Log Buffer #185: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

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It’s a busy time of year for Pythian. With many of our team tied up on client engagements, away at MySQL conference this week, and Collaborate 2010 next week, I’m pinch hitting as volunteer editor in helping to pull together this week’s edition of Log Buffer. Enjoy!

MySQL Conference 2010

Big news this week from MySQL Conference as Oracle’s Edward Screven elaborates on Oracle’s plans for MySQL in his opening keynote. Pythian’s Paul Vallee was interviewed by Network World’s John Brodkin, before the conference in anticipation of the session.

Ronald Bradford responds, writing about his disappointment with the keynote and then elaborates on being named an Oracle ACE Director.

Pythian’s Sheeri Cabral, recently recognized for her MySQL community contributions as Oracle’s first ACE Director for MySQL was in the middle of all the action. Sheeri outlines how Oracle can be MySQL’s friend-with-benefits in her community keynote. And then shares her thoughts on Drizzle with O’Reilly Media’s Tim O’Reilly. And on the keynote, Sheeri comments it was an ad to “come join us at OpenWorld”.

Rob Hamel gives running commentary on MySQL Conf Day 1 and Day 2.


Thanks to my colleague Chen Shapira, here’s the latest in the Oracle World:

Catherine Devlin, the Python-Oracle Geek shared her idea on how non-profits can share their IT resources.

Miladin Modrakovic on the Oraclue blog demonstrated how to turn physical standby to a snapshot standby. It is easier than Chen thought.

Jonathan Lewis reminds the DBA community that UKOUG opened the call for papers for their famous conference. DBA’s – send your submissions, the deadline is August 2nd. Pythian will be submitting, maybe we’ll see you there. On a related note, if you’re reading from down under, the deadline for the AUSOUG call for papers, co-located this year with InSynch2010 is now May 15, 2010.

He also shows how Oracle uses the /*+ rule */ hint in some internal views – and everyone knows you should never do that.

Rob Zoeteweij at the OEM Grid Control blog announces the availability of OEM Grid Control 11.1 for Linux.

Tom Kyte blogs again! He has a new series about new things he learns every day. That’s a lot of learning from someone with 23 years of Oracle experience!

He also demonstrates the test process he uses to adapt his “Expert Oracle Architecture” book to the latest oracle versions. His test-and-verify process is a good example for all DBAs.

Pythian’s own Brad Hudson posts instructions on how to install TOra, the graphical Oracle client, on the latest Ubuntu release (Lucid Lynx).

And lastly, a post from Alex Gorbachev on the opening of Miracle OpenWorld 2010 in Denmark this week. Fingers crossed, he’ll then jet off to Vegas next week for Collaborate, presenting the “Worst Practices of IT Outsourcing” with Paul Vallee. Say hi if you’re in town.

SQL Server

From Michelle Gutzait, and Edwin Sarmiento, for updates on the SQL Server side of things, a new site launched containing all world-wide events for SQL Server

Buck Woody’s quote of the day is “Always Use Diplomacy”. Remember this, and then learn how to create and track your own license keys using PowerShell.

Adam Machanic hosts this week’s T-SQL Tuesday #005 on Technical Reporting.

Paul Randall writes about important things a DBA should consider and then follows that up with his A SQL Server DBA Myth A Day #15 (of 30) checkpoint only writes pages from committed transactions .

Please remember that we’re always looking for volunteer editors for Log Buffer. If you want to host the next edition send a note to Log Buffer coordinator and read up on our guidelines for publishing.

Have a great weekend.

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About the Author

VP Business Development
Vanessa is an experienced business development professional with over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of the business development and marketing disciplines. She brings endless energy, drive, and a results-oriented approach to creating Pythian’s strategic partnerships and business initiatives. In her spare time, Vanessa pursues her passion for great food, wine, and artisan cheeses as an accredited Cheese Sommelier and Cordon Bleu-trained chef. Her weekly Friday afternoon cheese tastings at Pythian’s Ottawa office aren’t to be missed!

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