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From: Tim Gorman <>
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2004 20:49:30 -0700
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I had the indescribable pleasure of teaching Lex's seminars the first time they were presented in the US, back in 1998-99. I had left Oracle months earlier, but was contracted to teach them because the regular instructor was on extended sick-leave and nobody else would try it. Luckiest thing that ever happened to me! Absolutely stunning material! They were written for Oracle8 v8.0.x, later updated for 8.1.x. I'm sure lots of great stuff was added for 9iR2; any idea if they'll be updated for 10g? Or when?

I also had the opportunity to reduce that original "dumps, crashes, and corruptions" 8-hour seminar written by Lex and his team into a 2-hour "mini-lesson" for presentation at the 1999 "IOUG Live" conference in Denver. I think it was one of the first times that "officially sanctioned" Oracle internals information was disseminated in such volume at a conference? Just about the only documented things discussed were the words "ALTER", "SESSION", and "SET"; almost everything else was previously undocumented...

Anyway, I taught these seminars in the US, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina. I was also asked to teach them in Medellin and Cali (Columbia), but at that time the US State Dept had an "advisory" in place warning US citizens against traveling there, so I had to decline. They were three (later four) very dense days of lecture, which was difficult enough in English, but presenting them through an interpreter in Spanish and Portugese made for some very long days for *everyone* concerned...

on 12/21/04 12:14 PM, Lex de Haan at wrote:

> Hi Sten,
> yes, those online modules were some selected chapters from the "real"
> seminars.
> Note however that the online modules are recorded years and years ago,
> in the Oracle8i days. The "real" seminar series was updated to reflect 9i in
> 2002.
> In summary, the "real" seminars cover much more and are based on 9i as
> opposed to 8i.
> Well, certain things don't change with every release in Oracle :-)
> Lex

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