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Best practice - Implementation of OA Framework Technology

This post is to discuss about the Best Practices that was followed in implementing a new Self Service Applications using OA Framework.

A College needed a web based enrollment system for its students to enroll online without needing to fill up a paper. This was designed for a new i-module for Student Enrolment was developed in OA Framework, using jDeveloper,Rapid Application Development Environment. The benefits of the RAD environment and OA Framework Technology was well utilized to meet the deadlines.

The main challenges faced by the project were , I identification of a roadmap to transform existing system and there was no proper oracle documentation on how to develop a transaction page in OA Framework.

Playing with Oracle Lobs

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LOBs deal with unstructured data, the ones which are the most difficult to store and retrieve in a relational database.

In this article, I am going to discuss extensively and manipulate the ORACLE

* LOBs that are stored in the database itself like BLOB,CLOB,NCLOB ,and

* LOBs like BFILE which are Stored outside the database as Operating System files.

First let us create a directory :

create or replace directory my_dir as 'D:\pics';
Directory created.

BFILEs act as a pointer and store the location of the external OS files in database tables.


Oracle RMAN Reporting

For any company the most important asset is data and the most challenging job is to recovery the database with less downtime with out any data loss, in the event of database failure. In many situations users end up with incomplete recovery of the database with out knowing which data files backed and which data files need to backup. You should ensure that your database is backed up efficiently and should restore successfully when needed. The RMAN reporting provides effective and easy way to determine database backup for a successful recovery.

DBMS_FGA - Oracle Fine Grained Auditing

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Suppose your boss calls you one day and tells you that there has been some unexpected changes in the employee database.Employee's designation, their salary are being manipulated illegally.Such things have been continuing from a past few days and he asks if you could help getting hold of the culprit.
Don't worry Oracle's DBMS_FGA package will save your day and earn you a raise in your job.

The Oracle DBMS_FGA package provides fine grained auditing on objects.

To have an overview of the summary of dbms_fga subprograms visit :


ORA-1555 and SQL Tuning

Often DBAs may look to tuning the UNDO* parameters as a solution towards the infamous "ORA-1555 snapshot too old" error. In most cases, before looking to tune UNDO* parameters, the best solution is to tune the query that's running into the ORA-1555 error so the query will not error out with ORA-1555 to begin with!

Hope this helps a fellow DBA or two trying to resolve the ORA-1555(s) !

Generate list of dates and times with set interval

Generic query generating a list of date time. You need to substitute required interval number.

Advance BI Publisher Concepts - Sorting in RTF Template

I am sharing a nice article on RTF template design written by one of our senior consultant Mr. Venkat from Adiva Consulting.

The objective of this post is to explain the “sorting” capabilities available in the RTF. Many might
already be aware of the standard BI Publisher syntax for sorting in the RTF template:

The above construct sorts the data by the VENDOR_NAME in ascending order – an alphabetic sort
is performed. However, what if the requirement was to sort on a number field.

Let's save some space by using COMPRESSED INDEXES

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Summary: An index created on column that has many duplicated rows can be tuned to save space as well as I/O trips by compressing the index defined on it.

Details: By default when we create index in Oracle, the compression is disabled on it. What if we have an index defined on a column that contains last name of all the customers, some of the names are very common as a last name. We can take advantage of this duplicated data by compressing the index defined on it.

Step by step recovery of oracle database on ORA-00214: control file incosistent

SQL> startup;
ORACLE instance started.

Total System Global Area 612368384 bytes
Fixed Size 1250428 bytes
Variable Size 167775108 bytes
Database Buffers 436207616 bytes
Redo Buffers 7135232 bytes
ORA-00214: control file
inconsistent with file 'D:\ORACLE\PRODUCT\10.2.0\ORADATA\JOHNSON\CONTROL01.CTL'
version 2798

SQL> shutdown abort;
ORACLE instance shut down.

sQL>create pfile='c:/initnew.ora' from spfile;

File created.

SQL>shutdown abort;


Blue Core Research - DBA Guide to database Auditing

The Problem
The longer you've been working as a DBA, the more you've encountered things like these:

The time on a table changed and you don't remember doing it. You poke around but can't figure out who changed it.

There's someone you don't trust that you have to give access to. They are the kind of person that will look at things they are not supposed to, but you have to give them access.

There's someone who always messes things up when they get access. You know they'll do it again and you'll have to undo the damage. Would be nice to know what they are doing.

There's a contractor or a new employee that need access. You don't know them yet and not sure how reliable they are. It would be nice to be able to keep an eye on them.

Too many people have too much access and you're losing control. You try to figure out how to reduce the access they have or revoke some privileges, but this is pretty much what everyone claims they need to do their jobs.

You've been through an audit and the auditor wanted to know all sorts of things about the activity. Questions you just don't have the information needed to answer.

You probably spent many days chasing down the answers to these questions or try to find ways to collect it. The security in the database is set properly. The problem is that you need to know what people are doing with the access they have. This knowledge will give you more control.