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Re: OEM or lots of code?

From: Niall Litchfield <>
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2007 20:19:07 +0100
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Hi Robert

I like seeing both. What I really don't like is a book (or course or presentation) that is full of how to do x in OEM, now how to do X in pl/sql; how to do Y in OEM now how to do Y in PL/SQL it looks like a lazy author regurgitating docs. So I guess in a wish list that likely doesn't fit with publishing deadlines I'd look for a mix with an attempt to think, which interface makes more sense for most of my audience for this task. So for example when dealing with RMAN I wouldn't dream of covering the EM interface, when using ASH I'd be drilling down through the EM graphs, in both cases because I think those routes make the most sense for most people.

cheers and good luck


On 7/7/07, Robert Freeman <> wrote:
> Folks... I'm writing the 11g New Features book right now (It's up on
> Amazon
> for pre-sales, so I'm told I can mention the book, but I can't talk about
> 11g, so please don't ask). As I'm writing I find that I'm in a bit of a
> quandary, so I thought I'd ask you what your preference is.
> If you have used some of the Advisor features in 10g, for example, you
> know
> that there are pretty easy to use OEM interfaces into the advisors, and
> there is the rather long, involved use of various supplied packages
> available that allow you to run the advisors.
> In this new book, I'm considering biasing my coverage to OEM for a few
> reasons:
> 1. OEM is less complex to use.
> 2. Adding coverage for both will take up many more pages. When you are
> writing a book you are limited to a page count range, so depth is limited
> based on this too.
> 3. The Code route, in and of itself, can be complex. I'm not sure if it's
> worth the extra time to add the code in some cases just because of this
> complexity.
> I'm wondering if anyone who has used these features or suspect they will
> use
> them in the future has a preference. In some cases, if page count allows,
> I'll do both. In some cases I need to select either/or due to page count
> considerations. In the past, I've been very heavily code oriented and
> really
> relegated OEM to the background, but now I'm thinking of moving in the
> other
> direction.
> Thoughts??
> RF
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Niall Litchfield
Oracle DBA

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