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Unconventional Emergency Oracle Support

Donald K. Burleson's picture

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.

Top Ten New Data Warehousing Features In Oracle Database 10g

Mark Rittman's picture

With the recent release of Oracle Database 10g, OTN have recently been running a series of articles by Arup Nanda entitled "Oracle Database 10g: The Top 20 Features for DBAs".

With this in mind, I thought it worth putting something similar but this time focusing on those features that apply to Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. So here's my Top 10...

Candidate keys: Choosing the right primary key

It is the business that has the knowledge about their entities (things of importance) and what kind of unique information that separate them (invoice numbers, customer IDs, and so on).

Your role as an analyst/designer is to validate such properties, and to fit them into a normalized database model that reflects the needs of the business.

Introduction to Java Database Connectivity

Saikat Goswami's picture

In this article, we discuss the different ways in which Java can communicate with a database. We will talk about the traditional different kinds of drivers and also discuss some code to connect to a database in order to run queries.

Oracle 10g New Features: Globalization Support

Oracle Database 10g has expanded the ability to globalize Oracle databases dramatically. As you can see by looking over the following list of globalization improvements, Oracle has attempted to make Database 10g the database of choice for all globally supported and utilized databases.

Optimizing Oracle Optimizer Statistics

Donald K. Burleson's picture

Many Oracle professional do not realize the important of having good statistics for the Oracle cost-based SQL optimizer (CBO). The CBO has received a "bum-rap" from some Oracle professionals who wonder why the CBO is generating sub-optimal execution plans for their SQL statements.

Oracle 10g New Features: Audit Enhancements

Oracle databases have many types of auditing features. In mandatory auditing, certain actions are always audited, regardless of the other audit options or parameters. Database activities, such as system startup and shutdown, are always recorded.

Oracle 10g New Features: Automatic SQL Tuning Process

SQL tuning is one of the challenging tasks faced by DBAs and developers. It is an interesting and creative, but at the same time, daunting task. Manual tuning of SQL statements requires a high level of expertise and experience to understand and design suitable access paths to yield better response times. It is also a time consuming process. Other challenges include periodic collection of statistics and an ever-changing workload. And in a typical application, there are just too many SQL statements to tune.

HTTP Basics, Web Server, Servlet Container and the Java Servlet API

Saikat Goswami's picture

This article tries to demystify HTTP, "servlet", "web server", "application server", "servlet container" and gives the fundamentals of the Java Servlet API (that comes with the J2EE SDK).

Oracle 10g New Features: Easy Management

This article focuses on the new features aimed at database management. Self-management, or easy management, has been the key word for Oracle 10g. The main areas of enhancements are:

  • Self-Managing Database
  • Simplified Configuration of Shared Servers
  • Transaction Manageability
  • Simplified Statistics Collection
  • Extended Support for FGA (Fine Grain Audit)
  • Response File Creation during database install