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5 Year Anniversary (5 Years) December 20, 2012

Posted by Richard Foote in Richard's Musings.

It’s just occurred to me that I’ve just recently past the 5 year anniversary of when I started this humble little blog !!

My first real post on Invisible Indexes was written back on 11 December 2007. Some 256 posts later and I’m still here, posting occasionally on Oracle Indexes with as many David Bowie references as I can manage 🙂

There have been roughly 923,000 page views in that time and more importantly some 3,000+ comments in total, some of them driving shall we say “interesting and lively” debates. The entry with the most comments is this one on how execution plans can suddenly when the statistics remain unchanged, although this one on rebuilding indexes every Sunday afternoon was up there as well.

The most views on any given day was back on March 13, 2010 with 3606 views, when this entry on block and tree dumps was particularly hammered. The most popular blog entry of all time however goes to this one on the change of behaviour of dbms_stats with 10g, with this one on the differences between an index rebuild, coalesce and shrink a very close second.

My all-time favourite blog entry however is this April Fool’s one on my retirement announcement and plans to work in the adult film industry. Some of the comments on this one are just classic 🙂

A very sincere thank-you to all my loyal readers and to everyone who has contributed to this blog over the years, I hope you’ve learnt something new along the way. I certainly have !! With the Oracle 12c database due for release sometime in 2013, I’m sure there will be lots to write about for a while longer yet 🙂

Pushing through the market square, so many mothers sighing, news had just come over we had 5 years left to cry in


1. Uwe Hesse - December 20, 2012

Great milestone, Richard! Keep up your good work – I know it is an effort to run a Blog, but yours is so valuable for the Oracle Community. Looking forward to your 12c postings 🙂


Richard Foote - December 21, 2012

Thanks Uwe 🙂

There’s are lots of nice goodies to come in 12c for those indexing inclined 🙂


2. Mathijs Bruggink - December 20, 2012

Respect respect for this Mile stone Indeed Richard. Awesome job ( hmm though indeed blogging and sharing is more a calling then a job). Looking forward to the posts you share! Congratz


Richard Foote - December 21, 2012

Thanks Mathijs, much appreciated 🙂

I really enjoy presenting, writing and just generally sharing what little knowledge I have, so I get as much out of it all as well.


3. Tanel Poder (@TanelPoder) - December 20, 2012

Good stuff, congrats!

So, do you have a blog INDEX somewhere too? 😛


Richard Foote - December 21, 2012

Thanks Tanel

LOL, good question !! I actually get asked this a lot. My little Blog Cloud on the right hand side near the bottom is actually not a bad way to click on a subject and get direct access to the relevant posts. The search facility at the top is not bad either.

BTW, you still owe me a beer !!


4. Ron - December 20, 2012

You’re a Star Man keep it up.


Richard Foote - December 21, 2012

Thank Ron, very good 🙂


5. Craig - December 21, 2012

Congrats on the milestone.. The time you spend sharing your knowledge is much appreciated.


Richard Foote - December 21, 2012

Thanks Craig, much appreciated in return.


6. Anand - December 21, 2012

Congrats!!!! Looking forwards to many more 🙂


7. ahmed aangour - December 21, 2012

Thanks for this excellent blog.
I think it’s time to write “THE BOOK” on Oracle indexes, don’t you think?


Richard Foote - February 7, 2013

Hi Ahmed

I’ve already started on the book and have now completed the page numbers 🙂


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