Thursday, January 22, 2009

Log Buffer #132: a Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Welcome to the 132nd edition of Log Buffer, the weekly review of database blogs.

This is my first post of this New Year, so let's kick it off with a new blog.

Joel Goodman has begun his Blog from the DBA Classroom. This week he has been discussing the different ASM Storage Possibilities, but make sure to check out his older posts too if you missed them. I'll certainly be keeping an eye on this blog.

Keeping on the education theme here, Dan Norris has a few thoughts on his blog regarding certifications.
I think the subject of certifications will always divide opinion, but something that did interest me here was the comment from a Senior Exec of a certification company, who informed Dan that " Their certification enrollments are approaching record levels due to the economic “downturn” "

Keeping with the economy, but switching technologies, Kevin Kline over at the SQL Blog is asking 'Does the down economy have an impact on your job?'. Rather than talking about IT layoffs though, he's asking if DBAs are struggling to justify attendance at Conferences and User Group meetings and talks about the potential knock-on effects of such cut-backs. Interesting stuff.

OK, enough doom and gloom, let's go and find some happy posts.

Zack Urlocker at TheOpenForce has been celebrating the first anniversary of Sun acquiring MySQL.
They had beer.
At work.
I like their style!

Further anniversary news from H.Tonguç Yılmaz as The Turkish Oracle Users Group Forum prepares for it's 10th Anniversary with a whole host of new blogs

More good news as Harald van Breederode tells us it is possible to recall command line history in tools such as SQL*Plus.

Rhonda Tipton also shares a handy trick for SQL Server users on how to easily convert date formats from one style to another, I'm sure all of us have been caught out by the US/UK date thing at one time or another!

PostgreSQL Users also have something to look forward to with Xaprb talking about the new windowing functions and common table expressions coming up in the next release.

Back to Oracle now, and a post from Pythian's Lukas Vysusil. I have to admit, I found his 'Hitting Oracle with a Hammer' title a bit misleading, especially as he kicks off with "Recently, I had an opportunity to participate in a stress-testing exercise".
I thought 'Yeah, when I get stressed I could whack Oracle with a Hammer too". Typically, my misinterpretation was way off the mark. No gratuitous violence, just a great post about, well, stress-testing.

Speaking of misinterpretations, I'm going to finish this week's log buffer with something for you to think about. Justin Kestelyn over at the OTN Blog asks 'What does "Freedom of Speech" mean in the Context of Community?'