The performance-improvement process is an iterative, long-term approach to monitor and tune various aspects of a database. Depending on the result of monitoring, the DBA should adjust the configuration of the database server and make changes to the applications that use the database server. But before embarking on the journey to tune the database server, the Application itself should be tuned to remove inefficient sql code. So is there a method to the madness?
Managing large DML operations against a live database is one of the most common challenges Oracle professionals face on a regular basis. Such operations often cause serious performance problems and can cause inconsistencies in the data, especially when many referential integrity constraints exist among the tables. This article will explore how Workspaces can be used to solve these problems.
Even Oracle Certified DBAs cringe at the thought of performing a real-world database recovery. As disk and hardware has become super-stable, many Oracle DBAs have never experienced the adrenaline rush of a full-blown Oracle recovery.
Two improvements have been made in the backup and recovery areas in Oracle 10g. When user errors and logical corruptions occur in the database, flashback functionalities provide fast and flexible data recovery. When physical or media corruption occurs in the database, RMAN delivers an improved and simplified recovery method.
If you've been developing applications on Oracle for a while, you've no doubt come across the concept of 'Bind Variables'. Bind variables are one of those Oracle concepts that experts frequently cite as being key to application performance, but it's often not all that easy to pin down exactly what they are and how you need to alter your programming style to use them. With this in mind, I've tried to pull together the key information about bind variables and why they are a 'good thing' when building Oracle applications.
Being an emergency support DBA is a job with huge stress-levels and it always provides a giant adrenaline rush for even the most experienced DBA. Senior management is in a panic, and high-level executives are continuously asking for a status update. Most of these databases are brand-new to me, and I have only a few minutes to access the situation and devise a plan to quickly relieve their bottleneck.