilst others are step-by-step guides as part of the Oracle by Example (OBE) tutorials.

I have used the OBE tutorials in the past when learning about Oracle Warehouse Builder and BI Publisher and have found them to be very useful as they included detailed instructions and screen shots.

The developers section has resources on various technologies including Oracle Database XE, Java for Forms Developers, Application Express, SQL Developer and BPEL.

It's well worth a look, and nice to see Oracle putting something together that is dedicated to Newbies!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

How not to do something....

I realise I may be coming into this a bit late, as a few others have blogged about it already, but really... how inappropriate is this?

As I've said before, the first lesson to learn in working out how to get help is learning how to help yourself.

Probably the most striking mistake in this effort is to learn to NOT SHOUT! It won't get you a quicker response, and is likely to just enrage the people that you are asking to help.
They are there on a voluntary basis, they are under no obligation to waste their time helping you out if you can't even be bothered to be polite and civil.

When posting to a forum to ask for advice, at least have the common courtesy to think about what you are saying, do so in a respectful manner and ask for help, rather than demanding attention.

As I've said before, it is difficult enough being a Newbie in this environment without deliberately enraging the individuals that you are hoping to seek advice from.

If nothing else, this is definitely a post to learn from.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

UKOUG Northern Server Technology Day

Once again the UKOUG has organised a Northern Server Technology Day.

This year it will take place on Tuesday, 24th April at the Hilton Leeds City hotel in Leeds.

Agenda highlights include:

Intro to RMAN by Roland Brown, Leeds City Council
High Availability, Piet de Visser LogicaCMG
Implementing a Dual Site Extended by RAC Cluster, Dev Nayak DSP Global Ltd
Sessions from Joel Goodman, Oracle University

And presentations from respected OakTable Network Members:
Bad Practices by Niall Litchfield, London Borough of Lambeth
Hacking & Securing Oracle by Pete Finnigan, Siemens Insight Consulting
Transaction Internals by Julian Dyke,

Full agenda details available here.

Date: Tuesday 24th April Location: Hilton Leeds City Hotel, Leeds