Oracle 12.2 is Released!

Remember my post about Oracle 12.2 release date? I’ve heard rumors that Oracle changed the date to March 1st, and it was right!

Oracle 12.2 is available for download for Linux x86-64, and Solaris (both SPARC and x86-64). I don’t know the release dates for other platforms. This is the download page: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/index.html

I’m downloading it as I write, and hopefully will have time to play with it a little bit soon. I wrote so much about new features that I have to try some of them at least. Stay tuned!

GI Timezone

Lately I had a weird problem with one of my customers regarding timezone in the database. They copied a database server from US (eastern time zone) to Europe (GMT) and changed all the OS setting to the new timezone. The application uses “sysdate” to insert data to the database, and they saw that the sysdate returns the wrong time. When I checked that, it seemed that when we used sqlplus locally on the server everything worked perfectly, sysdate, current_timestamp and systimestamp all returned the correct times with GMT. In SQL developer, however, even when running from the same timezone (GMT) the result of sysdate and systimestamp were still eastern time and not the GMT (current_timestamp returned the correct time).

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