Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 28-MAR-2012

Just Out

Oracle Announces the Certification of the Oracle Database on Oracle Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

More in the realm of just out: 

Simplify Storage Management with Oracle’s Latest Software (learn about the new Oracle StorageTek Tape Analytics software).


This week Charles Hooper's Oracle Notes has two sojourns for us, Which PLAN_HASH_VALUE Appears in V$SQLAREA?, with a sidetrip to Hell.

Oak Table member Randolf Geist is offering some free webinars: (Virtual) Public Appearances - Free Webinars.

About Oracle is also talking seminars, this one is a one day offering: Mastering Oracle Trace Data with Cary Millsap, at About Oracle

Oracle Musings discusses a topic that I have encountered often in the past: what happens when developers replace lots of functionality that already exists in the database and is optimized with functions outside the DB that haven't been optimized, then proclaim that the database is slow. Some good, calm thinking here: Sqoop /*+ parallel */.


grassroots-oracle has a nice little APEX discovery to share: Changing Oracle Apex calendar icon.


From the Oracle Demantra blog: Demantra USA Based Companies and SOX Compliance.

Math from MIT

Eddie Awad tweeted a connection to what looks like a very comprehensive and approachable math textbook from MIT (and this is coming from me, a math chicken): Mathematics for Computer Science .


Don't miss the webcast on Hyperion Planning Performance Pitfalls coming up on April 5th.


Speaking of webcasts, take a look at some of the great ones coming up and preregister at the Oracle Database Security Webcast Series.


Gnomes, they're not just for lawn decoration anymore. Peter Korn's Weblog let's us know that: GNOME 3.4 released, with smooth & fast magnification.


ZFSSA - Tips & Tricks with your Oracle 7000 ZFS Storage Appliance, a contestant in the very popular 'Really Long Blog Title Contest', brings us this item on Analytics in the ZFSSA: Fun tips with Analytics 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 21-MAR-2012


An announcement from ZDNet: Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 2 arrives with Linux 3.0 kernel, btrfs.


From the Oracle Systems Blog Austria blog, a rundown on Great Solaris 10 features paving the way to Solaris 11.


For those who really enjoy getting the top off and poking around in the wiring of what program memory is up to comes this article: How Memory Allocation Affects Performance in Multithreaded Programs at Technet.


A couple of items of interest to Essbase mavens at the EPM / OBI - Product Assurance Engineering (/PAE) blog:

Oracle Essbase Release - New Tuning Features 

EXALYTICS - Oracle® Essbase Patch Set (PS): 

Access Manager

Haven't seen this Oracle blog before the ISV Migration Center Blog. They posted a handy set of links: Oracle Access Manager 11g - useful links.


Over at Martin Giffy D'Souza on Oracle APEX he goes into a nice review for beginners, or non-beginners for that matter: How APEX Processes Various Conditions and Validations.


I haven't tested this script over at OraQA to see if it works, but it sure looks like one of those items you stick away in a folder marked 'Will save the day when needed' if it does: How to convert an Internet HTML Table to CSV format in SQL


A couple of good finds from The Tom Kyte Blog this week: Two things I learned this week...


It's been a while since we've seen something new on the best indexing blog out there, Richard Foote's Oracle Blog, but the wait is over: Indexed Organized Tables – An Introduction to IOT Secondary Indexes (A Second Face).


I got all excited when I saw the title of this article over at Oracle Scratchpad: ACS. Wow, Jonathan Lewis is talking about Advanced Customer Services on his blog. Alas, it is a different ACS. But it's still great reading, as you would expect from Jonathan Lewis.


The Proactive Support EPM and BI blog reports on a new addition to the upgrade advisor family (stork and all): Upgrade Advisor: Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) from to

Other Stuff Department

This isn't Oracle. or even computer related, but certainly is an interesting article that Eddie Awad tweeted: Why Bilinguals Are Smarter I wonder if anyone has done any studies of other correlations on this. This is not particularly good news here in the States, of course. For one thing it means that the Swiss are the smartest people in the world since they are practically 100% multilingual. But it also means we may not be the sharpest tools on the shelf. You know the old line: What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. How about someone with several languages? Multilingual. And someone who only speaks one language? American.  

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 14-MAR-2012


Interested in Ajax with jQuery? Eddie Awad recently tweeted this to help you get started over at Elated: Ajax with jQuery: A Beginner's Guide.

Oracle Support

Have a look at Get Proactive, GET, GET,..PRO-ACT-IVE! over at Chris Warticki's Blog - Oracle Support.


First, the basics, keep an eye on that OS: 16 Linux Server Monitoring Commands You Really Need To Know over at INPUT OUTPUT16 Linux Server Monitoring Commands You Really Need To Know.

What Oak Table guru Charles Hooper gets involved in is usually interesting and thorough. This project looks it covers both criteria: Thoughts on a Hyper-Extended Oracle Performance Monitor Beta.


Over at the EPM/OBI - Product Assurance Engineering (/PAE) blog there's a useful item to read: Essbase 11.1.2 - Optimisation of Essbase Calculation Scripts Using NOT in IF statements.


Looking for the Oracle Developer Tools Blog? They have a redirect page sending you to three different blogs now: Redirect to tools specific blogs.


Over at the Oracle Applications Blog, Steve Boese, Director, Talent Strategy for Oracle connects the dots on people, social networks and work: Beyond Record-Keeping: What Social Means for HCM .


The Oracle Web Service Manager blog has a good item for you SOA fans: How To - SOA Component level Role based Authorization using OWSM.


The WebCenter Architecture Team (A-Team) tells us how to tune up performance: Improving WebCenter Content Search Performance.


We've talked often of SQL injection vulnerabilities over the years (harped on it would be the unkind term), but mainly spoke of the Oracle RDBMS. This session should help you with that and other issues in MySQL security: Defend MySQL Database with Oracle Database Firewall. It's coming up on March 22nd.

Networking (The Social Kind)

Eddie Awad tweeted this very useful item for those of you who use Twitter (and that's a rapidly expanding community): Promoting Your Blog With Twitter – 3 Underutilized Methods. It's over at Leaving Work Behind.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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E-Business Suite R12 Payables RPC Available
A new R12.1: Payables Recommended Patch Collection (AP RPC), has been released. See Doc ID 1397581.1 for more information. The RPC is a collection of recommended patches that was created with the following goals in mind:

  • Stability: Address issues that occur often as observed by Oracle Development and Global Customer Support and that interfere with the normal completion of critical business processes such as Period Close.

  • Root Cause Fixes: Deliver a final fix (root cause) to most Data Corruption issues that delay Period Close, Invoice Processing, Suppliers and more.

  • Compact: Whilst bundling a large number of important corrections keep the file footprint as small as possible to facilitate uptake and minimize testing.

  • Reliable: Reliable code with multiple customer downloads and comprehensive testing from QA and Support.

  • Granular: Depending on your needs you can choose to uptake all RPCs or one by one.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 07-MAR-2012


Oracle's MySQL Blog discusses Where Would I Use MySQL Cluster? 

The Message Passing blog also weighs in on MySQL Cluster, this time from a more theoretical angle: The CAP theorem and MySQL Cluster.


An interesting item from Shay Shmeltzer's Weblog: ADF Faces - Now with Better iPad and Public Sites Support.

Grant Ronald's Blog also has some ADF material for us this time around: New ADF Insider Essentials - Basing a view object on multiple entities .

Exadata and Exalytics

ZDNet informs us that Oracle's Exalytics In-Memory Machine hits market.

the jarneil blog points out something you may not have considered before with Exadata, batteries: Exadata Batteries.

SQL Developer

The irrepresible That Jeff Smith tells us of SQL Developer Query & Grid Tricks.

From SOA Proactive Support we find out How to Reset a SOA 11g DMS Metric.

A recent release as described at the Oracle SOA Suite - Team Blog: Oracle announces SOA Suite 11g R1 (


Jonathan Lewis, whose Oracle Scratchpad is usually saving us money by helping us improve the performance of our databases is going for the more direct approach this week. He's found a code to get 40% off on a book, Pro Oracle SQL, from APress: Book Offer.


I've never seen Will Fiveash's Solaris Stuff blog, but it looks to have some useful items. This for instance: Easy Memory Corruption Checking in Solaris.


Kevin Closson's Blog: Platforms, Databases and Storage has its usually level of useful technical wisdom going on. This week he is offereing this posting: Yes, File Systems Still Need To Support Concurrent Writes! Yet Another Look At XFS Versus EXT4.


OTN has a good rundown on Using the sed Editor for the Linux sysadmin: 


Virtual, driven, built, this posting does it all: Application-Driven Virtualization with Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder, at the Oracle's Virtualization Blog.


Finally a thought on the two kinds of programmers, night and day, at notgarner, as tweeted by Eddie Awad: The Day Programmer vs. The Night Programmer. Now obviously everyone thinks they are a night programmer. They only pretend to be a day programmer. I'm betting there are more than two types, though. Some of the day programmers are awakening to their inner night self. Some of the night programmers are slowly calcifying, sinking slowly into their chair and transforming into a creature of stultifying day.

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