Author: Julien Lamarche

Tips for the New DBA

Pythian has been a rapidly expanding company over the ten months I’ve been here. About a dozen new employees have come on during that time, making the total 40. I have a few observations on habits and qualities new DBAs can bring to their jobs.

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No data found -> success in dbms_scheduler

One of our clients found a bug with dbms_scheduler: it logs a job as successful when a ORA-01403 is thrown. Oracle was pointing us to unpublished bug #4552696 . They said a patch is available for 11 and offered to backport the patch.

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Doug Burns and Pythian’s Team 2

Doug Burns posted photos with his new teammates on his blog, and I felt they deserved a mention here too.

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Using Data as a Tool

IT programs only teach you the programming and software architecture perspective. In DBA work, even when scripting, you have to consider the data as a tool. I’ll show you what I mean.

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