November 2000

The Specialist
Database News You Can Use

November 2000
A monthly newsletter for Oracle users
from Database Specialists, a consulting firm
specializing in Oracle technology
In this issue:

Database Specialists’ President Joins NoCOUG Board


Roger Schrag, president of Database Specialists, was recently invited to join the Board of Directors of the Northern California Oracle Users Group (NoCOUG). It is an honor for Database Specialists to be recognized as a valued contributor to the Oracle user community. Roger will be championing efforts to revitalize the group’s website and other areas to make the organization even more valuable to its members. If you have thoughts on how to make NoCOUG even better, please email them to Roger at

NoCOUG is dedicated to the education and representation of those who work with Oracle Corporation’s database software and tools. For more information about NoCOUG, visit

TOAD: A Valuable GUI Tool for Oracle Developers and DBAs

There are many GUI tools available that can help you with your DBA and application development duties. One such tool used and recommended by several Database Specialists team members is TOAD (the Tool for Oracle Application Developers). Although TOAD was originally developed as a free tool, Quest Software now owns TOAD and it is available in both a free version (limited functionality) and an enhanced version that may be purchased (full feature set). 

TOAD has lots of handy features. It allows users to click on any SQL statement in the shared pool and instantly view its execution plan. Other features let you navigate database schemas easily by point and click, extract DDL for specific schema objects, and easily edit SQL and PL/SQL. In general, TOAD offers a great toolbox of productivity enhancers for both developers and DBAs.

Hot Topic: Oracle Applications

At this month’s in-house DBA Roundtable, the Database Specialists team discussed the architecture and new features of Oracle Applications, as well as challenges and tips for administering Oracle Applications.

Meeting once a month to share technical tips is just one of the ways to harness the knowledge of the group. We value each other’s experiences, and that is why sharing our knowledge is one of the cornerstones of our business.

Welcome to New Clients: Wells Fargo Bank and Brightmail

Database Specialists is excited to be working with Wells Fargo Bank, where we have been providing senior-level Oracle performance tuning expertise. Wells Fargo Bank is the second largest bank in the San Francisco Bay Area and provides a wealth of services to its customers.

We are also pleased to work with Brightmail, Inc. Brightmail provides services allowing its members to halt spam in its tracks. You can learn more about Brightmail at

Wrapping Up

As this year quickly draws to a close, we’d like to thank each of you for your support during the inaugural year of The Specialist newsletter. Thank you for being a part of the Oracle community. As always, your suggestions and comments are welcome any time.

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