OOW 2012: Little things make me happy

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Yesterday evening we had the annual “We went to OOW and this is what’s new in the world we call Oracle” at AMIS.
Starting around 5pm and ending around 10pm a lot of information was presented by several AMIS colleagues.

My contribution to the evening was (amongst others) a little bit of new features in SQL and PL/SQL, only a little bit as there is too much to cover in just 20 minutes.


It’s the little things that make me happy. What is the little thing that I like?

When you define a table you can assign a default value to a column (here it comes) based on a sequence.
Take a look at the following (taken from the presentation Tom Kyte did during OOW):

First a sequence is created, with the resounding name S. Next the table (named T) is created where the column X has a default based on the NEXTVAL of the sequence S.

Just to repeat the line of interest:

x int default s.nextval primary key

How cool is that?

No longer will you need to create a trigger to fill the column with the nextvalue from a sequence, you just declare it this way and you’re done.

Maybe it’s just syntactic sugar, I don’t know (yet) and frankly I don’t care. I like the fact that this feature makes it more declarative to populate the primary key (or any other column of course).


I’m happy.

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OOW 2012: Is PL/SQL still alive?

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Yesterday Bryn Llewellyn, Distinguished Product Manager, did a session called “PL/SQL Enhancements brought by the latest generation of database technology”.
The room was packed.
For the upcoming release of the Oracle 12c database the enhancements were broken into three areas:

  • Improved PL/SQL and SQL interoperability

    In the current version of the Oracle database you needed a Nested Table or Varray Type defined at schema level in order to be able to use it in the TABLE operator.
    This is no longer necessary, it can be a PL/SQL declared type.

    The types that can be used as bind variables has been extended: Boolean, Nested Tables can be used as bindvariable in Dynamic SQL.

    Subquery Factoring (the With clause if you will) can hold private functions, the use case presented for this: pretty print an integer in K, M, G, T.

    Using userdefined PL/SQL functions in a SQL statement is not advisable, but if you really need to there is a new pragma: PRAGMA UDF. With this pragma the statement is almost as fast as pure SQL.

  • Security

    A new step has been taken to continue on “least privileges”, meaning that the user only gets the privileges that are absolutely necessary. A Role can be granted to a PL/SQL unit.

  • Improved programmer usability

    The ability to inspecting the callstack has been improved by the introduction of a new package: UTL_CALL_STACK. The package contains numerous functions to help in this area, such as current_edition and lexical_depth.
    White listing of program units: restrict which program unit can be called by other program units.

So, is PL/SQL still alive? YES! ALIVE AND KICKING!

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OOW 2012: My Schedule

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This will be my third time attending Oracle Open World and I’m really looking forward to the event.
It is very hard to make a schedule, there are so many good session available. I thought I’d share my schedule, it might inspire you for your own schedule (or makes it harder to make a choice) and I can look at my schedule without having to login to the schedule builder.
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Advert: Dutch preview event ‘Collaborate 12′

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‘COLLABORATE 12: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community’ is de grootste Oracle gebruikersgroep conferentie ter wereld en wordt jaarlijks georganiseerd in de Verenigde Staten. Het is hét evenement om bij te zijn wanneer je geïnteresseerd bent niet alleen in Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, Siebel, etc.) maar ook in Oracle Technologie in het algemeen, van ontwikkeling tot beheer.
Ook dit jaar zal een aantal Nederlandse Oracle experts een presentatie geven op deze conferentie: Roel Hartman (Logica), Alex Nuijten (AMIS), Arian Stijf (Arven) en Arnoud Roth (Inter Access).

Aangezien niet iedereen in de gelegenheid is om naar Las Vegas te gaan voor het bijwonen van deze conferentien, wordt er door Inter Access een Dutch Preview Event georganiseerd. En wel op woensdag 18 april vanaf 17 uur op ons kantoor te Hilversum, waar alle presentaties van deze experts zullen worden getoond. Van Application Development, E-Business Suite Security, SOA tot Oracle Fusion Applications, de onderwerpen zijn zo divers dat je zeker een interessante avond zult beleven.

Aanmelden voor deze preview kan per mail naar info@interaccess.nl.
Meer informatie is verkrijgbaar via Arnoud Roth, bereikbaar op telefoonnummer: 06-54363429

De sprekers en hun onderwerpen:

Alex Nuijten, AMIS

  • Solving Puzzles with SQL: Cheating when playing the game SET
  • Who’s Afraid of Analytic Functions
  • Database Development: SQL Holmes – The Case of the Missing Performance

Roel Hartman, Logica

  • 5 Cool Things You Can Do With HTML5
  • APEX Boot Camp: Striving for Perfection: The Ultimate APEX Architecture
  • Done in 60 Seconds – Creating Web 2.0 Applications Made Easy

Arian Stijf, Arven

  • Securing the E-Business Suite. A Layered Approach
  • From Workflow to BPEL

Arnoud Roth, Inter Access

  • Oracle Fusion Applications Architecture Fundamentals

Toon je interesse hier: Linked-in event

Alex

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Looking back at UKOUG 2011

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Now that the UKOUG annual conference in Birmingham is over, it’s time to write my thoughts down. As this was the second time that I attended the UKOUG conference, I already knew that it is a big conference. Lots of great speakers and a very good agenda. On the agenda were very interesting session, sometimes making it very hard to choose which session to go to. Guess you can’t complain about that.

On the Sunday before the actual conference starts, the OakTable organized a special day. Originally I didn’t plan to attending this day, as I was flying in in the afternoon. Turned out, I was on time to attend Connor McDonald’s session. Lucky me, Connor is an awesome presenter, so I decided to stay for the rest of the day. Very enjoyable, they even had OakTable beer before the final OakTable panel session.
In the evening there was the Ace dinner, in a nearby Thai restaurant. Good company, good food. A little nerdy perhaps, but as it turned out there were 42 Ace’s and Ace Directors attending.
On Monday I attended some really good sessions, like Kyle Hailey on SQL Tuning, Bryn Llewellyn on Using the PL/SQL Hierarchical Performance Profiler, and Connor McDonald on Partitioning 101.
Late in the evening Cary Millsap did a keynote session: Learning about Life through Business and Software. Only one word for this session: Wow! The things he talked about are still going around in my mind.
Tuesday morning, right after Roel Hartman’s session Done in 60 seconds, was my own session Who’s afraid of Analytic Functions? – for which I was quite nervous. Got some nice feedback on the session, so was quite pleased with it. Of course I had to go and see Carl Dudley’s session on Analysing Your Data with Analytic Functions – check out the competition, so to speak. Michael Salt’s session on Indexing: It’s All In The Index was also very interesting.
Wednesday was time to head back home, so packed up my bags and went to see Jonathan Lewis’ session on Redo. Can you keep an audience captivated for an hour talking about Redo? Jonathan Lewis can. Sadly this was my last session.
Because I arrived early at the Birmingham International Airport, I could get an earlier -originally delayed- flight back to The Netherlands. Now I can look back at a wonderful conference….
Oh,… did I mention I received the Inspiring Presentation Award for my session I did last year?

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