Oracle Scratchpad

October 12, 2009

Philosophy – 7

Filed under: Philosophy — Jonathan Lewis @ 8:26 pm BST Oct 12,2009

There are no “secrets”.

At least, there are no secrets involved in making a database perform properly. Occasionally a useful new piece of information is uncovered – and if it’s worth knowing it will be documented, discussed, and validated in public.  (It won’t necessarily be documented on Metalink, OTN, or any other official Oracle site – but that doesn’t make it a secret.)

Whenever I’ve seen people doing presentations about “secrets” they’ve usually split their time between quoting the documentation, stating the obvious,  making mistakes, and offering sweeping generalisations that needed careful justification.

I have a simple rule of thumb for presentations – the more glamorous, trendy or exciting the title sounds the less likely it is that the presentation will be useful (but that won’t stop me reading the abstract – just in case).

[The Philosophy Series]


  1. Do you have any rules of thumbs related to writing abstracts? One of my goals is to start submitting abstracts and presenting one day. It seems a bit difficult for me to come up with an abstract for a topic that would be presented 6 months from now.

    Comment by Bradd Piontek — October 13, 2009 @ 2:13 pm BST Oct 13,2009 | Reply

  2. @Jonathan,

    true enough however there are many “unpublished bugs” especially in beta and new releases. I found quite a few this week with 12.1.1 EBS. Funny because when I went to apply a non-existent patch from support, Oracle had to supply me with a custom one-off patch to get 12.1.1 working.


    Comment by Ben Prusinski — October 14, 2009 @ 2:02 am BST Oct 14,2009 | Reply

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