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World Cup, Insync10 and Coming Index Block Dumps July 12, 2010

Posted by Richard Foote in InSync10, Richard's Musings, World Cup.

Well after a month of watching the World Cup during these long cold Canberra nights, my beloved Spain have finally, at long long last, after years and years of bitter disappointment and despair, have deservedly won the World Cup !! Iniesta, you legend, you will never have to buy a drink ever again, whenever or wherever you walk into any bar in Spain !!

Life now just isn’t going to be quite the same again …

My dream now is for Australia to both host the World Cup in 2022 and to win it one day as well.

With Cadel Evans now leading the Tour de France, perhaps I have a few more weeks of sporting late nights ahead of me still …

For those of you in Australia, just a reminder that the InSync10 Conference in Melbourne is fast approaching. I’ll be both attending and presenting this year and will be joined by a host of great speakers including Tom Kyte, Mogens Norgaard, Debra Lilley, Steven Feurestein, Connor McDonald, Kyle Hailey, Guy Harrison and Penny Cookson to name but a few. Should be a great event and I strongly recommend making it to Melbourne if you can.

My session on “Indexing New Features in 11g R1 & R2” is in Room 106 on Tuesday, 17 August 10:00am-10:45am.

I’ll soon be posting a series on Index Block Dumps, discussing how to read and interpret them and how they can be incredible useful in learning not only how Oracle indexes actually work and behave but also the internals to many core Oracle concepts such as row level locking, concurrency and read consistency.

But for tonight, a long night’s sleep finally awaits. Buenos noches …


1. Illiyaz Mohammad - July 14, 2010

As a co-spanish fan, glad to hear that you ve stayed awake to catch up with soccer…same like me here in india though i was relatively better placed geographically than you…i am still waiting for your blog on ‘HOw oracle maintains read consistency from an Index perspective’ that you had promised long back….hope u will fulfill in it soon…


Richard Foote - July 20, 2010

I’m only just get over the shock of a team I support actually winning something 🙂

Read consistency is coming “soon” !!


2. Debra Lilley - July 15, 2010

Having spent ODTUG with a lot of Dutch friends I was rooting for them.

I am looking forward to Insync and thanks for the mention, I am happy to appear in the list behind Tom Kyte, but deserve a higher billing than Mogens!!!

Look forward to catching up 🙂


Richard Foote - July 20, 2010

Hi Debra

You need to get more Spanish friends 😉

Looking forward to catching up as well. Unfortunately, the whale watching is very good this time of year !!

I was going to mention you first but I wasn’t sure you could handle the pressure that might entail 🙂

See you soon.


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