Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Happy anniversary....

Happy anniversary to me. 13 years to the day – I started work at Oracle. I’ve lived through production versions 7, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, 8iR1, 8iR2, 8iR3, 9iR1, 9iR2, 10gR1, 10gR2 – and if the next release comes out before next August – it’ll be 13 versions of Oracle in the 13 years of my tenure here.

Given the amount of change in the last 13 years (remember what it was like in 1993? The world was a different place), I just wonder what the next 13 will look like.


Anonymous Anonymous said....

Congrats, Tom.

While in 93, you probably anticipated those many releases of Oracle, but definitely not this blog. This blog and your writings are really outstanding.

In the next 13 years, I prefer you still be using this blogspot but talking about rocket science instead :-)

Congrats one more time

Tue Aug 01, 12:53:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Joel Garry said....

Ahhhh, 1993.

word: oiclo

Tue Aug 01, 01:07:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Bill S. said....

Hopefully, you'll continue to help us educate ourselves in all things Oracle and otherwise for the next 13 years AT LEAST.

Happy anniversary!

Tue Aug 01, 01:18:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Patty C. said....

Happy Anniversary Tom. In 1993 I was expecting my first child and bored with my software support job so I decided to apply for an opening in Database Administration. Somehow, at 8 months pregnant, I was hired as a newbie Oracle DBA into an all-male DBA team. 3 children later I am still an Oracle DBA and am never bored or sorry that I made the move to Database Administration!

Tue Aug 01, 02:00:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

Happy rebirth anniversary - back in 1993, I didn't know that Oracle even existed ;)

Tue Aug 01, 02:01:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Mark from NY said....

Congrats Tom! I hope you have another 13, and that this never happens - http://www.flickr.com/photos/tkyte/121283698/

Tue Aug 01, 02:21:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous RobH said....

hmmm, 93, still in high school, couldn't even drive yet. . . . . was learning turbo pascal and C then....

Tue Aug 01, 02:28:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Doug Burns said....

Isn't it good fun seeing how much lives have changed in 13 years? On the Oracle front, I was half-way through my first ever DBA contract - in Saudi Arabia - and still getting over just how *cool* V7 was compared to V6 ;-)

Tue Aug 01, 02:42:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Congratulations Tom. I sincerely wish that you keep enlightening us with Oracle knowledge for another 13 years.

Tue Aug 01, 03:46:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Paul Vallee said....

1993, indeed those were the days. Four years before founding Pythian even. I was using... get this ... Oracle 5 on PC-DOS! It was way obsolete even then. And surprise surprise, it didn't work very well. We ended up finishing the project in SAS.

I seem to remember 1993 is also the year Yahoo first carried advertising on the front page. My how the world has changed.

Congratulations on your anniversary, Tom.


Tue Aug 01, 03:52:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

In 1993 I was 13 ;) So software, not so much. However, I could waste anyone at Street Fighter 2.


Tue Aug 01, 04:00:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Congratulations Tom. What's the biggest change for Oracle DBAs since then in your opinion.?
I remember that many DBA tasks were done back then 'just because the gurus said so' or because of various 'miths', but I'd like to hear your take on this.

Tue Aug 01, 04:39:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

What's the biggest change for Oracle DBAs

So many things still are done just "because someone said so" or mythology.

But the biggest change - the database is more self managing than it used to be in many respects (eg: auto undo management for example) that the DBA's can "fire and forget" on some things for many database instances - which is good because the databases they are managing are many orders of magnitude larger, with many many orders of magnitude more users and of course - no down time :)

Tue Aug 01, 04:45:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

what a lucky year for all of us

Tue Aug 01, 10:17:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Congratulations Tom!

About the next 13 years:


I like the first one!

Rob Zijlstra

Wed Aug 02, 02:12:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Sandeep said....

Congrats Tom !!

Its good to see the progress in Databases for so many Years. In 1993 I just new that there was something like Oracle Database & version coming v7.3 which will be better than earlier !!

Your contribution to Oracle Database Community is remarkable !!

Wed Aug 02, 03:21:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Martin said....

13 years, 13 versions, good thing you are not superstitious, are you?

Well, sure hope to have you around for at least another 13 years

Wed Aug 02, 05:47:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

1993 after returning from military service I got my first job as programmer. These days my motto was "never ever end up in programing databases apps" :-) Today after cca 11 years of oracle development my motto has changed slightly into wish: "never ever end up out of database development" :-)

Wed Aug 02, 06:58:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

good thing you are not superstitious

In college, my dorm room for two years was on the 13th floor. And they called it the 13th floor. Many buildings do not have a 13th floor ;)

Wed Aug 02, 06:59:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

"... and if the next release comes out before next August ..."

please tell us more
what is planned ?

Wed Aug 02, 07:22:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

please tell us more

After OOW (Open World) I can be a bit more free with information..

Wed Aug 02, 07:37:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Niall said....

Congratulations. I was just about discovering database systems (with a company called Adaytum Systems long since bought by cognos) courtesy of Paradox for Windows The note there about manual readability is bang on the money as well, best docs I read for a long, long time. We also got to play with one of Mark Rittman's favourites Improv.

anyway how come 8.0.4, 8.0.5 and 8.0.6 got coalesced into one release, when 8.1.5,8.1.6 and 8.1.7 didn't. Bad memories? :).

Wed Aug 02, 09:12:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

how come 8.0.4, 8.0.5 and 8.0.6

there were big differences in the 8i releases whereas the 8.0 stuff was really all just patch sets.

Wed Aug 02, 09:24:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Connor McDonald said....

Ah yes, 1993...our company's first foray into the future of computing: client-server!

Oracle, Informix, Gupta SQLBase, Ingres all made the shortlist on the tender process...

We actually chose Ingres, but they could not put people on the ground fast enough, so went with the 2nd place getter...Oracle.

Now that's karma...

Wed Aug 02, 09:37:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Kevin Krause said....

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Wed Aug 02, 09:45:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Kevin Krause said....

Did they do anything for you at the office? Oracle beanbag or some kind of swag?

Wed Aug 02, 09:46:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Tom Best said....

Way to go, Tom. Keep it up.

Wed Aug 02, 10:09:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Did they do anything for you at the office?

Nope, not a multiple of 5!

Funny story. In 1998 the division I am in decided to start doing 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, ... year recognition awards.

Someone had to write the application to generate the list of people each month that were to get the award.

It was decided that it would just "start" - that is, if you were 5 years and one month - you would not get the new award, if you were 5 years - you would. If you were 4 years 11 months you would get it next month.

I wrote that application September 1998.

You guessed it, it was four years and eleven months before I got my recognition from that system :)

Always thought it was funny that I wrote it, but missed the cutoff date by a month.

Wed Aug 02, 10:09:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Michael Norbert said....

In 1993 I was doing a post-degree certificate in Geographic Information Systems(ARC/INFO). My first introduction to Unix and shell programming. It also made me realize that I hated making things pretty looking and enjoyed the manipulation and storage of the data itself. Hence, me becoming a DBA. I'm a framer not a finishing carpenter.

Wed Aug 02, 11:03:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

hated making things pretty looking and enjoyed the manipulation and storage of the data itself.

Me too, that is why I stayed a developer, but did all of the server work :)

You don't have to become a DBA to manifest the realization that the lipstick (application) isn't where it is all about.

Lipstick looks much better on pretty things than it does on not pretty things anyway.

Wed Aug 02, 11:20:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Congrats, Tom. Happy anniversary.

Great, in 13 years surely you'd have solved more than 13 milions questions. keep it up.


Wed Aug 02, 11:59:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Martin said....

Great, in 13 years surely you'd have solved more than 13 milions questions

That would be about 2 questions every minute since he started at oracle, busy guy this Tom guy.

Wed Aug 02, 01:28:00 PM EDT  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

Good job, Tom.

I seem to vaguely recall the first time I read AskTom, and I'm sure I remember what an epiphany it was. Thanks for all your extremely hard work, and best wishes for the next 13.

Wed Aug 02, 03:11:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Peter K said....


1993...wow! I was managing the Ingres DB and trying to get Oracle introduced into the organization as Oracle was the new DB standard.

I'd worked with Oracle v3 back in 1985 and all the way to v5 before the Ingres break.

Thomas Kyte said...
After OOW (Open World) I can be a bit more free with information..

Yeah, I'm expecting big announcements at this year's OOW including the new R12 E-Biz appl. See you there!

Wed Aug 02, 03:11:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Thirteen years - good Lord!
I am sure you were bemused with Oracle to keep you there for thirteen years!

It was much fun to work with Oracle 7.3, obscurity makes things really inquisitive with al these hidden gems :) That was definitely very attractive & challenging to many "techies". Now, since Relational Databases are getting dressed up with "self-tuning" mantra, I am wondering will you be there after thirteen years!

Imagine in 2020: Mr Thomas Kyte, where you will be?

Wed Aug 02, 05:27:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Are there many technical people who have been with oracle longer than you? We had a consultant in here who has been with Oracle since 1981 and version 2.1

He said the two of you never met.

Wed Aug 02, 11:24:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Are there many technical people who have been with oracle longer than you?

absolutely. 13 years is pretty long, but there are many that have been here longer. My manager has 18 for example, quite a few of the sales consultants in the division I'm in have 14+ years.

He said the two of you never met.

there are only some 45,000 of us these days ;)

Thu Aug 03, 06:50:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Quite a roller-coaster ride


or do you bother paying much attention to that ?

Thu Aug 03, 07:49:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Aman Sharma said....

Congrats Sir!!!
Best regards

Fri Aug 04, 11:58:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Ash said....

Congrats Tom ,

You are oracle yourself !
May the force be with you .

Congrats and Good luck,
Ashok Nagabushanam

Thu Oct 05, 10:32:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Hi Tom,

This is my first time visiting this site; I put in DBA's happy and found this site. I'm thinking about changing my major from accounting to MIS and focusing on databases. I like to build and create things, with the knowledge that I can make a difference. I also hate to get up at 6am like most accountants I know, but most of all I would like to get away from the number crunching.

I've always liked tech but was scared of all the intense math in some of the CIS programming curriculum, like tough classes in linear algebra. MIS seems to be able to offer another side that I can handle, I think..aahhah.. What would you tell someone like me who is thinking of going this route, both negative and positive. Btw, I am going to a University and when I finish i'll have a BS degree from a University. Sorry don't know if that helps..hahahah..

Happy anniversary and congratulations on your large following of friends.


Mon Nov 20, 07:15:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I almost think that in college you might not know what you want to do when you graduate :)

And DBA stuff can be 24x7 - meaning, 6am could be the end of your shift as well as the beginning.

I cannot really counsel you as the path to follow, that is a very personal sort of decision. I was a math major myself (no computers at all until after graduation). Hard to say what is correct for someone else.

Mon Nov 20, 07:21:00 AM EST  


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