Monthly Archives: May 2012

Third International NoCOUG SQL & NoSQL Challenge – Coming Soon

Iggy Fernandez just let me know that the Third International NoCOUG SQL & NoSQL Challenge will be starting on Monday. I really enjoy these challenges and seeing the creative answers people come up with. I am sure this year will be no different.
The Third International NoCOUG SQL & NoSQL Challenge sponsored by Pythian—Love Your Data™ will be revealed on Monday, May 21 at 9 AM PST at In this challenge, the Wicked Witch of the West needs help in creating a magic spell to ensure that the Third Annual Witching & Wizarding Ball is a grand success. The winner will receive the August Order of the Wooden Pretzel in keeping with the Steven Feuerstein’s observation that “some people can perform seeming miracles with straight SQL, but the statements end up looking like pretzels created by somebody who is experimenting with hallucinogens.” There are currently four knights of the August Order of the Wooden Pretzel: Alberto Dell’Era (Italy) who won the first challenge in 2009 and Andre Araujo (Australia), Rob van Wijk (Netherlands), and Ilya Chuhnakov (Russia) who won the second challenge in 2011

NEOOUG Oracle Training Seminar – Day 2

NEOOUG wrapped up yesterday, with 2 talks each by Cary Millsap and Rich Niemiec. I have seen Cary speak before, and never get tired of it. He is a natural teacher, making everything so simple to understand. Rich is a very entertaining speaker as well, and it was fun hearing about stories from Oracle’s early days. I had a great time and will definitely be back next year. I look forward to getting my feedback forms to see what else I can improve. Hopefully people were honest, as I enjoy the feedback with the attitude that if you aren’t getting better, you are getting worse 🙂

Here is a picture of the audience from my presentation on Monday as I was waiting to get started:

NEOOUG Oracle Training Seminar – Day 1

Day 1 is complete. The venue at Cleveland State is awesome, and the presentations were all high quality as well. My presentation went through decently, although I stumbled in a few spots. The questions I got were good, and makes me feel I need to add more to the presentation about how to use the information you get from the execution plans. Looking forward to Day 2.

NEOOUG Two Day Oracle Training Seminar

Preparing for the NEOOUG seminar next week, and have come up with my schedule. Luckily for me there is 30 minutes between the prior presentation and when I present, so I will have plenty of time to set up without having to duck out early from the previous session.

Below is my planned schedule for Day 1:

8:00-8:15General SessionBallroom C&DNEOOUGWelcome
8:30-9:30General SessionBallroom C&DJoel KallmanOracle Application Express – How It’s Made
10:00-11:00DBABallroom C&DRic Van DykeJourney to the Center of the Database
11:15-12:15DeveloperBallroom A&BDominic DelmolinoImplementing MapReduced Algorithms in SQL and PL/SQL
1:15-2:15General SessionBallroom C&DStewart BrysonReal-Time DW with OBIEE 11g and the Oracle Database
2:45-3:45FundamentalsSC 313MeExecuting Explan Plans and Explaining Execution Plans
4:00-5:00FundamentalsSC 313Gary MartinIntroduction to Oracle Analytic Functions

Day 2 is just one track, since I am sure nobody really wants to compete with Cary Millsap or Rich Niemiec 🙂

It looks like it will be a great event.