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Oracle first_rows optimization improvements

Donald K. Burleson's picture

Prior to Oracle9i, the only two cost-based optimizer modes were all_rows and first_rows optimization. One of the shortcomings of traditional first_rows SQL optimization was that the first_rows goal did not know the scope of the query and generally favored index access over full-table scans.

Recovery Made Simple: Oracle Flashback Query

Irfan Haq's picture

Sometimes it is a rouge query, sometimes a simple data clean up effort by the users, whatever may the cause be, inadvertent data-loss is a very common phenomenon. Backup and recovery capabilities are provided by the database management systems which ensure the safety and protection of valuable enterprise data in case of data loss however, not all data-loss situations call for a complete and tedious recovery exercise from the backup. Oracle introduced flashback features in Oracle 9i and 10g to address simple data recovery needs.

The new Oracle10g Wait Event Tables

Donald K. Burleson's picture

Prior to Oraclre10g, capturing wait event information was a cumbersome process involving the setting of special events (e.g. 10046) and the reading of complex trace dumps. Fortunately, Oracle10g has simplified the way that wait event information is captured and there are a wealth of new v$ and wrh$ views relating to Oracle wait events.

Overview of the Database Performance-improvement Process

Sushma Mahesh's picture

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?

Get Started on XML

Saikat Goswami's picture

XML is everywhere. Whether you are an Oracle system administrator, a .NET developer, or a J2EE analyst, XML undoubtedly is something that you bump into. In this article, I attempted to give you the basics of what you need to know to jumpstart your understanding of XML.

Extending Oracle10g AWR

Donald K. Burleson's picture

Oracle10g Enterprise Manager (EM) has a fantastic interface for easily creating exception alerts and mailing them directly to the Oracle professional. However, the EM has limitations. Until EM evolves into a true Decision Support System (DSS) for the Oracle DBA, the DBA will still need to extract and use the workload information stored in the AWR (Advanced Workload Repository).

PL/SQL Best Practices

Irfan Haq's picture

As the discipline of software development evolves, software products grow in size and the code grows in complexity, the need for a set of guidelines and standards becomes increasingly evident. In this article I will enumerate some of the industry best practices that the experts have proposed and emphasized, in the context of PL/SQL programming.

Improve Performance and Data Consistency with Oracle Workspaces

Andrew Simkovsky's picture

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.

Tuning Oracle Full-table Scans

Donald K. Burleson's picture

Oracle SQL tuning is one of the most important areas of Oracle optimization. This article explains how one can tune Oracle Full-table Scans.

Introduction to Tomcat 5.0 --- the Open-Source servlet container of choice

Saikat Goswami's picture

Tomcat is the de-facto web server of choice. Written entirely in Java, you have access to the entire code (if you want to make changes). Read to get an introduction to Tomcat, where to download, how to install it on your machine and know about the xml files of importance.