Interview Tips for Technical People
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Presented by E.J. Demaree II, Professional Development Chair of DOUG Principle #1) Be honest! That should be principle number one in your job search.  Obviously, you should not fudge on what you are good at.  However, the other side of being honest is NOT downplaying your strengths. If you have written an article on PL/SQL, let them know that.  You are not just good, you are GREAT. Don’t undersell your skills. Don’t oversell your skills. TIP #1) Why so excited?  Why do you want the job? What are the three or four honest reasons why you want the job?  Money …
Twitter Meets Oracle: ORA_TWEET
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Based on a Presentation By Lewis Cunningham, Oracle ACE at JP Morgan Chase Teach your database to “tweet” its status updates to a private account.In my search for fun and exciting things to do with an Oracle database—call them “stupid database tricks”—I often find myself, in the deepest, darkest hours of the night, happily hacking away at things that might not matter to anyone but a geek. Sometimes, though, my excursions result in tools that could be useful for the masses. Such is the case with ORA_Tweet, a PL/SQL procedure that lets you create Twitter posts from inside your database.What …
Performance Instrumentation for PL/SQL: When, Why, How
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Based on a Presentation By Karen Morton, Oracle Performance Consultant “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” -David Garvin The hardest part is getting the “right” information by collecting properly scoped, un-aggregated profile data. This is where instrumentation comes in. Performance instrumentation is a little extra code that developers put into their PL/SQL applications that tells everyone — including the software developers themselves — exactly where your software is spending your time. With it, managing performance is a snap. Good instrumentation makes it so normal people, not just specialists, can diagnose and solve performance problems quickly and permanently, …
For Developers: Making Friends with the Oracle Database
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Presented and Written by Cary Millsap, Founder and President of Method R Corporation EDITOR’S NOTE: This web article is based off Cary Millsap’s well-received January presentation to DOUG at the University of Dallas.  The original white paper in PDF format is available on the Method R website or can be downloaded by clicking here.   To many application developers, a database is just a “data store” with an API that they call when they need to persist an object. It’s an abstraction that makes sense from one perspective: in a world where you’re expected to write dozens of new features every …
Developer Jokes
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Collected from Public Domain Sites like workjoke.com by Chris Frost You Might Be a Programmer if… you lust for O’Reilly books. you are looking for the “else” at the end of this joke. every combination of three letters is a meaningful acronym for you. when you are counting objects, you go “0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,A,B,C,D…”. you can remember seventeen computer passwords but not your anniversary. you go to balance your checkbook and discover that you’re doing the math in hexadecimal. the language you are best speaking is English, but the language you are best writing is Java. on vacation, you are reading a …