Apparently, quite a few people ran into this situation before, so I got a few correct answers (some on Twitter, some on LinkedIn, and some as comments to the original post).
I posted my first challenge almost 2 years ago and there was a lot of interest in it. Today I post another one.
Many years ago I saw this strange thing and it took me some time to realize what’s going on. Since then I ran into this scenario a few times, solving it instantly (and make a good impression at the same time).
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.