Oracle Magazine

Review of Oracle Magazine-July/August 1999

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The headline articles for the July/August 1999 edition of Oracle Magazine were focused on Business Intelligence and included topics on architectures, business plans, data integration, portals, dashboards, Oracle Express, data marts and data warehouses.

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Other articles included:

  • 15 Rules for Enterprise Portals
    • Gear it to casual users
    • Use intuitive classifications and searching
    • Allow access to a publish/subscribe engine
    • Enable universal connectivity to information resources
    • Provide dynamic access to information resources
    • Set up intelligent routing
    • Integrate a business intelligence toolset
    • Use a server based architecture
    • Build in distributed, multithreaded services
    • Enable flexible permission granting
    • Append external interfaces
    • Provide programmatic interfaces
    • Establish internet security
    • Make it cost effective to deploy
    • Ensure that it can be customized and personalized
  • Oracle Application Server release 4.0.8 was available for beta testing and includes support for Enterprise JavaBeans. Java Servlets, Java Server Pages and allows developers to build robust self service applications quickly
  • Oracle and MapInfo joined forces to release an internet-based spatial-data analysis solution to help organizations to understand and visualize data and to identify patterns and customer trends
  • Oracle makes available Oracle iTV platform, that is a solution that makes it possible for broadcast, cable and telecommunications providers to deliver interactive services .
  • Nine tips for using Oracle Discover included:
    • Us the decode statement
    • Implement summary redirection
    • create optional conditions (filters)
    • use query statistics
    • perform regular maintenance on the query statistics tables
    • familiarize yourself with the EUL tables
    • make regular backups
    • modify registry settings
    • delete objects with care
  • Standardizing your interfaces. The first of a three part article on creating interfaces to the database. This article focused on showing how to setup and use UTL_FILE for loading data into and getting data out of the database.
  • Creating a Virtual Private Database in Oracle 8i describes how to approach such a project to implement fine grained access control and gives the following steps for setting up a VPD
    • create the application context
    • create a package that sets the context
    • create the policy function
    • associate the policy function with a table or view

To view the cover page and the table of contents click on the image at the top of this post or click here.

My Oracle Magazine Collection can be found here. You will find links to my blog posts on previous editions and a PDF for the very first Oracle Magazine from June 1987.

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Oracle Magazine-September/October 1999

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The headline articles in the September/October 1999 edition of Oracle Magazine focused on how the Oracle technology can be used to educate staff and to keep their skills up to date. either on site or remote via on-demand training resources.

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Other articles included:

  • Oracle announce that they have acquired Thinking Machine’s data mining business. This data mining product was called Darwin and is now called Oracle Data Mining. I will have a separate blog post for this announcement.
  • Oracle 8i Lite has shipped and comes with three component: Oracle Lite a single user (50K to 750K foot print), Web-to-Go allows users to access the same data and web applications both online and offline, iConnect that was a flexible architecture that enables reliable and scalable bi-directional synchronization of data and applications. Oracle 8i Lite was supported on MS Windows 95, 98 and NT, Windows CE, Palm OS and EPOC 32.
  • Oracle XML Parser for C and Oracle XML Parser for C++ are released and supports DOM and Simple API for XML (SAX) interfaces.
  • Oracle XML SQL utilities and XSQL Servlet facilitates the reading and writing of XML information from and to the Oracle database.
  • Siemens announce that they plan to build an Oracle 8i Applicance on its Primergy line of servers, based on Intel Pentium II Xeon processors.
  • Singapore Telecom’s Magix Server delivers the World’s first nationwide video on demand service. Their 12,000 subscriber were able to use a web-browser to select a video from the Megix Web side and SingTel automates the streaming of them to their computer.
  • Oracle 8i comes with some improvements in PL/SQL. These included Autonomous Transactions, Native Dynamic SQL, Invoker rights procedures, user-defined operators, new operators, bulk binds.
  • Part 2 of the article on exporting an Oracle Database to a Flat File. In this part of the article it looks at how you can use the UTL_FILE package.
  • How you can speed up query response times by using a Materialized Views. The article suggests the following steps to analyze the performance impact:
    • Configure the server parameters
    • Grant privileges to the appropriate schema
    • Create a materialized view
    • Refresh the optimizer statistics
    • Confirm that the materialized view is being used
    • Manually refresh a materialized view
  • Oracle introduces Oracle Log Miner to allow a DBA to analyze the REDO log files

Review of Oracle Magazine–May/June 1999

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The headline articles for the May/June 1999 edition of Oracle Magazine were focused on using internet technologies to allow businesses to work together more efficiently.

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Other articles included:

  • Oracle and Hewlett-Packard announce the a prebuild Oralce 8i appliance. This had a code-name of Raw Iron.
  • Oracle announce a $100million venture fund to promote innovation by companies developing products and services based on Oracle 8i
  • Oracle 8i comes with the an enhanced feature that automatically keeps a standby database synchronized with the production database. This is called the Automated Standby Databases (ASD) and hopes to reduce the amount of manual work DBAs need to perform.
  • Some helpful suggestions on how to go about implementing parallel DML in Oracle 8.
    • Rules for Parallel Insert
      • The insert statement must be of the form ‘insert into table_name select …’
      • The table being modified must have a specified parallel declaration or you must specify a parallel hint directive in the insert statement
      • You can perform parallel insert on non-partitioned as well as partitioned tables
      • After the parallel DML is complete no other SQL statements can access the same table until a Commit is issued.
    • Rules for Parallel Update and Delete
      • Table table must have a parallel declaration specified or you must specify a parallel hint directive in the update/delete statement
      • You can perform parallel update or delete on partitioned tables only
      • You cannot see the result of the parallel update or delete during the transaction
  • By using the parallel options, data intensive SQL statements, database recovery, and data loads can be executed by multiple processes simultaneously. All the following operations can be executed in parallel
    • table scan
    • sort merge join
    • Not In
    • select distinct
    • aggregation
    • cube
    • create table as select
    • rebuild index partition
    • move partition
    • update
    • Insert ….. select
    • Enable constraint
    • PL/SQL functions called from SQL
    • Nested loop join
    • Hash join
    • Group by
    • Union and union all
    • Order by
    • Rollup
    • Create index
    • Rebuild index
    • Split partition
    • Delete
    • Star transformation

To view the cover page and the table of contents click on the image at the top of this post or click here.

My Oracle Magazine Collection can be found here. You will find links to my blog posts on previous editions and a PDF for the very first Oracle Magazine from June 1987.

Oracle Magazine–March/April 1999

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The headline articles for the March/April 1999 edition of Oracle Magazine were on the evolving world of the DBA. With some much new technology available in the database the role of the DBA is moving from a back office type role to one having a significant strategic influence in the organisation.
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Other articles included:

  • Oracle releases a web based version of their Oracle Strategic Procurement application that includes three key parts: Strategic Sourcing, Internet Procurement and Process Automation.
  • Sun and Oracle announce a strategic agreement that allows both companies to enhance their product offerings by exchanging key technologies. Oracle will use the core of the Sun Solaris operating environment to deliver the industry’s first database server appliances.
  • Oracle Data Mart Suite releases version 2.5. It includes, Oracle Data Mart Builder, Oracle Data Mart Designer, Oracle 8 Enterprise Edition, Oracle Discoverer, Oracle Application Server and Oracle Reports and Reports Server.
  • New integration between Oracle Reports release 6.0 and Oracle Express Server release 6.2 to give users the ability to distribute high quality reports of information held in a multi-dimensional database across the enterprise.
  • The need for the DBA to know and understand the V$ views has been increasing during the later releases of 7.3 and 8i. The can be used for a variety of purposes, including understanding locked users, system resources, licencing and parameter settings.
  • One thing that all DBAs need to plan for is a database recovery. Planning it is one thing, but practicing it is another thing. A typical recovery plan will include, choosing a data file, create a backup, take the damaged tablespace offline, restore the damaged data file, bring the tablespace back online, recover the tablespace, bring the tablespace back online and test it.
  • Avoiding trigger errors, including Mutating and constraining table errors.
  • There is an article by Bryan Laplante on using Historgrams to Optimize Data Mart Performance.

To view the cover page and the table of contents click on the image at the top of this post or click here.
My Oracle Magazine Collection can be found here. You will find links to my blog posts on previous editions and a PDF for the very first Oracle Magazine from June 1987.

Oracle Magazine-Nov/Dec. 1998

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The headline articles for the Nov/Dec 1998 edition of Oracle Magazine were on building web based applications and thin client computing. A large part of the magazine was dedicated to these topics.  This was a bumper edition with a total of 152 pages of content.

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Other articles included:

  • There was a few articles on using Oracle 8i, including how to use Java in the Database, the Internet File System, Intermedia and Data Warehousing.  Oracle 8i comes with over 150 new features
  • There was a couple of articles on the Millennium Bug and how to approach such projects. There was also some advice for organisations who would have to look at how to deal with the introduction of the Euro currency in Europe.
  • There was a section for articles on new product announcements from Oracle partners, including Quest, Nextek, Maxager, ObjectShare, Constellar (Warehouse Builder), Prism, DataMetrics, IQ Software, Eventus, DataMirror, Precise, Saville, DataShark, J-Database Exchange, Andataco, GeoMedia
  • Oracle makes available Oracle 8i and the Application Server on a Linux platform for the first time.
  • With Oracle 8i we have a number of ways of managing our constraints, including:
    • Deferrable integrity constraints
    • Non unique indexes for primary key and unique constraints
    • Immediate constraint enabling
  • Detecting lock and waiting transactions was always a task that consumed a lot of time for a DBA. A number of scripts was given to help you identify these and to resolve these problems.
  • For allow of Oracle Certified DBAs out there. There was an article promoting the OCP DBA program and Exam. Some hints and tips about the exam were given, along with some practice questions.
  • Plus there was 12 pages on adverts at the back of the magazine.

To view the cover page and the table of contents click on the image at the top of this post or click here.

My Oracle Magazine Collection can be found here. You will find links to my blog posts on previous editions and a PDF for the very first Oracle Magazine from June 1987.

Review Oracle Magazine- July/August 1998

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The headline articles for the July/August1998 edition of Oracle Magazine were on designing, developing and delivering Data Marts using the Oracle Database and related tools. The main article looks at the different phases of developing a data mart in 90 days.

One of the key messages in these articles is to keep focused on the business problem and that the technology part is very minor in this. This message is still vey key to the analytics and big data world, keep focused on the business problem.

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Other articles included:

  • Oracle ships JDeveloper Suite. It included App Builder for Java, Oracle Application Server 4.0, Oracle 8 Database Server, Symantec’s Visual Page HTML editor, and a one year developer’s membership in the Oracle Technology Network. Yes there used to be a cost to be a member of OTN!!!.
  • Oracle We Developer Suite wins the PC Magazine Editor Choice award. The suite comes with full development licences for Designer/2000 Release 2.1, including object extensions, Developer/2000 Release 2.1, Oracle App Builder for Java, Oracle Application Server 3.0, Oracle Database Server (releases 7 and 8) and the Oracle Web Development Kit
  • Oracle Support announce plans to give read only access, via the web, to its Bug database.
  • There was an advert for TOAD when it was still freeware and provided by ToadSoft.
  • Security management for Oracle 8, has been increasing in importance over the past few years. For all those people who have some security responsibilities, here are some key elements for database security: System security, Data security, User security, Password management and System auditing. Security is more than just providing a Firewall.
  • Building Message-based apps with Oracle 8’s Advanced Queuing, involves 5 main steps, including:
    • Start the server’s AQ background process
    • Create a database user account to manage queues
    • Create a user-defined type for application messages
    • Create a queue table and a corresponding queue of the user defined message type
    • Build the application to enqueue and dequeue messages of the user defined message type
  • For the DBAs there was an article on Fast Full Index Scan, how to enable it and gives a number of examples of the hints including the index_fss.

To view the cover page and the table of contents click on the image at the top of this post or click here.

My Oracle Magazine Collection can be found here. You will find links to my blog posts on previous editions and a PDF for the very first Oracle Magazine from June 1987.

Review of Oracle Magazine-March/April 1998

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The headline articles for the March/April 1998 edition of Oracle Magazine were on how the role of the DBA is increasing in importance, managing databases globally, how the DBA is an important strategic partner in an organisation. Oracle is being used by a number of health organisations including Norway’s national hospital system, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Neuroclinical Trials Center.

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Other articles included:

  • Oracle Applications 11was due for release during the first half of 1998 and has a number of key features including, Universal Access, Globalized Finance, Project Manufacturing and Flow Manufacturing.
  • Oracle’s Industry Applications division recently introduced new products including Oracle Public Budgeting, Oracle Sector Grants Management and the Oracle Energy Upstream solution .
  • 5 ways DBA’s can be strategic partners: Proactive systems management, systems design, change management, performance tuning and security.
  • Steve Lemme, DBA/systems manager for Motorola lists the following tasks for DBAs to keep them busy
    • Daily Duties : At a minimum monitor
      • Oracle ALERT file logs
      • Systems resources
      • Backups
      • Archive logs
      • Error logs
    • Weekly Watch : Check free space including:
      • Tablespaces
      • Tables
      • Indexes
      • Clusters
    • Monthly Monitoring : Do audits for fragmentation of :
      • Indexes
      • Clusters
      • Tables
  • Oracle Enterprise Toolkit comprises, Enterprise Manager, Diagnostics Pack, Tuning Pack and Management Pack.
  • Kenny Smith looks at a day in the life of a DBA working from home using Oracle Enterprise Manager that included a Data Load, Change View, Create stored function, Add a new user, Fix a database link, Send a size report to director, Fix a production slowdown, Helped an application developer and Averted a production crisis.
  • Migrating to Oracle 8: Quick Start on New Features:
    • Knowledge Collection and Consolidation
      • Learn about Oracle 8’s new features
      • Get help from someone who has implemented Oracle 8
      • Review the new features with your team
    • Application Analysis for New Features
      • Implement minor changes first
      • Define the table partitioning strategy
      • Define and indexing strategy
      • Identify the tables you can index organise
    • Database Design Analysis for New Features
      • Define the new physical layout
      • Define a partition maintenance strategy
      • Migrate to partitions
    • Backup and Recovery Strategy
      • Review your current backup and recovery strategy
      • Make as many tablespaces as possible read-only
      • Define a multitiered backup strategy using SMR
      • Make sure at least two independent restoration options exist
      • Ensure that you can do the restoration in an adequate time period
      • Define a plan for testing backup and recovery
  • Kevin Loney has an article on the new format for ROWID in Oracle 8, what it is and how to use it

To view the cover page and the table of contents click on the image at the top of this post or click here.

My Oracle Magazine Collection can be found here. You will find links to my blog posts on previous editions and a PDF for the very first Oracle Magazine from June 1987.