Reading AWR Report – Part 1

Once in a while I get requests for some information about reading and analyzing an AWR report. I have been thinking for a long time about writing such a post, but always postponed it as it is a very tricky topic. The AWR (or statspack for that matter) report is huge and contains so much information that it’s easy to get lost. It also requires a lot of knowledge about the database and the different mechanisms so it’s very difficult to explain all of this in a blog post (or even a series of posts). In this post I’ll try to start from the beginning, explaining a little bit about the AWR report and the analysis process and we’ll see where it takes us.

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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!

Using Different Languages in Oracle – Part 1

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.

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