Announcing Pythian Goodies

Posted in: Technical Track

It’s been a while since I blogged. As Alex Gorbachev mentioned in his earlier posts, December was a very busy month. January was better, but still, work from December was left over for January. We’re back to normal now — just busy, as opposed to extremely busy.

It’s the new year now, and I have an exciting announcement to make.

Here at Pythian, we always look to increase our knowledge and stay on top of the technology. Often we find ourselves explaining how a specific technology works. Sometimes it’s one-on-one, sometimes there is a group of people that needs information.

I’ve been wondering for a while now how best to transfer knowledge efficiently and in a fun way. Presentations are good, but they require a lot of effort in preparation and research, and they are not as interactive as they could be when the group is smaller.

To answer some of these issues, I would like to introduce you to Pythian Goodies.

What is a Pythian Goody session?

  • It’s similar to a presentation session, except that it has no slides.
  • It’s similar to a classroom, except questions are expected and welcome at all times.
  • It resembles a guided debate. The idea is to involve the attendees as much as possible, thus keeping their full attention throughout the session. Everyone in the audience should ask at least one question, and the presenter will ensure that everyone had their question turn.

Each Pythian Goody has a topic that builds on a general concept, occasionally and briefly, focusing in on specific details at the presenter’s discretion, or when requested by the audience. Sessions last about 30-40 minutes.

You might be asking how you can sign up? Well, you basically have to apply for a job at Pythian! :-) However, I also thought, how can we transfer this experience to our colleagues in our India and Australia (and soon UK) offices? Simple — we record it with a camera. The easiest way we found to distribute these videos is via YouTube.

And now here’s the good part, since we already have all the work done, we decided to let the entire DBA community watch these Pythian Goodies videos and learn from them. The nice thing about putting the videos on the blog is that we can all also contribute to them, discuss them, develop further subtleties, etc.

I would like to extend my invitation to a debate to all of you watching the videos. When you watch them and have a question, record the time index and ask the question, right here in this blog. Each Pythian Goody session will have its own blog post.

I will post the very first session from the Pythian Goodies — Flash Recovery Area — on Monday. I’ll be posting using an embedded YouTube window, and also in an iPod-video-compatible format for those of you who would watch this sort of thing during your commute.

Your feedback is most welcome as always.

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About the Author

An Oracle ACE with a deep understanding of databases, application memory, and input/output interactions, Christo is an expert at optimizing the performance of the most complex infrastructures. Methodical and efficiency-oriented, he equates the role of an ATCG Principal Consultant in many ways to that of a data analyst: both require a rigorous sifting-through of information to identify solutions to often large and complex problems. A dynamic speaker, Christo has delivered presentations at the IOUG, the UKOUG, the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group, Oracle Open World, and other industry conferences.

10 Comments. Leave new

Niall Litchfield
January 27, 2007 5:22 am

Christo, that is just an amazing idea. I love it.


Looking forward to it! Very good idea!


Nice idea. You say there are no slides, but not if there is a whiteboard. I’m just wondering if the visual component isn’t essential, could an audio-only MP3 version work ?

Christo Kutrovsky
January 28, 2007 9:38 pm

Gary, for an audio only it will depend on the session. However those are video sessions. You will be able to see what’s on the whiteboard. And with the video iPod you will able to watch on the move.

Christo Kutrovsky
January 28, 2007 9:40 pm

Nial and herodt.

Appreciate your positive comments. I hope you like the movies as much as the idea.


neat idea and I will look forward the first session

Jsffar Hussain
January 30, 2007 8:33 am



This morning, I have watched your FRA presentation video.

Firstly, let me tell you, you looks very handsome and dynamic and seems you have good presentation skills and no stage fear.

The idea was mind-blowing and keep up the good work to help your colleagues as well the oracle community.

Althoug, I felt the presentation presents only basics about FRA, and the same time, looks very easy to digest.

Umm… prepare for your self to catch question/queries from different people. I hope, people might have already started shooting questions at you.

All the best and awaits for future presentations.

best of luck,



Firstly, let me tell you, you looks very handsome and dynamic and seems you have good presentation skills and no stage fear.

Wait until you see me!!!


Christo Kutrovsky
January 30, 2007 3:48 pm


Thank you for you feedback. As strange as it sounds :)

Yes the session was relativelly basic FRA, but it does mention some of the not so obvious caveats.

Alex Gorbachev
January 31, 2007 11:29 pm

Handsome Doug posing in front of the camera. That’s the show not to be missed. :)


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