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Richard Foote Blog is One Year Old Today !! (Happy Birthday) December 11, 2008

Posted by Richard Foote in Richard's Musings.
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Wow, hasn’t the year just flown by !!

It doesn’t seem that long ago when I thought it might be a bit of fun to start a blog and write every so often on Oracle related matters, focusing in particular on trying to address some of those common questions regarding indexes that regularly pop up all the time. And of course mention David Bowie, Radiohead and Pink Floyd every so often.

But that was all 98 posts and exactly 12 months ago to the day.

There have been some really good discussions along the way (1057 comments in total), with some people being great and adding real value while others have highlighted what can happen to you when sadly you don’t manage to keep up with the times ;)

The most popular post has been this one regarding how the behaviour of DBMS_STATS changed between 9i and 10g.

The top searched item to get to the blog is strangely enough “Richard Foote”, with “METHOD_OPT” coming in second place. Obviously statistics is a subject matter worth getting into and discussing more deeply.

Perhaps the most controversial post was this very early one on why I thought (and still think) there are so many Oracle myths. Unfortunately, there are still people out there who have little idea, the most dangerous being those who have little idea they have little idea and those who know they have little idea but try and pretend otherwise !! As I mention in the piece, there are still a few dinosaurs out there who desperately cling to the old, incorrect ways else fear losing credibility. Hopefully, some of my writings over the year have helped to clarify a few points, for those of you of course interested in having a few points clarified.

The most fun post was probably my little April Fool’s joke. Some of the reactions were just hysterical !!

It’s been a really hectic year, with various overseas trips, conferences, seminar presentations and a new Radiohead album to contend with. Next year is looking busy as well but the focus will be on less work related travel and more family fun travel time which I’m really looking forward to. However there’ll no doubt be the opportunity to catch up with many of you at a conference or seminar somewhere on this little planet of ours.

Thanks for all your support and contributions in my first year at this blogging lark, there’s still lots more to discuss I assure you. For a start, Radiohead have been nominated for a whole bunch of 2009 Grammy awards …

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1. Andy C - December 11, 2008

Congratulations ! That April Fool post still brings a smile.

2. Noons - December 12, 2008

Congarats!!!

(If you reckon the myths in Oracle are bad, wait until you see the ones in the SQL Server arena…)

3. Brian Tkatch - December 12, 2008

Congratulations Richard. A year is a good milestone. I hope yopu keep the good stuff coming, as i learn so much from your posts.

4. Gareth Llewellyn - December 12, 2008

Congratulations Richard, keep up the good work

5. Marcel-Jan Krijgsman - December 12, 2008

Your blog has been very interesting and very active. Have some cake :)

6. Robert Klemme - December 15, 2008

I see, I’m coming late to the party. Darn! I congratulate you (or the blog?) nevertheless. I hope I can follow your blog more closely soon again. Ironically it’s Oracle related work that keeps me so busy that my Oracle blog to read list is piling up in my RSS reader…

All the best

7. joel garry - December 17, 2008

Ditto all the other comments! Great work Richard!

8. Richard Foote - December 23, 2008

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone, much appreciated.

9. Amardeep Sidhu - December 25, 2008

Congrats Richard…great work. Now whenever i think about indexes, i think about Richard Foote blog :)


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