A little bit more than a month ago I spoke at OSWOUG event (and wrote this post about it). In the event, Jared Still talked about free tools for Oracle database. He basically said that there is a lot of stuff out there on the internet, and if you can’t find what you need, then write it and publish. So I couldn’t find what I need, and I wrote it, and now I publish (thanks Jared).
If you don’t know that by now, OTN (Oracle Technology Netowrk) has changed its name to ODC (Oracle Developer Community), so OTN Appreciation Day becomes ODC Appreciation Day.
I wrote in the past about my frustration with Oracle support. I also hear from customers and colleagues about their frustration with Oracle support, from different reasons. People like to complain when something doesn’t work well, however, I’m writing this post to tell about excellent experience I had with the support lately.
When I open Oracle documentation to look for something, people usually raise their eyebrows (almost as they do when I open sqlplus). Most of them simply say: “What do you need the documentation for? Just open google and search”. Even though googling stuff usually works, I actually like the documentation (in some aspects at least).
A few weeks ago Tim Hall (the oracle-base guy) came up with the idea to have an appreciation day for OTN. As I’m in western Canada, I’m probably in one of the latest timezones, so before I published this post I managed to see other people’s posts (and there are a lot). It’s great to see such an initiative being so successful.
I’ve been an Oracle ACE for about 7 years now, and have never written about it. Other Oracle ACEs have written about this over the years (like this post by Tim Hall), so I didn’t feel the need to write my own post.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the Oracle ACEs from a different perspective, and this is what this post is about.
It’s been a year (and a week) since I moved from the small Israel to the huge Canada. I knew it wouldn’t be easy both personally and professionally, but until you actually do this you don’t know how strange it is.
I’d like to share with you some of the professional difficulties I’ve experienced in the last year. These difficulties are related to many areas, founding DBAces Canada, being an Oracle ACE and more.