Welcome to my blog! I hope that you will find interesting and useful things on this site. Let me start by telling you a bit about me so you can get an idea of where I am coming from. I read my first computer book at age 12. It was about the BASIC programming language. By age 16 I was doing computer work in the summer between school years. I majored in Computer Science at Harvard and Brown between 1983 and 1989. Then I started my full-time work on the IBM mainframe in 1989. I started working with Oracle database software around 1994 with Oracle 7.0.16 on SCO Unix supporting PeopleSoft HR and Financials 5.
I have done a variety of Oracle DBA tasks but I especially enjoy the challenge of Oracle database performance tuning. So, this blog has a lot of performance tuning content. But, this site also reflects the tasks that I am working on and the things that I am exploring. So, there are posts that are not performance tuning or even Oracle database. Yet, I think that “Bobby Durrett’s DBA Blog” is a reasonable title since I have spent so much time as a DBA. Performance tuning continues to interest me so I’ve kept that as a focus.
I have to include a warning here for anyone who decides to use the information on this blog. Please double-check anything you read here in other places. Also, if you plan to change a production database be sure to test your change on another system. You have to test things yourself. Don’t just take my word for it! 🙂
p.s. Feel free to interact with me by commenting on blog posts or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am not selling any product or service so don’t worry – I won’t harass you with sales calls or email spam if you reach out to me.
p.p.s. These two sites aggregate this blog:
LinkedIn: My profile
GitHub: My URL
Oracle certifications: Oracle 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12. Here is a picture of me with my fun Oracle Certified Professional shirt that I bought after passing the 12c OCP test: