#16, a weekly sampling of morsels from the database blogosphere. As often happens I sign up for these
things without thinking about the work involved until it's too late.
The loudest topic of the week is
OpenWorld 2006, or OOW2K6 as insiders like to call it, where 42,000 people descend on San
Francisco to talk Oracle. Check out OraBlogs for an
aggregate and the Flickr group for photos.
Andrew Clarke at Radio Free Tooting and
many others report the big announcement from
that Oracle plan to offer RedHat Linux support for less than RedHat (see
release). Interestingly Dave Dargo's Ingres
blog analysis of the announcement is entitled
href="http://blogs.ingres.com/davedargo/content/2006-10-25.html"> Bull*%! Raven Zachary
reports on RedHat's response in the 451 CAOS
href="http://blogs.the451group.com/opensource/2006/10/26/unfakeable-linux/">Unfakeable Linux and
wonders what existing RedHat and Oracle customers are thinking about it.
On Tuesday night the OOW conference bloggers met up for a brew at the Thirsty Bear in San Francisco,
and then forked into two groups to either see Elton John or go for a curry. Mark Rittman's blog
has a write-up and
photos. Sounds like fun (the curry, not the Elton). Mark's
>11g performance and scalability features post is also worth a read for those wishing to catch up
with Oracle's plans for 11g.
I'll leave it to Andrew Clarke to sum up the conference spirit with his
- Every conference seems to do it: put a group of overwhelmingly male software geeks
of an unathletic disposition into a big room and play really loud dance music at them.
What makes a good DBA? Chris Foot's
href="http://www.dbazine.com/blogs/blog-cf/chrisfoot/">Oracle10g Blog has been running a series on The Non-Technical Art of Being a Successful DBA and this week covers
Verbal and Written Communcations. This article is well worth a read for anyone wishing to improve
their communication skills. Chris offers this tip on presenting.. When you attend
presentations from others, pay attention to both the material they are presenting and how they present
it - though anyone who's seen me try to present will know to just pay attention to the material.
At Database Underground Sean McCown
takes on the technical side and asks what are the
Skills for DBAs?I think every DBA should have web programming skills. This is without a doubt one
of the more useful outside skills to have because almost anything you do as a DBA would be done better
if you posted it to the web - couldn't agree more. Sean also offers an elegant
SQL Server 2005's schema problem.
The most recent addition to the Informix blogosphere Informix
Zone is rapidly establishing itself as a can't miss site. This week Eric Herber provides a
detailed account of the recent Executive Roundtable
complete with the slides from the presentation for those who missed it. Lots of development plans,
more details on Cheetah, and the big news that Informix licence revenue has been growing by double
digits every quarter this year.At Informix Technology Fernando Nunes
covers the free Informix Dynamic Server 10.0 downloads from IIUG and reminds us we're only 130 Mb away from
learning about IDS.
Craig Mullins's DB2 Portal points out a
collection of IBM
href="http://www.db2portal.com/2006/10/check-out-new-ibm-information.html">Information on Demand
blogs where IBM product managers, technical architects, marketing managers and strategists talk about
key information management issues and market trends. IBM's six-in-one IOD conference was last week,
and Craig has a good summary of some of the
blogs in his DBAZine blog.
In An Expert's Guide to DB2 Technology
values-clause-12496">works some magic with the VALUES clause showing how to create multiple rows
and select them out of thin air.
MySQL bloggers are in anticipation mode over MySQL Campwhich runs from Nov 10-12 in Mountain View. Jay Pipes has an update
schedule, he also announces a
Video Contest with a $1000 prize.
The new MySQL Enterprise Edition gets Bob Field's attention on
href="http://bobfield.blogspot.com/">Bob's World. Bob is looking forward to a
href="http://bobfield.blogspot.com/2006/10/fork-in-code.html">Fork in the Code, seeing it as
win-win for paying customers and the open source community.
Thanks for the opportunity to host Log Buffer, it's been educational and entertaining to read around the wider database community. Normal service will be resumed next week.