Oracle Midlands Event #9 is now confirmed with another great lineup!
Thanks to Red Stack Technology for sponsoring the event, allowing it to remain free!
Put the date in your diary. See you there!
There was a problem with the projector, but fortunately there were a couple of large TV screens, so it didn’t have to be a complete no-slide zone. Neither of the talks relied on displaying lots of code, so I don’t think this caused a big problem.
First up was Chris Saxon speaking about Edition-Based Redefinition. I’ve done talks on this subject, so I was interested to see how Chris approached it. The talk started with an explanation of the problems associated with deploying new versions of PL/SQL code to production, then moved on to possible solutions available prior to 11gR2. Once that ground work had been established, he moved on to explain how EBR can be used to make the process more robust, focussing on some specific pieces of the EBR functionality. I preferred his approach to the subject than my own, so I was taking a bunch of notes about his presentation style. There is always something to learn. I thought it was a really good session and Chris handled the subject (and the projector issue) really well. His recent move to Steven Feuerstein’s advocacy/evangelist team at Oracle means I should get to see him speaking some more in the future, which will be cool.
After the food break, it was my session on “Pluggable Databases – What they will break and why you should use them anyway!” It was the first time I’ve done this session in front of a crowd, which is always a bit nervy. It seemed to go down pretty well. Here is the feedback from those who filled in the evaluations.
The, “Not bad for a beginner”, comment made me LOL when I read it. There are a couple of people I’m putting in the frame for that one.
It wasn’t my intention to make the Mulitenant option seem really scary. I thought I was doing a sales pitch for it, not scaring people off. Maybe I need to re-frame things a little…
Thanks to Mike for getting the event sorted and thanks to Redgate for the sponsorship. Thanks to Chris for coming along. Hopefully we can get him back again in the future. Big thanks to everyone who turned up to the event last night. Let’s keep this train rolling!
There are a couple of things on the radar for the coming week and unfortunately for me they are both on the same day.
In Birmingham, UK it is Oracle Midlands Event #7 (OM7) on Thursday 22nd of January. This will be the first Oracle Midlands event I’ve missed since it started. I’m a big fan of what Mike is doing with Oracle Midlands and I appreciate the sponsorship from Redgate that means it is a free event. Please remember to get off your post-Christmas asses and attend the event. It will only keep happening if you make the effort to turn up! So far the attendance and been good, but it only takes a couple of events with small numbers to let it fizzle out an die. Please keep showing your support!
Let’s start with the important stuff! I am now the proud owner of an Oracle Press bear! I didn’t technically win it, but one of the people who did donated it to me. This was the right thing to do for two reasons. (1) I wanted it more than him and (2) it is his fault I am in my current job, rather than living the good life. Thanks Dave!
Bjoern’s first session was on SQL Plan Management, which I think is an awesome feature when used in the correct context. For most DBAs, consistency is the primary goal, not ultra performance. SQL Plan Management gives you the ability to lock down your execution plans to give you more consistent results. I’ve used this during upgrade and patching cycles and it really works well. I see even more need for this as we move into the new world order of everything being optimized 75,000 times before we get the final good plan.
After some food, Bjoern was back with 12c New Features for DBAs and Developers. This was a quick tour through some of the cool bits of 12c. I like the way Bjoern presents. He’s very honest about features he’s not used much yet, which makes a change from people acting like they know everything, only to crumble under questioning. It also makes the talks very amusing, as well as being informative. Having spent so long with him on the APAC Tour, it was surprising that I hadn’t seen him present either of these talks before.
After the event a few of us ventured over to the German market, which was actually closed by the time we got there. Instead, we went into a local pub and discussed life, the universe and everything until far too late.
When it was time to leave, I gave Bjoern a lift round Birmingham city centre, looking for a taxi rank. Eventually, he got out of my car at some traffic lights and got into the taxi behind me. In my defence, there is loads of building work around the city centre, so roads are closed and the taxi ranks have moved… I also gave Dave (my bear supplier) a lift home…
Thanks to RedGate for sponsoring the event, allowing it remain free. Thanks to Mike Dirden for organising the event. Thanks to Bjoern Rost for coming to entertain us and to the Oracle ACE Program for getting him across to us. Thanks to Oracle Press for my bear. Thanks also to the attendees, without whom this would not happen. Please keep spreading the word.
PS. The next event is in January. I’ll write a post about it once it is up on the website…
What a cracking Oracle Midlands event!
The evening started with a session on “Designing Efficient SQL” by Jonathan Lewis. The first few slides prompted this tweet.
When someone asks me a question about SQL tuning my heart sinks. It’s part of my job and I can do it, but I find it really hard to communicate what I’m doing. Jonathan’s explanation during this session was probably the best one I’ve ever heard. Rather than trying to explain a million and one optimizer features, it’s very much focussed on a “What are you actually trying to achieve?” approach. It should be mandatory viewing for all Oracle folks.
After the break, where I stuffed myself with samosas, it was on to the lightning talks (10 mins each).
I though the lightning talks worked really well. It felt like a whole conference packed into one hour.
Big thanks to Mike for organising it and to all the speakers for doing a great job. The next event will be up on the website soon. Please show your support! These things live or die based on your participation…
Registration has opened for the Oracle Midlands Event #4 on Monday July 14th.
Please show your support by registering and coming along to see some great speakers. I’ve already registered, so I’ll see you there!
I really enjoyed Oracle Midlands Event #3 last night. Christian Antognini spoke on “12c Adaptive Query Optimization” and “Row Chaining and Row Migration Internals”. I certainly learnt a lot, which is the whole point of this stuff!
After the event a few of us went across to a local pub and the geek talk continued. Cool++.
Thanks very much to Christian for coming all that way to speak to us. Thanks to those good people at Reg Gate for sponsoring the event. Thanks also to the Oracle ACE Program for letting Christian come to visit us.
The next event is on Monday 14th July. Hope to see you there!
Mike McKay-Dirden recently wrote to me asking if I would speak at a new event he’s trying to establish called Oracle Midlands. You can read his thoughts about it on the about page. It’s similar to the types of things the Pythian guys do with the local meetups.
The success or failure of this sort of thing is totally down to the level of participation by the attendees, so get signing up if you want to be part of it! Also, if you come along and chat to Mike, you can help shape future events…