Wednesday, November 02, 2005

UKOUG day 3, thats all folks...

The UKOUG is over for another year.  It was a great conference – but I have to admit I’m tired now. (Stick a fork in me, I am done).  Two more days to go though – in Ireland.

I like the *OUG conferences, they are full of technical sessions – and lots of good people.  These events are all about sharing information – I learn something new at these things every time.  This year – I learned that pleats go on the back of a kilt – as did Mogens as he got this back stage adjustment by a real Scotsman.

Seriously – conferences like this are great.  You have a fairly good time, you get to hear from your peers, you get to present (hint hint everyone else – YOU get to present) and get presented to.  There is no chance you won’t learn something.

I think my favorite moment came this morning.  Lisa Dobson gave a newbie DBA talk yesterday (I got to introduce her) and someone came up to her afterwards for more info.  This morning as I was just sort of sitting around between sessions – she (Niki, the person that came up to talk to Lisa) came up to me and started asking questions.  She kept apologizing for asking such “newbie” questions and all I could say was “this, this is what is it all about – you have to learn somewhere, that is why we are all here”.  Period.  That sums it all up.

Spent about 1/2 with her, going through sql_trace, dbms_support, tkprof ,wait events – it was fun.  She left more excited about Oracle and wanting to try some things out. (She also left with a list of things to read…)

If you ask a question, you should never feel bad.  Don’t feel guilty.  Many of us actually enjoy talking about what we know and passing the knowledge around.
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23 Comments:

Blogger Tony said....

Speaking of wait events, has anyone read this book?

I know that it recently won the Oracle Magazine award for book of the year and the reviews on Amazon are pretty good. Looking for more feedback.

Also with regards to the awards. Is is me or do they make up a new list of categories every year? Last year we had Tim Bunce winning open source developer of the year, this year this award didn't seem to exist. Strange.

Wed Nov 02, 05:39:00 PM EST  

Blogger Jeff Moss said....

...that's the whole reason I started blogging really...to share what I know with others.

Good to see you at bloggers dinner even if I didn't get the chance to chat...thanks for your presentations - you and others made it a really fun event and one I'll definitely be attending next year.

Wed Nov 02, 05:48:00 PM EST  

Blogger shrek said....

you mean, if i saw you at a conference and had a question i should walk up and ask?;-) be better than the last time i talked to you.;-) [i hope he doesn't remember.;-)]

Wed Nov 02, 06:57:00 PM EST  

Blogger Rachel said....

Speaking of wait events, has anyone read this book?

yep -- it's good. Kirti is an OakTable member, a friend and pretty darned smart as well :)

Truly, the book is excellent, they worked hard to make it accurate. The technical reviewers include Graham Wood, Craig Shallahamer, Scott Gossett, Kyle Hailey and John Kanagaraj. In other words, it was checked by some very knowledgeable people as well.

Oh, and Mogens wrote the foreword.

Wed Nov 02, 07:46:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Wow! Half an hour of undivided-Tom-attention! So jealous!

Thu Nov 03, 12:47:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Oh, and Mogens wrote the foreword.

but don't hold that against the book!

Thu Nov 03, 01:32:00 AM EST  

Blogger Lisa said....

Tom, I'm glad you got to spend time with Niki. I spent time with her and introduced her to a few faces.
Niki seemed very shy and in awe of some of the people there, and a bit nervous when I suggested that I should introduce her to everyone.

In fact, she really reminded me of myself at last year's conference!

We agreed to keep in touch and she now knows that there are a lot of people willing to help her out.

I think Rachel will be proud of me.

Thu Nov 03, 04:48:00 AM EST  

Blogger Rachel said....

Lisa said: I think Rachel will be proud of me.

I don't think, I know. I'm VERY proud of you! I had my spies report back on your presentation, and heard you were wonderful. And you are paying me back for my taking care of you last year in exactly the way I'd wish -- by doing the same for someone else.

Thu Nov 03, 06:34:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Robert Lockard said....

Tom,

You are a busy guy. Let’s see, to my knowledge you are managing asktom, your blog, Oracle XE discussion, speaking at conferences and writing books. I'm starting to picture a bunch of elves named Tom in a back room in somewhere in the mountains of Virginia connected to the internet typing away furiously.

Later,
-Rob

Thu Nov 03, 09:43:00 AM EST  

Blogger smartDBA said....

Oracle Wait Interface is a cool book - worth reading -:) Actually, I owned a copy as a personal gift (and autographed) from Richmond Shee. Along with other books from Tom, Jonathan, Steve and Carry, I probably read this book few times.

Thu Nov 03, 11:50:00 AM EST  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

Oracle Wait Interface is excellent, I use it mainly as a reference - given an event that pops up in Statspack or tkprof, I look up the event in the book to get the meaning of the event as well as the common reasons for it consuming a lot of wait time (which is also an excellent way to learn about the event by the way). Already used it on real problems many many times.

Thu Nov 03, 12:09:00 PM EST  

Blogger scubajim said....

I know Tom's secret. Have you ever seen Tom and Superman at the same time? No. Well there you go. (grin)

Thu Nov 03, 12:50:00 PM EST  

Blogger Robert said....

>> Stick a fork in me, I am done

arrrgh stop that cliche already...it's getting old

J/K ;)

Thu Nov 03, 01:08:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

>> Stick a fork in me, I am done

Everytime you say that it reminds me of an episode of Seinfeld in which Kramer says the exact same thing.

Thu Nov 03, 03:22:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Mark said....

Tom,
Did you get any chance to see any of Birmingham whilst at the UKOUG? I hope that the power cut on the first day of the conference did not give you a negative view of the city?

Thu Nov 03, 04:22:00 PM EST  

Anonymous John Scott said....

This really illustrates the usefulness of blogs. I've read (and cross-read) peoples blogs regarding the conference and it's inspired me to try and attend next year.

This level of peer support and sharing just wasn't as prevalent a few years ago, long may it continue!

Thu Nov 03, 05:53:00 PM EST  

Blogger Connor McDonald said....

I hope that the power cut on the first day of the conference did not give you a negative view of the city?

No...but semi-naked semi-comatose girls who can't stand up as they spill out the pubs at closing time, whilst spilling what they had for dinner over themselves doesn't do the place any favours...

Other than that, I found the part of town around conference centre very pleasant. Nice canals etc.

Fri Nov 04, 02:42:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

can't stand up as they spill out the pubs at closing time,

But at least they were dressed up like cats or devils for the most part as well - being halloween and all (it was very bizzare on that main street between 11pm and midnight after the blogger dinner :)

Fri Nov 04, 03:23:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Did you get any chance to see any of Birmingham

This is my fourth year spending 4 days in Birmingham - I'm getting to know the place well. My friend (and editor) Tony Davis lives right near there and takes me to the local pubs/restaurants - so we get out and about - away from the ICC anyway.

Fri Nov 04, 03:28:00 AM EST  

Blogger melanie caffrey said....

No...but semi-naked semi-comatose girls who can't stand up as they spill out the pubs at closing time, whilst spilling what they had for dinner over themselves doesn't do the place any favours...

Ahhh, yes. Every year it's the same thing.


But at least they were dressed up like cats or devils for the most part as well - being halloween and all (it was very bizzare on that main street between 11pm and midnight after the blogger dinner :)


So much so that Tom felt compelled to walk me back to my hotel. Afraid for my safety and all that.

Before I let him do so, I said "Tom, I live in Hell's Kitchen. I'll be fine."

But Tom insisted. As we walked along the street I better understood what he meant ... just wish I'd had my camera to share the experience with you all ...

On the other hand, the fact that J.R.R. Tolkien was born near there and Cadbury World is not far are rather pleasing facts.

I too was lucky enough to have Tony Davis turn me on to a couple of exhibits/museums around Birmingham that I'd never have located without his recommendation.

And, the people, in general, are really quite nice.

Fri Nov 04, 06:29:00 AM EST  

Blogger Andrew said....

It was good to meet you (albeit briefly) after the Dev Tools Panel Session on day 3 (I was the guy who spoke to you about Tim Hall's photograph!) As Deputy Chair of the UKOUG Modelling and Development SIG I wanted to echo what you said about the quality of the people at the conference. The presentations I saw were excellent in content and, generally, presentation skill. I know how intimidating it can be for new presenters to stand in front of an unknown crowd, especially at an event like this. I have the utmost respect for anyone that wants to present, especially those for whom it is their first time.

Fri Nov 04, 09:46:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Just a thought... pleats go on the back of a kilt for exactly the same reason that skirts have the split at the back.

Justin.
Never got to a UKOUG, but distance learning all the time ;-)

Mon Nov 07, 07:03:00 AM EST  

Blogger FlaviusMaximus said....

For jet lag there are some rules: 1) don't drink alcohol at any time during you flight day
2) eat a banana before or after the flight
3) drink a bottle of water before and after your flight
4) don't smoke at any time during your flight day

An idea for your talks "time for something completely different". I would like to see a presentation on how to properly document a pl/sql application system. This is a nice different topic from your performance related work so it would give you a chance to shift gears for a bit, but I think a topic for which you are eminently qualified. Having been sought out as one who fixes pl/sql systems in trouble in my company, I have taken a keen interest in creating documentation for large undocumented pl/sql systems.

You could talk about things like:

what artifacts make sense?
what does relevant and useful mean?
what automation can help?

I am having fun with it at the moment anyway. Good luck; all hail Flavius.

Fri Nov 11, 04:20:00 PM EST  

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