20 Years of ORACLE-BASE.com


It was twenty years ago today that the first incarnation of my website was born.

It started life as a few scripts and notes put on the internet so I didn’t have to carry them around on floppy disks or CDs when I was moving around between contracts. I had been working with Oracle technologies for five years before the website was born, but most of the early content was Oracle 8i stuff.

I added new articles now and then, but I guess it really started to take off when I was preparing for the Oracle 9i OCP upgrade exam. For the 7.3, 8 and 8i OCP exams I used books to prepare, but for 9i OCP I decided to do the beta exam. This meant there were no books available yet, so I had to do it the hard way. I wrote my own revision notes for the whole of the syllabus and put them on the website. They got pretty popular, as free things often do. πŸ™‚ From that point on I just kept adding articles on a regular basis.

Over the last 20 years the site has gone through lots of changes, but also stayed reassuringly the same. It takes a lot of work to keep producing new articles, but what most people don’t see is the amount of time that is taken up reworking some of the old articles. Some of this stuff was written 20 years ago and I come back to things and want to hang my head in shame. Someone will ask a question about an article, I will read it, hate it and rework it. It’s a never ending job, and the more you write, the more you have to refactor down the line. πŸ™‚

Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the last 20 years. It’s not over yet.



Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

59 thoughts on “20 Years of ORACLE-BASE.com”

  1. Thanks for such a good site which is simple and very informative. Thanks for your hard work and dedication.

  2. Congratulations and thank you for being here. I may never do big things and products but this site has helped me grow and learn tons. I’ve been able to further my own development learning from here.

  3. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work and great articles.

    Any plans to add more cloud/data science/AI/ML related articles?

  4. During my stint teaching Oracle AppDev tools, languages and DBA, my go-to student collateral was oracle-base.

    Testament to a simple idea, well executed.

    Thank you

  5. For the last 20 years, oracle-base is my base for oracle related features and documents!!! Excellent community service and having direct impact on people!!!

  6. Thank you sir for your time and your efforts ..
    It’s help us lot and lear more ..
    Please keep posted cloud databases and spreadsheets..

    Thank you once again 😊

  7. Hello Tim,
    I have used your website many times and all your scripts are simple and super made my life easier. Please keep up the good work.
    Thank you so much !


  8. Congratulations Tim
    I am a great fan of your site
    It’s always my first choice whenever I am am searching for something pertinent
    Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing for knowledge with our Oracle community

  9. Thank you Tim for your great work!
    Your site is a main source for me to learn Oracle’s features in details.
    Keep it up!

  10. Good job bro I’ve so often referenced your site at critical moments and it’s so helpful…keep the awesome fire burning

  11. Always the first result I read when searching for anything Oracle. Thanks so much for being there for me for the last 20 years!

  12. Thank you for all you’ve done. It has helped the learning community greatly over all these years. Wish you good luck and happiness.

  13. Thanks Tim appreciate simplifying DBA work. Always my fisrt place to look. God bless you for sharing knowledge and empowering us.

  14. Thanks for your hard work. For any issue I always wear h in Google as X function in oracle on oracle base. Very thanks for this lovely website.

  15. Hello Tim,
    Thank you for maintaining such a huge ocean of articles. Oracle-Base is one of the most sought after website for me over last 8 years.
    I helped a lot in learning and hopefully it will keep on doing the same.

    Cheers !!

  16. Congratulations Tim.!!
    Excellent source of information gathered at one place. Had always been my reference point to evolve myself.

  17. Congratulations to you on your remarkable journey.
    Your website has always been a rich source of plentiful and valuable information for anyone who want to learn and grow in Oracle technologies. Your website helped me a lot to learn Oracle.
    Thanks for the great contribution.

  18. Congratulations for successful journey πŸ’ thanks for your support.

  19. I have been refering ur site for simple example to complex issues whenever required. My first option is oracle-base. U make my life easier thanks a lot. Keep it up the good work. Thanks a lot.
    Venkatesh k OCP

  20. An amazing journey, 20 years of great work making your site a must for every Oracle professional. Thanks so much Tim!

  21. Good man, Tim. Your site is a godsend, very usable, and I’ve been using it for a long time. You should probably look to monetise your effort. Make it autologin possible, via the mains (Google, LinkedIn, FB, even Oracle), for goodies (extended examples, exam help, etc). Still all free, but you then have the golddust of the data. Monitise that for targeting candidates for training etc.

  22. I always refer your website to look fastly on many topics. It really helped me many times. It is really good website. I love it. Your hard work worths. Keep it up.
    Dinesh Ram

  23. Congratulations Tim and thank you very much for your effort and huge contribution to the Oracle world!

  24. One of my favorite site! Congratulations on 20th anniversary!!

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge!!!

  25. Thanks Tim. oracle-base.com has been a reference in my work in the Oracle “world”. Regards.

  26. I have been following for approx 15 years this is my go to site beyond oracle official documentation. Time flies and appreciate all of your hardwork to share your insights to the community!!

  27. Thanks Tim, always referred to your notes and articles. Congratulations.

  28. Need a quick understanding and clear step by step instruction on oracle related features..google with oracle-base 😊 and get set go..Filled with Great articles …proves to be a great reference point for dbas and developers working on oracle database automation..best wishes for more years and many thanks.

  29. Your site has been a blessing to me. The most amazing thing is that you do reply to mails as well. Thank you for your help always and thank you for all you do.

  30. Thanks Tim.. Oracle base has helped many Dba s around the world. Well done..

  31. Congrats Tim! I can bet there’ll be no DBAs who hasn’t visited your website!

  32. I have a blog about owb scripting, not maintained anymore. But when I did I noticed how much time it takes. And that was only a small niche technology. What you do, for 20 years, is unbelievable. I don’t know where you find the time, let alone the energy. I bow my head to the Master!

  33. Oracle base has been a wonderful resource for me in my career as an Oracle DBA.
    Tim is always ready to help whenever you reach out to him. I remembered him helping my partner and I, several years ago, through the installation of Oracle OEM 12c, two months after it was released!
    Happy 20 years anniversary.
    Congrats, Tim!

  34. Congratulation on this “first” twenty years! Oracle-Base is my #1 site for Oracle reference!

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