Oracle Shell Scripting by Jon EmmonsAs of today I have gone under contract with Rampant TechPress to write the book Oracle Shell Scripting: Linux and UNIX Programming for Oracle. This book explores shell scripting as a means to automate and improve the environment in which many of us run Oracle.

Shell scripting is necessary for automating a broad range of administration tasks on Oracle servers. Many Oracle administrators and developers lack a strong system administration background and therefore manually perform these tasks at the cost of time, money and sustainability.

This book will discuss how to automate many of the common Oracle administration tasks as well as the methods necessary to automate site-specific tasks. Special attention will be given to writing industry strength scripts which free the Oracle professional from daily maintenance tasks yet provide proper tracking and feedback to ensure the best possible operation.

While this will be quite a diversion from blogging (in more than one way) I am quite excited about publishing a longer work. I have always taken a quiet pride in my shell scripts as they chug away nightly backing up databases and monitoring the system. The opportunity to give such an essential topic a full treatment should be quite rewarding.

Having been a Solaris and Linux system administrator for quite some time and now beeing a full-time DBA I don’t know how I could survive without my army of shell scripts. Even more I remember how hard it was to learn shell scripting and UNIX in general. Now my hope is that I can lend some of my experience, and some pre-fab scripts to others.

Speaking of pre-fab scripts, the book will come with over 50 working shell scripts for a broad range of purposes. Read all about the book and even check out the table of contents at Rampant’s site.

Well, the book won’t hit shelves until May of next year, but you can expect to hear more about it from me as that date gets closer.

Burleson Consulting is offering this free poster of the Oracle 10g data dictionary views

10g Data Dictionary Poster


This is a nice compliment to the Tusc V$Views poster. You pay $5.99 for shipping, but believe me, the first time you use this in a pinch to find the name of one of those pesky dictionary tables it will have paid itself off.

Get yours now from Burleson Consulting and while you’re there check out Burleson Consulting’s Daily Oracle News

oracle, data dictionary, database administration, dba, dbms

Rod Boothby of Innovation Creators has hit the nail on the head again, this time outlining effective servant leadership.

For a C-level executive, the idea here is pretty simple: If you want to leverage the wisdom of the crowd, if you want to tap into the creative genius of your entire organization, if you want to leverage the full capabilities of emergent intelligence, you have to trust your people and you have to get out of their way. As a C-level executive, your only job is to create an environment that fosters innovation and success.

Check out the full article at Innovation Creators

management, micromanagement, project management

Happy Birthday LAC!Today is one year from when I posted my very first post here on Life After Coffee. A lot has happened in the past year, much more than I ever anticipated! Here are some highlights:

Here are the five most popular stories from the past year:

  1. My Cubicle – Song Lyrics
  2. The Straight Poop on Kopi Luwak Coffee
  3. Oracle, SQL, Dates and Timestamps
  4. Performing Math on Oracle Dates
  5. How to Create Auto Increment Columns in Oracle

But some of my favorite stories don’t rank in the top 5. Here’s a few of my favorite stories from year 1:

So thanks to everyone for reading! I’m thrilled to have helped a few folks find the answers they were looking for. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my rants and ramblings and believe me, there’s more to come.

Jon

Now here’s a cool idea… A kite that looks so much like a computer cursor you’ll think worlds have just collided!

Cursor Kite (or Kite Cursor)

No, this isn’t a Photoshop trick, it’s a kite (clearly pointing out the “Talk To God” phone booth, must be for traveling Catholics). Designed by Tim Elverston for WindFire Designs it doesn’t sound like they’re going to be selling these but rather are more interested in performing with them.

Carefully designed by Tim Elverston, this high-end addition to the WindFire collection marks the beginning of the WindFire OS Series. Stay tuned and don’t worry, we’ve got all the logical extensions of this series in the works!

Clarus the DogcowHmm, OS series is interesting… How about a kite that looks like the Windows flag? Nah, it would probably just crash.

I’m just waiting for a Clarus the Dogcow kite. Moof!


kite, funny, fun, office humor, worlds collide

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