September 2002

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

PL/SQL Native Compilation: An Implementation Story

Looking for some real-life experience using natively compiled PL/SQL code? Database Specialists’ president and CTO Roger Schrag presented a technical session on this topic at a recent conference of the Northern California Oracle Users Group. He provided a brief overview of the native compilation feature, and discussed his experiences on a project where a production application including over 35,000 lines of complex PL/SQL code was natively compiled. At the session, he provided information on actual performance improvements observed, system stability, and the inevitable unexpected issues that popped up along the way. You can check out the PowerPoint presentation that accompanied his session at

Calling All DBAs Looking for Extra Time!

Are you a DBA in need of more time to work on special projects? Perhaps Database Specialists can help. With our remote DBA services, we can take care of the day-to-day database administration tasks for you and free up your time for special projects such as backup and recovery planning and testing, installations and upgrades, developer support, deploying schema changes, etc.

We work as an extension of your team to manage your Oracle databases to maintain reliability and peak performance. Depending on your needs, we’ll work with you to provide services such as daily or monthly database reviews, 24×7 support, proactive maintenance, and expertise with scheduled projects. For more information about how we may be able to help you, contact Dianne Vernon at 888-648-0500 ext. 46 or via email at .
OracleWorld in San Francisco

It’s time again for another OracleWorld conference. This year’s conference takes place in San Francisco November 10-14 and offers over 400 sessions for IT Managers, DBAs, Developers, and Oracle Partners. Focus areas include topics such as:

  • Business Intelligence
  • Oracle 9i Database
  • Oracle 9i Application Server
  • Application Development Tools, and
  • Technology for Your E-Business Suite Applications.

For more details, registration, and up-to-the-minute information, check out
Online Resources Courtesy of LA Oracle Users Group

There’s a wealth of information for Oracle DBAs and developers on the website of the Los Angeles Oracle Users Group (LAOUG). For a number of years, they have been posting white papers and presentations from speakers who present at their quarterly conferences. A sampling of topics you can download from their August 2002 conference include:

  • Exploring the Mysteries of StatsPack
  • Oracle9i Partitioning
  • Oracle9i Business Intelligence Architecture

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