November 2001

The Specialist
Database News You Can UseNovember 2001
A monthly newsletter for Oracle users
from Database Specialists, a consulting firm
specializing in Oracle technology
In this issue:

Database Specialists president on “Oracles of Oracle” panel

Oracle OpenWorld comes to San Francisco the week of December 2 – 7. With a variety of topics and interest areas, this tradeshow put on by Oracle Corporation has something for everyone.

Database Specialists president Roger Schrag has been asked to participate in the popular “Oracles of Oracle” closing session on December 7. This session features a seven-member panel of leading Oracle experts, including Rich Niemiec of TUSC, Ari Kaplan of Expand Beyond, and Matt Swann of Several concurrent panels take place earlier in the day, culminating in the final “Oracles of Oracle” general session. It’s a great opportunity to learn from highly regarded leaders in the Oracle community. You can learn more about the Oracle OpenWorld conference at Oracle’s website

And don’t forget the Exhibit Hall! Database Specialists will be in Booth 2626 highlighting some of our new services. Stop by and say hello!

Oracle Performance Management – A Radical Approach

Highly regarded Oracle performance tuning expert Gaja Krishna Vaidyanatha spoke at a recent Northern California Oracle Users Group conference about his radical approach to Oracle performance management. Gaja is the author of “Oracle Performance Tuning 101,” and his two-hour NoCOUG presentation received rave reviews from the DBAs and developers in the audience. You’ll get the scoop on wait events, Gaja’s three-pronged approach to tuning, and the “method behind the madness.” Don’t miss it!

Exploring Oracle

Element K Journals is a provider of computer technology journals and information products. They’ve got a great magazine called Exploring Oracle which is a comprehensive publication for Oracle professionals. For those who are not regular subscribers, there are many free as well as pay-per-view white papers. Folks with real-life experience, just like you, write these white papers. Recent topics include: SQL*Loader and views for quick file review Oracle dimensions and hierarchies Making Oracle available 24 x 7 with Veritas Cluster Server

Visit to check it out for yourself.

Welcome to a New Client: Tularik

Database Specialists is excited to be working with Tularik. Tularik is a bio-pharmaceutical company specializing in small-molecule drugs that regulate gene expression. Find out more at

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends in the U.S.A.

One thought on “November 2001

  1. No, XE is NOT a valid, real, alternative to Personal in cuosres and training : XE is so much “feature-removed” , you canb4t “get your feet wet” in partitioning and in oh so many goodies. because XE derives from Standard db edition… In my humble opinion, XE could be derived from Personal, so we could at least “get a better start” – of course, Oracle will restrict the use (example, the size and/or the number of partitions and alike, to restrict use in production), but NOT simply cut off the features.

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