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“Oracle Indexing Internals & Best Practices” Seminar: Australia 2017 Tour (Stage)

Mon, 2017-09-18 17:10
I’ll be running a fully revised and updated version of my acclaimed “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” seminar throughout Australia in Oct/Nov 2017. Previous versions of this seminar have been hugely popular and run in some 18 countries. This updated version will feature lots of new material including 12c related indexing capabilities and recommendations. […]
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Richard Foote Consulting Has Arrived (New Angels Of Promise)

Sun, 2017-09-17 17:32
Today is the official launch of Richard Foote Consulting, my new independent company in which I’ll be providing specialist Oracle Database consulting and training services, focusing on database performance tuning, database problem resolutions and database health check assessments (at least until everyone moves across to the new self-tuning Oracle Cloud database). Based on all the […]
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Presenting at UKOUG Tech17 Conference in December (Here Come The Warm Jets)

Tue, 2017-08-29 19:39
I presented at the UKOUG Tech14 conference in Liverpool and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was one of the better User Group conferences I’ve attended and winning both the Best New Oracle Speaker and Best Oracle Speaker awards made that bit more special. So it’s with real excitement that I have the opportunity to again […]
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Goodbye Oracle (Modern Love)

Mon, 2017-08-14 02:39
  It’s with a mixture of excitement, trepidation and a touch of sorrow that I today handed in my resignation after 6 years at Oracle Corporation. My plans at this stage are to take a bit of time-off initially, before going back to providing Oracle Database consulting and training services as I’ve done in the […]
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Basic Index Compression Made Simple (It Ain’t Easy)

Tue, 2017-08-01 21:07
I’ve discussed Index Compression a number of times as it’s an excellent way of minimizing the size of indexes without unnecessary, expensive index rebuilds. One of the nice features of Advanced Index Compression is that not only does it potentially compress indexes more effectively than possible with Basic Index Compression, but that it also eliminates […]
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12.2 Introduction to Real-Time Materialized Views (The View)

Mon, 2017-07-10 02:23
Although I usually focus on index related topics, I’ve always kinda considered Materialized Views (MVs) as an index like structure, which Oracle can automatically update and from which Oracle can efficiently retrieve data. The cost of maintaining a Materialized View Log is not unlike the cost of maintaining an index structure, the benefits of which […]
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12.2 Index Deferred Invalidation (Atomica)

Mon, 2017-05-29 20:14
One of the useful little features quietly introduced with Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is the ability to now defer the invalidation of dependent SQL cursors when an index is created or modified. This can be useful when you say create a new index which you know will have no impact on any existing SQL […]
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12.2 Some Cool Partitioning New Features (Big Wheels)

Wed, 2017-04-05 03:21
I previously discussed just how easy it is to convert online a non-partitioned table to be partitioned with Oracle Database 12.2. Thought I might run through a number of really cool new partitioning features and capabilities that were also introduced in 12.2. To start, I’m just going to create a basic range-partitioning table and populate […]
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Big Announcement – New Job, New Country (A New Career In A New Town)

Fri, 2017-03-31 08:45
After 5 1/2 years at Oracle Corporation, I’ve decided to leave and take on a very exciting new challenge !! President Trump’s office have accepted my nomination to head their IT department in Washington DC, where I’ll be responsible for ensuring all USA government data is stored in a extremely efficient and secure manner. So secure, that […]
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12.2 Online Conversion of a Non-Partitioned Table to a Partitioned Table (A Small Plot Of Land)

Sun, 2017-03-26 18:46
In my previous post, I discussed how you can now move heap tables online with Oracle Database 12.2 and how this can be very beneficial in helping to address issues with the Clustering Factor of key indexes. A problem with this technique is that is requires the entire table to be effectively reorganised when most of […]
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Let’s Talk Database: New Dates Released (You Can’t Talk)

Thu, 2017-03-16 00:53
Good news for all you Oracle Database folk in ANZ. I’ll be running a new series of “Let’s Talk Database” sessions at a venue near you in the coming months. I’ll be discussing two interesting topics, “Introduction to the Oracle Cloud for DBAs” and “Introduction to Oracle Database 12c Release 2“. The dates for this series and […]
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12.2 Moving Tables Online (Real Cool World)

Wed, 2017-03-15 01:41
One of the really cool new features introduced in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is the capability to MOVE tables ONLINE, while maintaining all the associated index structures. This was possible for table partitions in Oracle Database 12c Release 1 but only for Indexed Organized Tables before then. Rather than show a demo that just moves a table, […]
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12.2 Index Advanced Compression “High” Part IV (The Width of a Circle)

Thu, 2017-03-09 23:18
A quick post (for me) with a long weekend beckoning… In Part I, Part II and Part III of looking at the new Index Advanced Compression level of “High”, we discussed how it can significantly decrease the size of your indexes in a manner not previously possible. This can result in significant reductions of index storage and […]
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Hotsos Symposium 2017: Feb 27 – Mar 2 Dallas, Texas (I’m Afraid of Americans)

Mon, 2017-02-06 00:42
In just 3 weeks time, I’ll again have the pleasure of presenting at the awesome Hotsos Symposium in Dallas, Texas. It’s simply the best conference with regard to Oracle performance tuning anywhere. This year, I’ll be presenting on a couple of topics: New Index Features Introduced in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 Oracle Database 12c […]
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12.2 Index Advanced Compression “High” Part III (I Can’t Give Everything Away)

Tue, 2017-01-24 23:42
If you like the look of the new Index Advanced Compression setting of “High” available with Oracle Database 12c Release 2 as I’ve discussed previously in Part I and Part II, well there’s a way to make this the default index compression method in your 12.2 database. Let’s begin by creating a table and explicitly […]
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12.2 Index Advanced Compression “High” Part II (One Of My Turns)

Mon, 2016-12-12 00:17
In Part I, I introduced the new Index Advanced Compression default value of “HIGH”, which has the potential to significantly compress indexes much more than previously possible. This is due to new index compression algorithms that do more than simply de-duplicate indexed values within a leaf block. Previously, any attempt to completely compress a Unique […]
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12.2 Index Advanced Compression “High” – Part I (High Hopes)

Mon, 2016-12-05 23:52
Oracle first introduced Advanced Compression for Indexes in 12.1 as I’ve discussed here a number of times. With Oracle Database 12c Release 2, you can now use Index Advanced Compression “High” to further (and potentially dramatically) improve the index compression ratio.  Instead of simply de-duplicating the index entries within an index leaf block, High Index […]
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Oracle Database 12c Release 2: New Indexing Features – Long Identifiers (Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict)

Wed, 2016-11-23 17:10
Oracle Database 12c Release 2 has now been officially released (at least on the Oracle Database Cloud and Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Services). In the coming weeks, I’ll be blogging about quite a number of new indexing features/capabilities/improvements that have been introduced in Oracle Database 12c Release 2. These include: Advanced Index Compression Tracking […]
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Oracle 12c: Indexing JSON in the Database Part III (Paperback Writer)

Fri, 2016-09-02 00:13
In Part I and Part II, we looked at how to index specific attributes within a JSON document store within an Oracle 12c database. But what if we’re not sure which specific attributes might benefit from an index or indeed, as JSON is by it’s nature a schema-less way to store data, what if we’re not entirely sure […]
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Oracle 12c: Indexing JSON in the Database Part II (Find A Little Wood)

Fri, 2016-08-05 02:00
In Part I, we looked at how you can now store JSON documents within the Oracle 12c Database. For efficient accesses to JSON documents stored in the Oracle database, we can either create a function-based index based on the JSON_VALUE function or on JSON .dot notation. These indexes are useful for indexing specific JSON attributes, […]
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