The Good Old DaysBy Blair Campbell
Three peers reflect on early adventures in database programming, analysis, and split-finger fastballs.
What would you like to see Oracle, as a company, do differently? I'd like to see an increased focus on Oracle Academy, Oracle's education program for high school students, and the Oracle Academic Initiative, for students at the college and university level. It would be great for Oracle to concentrate on getting really intelligent up-and-coming technologists into the Oracle field.
Tell us about your upcoming book, Easy Oracle Jumpstart (Rampant TechPress, 2006). It's a DBA primer—the basic concepts you need to know. It's a joint effort between me and another DBA, Robert Freeman. My second book, Oracle and Ajax , is due to the publisher next April.
Which new features of Oracle Database 10g are you finding most valuable? The possibilities for composite partitioning, including range/list partitioning, open new doors for performance and storage. These features, along with the new partition pruning capabilities, are very useful in a large database like ours. I first did database analysis using bstat/estat utilities, so I find the latest version of Statspack greatly improves database analysis.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot? I love the Pyrenees—it's a beautiful mountain range with a long and interesting history.
What technology has most changed your life? First, there's Quicken, which has actually made me look forward to paying my bills each month. Second is my BlackBerry, which I depend on much more than my laptop these days.
How do you use the internet? I use it mainly for research—like finding out the pitfalls of throwing a split-finger fastball at too early an age. These days, however, I find myself visiting fewer and fewer sites. I use CNN.com as my morning newspaper but really only frequent about four other Web sites: asktom.oracle.com ; oracleutilities.com ; oracle.com/technetwork; and, of course, www.quicken.com.