Re: an honest post about being an oracle ace

From: Chen Shapira <>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 19:08:37 -0800 (PST)
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> But seriously, there is a problem with the line between marketing
> baloney and enthusiastic technical people.  Some people call it
> "drinking the purple kool-aid," a reference to swallowing all the
> baloney in a cultish manner (it actually wasn't kool-aid at Jonestown,
> but anyways...).  Thus you see classic papers like "you probably don't
> need RAC" or other things that are considered far-out at the time, now
> mainstream, and yet, the poor bidnesfolk still are sold the bill of
> goods.  Now you see people quoting "Why guess when you can know?" in
> situations that are outside the bounds of the referenced methodology.
> For example, using an unpatched 10g in production and hitting a known
> bug, with people advising to delve deep into traces.  Sheesh!

I guess it depends on specific experience. There are organizations that are very kool-aid prone, and there are some shops that still use Orace 7 technology (no matter which version they actually run), and new technologies could actually save them a lot of time and money. Personally I see a lot of value in at least evaluating new features.

I guess I'm too young to be cynical.

> Some people just become cynical about the whole thing (eh tu
> Noons? :-)  Too bad, I thought the Ace thing could be a decent variant
> on certs, basically a peer-reviewed version, with some decent peerage.

Ace is definitely not a variant on certs, and it is not peer-reviewed either (although you do get nominated by peers, Oracle eventually decides who is an ace and who is not). It will be interesting to see a peer-reviewed, community owned, technical award. However, I suspect that just like anything else that is community based, it'll be more who-you-know than what-you-know, and therefore even less valuable than certs.

Chen Received on Tue Feb 03 2009 - 21:08:37 CST

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