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?’

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

  1. HunterX says:

    >great! Thank You

  2. Dave Edwards says:

    >I thought this was interesting: Beware: ext3 and sync-binlog do not play well together on the MySQL Performance Blog.It’s a knotty little thing that could tie you up if you don’t know about it. Sounds also like it could persist into the soon-to-arrive ext4 filesystem, since it and ext3 share a common ancestor, ext2.

  3. Dan Norris says:

    >Thanks for the mention–good edition!

  4. Matt McGuire says:

    >Great lists. I am always looking for Oracle related blogs. Thanks.

  5. Ayaz Malik says:

    >Hiiz im having a lil problem which i can’t sort regarding oracle i hope u can help me out. operating system: Windows2000Oracle Version :9.2.0.1.0I am wondering about know the deletion of statistics.Why statistics delete?what is the benefits for deletion statistics if we use cost base optimizer.please any one inform me what is the purpose for deletion of statisticsI am very thankful for you to resolve my problem.With Best RegardsOracle Trainings in Pakistan

  6. >good edition, thanks.

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