December 2002

The Specialist
Database News You Can UseDecember 2002
A monthly newsletter for Oracle users
from Database Specialists, a consulting firm
specializing in Oracle technology

New NoCOUG Resources Online

The Northern California Oracle Users Group had a successful Fall Conference in San Francisco on November 21, 2002. Over 200 attendees packed the day-long event filled with popular speakers. Check out the NoCOUG website at to view and download presentations on the following topics: IOUG Live! 2003 Conference


It’s not too early to start planning to improve your Oracle skills in 2003. The International Oracle Users Group will hold its annual Live! conference April 27 – May 1, 2003 in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. Most presentations are by Oracle users sharing their real-life experience. It’s sure to be one of the best educational opportunities of the year! For more information, see Applications Users Group Meeting in February


The Northern California Oracle Applications Users Group will be holding their next regional Training Day in San Ramon, California on Thursday February 27, 2003. This will be a jam-packed day of opportunities to learn and exchange information with your peers about Oracle Applications.  Database Specialists in Top 10% at OracleWorld 2002


The survey results are in, and we are pleased to announce that a session by Database Specialists consultants Roger Schrag and Chris Lawson was ranked in the top ten percent of 300 sessions given at OracleWorld 2002 in San Francisco last month. The presentation, “Using Oracle9i Online Object Redefinition,” covered their experience and recommendations for using this new feature that lets DBAs alter table definitions while users are querying and updating them. Congratulations to Roger and Chris! View their presentation at Year-end Wrap Up


As 2002 is coming to a close, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of you for the continued success of The Specialist. We hope you have enjoyed the news and resources we have shared pertaining to Oracle technology.

If you’d like to share Oracle tips, tricks, or favorite resources, please contact Lisa Loper at We’d love to hear from you.

Best wishes for the upcoming New Year!


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