Oracle Database Security Test Drive on February 7th
Oracle Events
The Oracle Database Security Test Drive is a one-day hands-on session for IT Managers, IT Security Architects, Developers and Oracle DBAs considering solutions to address information protection, privacy, and accountability challenges within their Oracle database environment. At the end of the test drive, attendees will understand basic concepts for and be provided hands-on exposure to:   Transparent Data Encryption Redaction Key Vault Database Vault Audit Vault and Firewall Subsetting and Data Masking   All material is appropriate for both 11gR2 and 12c databases. The first 90 minutes of the test drive will be dedicated entirely to concepts for all technologies …
Cary Millsap Talks Oracle Performance
DOUG Events
Event is free to the public.   Presentation Overview “Cary Millsap Talks Oracle Performance,” presented by Cary Millsap, Method R. Presenter Bio Cary Millsap is a writer, teacher, designer, developer, consultant, and software performance specialist. He has presented at hundreds of events around the world, and his blog is read by thousands of people each month. He is the author of The Method R Guide to Mastering Oracle Trace Data and the lead designer of the Method R Workbench software suite. He wrote the bookOptimizing Oracle Performance, for which he and co-author Jeff Holt were named Oracle Magazine’s 2004 Authors of the …
DOUG Board Announces Officers for 2017-18 Term
General
The 2017-18 DOUG board met for the first time in-person this evening and started laying out the first steps of the upcoming term.  Our officer appointments are: Keith Wilcox  –  President Mahesh Bhagavatula  –  Vice President Chris Frost  –  Secretary Susan Behn  –  Treasurer Bert Scalzo  –  Member-at-Large
Back to Basics: The Art of Conversation
Articles
Written by Patrick Donlin   Introduction In a digital age, social and business networking sites, job boards, tweeting, blogging etc., provide untold volumes of information that must be sifted, sorted and assessed before becoming usable in a meaningful way.  Engaging your network through personal face-to-face conversations is a dying art, and one that is unmatched in the quality of information gained, plus it’s a lot more fun!   Today’s World Today we seem to be inundated with technology that facilitates constant communication with our friends, colleagues and clients.  There is no doubt that Blackberries, iPhones, iPads, laptops, and the like …
Collections in PL/SQL: An Introduction
Articles
Written by Bob Watkins, Managing Partner of B. Watkins Collections are an essential tool in PL/SQL programming. In this article, we’ll take a look at what collections are, why they’re important, and how to declare and use them. What are collections? Collections are datatypes that you use to declare variables in your PL/SQL program. Unlike built-in datatypes like NUMBER and VARCHAR2, collection datatypes are user-defined: you must first declare them, give them a name, and decide how they are structured.  Then you can declare variables based upon the new datatypes. Oracle defines a collection as: “an ordered group of elements, …