Log Buffer #67: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

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Hello everyone,

I think this will be a great log buffer.

Dave has been sick these past two days and as a result, we do not have a comprehensive log buffer ready the way we or a volunteer usually do. This was bound to happen to log buffer at some point and today it has happened.

So I had two choices – cancel this week’s log buffer, or try to make it great despite this adversity. Never one to accept defeat easily, I’ll go for the second option. At least if this is the lamest log buffer ever it won’t be because I didn’t try something new that had a shot at a good result.

So this week’s log buffer is as follows: If you came here to read interesting content from the database community, you probably spend some time each day learning and reading about things we would all find interesting. We are counting on each and every one of you, our faithful readers, to propose the one article you read in the last week (and preferably was written in the last week but I can’t exactly be choosy at this point can I?), and include a short paragraph as to why this article was interesting to you and why it should interest us. Do this in the comments to this post; the akismet spamfilter will tend to eat comments with URLs so please include the magic word “contribution” somewhere in your comment so I can go dig them out for approval.

Feel free to link to your own blog posts if you are proud of them. It is a carnival of the vanities, after all.

A typical log buffer gets over a thousand reads over the week it is active. I am going to call this experiment a success if there are at least 25 interesting links written by the community posted below! And if there are not, well it was worth a try and much better than saying it was canceled.

And so this will be the first log buffer truly written by the readership – join us to make it a good one!



Get well soon, Dave

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13 Comments. Leave new

When Paul mentioned that we were going to write a collaborative LogBuffer this week, I was happy to put my 2 cents in.

As a mysql programmer myself, I found mysql-which-programming-language-for by George Trujillo has some potential. His poll needs our input!

And it’s official, 64-bit Oracle 11g is finally out… – Thanks Dizwell for informing us.


For those of us in the Oracle blogging community who are fortunate enough to be going to Open World, the most important post of the week is undoubtedly Mark Rittman’s official announcement of the Bloggers’ Meetup at the Thirsty Bear.

Chris Muir has a suggestion about things which should remain off-topic at that meeting.

Cheers, APC

Selena Deckelmann
October 19, 2007 12:39 pm

The PostgreSQL Conference Fall 2007 is happening in Portland, OR this Saturday. We’ll be sharing audio and video after the event.

There’s a great group of speakers – nine in all, and more than 50 people registered to attend. The conference is free to students.

Alex Gorbachev
October 19, 2007 12:40 pm

Carl Backstorm has shared the link to Oracle Wiki. Interesting if this project flies. If you have some time – do contribute.

Shervin Sheidaei
October 19, 2007 12:49 pm

I found Oracle new performance tuning tool (SQLTXPLAIN) as interesting one.
Please refer to metalink note : 215187.1

David Edwards
October 19, 2007 3:01 pm

Great idea Paul! And since I’m up and about at the moment, I’ll add one too (and perhaps a couple others later). This is Eddie Awad’s item, The Official Oracle Wiki is Here.

Paweł Barut
October 19, 2007 3:15 pm

Paul M. Wright on Oracle Forensics has presented interesting paper Oracle SYSDBA backdoor on getting SYSDBA access and hiding actions done.


Jake of Oracle AppsLab opened up a can of worms when he blogged about the fact that Oracle has “invited” Oracle bloggers to attend OOW2007 as “Press” by waiving the conference fees.


Paul McCullagh has released a new version of the PBXT storage engine for MySQL, along with a version of the MySQL server that does blob streaming and a modified Connector/J that’s streaming-enabled.

My own contribution is a new version of a parallel (aka multi-threaded) dump and restore tool for MySQL.

Craig S. Mullins
October 19, 2007 5:48 pm

I was at the IBM Information on Demand conference this week, so my favorite series of posts came from Willie Favero as he covered the conference.

Is big not really better or am I just getting too old

You’ve been tagged – An IOD 2007 update

Today was more like a conference

A Quick Tech Tip from IOD2007

A full house wins – IOD 2007 update

My final thoughts – IOD 2007 update


Stepping outside the mainstream box. These are reasonable old, however I doubt they will have made the log buffer.

This contribution is about Erlang and its database Mnesia, focussing on concurrency.
Slideshare use this themselves


Ok, I am pimping my own blog post, not because it is particularily great, but because I would love some feedback so that my next blog post on the topic can be better :)

Topic is if SQL is really a standard?

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