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. Tim,
    I want to congratulate you on the 20 year anniversary of Oracle Base!

    I really admire your dedication to excellence and the hard and work you put into writing new articles and keeping your old articles current. I don’t know how you find the time to do it. I see in your site the work of a true master who is never satisfied and always striving to improve. You clearly have a passion to learn new technologies and to teach others, both of which are truly admirable qualities.

    Congratulations and many thanks!

    Juan Loaiza, EVP Mission Critical Database, Oracle

  2. Tim,

    Congratulations on your 20th anniversary of oracle-base.com. Although I’ve been in Oracle Database development since 1984, there are still some product details I don’t know. When I try to search for answers, I’m often sent to oracle-base.com for the answer. I appreciate your continued support for our customers as they make the journey to the cloud.


  3. Tim,

    Congratulations on your 20th anniversary of the website. You site becomes my go-to place for Oracle questions and I am regularly visit this site + your wonderful youtube channel to learn.

    Thank you!

    Kevin Zhang

  4. Thank you for your numerous, well organized and very useful articles! I wish Oracle incorporated your style of articles in their knowledge base – complete, concise and with examples.

  5. Hi, hope you stay around more 20 years.
    Your articles are very useful and help me all the time.
    Best regards !

  6. And now I have Sgt. Pepper stuck in my head… πŸ˜€

    Seriously, congratulations and a huge THANK YOU for all the great info. This has been on my ‘most trusted’ reference list for many years. Best wishes for many more!

  7. Hi Tim,
    congratulations for 20years sharing knowledge with us. ItΒ΄s a pleasure support you for many many years πŸ™‚
    Thank you!

  8. Congratulations, Tim. What a valuable resource. Your series of “new features” articles has helped me greatly in keeping my OCP certification up to date. Best wishes.

  9. Hi Tim, congratulations. When I want to learn any oracle database concepts, I will first search the topic in your blog before anything.

    Thanks for your contribution.

    Many thanks.

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