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Oracle OpenWorld 2010 Day 1 Highlights September 21, 2010

Posted by Richard Foote in OOW.


Well Oracle OpenWorld 2010 has finally arrived. The first thing I’ve noticed is just how many more people appear to be around at the conference this year compared to last. Better economic times and the addition of the JavaOne component have certainly made a difference.

Here’s a piece of advice. Don’t go out drinking lots of cocktails with Oracle marketing folk while still in a jet lagged state, the night before you do a presentation. Although I had a great night, I felt decidedly not quite so great when I woke up at 4am the following morning, which 90 minutes in the gym did little to address. Thankfully a country breakfast at Louise Dinner did a much better job of fixing things up a little.

A timely suggestion by Chris Muir to go to Moscone South to register certainly saved me a potential boring hour or more waiting in the huge queues. I love lots of people and the positive vibe of expectation, one thing I do hate though is long queues.

After registration, I hung out for a while, making last minutes changes to my first presentation on indexing tips and tricks. It was kinda nice being one of the first presentations to kick off the start of the conference. As the next presentation in the room was due to start directly after mine was due to finish, I was conscious of time and not being late getting through the material. As usual, it’s always hard to tell how it was all received and whether I rush things too much, but some positive comments afterwards suggests it went well. I was particularly pleased when a gentleman who was blind said afterwards he enjoyed the talk and could follow the points I made purely by what I said and not by having to necessarily view the content of the overheads.


Afterwards I attended Rich Niemiec’s presentation on block dumps which was an introduction of sorts on the subject. If it makes people a little curious on the type of things one can learn and diagnose using block dumps, then it’s always a good thing.

Next I attended Cary Millsap’s talk on Messed-Up Apps and a Study of Performance Anti-patterns. One thing I always learn and enjoy about Cary’s presentations is the art of presenting and how to deliver a good, interesting, thought provoking discussion. He gave some excellent examples of various Apps that were fundamentally flawed, such as a reporting system that printed by default, all receipts in the system from day dot (rather than the more logical default of all receipts from the last time the report was run) and the coach booking system in which it took over a minute to come up and list all possible options rather than quickly listing the first five that were likely going to be sufficient.

The last talk of the day was an expert’s panel and a Q & A session on Web Architecture. Like most of these things, the quality of the session is based primarily on the quality of the questions, which overall weren’t that great. However, the highlight for me and what made me leave the session at the end with some confidence that there is still hope in the world was Paul Dorsey comments on a question regarding why do various programming flavours and current trends come and go and what best to do about it. Paul’s answer was where possible, much programming should be done within the database (which never comes and goes) and which enables a more efficient, scalable and secure solution, much to the distress and discomfort of many of the attendees. I felt like shouting out ‘YES !!”, but I was too tired and simply left at the end with a little smile on my face.

Feeling really tired, I decided to skip the keynote address (having attended the ACE Director briefings in the last couple of days, I already have a fair idea on what is being announced this week) and crashed for an hour in my hotel room before going out on a fantastic dinner cruise in beautiful San Francisco harbour courtesy of the Oracle ACE program. The lowlight was probably when I walked into a window panel which was virtually invisible and looked like a walkway. Highlight was probably when Marcel Kratochvil did exactly the same thing, but much more dramatically leaving a beer stain on the glass. I also had a good chat to Joze Senegacnik, who I had only met for the first time during my presentation earlier in the day. The San Francisco skyline looked spectacular from the harbour and not being the best of sailors, was rather glad it was such a calm and mild evening. Thanks to Lillian, Vikki and the ACE program for putting on such a great night.

Already looking forward to Day 2 …

Oracle OpenWorld 2010 Agenda (Breakfast In America) July 22, 2010

Posted by Richard Foote in OOW.

I was all set and ready to go Oracle OpenWorld this year when things took a turn for the worse and it looked very much as if I wouldn’t be able to make it but things have thankfully changed yet again and it now looks like I will finally be able to make it to OOW this year after all.

Which is a good thing as I have a number of presentations scheduled for this year’s conference. Firstly, I was invited by the IOUG to do a presentation for the Oracle OpenWorld User Group Forum on the Sunday:

Session S318615: “IOUG: Oracle Indexing Tips Trick and Traps” – Sunday September 19, 12:30pm Moscone West L2 Room 2005

Secondly, my proposal in the Oracle Mix Suggest-A-Session got enough votes to be selected. Confirmed details are:

Session S319069: “Oracle Indexing New Features In Oracle11g R1 and R2” – Monday September 20, 2:00pm Moscone South Room 303

I would like to sincerely thank all of you who voted. Hopefully you can now make it to the session and maybe even pick up a thing or two.

Note many of these sessions at OOW  have a nasty habit of filling up quickly so if any of these are of interest, I would strongly recommend booking them in and reserving your spot (once Oracle get their Schedule Builder up and running that is). That said, the three of us in attendance should have plenty of room to stretch out 😉

Finally, I’ve decided to put my name down for the Oracle Unconference again this year. Partly because it was relatively successful last year when I attempted this in that it generated a number of interesting discussions, partly because it’s in the spirit of the Unconference where unstructured and interactive presentations are the go but mainly because it requires absolutely no preparation on my part whatsoever, I’ve decided to host another question and answer session on all things Oracle Indexes. This is your chance and opportunity to ask those questions on how Oracle indexes work, how they should be used, how they should be maintained, on indexing issues you want to share or solve or dispel or whatever, with a whole bunch of other Oracle professionals. As always, if the questions dry up, no worries, we can spend the rest of the time discussing which of David Bowie’s albums is the most influential 😉 Details are:

“Oracle Indexing Q & A With Richard Foote” Tuesday 21 September, 10:00am Hotel Parc 55 Mason Room

The Oracle Unconference is always one those secret little highlights of the whole Oracle OpenWorld event where you often get the opportunity to listen, meet and speak with some great speakers in relatively quiet and intimate (for OOW) surroundings. Always worth checking out the agenda each day.

Now I’ve posted all this, my plans are now very likely to change yet again but hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to catchup with a whole bunch of you again at OOW 2010 in September. If you see me wondering around, don’t forget to say Gidday !!

UPDATE: The Schedule Builder is now available from the Oracle OpenWorld website so those attending can now book and reserve places at their presentations of interest. I’ve got in early and booked all my favourites.

Upcoming Index Seminar Dates (The Tourist) June 8, 2010

Posted by Richard Foote in OOW, Oracle Index Seminar.
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I’ve just finalised some European dates for my Oracle Index Internals and Best Practices Seminar for later in the year. Location and dates are as follows:

Turkey (Istanbul): 18-19 October 2010

Germany (Munich): 21-22 October 2010

Czech Republic (Prague) : 25-26 October 2010

As usual, always a good idea to book early to avoid disappointment. Last time I taught this in Germany, it was totally booked out.

I’ll also be attending and presenting at Oracle OpenWorld this year. I’ve been asked to present a session for the OpenWorld Oracle User Group Forum on the Sunday (19 September 2010) and with a bit of luck and a few more votes, perhaps the Indexing 11g R1 & R2 New Features presentation I submitted via the Oracle Mix Suggest-A-Session. I’ll also no doubt present something again during the Unconference as I have in past years.

So plenty of opportunity to catch up at some point during the year.

Oracle Mix – OOW and Oracle Develop Suggest-A-Session 2010 Now Open June 4, 2010

Posted by Richard Foote in OOW, Oracle Mix.
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Just a short note to let everyone know the Oracle Mix – OOW and Oracle Develop Suggest-A-Session facility is now open for the submission and voting of proposals to this year’s Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Develop conferences.

This is a great opportunity to let the “public” not only submit proposals for presentations and panel sessions but also to vote for those sessions you would really like to see at these conferences. If you’ve got a presentation you think would be of interest to others, I would strongly recommend submitting a proposal and see how it goes. It’s a great opportunity to perhaps share your knowledge and experiences at these big Oracle events and to also have a say in what you would like to see presented.

I’ve submitted a session this year: A Detailed Analyses of Indexing New Features in Oracle 11g R1 and R2. If it’s something that might be of interest to you and you want to see it at Oracle OpenWorld, just click on the VOTE button 🙂

100,000 Hits, Olympic Games and OOW (Golden Years) August 26, 2008

Posted by Richard Foote in Olympics, OOW, Oracle Blog.

Time for a bit of a catchup on things.

It doesn’t seem that long ago when I was celebrating 10,000 hits. Well over the last day or so, I’ve hit the next significant milestone, 100,000 hits. Considering the somewhat limited appeal of my humble writings (Oracle Indexes doesn’t generally generate the same interest as say Madonna’s new world tour or the world’s best apple pie recipe), it’s a nice little number to reach nonetheless. So a big thank-you to everyone who has contributed over the past 8 months or so and I hope some of those 100,000 hits were worth the effort.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been stuck in front of the TV watching the spectacle that is the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. I’m an Olympic Games tragic and just love watching the best athletes in the world compete and amaze us with their talents while of course watching Australia win medals. One of the happiest and most exciting periods of life was during the whole Sydney 2000 Olympics experience and for example being there poolside as Ian Thorpe won the 400M freestyle gold medal. Magical times indeed.

For the BeiJing 2008 Olympics, my highlights and lowlights were:

Australian Highlight: Toss up between Sally McLennan’s celebration when she won silver in the 100M hurdles and Matthew Mitcham’s amazing last dive to take gold in the 10M platform. To finish 6th overall was another impressive performance for a country of only 20 odd million although beating the poms in 2012 must surely be a national priority 🙂

Overall Highlight: Michael Phelps winning 8 gold medals was an incredible achievement that will likely never been repeated but for me the highlight was the performance of Usain Bolt who managed to crush the best in the world and beat world records while playing with the crowd. He would be booked for speeding if he ran that fast in a school zone !!

Biggest Disappointment: The TV coverage dished out by Channel 7 in Australia, it was simply appalling. Featuring more ads than actual coverage, what coverage we had was often delayed and featured repeat after repeat after repeat of the same things. Many sports were simply not shown, including many blue ribbon events like many of the athletic field events. SBS, a second TV station with secondary rights managed to salvage some respectability with their coverage but overall, it was a huge disappointment. Thankfully, Channel 7 no longer have the TV rights for the Olympics, hopefully lessons have been learnt and things will improve in time for London 2012.

I’ve had a number of emails regarding where the hell I’m listed for this year’s Oracle OpenWorld schedule after my presentation was one of the winners in the Oracle Mix “competition”. Firstly a big thank-you to everyone who voted, my “Indexing Secrets” presentation ended up finishing 6th and was selected. Unfortunately, times are somewhat tight at work and I wasn’t able to get my travel costs approved and so will not be able to attend OOW this year. Sorry to all those who were hoping to see me action, maybe next year.

Finally, in the next day or two, I’ll finally get around to answering Brian Tkatch’s question on when partitioning is a better option than just an index. So stayed tuned !!