In February ’17 I participated in Mike Dietrich’s upgrade workshop and it was great! I don’t want to repeat stuff that he said there, you can read everything on his blog. This workshop made me think about upgrades I did in the past (and I did quite a few) and important things to think about before and after upgrading a database.
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!
Being in North America (the English speaking side), made me understand that many people are not aware (and don’t actually care) about character sets too much. Everything supports English, and everything works. Coming from Israel, I realized that some of the language issues we have in computerized systems are less understood in the western world. For example, we write from right to left (we are not the only ones, Arabic is the same for example), and I always get strange looks when I sign a piece of paper. Another example is the completely different letters (unlike English and most European languages), and more. But we are not the only ones, many countries must have these difficulties, so I decided to write this post.
This is an interesting question that I sometimes find myself thinking about. I’ll start with my answer, I actually don’t know, but I can show you that all them can be!