Wednesday, September 21, 2005

I'm being nitpicked on!

Bill S. pointed this out to me, thought it was very funny.

Maybe I need to get the nitpicker to edit the next part of the Expert One on One Oracle rewrite.



Anonymous Anonymous said....

Are you even Oracle certified?

Wed Sep 21, 11:27:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

well, they seem to think I'm employable for some reason. Beats me why. But if you ever read asktom, you would know - I am not, I've said so more than once (or twice or thrice even).

But hey, thanks for playing pseudonymous man. So cool to show how "young" at heart you are (like about 5 years old) during the busiest week of the year here, this is *great*. Please come back - really. No one knows who you really are - it is so much fun to guess :)

really - not kidding, keep it up. the world is watching... It isn't like they don't "know" - it is *obvious* eh?

Thu Sep 22, 05:11:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Dear Tom,
Can you post your resume on this site? We ought to determine your 'employability factor' since you have not completed your Oracle Certification exam yet!

Thu Sep 22, 08:26:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Andrew said....

Language is the most democratic thing there is. What the people want the people get. Be it turning a noun into a verb by adding ize -- 'agendize' the meeting, for example. Language is determined by usage, so if the mass of the english-speaking population of this country want to use 'like' as a conjundtion it will be a conjunction. After all, there is not language legislature to whom we can petition for permission to change word usage or sentence structure. This is the sort of nonsence, up with which I shall not put.

Thu Sep 22, 08:26:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Daniel Fink said....

Language is an ever evolving 'beast', even from the position of 'official' grammar. Over my short lifetime, I have seen several standards for using commas and 'and' in lists. The bottom line is that communication is succesful when the audience clearly understands you correctly and completely. The Phantomnitpicker is technically correct and does make a good point. I think it behooves us all to pay close attention to how we communicate. "Like totally awesome!"

Oh, Tom....if you don't have your OCP Certificate does this mean you aren't 'paper trained'? ;)

Of course, I have no idea if Cary, Jonathan, Wolfgang, Mogens, Anjo, Steve, et. al. have their OCP. And I really don't care. Their contributions to the Oracle community speak louder than any piece of paper. They (and you) are not respected because they can put a logo on their business card, but because they provide meaningful and accurate information.

Thu Sep 22, 09:10:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I have 10 years of oracle experience and have decided to get certified. Mainly because I have a hunch that agents are overlooking my 20years experience in IT, against consultants with 3years experience plus OCP. (its a letters thing)
(anonymous...At least I don't claim to be a professor without a PHD.)

(cool.. nymph was my verification word)

Thu Sep 22, 09:39:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Captain Obvious said....

Anonymous said...

Dear Tom,
Can you post your resume on this site? We ought to determine your 'employability factor' since you have not completed your Oracle Certification exam yet!

Gee, thanks for at least dropping the mr obvious stuff. Don't you have anything better to do though? Oh, right - you're not at OOW are you?
'Nuff said.

Thu Sep 22, 09:41:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

While we are on the subject of nitpicking, Tom have you noticed that your blog page doesn't refresh? It only loads what was on the page the last time you visited it? It may just be for the comments.

To the anonymous guy: Who are you to question Tom's credentials? See the hugely successful books? See all the places he's been hired to speak? See the zillions of questions he's answered? He has nothing to prove. You can't just step in the ring with Ali because you think you can box.


Thu Sep 22, 11:10:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Captain Obvious said....

For Alex:

I'm not seeing any problem with the refresh - sure you don't need to purge your browser cache?


Thu Sep 22, 11:21:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Rob H said....

Anonymous moron and nitpicking aside.

I'd like to thank you for chapter 6. I had to read it twice (sorry, I did scratch my head at the end the first time), but it is excellent. So far (just finished up to the end of ch 6) the book is excellent.

It should be a standard textbook to which anyone wanting to learn oracle should use.

Also, thank you for the CD with the PDF. Its another excellent resource.

Thu Sep 22, 12:00:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Language is an ever evolving 'beast', even from the position of 'official' grammar.

u be so rite, mon. "Actionable" session at OOW, even.

czzpe - "See sleep bedwetting?"

Thu Sep 22, 05:17:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Phantom Nitpicker said....

"Certified" always makes me think of's sense 4.

> Maybe I need to get the nitpicker to edit the next part of the Expert One on One Oracle rewrite.
Now that would be fun!

Thu Sep 22, 07:50:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous OracleDoc said....

LOL!!! Good call Phantom!

Fri Sep 23, 04:24:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Rachel said....

A bit late to be stepping in but.... my opinion of Oracle certification is fairly well known. Just a marketing ploy. How do I know? I decided to see how easy it was to pass these "tests" without studying in any way. In fact, I passed the 8 and 8i certification tests without ever having worked with either version. I'm really good at standardized multiple choice tests.

Certification is not a clear indication of knowledge. It's like deciding that unless you have a college degree, you can't possibly have the depth of knowledge needed. Years of hands-on experience and basic intelligence are ignored. You have to remember that for every person who has the highest GPA in his class, there's another who had the lowest. Both graduated. How do you distinguish one from the other based on "degree from XYZ college"?

Dan said "language evolves". Yes it does... but sometimes that is really "devolution", and we lose some of the beauty. But I do agree, language is a living breathing organism and what you can nitpick on today will be correct tomorrow

Fri Sep 23, 07:12:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Robert said....

Tom, rather unrelated but I am "nitpicking" here i guess:
I've been meaning to ask you...
re your use of the word "block"
e.g.:(fr your book "EOBD")
"...this will BLOCK since session 2 has the row locked...Now Session 1 will block, it is attempting to modify a row that session 2 currently has lock on...."

And most recently in the blog post about transaction-restart.

Shouldn't it be "this session is blocked (by that session) because that session has lock...."

Robert who knew little English before 14.

Mon Sep 26, 09:10:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Stanley Fieldman said....

Well so what?

Wed Nov 23, 09:32:00 AM EST  

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