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OOW 2011, the warm-up starts

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Seems people start plugging their sessions for OOW 2011, so just to make sure I’m not facing an empty room here goes: This year (2011) I will be presenting on Oracle Open World together with my friend Simon Haslam. If you happen to be at OOW and fancy fusion middleware infrastructure, please come and join Simon on Monday 2 PM in Moscone South.

Title: Deployment Patterns for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g
Time Monday, 02:00 PM, Moscone South – 310
Length 1 Hour
Abstract: Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g is a comprehensive software suite that can be installed in a wide range of different topologies. In this session, an Oracle ACE Director and an Oracle ACE combine their real-world experience in a range of organizations (including supermarkets, government departments, and banks) to explain the decisions you have to make in designing a middleware infrastructure.The presentation covers Oracle WebLogic Server, supporting infrastructure such as Oracle Internet Directory, and layered products such as Oracle SOA Suite. Topics include domain planning, clustering options, handling virtualization, patching strategy, and promoting software from test to production.

The schedule builder can be found here.

Written by Jacco H. Landlust

August 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm

OOW 2010 – Day 2

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Well yesterday ended disappointing. The cruise hosting the ACE diner left at 8:05 PM *exactly*. My cab got stuck in traffic causing me to arrive at 8:07 PM…. This left me with no other option then to turn in early. The upside of this is that I slept good, causing me to be fresh and fruity today.

After meeting with one of my clients, I decided to skip first session and to start my day at a session called Tuning Your SOA Infrastructure for Performance and Scalability. It covered a lot of anti-patterns in SOA which are less interesting to me as a DBA, although I know that loads of developers don’t think about these patterns. Basically Cary’s session on Sunday covered the same subject. Dear developers, please don’t write code fast, write fast code instead. A DBA (or let’s call it an Oracle Administrator from now on) cannot change code or tune code when the design is faulty.

Oracle WebLogic Server and GridLink for Exadata was a nice and interesting talk about what’s wrong with multi data sources in my opinion. (This topic is the same topic I am supposed to talk about at the next developer planboard symposium) Now Oracle will release a new product called GridLink which will fix these issues. I will not go into details in this blogpost, please visit planboard at october 5th to find out more.

After some excellent chinese food, criteria for selecting the restaurant: there need to be roasted ducks in the window and chinese people eating, I went to the OTN party. Many thanks to Lillian for providing me with a ticket for my girlfriend. Sadly enough the security guys didn’t know that bloggers, press and speakers should be granted access without a ticket. I wonder how many other people ran into the same problem. At the time I was at the gate (round eight) there were are least twenty. Anyway my girlfriend’s ticket went to someone else in line (rather one in then none) and after a quick stop at the Benelux Cocktail Party at Lulu’s I went “home” to catch some more sleep.

Written by Jacco H. Landlust

September 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm

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OOW 2010 – Day 1

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Today was the first day I spent on OOW 2010. Loads of people to meet, even more people tonight at the ACE diner. Apart from some really good sessions (thanks Alex, thanks Cary), I was at a session today that was interesting in a *special* way. I really don’t want to make fun of this character, but somehow I have to…

Somehow I still believe in the fantasy that people presenting at OOW (or any other site) know their stuff. Presenting about AWR and ASH without having the faintest clue about the theory and techniques behind ASH and AWR is shocking to me. Obvious wrong conclusions were presented like facts, statistics based on sampling seems difficult. Looking around and seeing people making notes at this session made me wonder if people were making the same notes as I was (mostly: this guy is so wrong), or if those people really will start tracing awrrpt and build their own “custom” spreadsheets with false information.

People please! Enterprise Manager contains the exact information that was show to you. It shows all this information in a graph, which will still work accurately with Oracle 11.2, 12 or 13 and you don’t have to invest a couple of hundreds of hours in developing this tool. Choose right! (and if you really want to build your own custom stuff, listen to a session of Doug Burns, JB or Graham Wood about AWR and ASH before building your “stuff”).

Written by Jacco H. Landlust

September 20, 2010 at 4:13 am

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Blogger meetup at OOW 2010

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This one goes out to all bloggers out there that will visit OOW 2010.

Alex is organizing a blogger meetup (again). If you happen to be at OOW 2010 and you have feel like meeting some exceptional cool people (see the pythian website to find out who’s coming), please make a RVSP at the pythian website and join us at Jillian’s.

Written by Jacco H. Landlust

August 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

OOW Day 5

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A quick switch to day 5, yesterday was kind of hard on me (and it was not only the video thing 😉 ). Anyway, today is my last day at OOW. I skipped my schedule and moved to the unconference session of Doug Burns. I have no clue which sessions I will attend next, so this post might just be updated during the day.

Written by Jacco H. Landlust

October 15, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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OOW Day 3

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When I arrived at the OTN Night last night it looked like the party just ended (even though it was supposed to go on for two more hours). Since I was tricked into a video interview by Alex earlier, I couldn’t convince myself to go “home”. I ended up watching a boxing match between a couple of Brits, which was kind of unsatisfactory (no blood).

Anyway, here’s my schedule for today. I was *almost* tricked into a Tom Kyte session *again* (11r2 new features), but likely I found out on time. The unconference stuff might actually be better than the “official” sessions, so there might just be some schedule changes.

Time Title Speaker/Company
11:30-12:30 Oracle Data Masking Pack: The Ultimate DBA Survival Tool in the Modern World Jagan Athreya, Oracle; Sandra Cheevers, Oracle; Ravi Meda, Qualcomm
13:00-14:00 Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Performance Shape-Up Soumendu Chakraborty, Oracle; Stevan Malesevic, Oracle; David Rorke, Oracle
14:30-15:30 What to Expect from the Oracle Optimizer When Upgrading to Oracle Database 11g Maria Colgan, Oracle; Mohamed Zait, Oracle
16:00-17:00 Authentication, SSO, and Authorization for Oracle WebLogic Server Applications April Escamilla, Oracle; Christopher Johnson, Oracle; Rey Ong, Oracle

Written by Jacco H. Landlust

October 13, 2009 at 7:45 pm

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No more Tom Kyte

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Please don’t hesitate to go and see Tom Kyte if you have the chance, but I’m done. I just watched another Tom Kyte show and I still think he’s brilliant, but it’s not for me. It wears me out. I just can’t handle someone going on for 50 minutes without hardly taking any breath. The information density is so high you have to pay attention every second, leaving you bedazzled after the show: what did I actually learn in detail? The level of the knowledge is suitable for DBA’s from junior to senior (whatever that may be), which draws a big crowd (and it should), but I’ll stick with the slides from now on.

Written by Jacco H. Landlust

October 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm