Log Buffer #320, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Posted in: Technical Track

The red carpet has been laid down at this Log Buffer Edition, and you can witness and cheer the cat-walking blog posts from Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL. Every one of them is chic, elegant, and sensual in its own right. Enjoy.

Create colored heat maps in SQL*Plus with Kyle Hailey.

Here’s a quick and dirty script to create a procedure (in the SYS schema – so be careful) to check the Hakan Factor for an object.

Connor has a good post about default null for collection parameter.

This is yet another blogpost on Oracle’s direct path read feature, which was introduced for non-parallel query processes in Oracle version 11.

Owen Allen has seen some questions about provisioning Oracle Solaris 11. They boil down to this.

SQL Server:

Shashank Srivastava tells us as how to Change the SQL Server Instance Name after Renaming the Windows Host.

Daniel Calbimonte shares how to synchronize two SSAS Servers.

Data Architecture underpins just about everything we do in IT.  Without a clear understanding of how data is structured, there is no reliable way to derive meaning from it.

Orlando Colamatteo is login-less in Seattle.

Lets start testing database with tSQLt with Robert Sheldon.


After a lot of fuzz, Anders Karlsson is now releasing MyQuery version 3.5.1.

Nothing like re-establishing a tradition, and Dave Stokes is doing just that for MySQL.

Mare Alff is spreading the word about the performance schema.

Slava Akhmechet talks about secondary indexes, batched inserts performance improvements, and soft durability mode.

It is a central part of the MySQL philosophy to try and help you as much as you can. There are many occasions when it could tell you that what you are asking for is utterly stupid or give you a bad execution plan because “you asked for it”.

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About the Author

I have been in love with Oracle blogging since 2007. This blogging, coupled with extensive participation in Oracle forums, plus Oracle related speaking engagements, various Oracle certifications, teaching, and working in the trenches with Oracle technologies has enabled me to receive the Oracle ACE award. I was the first ever Pakistani to get that award. From Oracle Open World SF to Foresight 20:20 Perth. I have been expressing my love for Exadata. For the last few years, I am loving the data at Pythian, and proudly writing their log buffer carnivals.

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