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From Oracle Solaris to vmware Red Hat

My boss wants me to find out how to convert our server room full of Oracle / Sun Solaris machines, into vmware Guest Machine instances running Red Hat Enterprise Linux. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jun 11, 2014 - 11 answers

"historacle" just feels silly to me

Is there a term for a seer/diviner/oracle that is only able to see into the past? I'm willing to grab one from a non-English language if there is a word that means specifically "a seer who can only see the past", but English is prefered. Antiquated terms are OK. Bonus points for interesting etymological details (or links to interesting etymological details). [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jul 16, 2013 - 12 answers

PL/SQL resourse for folks mostly familiar with C-based OOP languages

I feel like the best way for me to improve my very basic understanding of PL/SQL would be a book or website designed for an audience of programmers who know Java or C# or VB.NET. Is there such a thing? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

What is the "it" certification in IT right now?

My SO has a degree in IT and Computing but he has not been working for 2.5 years (combination of travel, language studying, and personal things). He has recently started job hunting but feels he is lacking in the certification department. Most jobs near us seem to want Oracle certification. Is it worth doing an Oracle course? Or is there something else (perhaps something up-and-coming) that he should look into? With a gap on his CV he is worried he is unemployable. [more inside]
posted by Small Pockets on Mar 14, 2013 - 15 answers

How to sync oracle calendar with iCloud?

I have a Mac with OSX Mountain Lion. My university uses Oracle Calendar 9.0.4. In the past, I have set up syncing to my iCloud calendar using my iPad with SyncML pro, so I know I can do this, in principle. What I'd like to do is find a way of syncing to my iCloud calendar without an iOS device - preferably an OSX application. Why is this so hard to figure out how to do? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Feb 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Best way to learn Oracle Webcenter

What are the best resources for an Oracle newbie to learn Oracle? [more inside]
posted by Nugget on Sep 15, 2012 - 4 answers

What IT conferences should I budget this year?

What IT/programming/technology type conferences should I try to go to this year (June 2012 - June 2013)? I have to come up with a list of 3 by Thursday for my manager! [more inside]
posted by The Supreme Dominar on Apr 10, 2012 - 5 answers

SQL: How do I increment an alphanumeric field by + 1?

I'm a bit of a SQL novice but learning at a decent clip. I'm using SQL (Aqua Data Studio, if that matters to you) to update a couple of fields in an Oracle database table. I'd like to do this across a range of one of the fields. One field is a numeric field (trans_id - a transaction id) that I need to increase by 1 -- I think have that part licked. The next field is alphanumeric (calendar_name - represents the name of a week) and also needs to be incremented by one. The doozy (for me) is the alphanumeric field. Who's the guru? [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke on Feb 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there a way to visually organize database tables (and saved queries and views)?

I have a wonderful (Oracle) SQL database and I use Navicat Lite to crunch around in it. My problem is that I'm staring at lists of 50+ tables, 60+ saved queries, 10+ views, etc. Is there anything I can do to somehow organise things in a visually pleasing and/or functional way? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Learning Oracle and SQL

Hey all. I need to learn the basic principles of SQL and Oracle databases. I'm looking for web resources and books. Got any favorites? What's out there? Thanks in advance.
posted by Stagger Lee on Dec 5, 2011 - 12 answers

How to write an SQL query in unix?

I'd like to perform an SQL query with outer joins, from text files on my PC, using only a unix emulator. Is this possible on my PC? How would I write and execute it? [more inside]
posted by RobinFiveWords on Sep 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Sales job at Oracle or Dell, which would you take

If someone was offered a sales position to work for either Oracle or Dell, which would you recommend and why? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Jun 30, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me write this SQL job

What's the best way to write this SQL job? I have a table with browser session information collected. I want to clear this table and store the information in another table. [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words on May 31, 2011 - 7 answers

[hɛlp mi si junikod ɪn maɪ deɪtəbeɪs, ɔr maɪ dætəbeɪs ivɛn]

I'm using Navicat Lite to connect to my Oracle research database (Mac OSX). Much of my data is in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). These are unicode symbols. Is there a way to display the IPA/Unicode in Navicat? Or some other GUI? Or is there some addon/code/plugin/whatever that will show me the symbols? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Crystal Reports

Help with using Crystal Reports to report on an Oracle database [more inside]
posted by toenail on Feb 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Oracle-ERWin constraint headache

Databases: I've got a problem with Oracle and ERWin when using multi-column constraints. Please help. [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on Dec 9, 2010 - 2 answers

What is Intel doing with all that die?

Why do the specs of some non-x86 processors seem so much better than those of the latest Intel chips, even though Intel's manufacturing is more cutting-edge? [more inside]
posted by Xezlec on Dec 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Aristotle, Socrates and Rand in a Kant Fight!

Ages ago on the webs, there was a forum which purported to be AI, but which wasn't. It consisted of many philosophers, answering questions. Where is it? Is there an Archive? [more inside]
posted by tomierna on Jun 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Pimp my database!

Oracle / Storage geeks: What are the alternatives to exadata for high-performance I/O with a rac system? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Nov 26, 2009 - 1 answer

How not to store plaintext passwords?

Best practices for storing OracleDB/mysql/ldap/smtp/etc... system passwords for enterprise application integration use? [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree on Oct 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Building Oracle support into a Microsoft-only product

Currently Microsoft-only, but wanting to change our software soon to support Oracle as well. What are we getting ourselves into? [more inside]
posted by relucent on Jun 5, 2009 - 10 answers

Oracle Views: Are calculated columns always evaluated even when they are not considered in a query?

Oracle Views: Are calculated columns always evaluated even when they are not considered in a query? [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat on Apr 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Help solve my SQL mystery

How can I get the IN function to work in my SQL? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Feb 19, 2009 - 12 answers

MySQL datetime insert

Inserting a date into MySQL? Is there a to_date() equivalent to convert a string to a datetime? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Feb 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Greek phrase on t-shirt: help me help you

Greek translation filter: I got a t-shirt from Delphi with a Greek phrase embroidered on it a few years ago and I have forgotten what the phrase means. It seems to say "EN OIDA OTI OYDEN OIDA," though the "O's" are diamond shaped on the shirt and the "D's" are rendered more like slightly askew triangles. Any guesses? [more inside]
posted by Curry on Jan 2, 2009 - 5 answers

How do you upgrade the Oracle client in Linux RHEL 4 (64-bit) from 10.2.0.1 to 10.2.0.4?

How do you upgrade the Oracle client in Linux RHEL 4 (64-bit) from 10.2.0.1 to 10.2.0.4? [more inside]
posted by idb on Nov 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Oracle Text (CTX) - Front end for thesaurus queries

My company system has an application that uses Oracle Text for querying large text fields in a natural query language -- I'm a big fan. Oracle Text supports the use of structured thesauri for queries too. This works well but I'm not sure what the best way to implement this is. [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat on Jun 9, 2008 - 2 answers

One table to rule them all?

Can you help structure my oracle database appropriately? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark on May 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Wich cert for certain?

I have a month to cram for a vendor certification.... any vendor certification. Which one should I go after? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Mar 4, 2008 - 5 answers

Best DBA certification?

What DBA certification should I pursue? MS, Oracle, something else? [more inside]
posted by davar on Jan 15, 2008 - 3 answers

How do I do billing for a small consulting firm?

Can a total newbie very quickly teach himself to do (all of the) Billing for a small consulting firm? [more inside]
posted by GeckoDundee on Dec 17, 2007 - 4 answers

Where is this batman panel from?

There's a Batman panel I have a clear, but possibly flawed memory of.. where is it from?

Likely written well after, but taking place shortly after The Killing Joke, I have a clear image of Barbara Gordon, in the hospital, talking to Batman (or possibly Bruce Wayne), realizing she'll never walk again, never be batgirl again, that this incident has derailed her entire planned existence, and essentially saying something to the effect of "I've heard when the police pulled up, you were standing there laughing with the man who did this to me, and I wanted to know.. were you laughing at me?" Where is this from? It can't just be in my head, can it?
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Dec 11, 2007 - 2 answers

Could I design databases for a living?

Can I, should I, make a career change into database design? [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Sep 25, 2007 - 16 answers

Does taking on mysql after 10 years of Oracle make sense?

Career-wise, is it a smart move to take a mysql position after building up ten years of Oracle experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2007 - 6 answers

Hysterical ordering of data

I am currently dealing with an Oracle-based application that on many of the screens returns data in what I call "hysterical order" (seemingly random to the casual observer). In fact, the application applies no ORDER BY logic to the underlying data, which ORACLE returns in an undefined order (actually the order the data was entered). This is useless in practice. I don't have the ability to change the application in any way, but I do have access to the database. I am aware that it is non-standard in relational database theory to be able to specify a default ordering for tables, but in Oracle, are there in practice, any modifications I could make to the underlying tables that will not cause the app to break, but will allow me to specify the default order of the data when there is no ORDER BY used? I can identify a column in each table which should be the default order. It is a long time since I was a DBA, so I am a little rusty on current Oracle practice and capabilities.
posted by blue_wardrobe on May 11, 2007 - 28 answers

Does Oracle 10g knowledge transfer to EBS?

Can a person experienced in Oracle Forms 10 easily move to Oracle EBusiness Suite? [more inside]
posted by pivotal on Mar 11, 2007 - 3 answers

The wisest way to do ERP?

What is the wise way for a medium or large businesses to implement ERP software? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Oct 30, 2006 - 4 answers

Business Systems

SAP / Oracle, these are the big expensive systems I want to avoid in a new business system. What other options are there for a small to medium sales comapany? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Aug 17, 2006 - 9 answers

Oracle 10g Administrator exam: which book?

Oracle 10g Administrator self-study: this book or this one?
posted by bingo on Jan 6, 2006 - 5 answers

SELECT * FROM USERS WHERE CLUE > 0

I'm playing (oracle) DBA for a day over the next two weeks and need to create public synonyms for all tables in a schema. How would I go about doing so? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Jul 27, 2005 - 7 answers

Ok, I switched, now help me out!

This switcher is looking for OS X equivalents of two can't-live-without Windows apps. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on May 13, 2005 - 6 answers

Any resources, online or print, that can give me a good grounding in Oracle databases - admin/design.

Any resources, online or print, that can give me a good grounding in Oracle databases - admin/design.

Need to gen up for an electronic records management system that my company wants to buy.
posted by the cuban on Dec 14, 2004 - 1 answer

Movable Type & Oracle - Can They Work Together?

How easy is it to get Movable Type to work with Oracle? I would like to use this at work but it wouldn't be acceptable with a MySQL or Berkeley DB. How difficult would it be? Should I just wait and hope that it's supported with Movable Type version 3?
posted by adoran2 on Apr 28, 2004 - 4 answers

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