Category Archives: news

Toad 11.5 is out

The latest Toad is now in production, 11.5, get it from http://toadfororacle.com.

If you have an old license key, 9.6 or older, it may complain at installation time, just ignore. It will be fine at run time.

Enhanced TAB browsing experience, nicer and more visible colors for your connection (production=red…), read-only connections.

Currently it still requires a 32bit clients, even when running on a 64bit Operating System.

[alert] AIX Posix Timezone issue

Maybe you did get or you will get an issue with the date command in AIX.

expected behavior, Linux


$ TZ=NZST-12NZDT,M10.1.0/2,M3.3.0/3 date
Sat Mar 17 00:14:54 NZDT 2012
$ TZ=Pacific/Auckland date
Sat Mar 17 00:14:58 NZDT 2012

unexpected behavior, AIX


$ TZ=Pacific/Auckland date
Sat Mar 17 00:15:50 GMT+13:00 2012
$ TZ=NZST-12NZDT,M10.1.0/2,M3.3.0/3 date
Fri Mar 16 23:15:52 NZST 2012

The consequence : date, and all other unix commands like ls, who, ps that display the date in human readable format, and all programs that use ctime are affected


$ TZ=NZST-12NZDT,M10.1.0/2,M3.3.0/3 perl -e 'use POSIX;print ctime(time)'
Fri Mar 16 23:19:51 2012

Reference and link to the fixes : www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg3T1013017

The new metalink interface

I just started using the New My Oracle Support User Interface

It is a zero-flash interface with more capabilities than the “html” interface we used the previous years. It still provides about the same browser experience as the flash one.

Have a try… according to Oracle : “it will eventually replace the Flash version”
To my French speaking readers : eventually does not mean “√©ventuellement” but rather “√† l’occasion”.
Google Translate is quite ok this time : “elle finira par remplacer la version Flash”

SPARC Supercluster

Oracle buys Sun was an exciting accouncement 20 months ago.

What did change in the Solaris/Oracle Database world?

First, Oracle delivered Exadata on Sun Hardware (x86_64).
Second, they delivered Exadata on Sun Solaris Operating System (x86_64).

But now, they announced a combination of software and hardware that will run Oracle database faster than anything ever before.

I am happy to read Oracle is still investing on R&D on the Sparc processors server line !

SQL developer for dba

Historically and semantically, SQL Developer is a developer tool. There is very little comparison with TOAD for the dba.

But… Oracle is working on this! In the latest release, 3.0 EA1, you will be able to see Tablespaces, Redo logs and controlfile, finally.

Still no session browser, but I am delighted that the database administrators are not getting forgotten !

Thanks Surachart for spreading the news!

11.2.0.2

I have read on Surachart Opun’s blog that 11.2.0.2 is available, but also that the patchset is now a full installation.

In the past, if you wanted to have 9.2.0.8 or 10.2.0.5, you needed to install both the base version, 9.2.0.1 or 10.2.0.1 and the patchset, 9.2.0.8 or 10.2.0.5. Very often the patchset itself was bigger and took more time than the base database installation.
According to Note 1189783.1, it is now possible to install 11.2.0.2 without having to install both 11.2.0.1 + a patchset.

if you are installing Oracle Database on a system without an existing Oracle Database installation, then you can simply install the release 11.2.0.2 patch set

I like this :-)

OCE Solaris Network Admin

I read Paul Sorensen blog : Sun certifications will be renamed next week.

For instance the Sun Certified Network Administrator will be Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Solaris 10 Network Administrator.

But to get the OCE Solaris title, you need to upgrade your certification [...] to receive an Oracle certification title (check more details on the Oracle Certification website here).

I never upgraded my Sun credentials, I am a Solaris 2.6 system admin and Solaris 7 network admin, but this equivalency with OCE surprised me.

There are even two OCM Java certifications : Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 5 Enterprise Architect, originally Sun Certified Enterprise Architect (SCEA) and Oracle Certified Master, Java SE6 Developer, originally Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD)

Also, since a few months, there is an upgrade to the 9i OCM DBA certification : 11g OCM Upgrade. I hope I can do this one :)

On Express Edition

If you want to start with developing free software on old technology, you can download the Oracle Database 10g Express Edition.

Actually, Oracle 10g is more than 5 years old and it is the only version available as Express Edition, 11g has not been released at the time of the writing, and no patch has been released, not even for the worst bugs or security breaches.

Most probably you will not want to run this for your sensitive data.

If you are serious about Oracle Development, you could download the Enterprise Edition for free, and get the Personal Edition on Oracle Shop for support and patches.

Last Friday 13th August, a news/rumor (not an official announcement) was posted on the opensolaris forum, apparently OpenSolaris has been cancelled in favor of an Oracle Solaris 11 Express. Not sure if it will come in the same format as the database XE, but this does not sound to please the community.

After the Oracle sues Google, it does not make Oracle very popular in the opensource community at the very moment

YMMV

Oracle – Sun, what has changed ?

Did you go to http://www.sun.com recently? You will land on oracle.com !

But more will come.

The conference JavaOne will be in SanFrancisco with Oracle OpenWorld.

The Sun Developer Network and Bigadmin will be integrated in OTN.

Welcome Sun Developers Ensuring community continuity

MySql and java.sun.com have the Oracle logo.

That was fast! Well, Oracle is quite used to acquisition, only this week they bought AmberPoint and Convergin.

Still MySQL strategy will probably change, I cannot believe Oracle will encourage the users to save millions on Oracle License by migrating to MySQL

http://www.mysql.com/products/enterprise/unlimited.html

11.1.0.7 is the latest patchset for 11gR1

You will get CPU and even PSU (Patch Set Updates are proactive cumulative patches comprised of recommended bug fixes that are released on a regular and predictable schedule)

But no more patchset. This the first time I see a release with only 1 pachset.

Well, if you use Linux, you can go to 11gR2. Otherwise you may better stick to 10.2.0.4 for a few more months

Ref: 742060.1
11.1.0.7 is the last patch set for Release 11.1

Oracle buys Sun

http://www.oracle.com/sun

I really enjoyed this news. It is both my favorite OS (Solaris) and my favorite database (Oracle) committing to a common future. I have been more than sceptical about Oracle Linux and Oracle Database Machine entering the Datacenter world, but now I feel relieved that Oracle is putting value in acquiring serious database platform (oracle/sparc) :)

On the application side, acquiring Java is more than a smart move against Websphere …

Oracle on Mac

I just read a post from Barry Mc Gillin about apex on MacOsX.

After having being using Vista for one year, I would really welcome a Mac as my next notebook. But what about Oracle Database on Mac OS X?

According to otn, the latest release as of today is a deprecated 10gR1 for the deprecated platform PowerPC.

However, according to metalink, a 10gR2 is planned for the first quarter of 2009 (sic)
Db 10gR2 on MacOS X Intel
And 11g is planned too Db 11gR1 on MacOS X Intel, Schedule to be announced.