January 2003

The Specialist
Database News You Can UseJanuary 2003
A monthly newsletter for Oracle users
from Database Specialists, a consulting firm
specializing in Oracle technology

NoCOUG Winter Conference February 20

The Northern California Oracle Users Group Winter Conference will be held on February 20, 2003 at Oracle Corporation headquarters in Redwood Shores. You won’t want to miss this one! Bert Scalzo, a TOAD developer at Quest Software, will be speaking, as will Craig Shallahamer, a recognized Oracle performance expert and leader of OraPub. There will also be a track by Oracle Corporation. A DBA’s Toolbox

NoCOUG conferences run a full day, and are free for NoCOUG members, $40 for non-members. There will be nine technical sessions, two keynotes, roundtable discussions, vendor exhibits, and more! For up-to-the-minute details about this great educational opportunity, check out NoCOUG’s website at http://www.nocoug.org.


If you’re looking for more Oracle DBA resources to keep on hand, check out Tom Mitchell’s DBA Toolbox at http://www.dbatoolbox.com. Tom says he’s been an Oracle buff since 1991, and you’ll find hundreds of useful pieces of Oracle-related information on his website. He’s collected many resources over the years, and his site includes topics such as: Learning Linux

  • Standby Database
  • Enterprise Manager
  • High Availability
  • 9i DBA
  • RMAN
  • Migration
  • Statspack Tuning


Oracle on Linux continues to grow in popularity. If you’re interested in learning more about Linux, check out the Linux Documentation Project at http://tldp.org. You’ll find: Database Specialists Leader Elected NoCOUG President

  • How-To’s
  • Subject-specific help guides
  • Longer, in-depth books
  • FAQs

You can also check out Pal’s Linux RDBMS Library, which claims to be “a compilation of the best free online readings about relational databases on Linux. If you’re a Linux RDBMS/database administrator, a database designer/developer, or simply a Linux user with database ambitions, you’ll find links to valuable resources here.” You’ll find this useful site at http://www.palslib.com.


Roger Schrag, president of Database Specialists, has been elected president of the Northern California Oracle Users Group (NoCOUG) for 2003. Roger has worked with Oracle technology for over 14 years and has been on the NoCOUG board for three years, serving as Vice President in 2002. NoCOUG is an independent, volunteer organization dedicated to the education and representation of the users of Oracle Corporation’s database and tools software. With over 450 members, NoCOUG holds quarterly educational conferences for members and guests. For more information, check out http://www.nocoug.org. NorCalOAUG Meeting February 27


The next Northern California Oracle Applications User Group Training Day will be held on February 27, 2003 in San Ramon. While NoCOUG focuses on technical content for Oracle DBAs and application developers, NorCalOAUG caters specifically to users of the Oracle Applications suite of products.

NorCalOAUG’s goal is to provide users with a forum for sharing information and experiences on the selection, implementation and effective use of Oracle Applications and to learn about future directions in the Oracle product line. Training days help the group meet that goal.


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