Debut on the Big Stage

Mike Dietrich and I will give two webinars in mid-October on database migrations. One of them will focus solely on migration to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The webinars are part of the Oracle Database 19c Upgrade Virtual Classroom series. If you are interested, you have to register.

Oracle Database 19c Upgrade Virtual Classroom

Migration Strategies: Insights, Tips and Secrets

Date: Tuesday 13 October 2020
Start Time: 13:00 GST – 12:00 EEST – 11:00 CEST – 10:00 BST
Duration: 120 mins

Now it’s time for us to dig deeper. We’d like to offer you further insights and a deep dive from a technical point of view, starting with Data Pump and Transportable Tablespaces, then Full Transportable Export Import, and adding RMAN Incremental Backups to decrease the downtime. Best practices and real-world experience will round up this two-hour webinar.

Move to the Cloud (for techies)

Date: Thursday 15 October 2020
Start Time: 13:00 GST – 12:00 EEST – 11:00 CEST – 10:00 BST
Duration: 120 mins

Whether you have databases in a cloud environment, or you plan to lift databases soon, this webinar is for you. We won’t cover cloud solution benefits but will show you how you can migrate your database(s) into the Oracle Cloud. We’ll start with Autonomous and also cover migration into VMs, Bare Metal, OCI, ExaCS and ExaCC. And we’ll look at minimizing downtime strategy, where ZDM can help. This two-hour webinar is not strictly for technical geeks ‒ but our focus will be on practical migration approaches.

Debut on the Big Stage

These two webinars will be my debut on the big stage. The previous webinars had a huge interest and, unfortunately, some people couldn’t join because the webinar had reached its maximum number of attendees. If you register, I recommend to join early to get your seat.

I have been presenting in person and virtually for some years now. Also, since I joined Oracle in January, I have been doing quite a few presentations. However, this is my first time for such big crowd. I am excited and look forward to it – but also a little intimidated. Luckily, I have super-star Mike Dietrich there to (virtually) hold my hand.

And, finally, I promise you: No marketing slides – just demos and details.

I hope to see you there!

Why Aren’t You Using SQLcl?

Does this look familiar?

When you make a typo and realize "arrow up" doesn't work

All over Linux you can use arrow up to get the latest command and edit it. But not in SQL*Plus! Something I used to forget many times a day…

I was recently in a presentation where the presenter had a really bad day – typing-wise, that is. He kept making typos all the time and he always ended up copying the text over in an editor, do the changes, and paste back. In the end you could really feel his frustrations (even though it was a virtual presentation). I really felt with that guy, probably because it could just as well be me. Oh, that feeling you get after typing a lengthy SQL only to find a stupid typo!!!

I gave up on my typing skills a long time ago and I am now happy user of SQLcl. So when I make a typo I just do this:

Edit your statements in SQLcl

But I still meet a lot of people that are stuck in the last millenium aka SQL*Plus. So, the big question is:

Why aren’t you using SQLcl?

With the alias function in SQLcl I can do this:

Create your own alias to quickly execute commands

With tab completion I can do this:

Tab completion - works on tables, views, keywords, columns ...

And look at the beautifully formatted query result I get in SQLcl using set sqlformat ansiconsole:

SQLcl can format query result in a much better way

Still not convinced? Check out this post from fellow Product Manager Jeff Smith in which he sells you SQLcl in 1 minute.

May this be the day where you did your last SQL*Plus typo!

My Aliases

For your reference here are the aliases that I used in the demo:

pdbs = select con_id, name, open_mode, restricted from v$pdbs order by con_id
sc = exec execute immediate 'alter session set container='||:one
scr = alter session set container=CDB$ROOT
ts = select p.con_id,,, ct.encrypted, ct.status, ct.contents, ct.compress_for from v$tablespace vt, v$pdbs p, cdb_tablespaces ct where vt.con_id=p.con_id(+)  and = ct.tablespace_name(+) and vt.con_id = ct.con_id (+) order by vt.con_id,