Blog second anniversary

Today is the second anniversary of my first post on this blog.

Some time ago I played with a free blog that came with a yahoo email account that my wife and I share but didn’t get very far with that.  Finally for this blog I decided to spend a small amount of money to get my own hosting and domain name.

I’m using iPage for the hosting.  I’ve been happy with their service.  There were a couple of billing issues, but I opened tickets with them and they were quickly resolved in a fair way.

I evaluated a few blog sites and chose WordPress because it allowed me to do what was most important.  WordPress’s software enabled me to upload sqlplus scripts and their logs along with PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and PDF files.  WordPress also enabled me to include output from sqlplus and have the columns line up nicely like this:

SQL> select table_name, blocks
  2  from dba_tables
  3  where owner='SYS'
  4  order by table_name;

TABLE_NAME                         BLOCKS
------------------------------ ----------
ACCESS$                               759
APPLY$_CHANGE_HANDLERS                  0
APPLY$_CONF_HDLR_COLUMNS                0
APPLY$_DEST_OBJ                         0
APPLY$_DEST_OBJ_CMAP                    0
APPLY$_DEST_OBJ_OPS                     0
APPLY$_ERROR                            0

I’m pretty happy with the results.  I’ve had some nice interaction with the Oracle community and I’ve used links to my posts with coworkers on the job.  Plus, I actually query the site myself when I forget how to do something I wrote about.

I.e. If I forget where to plus sign on an outer join I search for it on my blog!

Overall it has been an enjoyable experience and I think helpful to me and my employer as I try to communicate with others the things I’m learning about Oracle database technology, especially in the performance tuning area.

– Bobby

About Bobby

I live in Chandler, Arizona with my wife and three daughters. I work for US Foods, the second largest food distribution company in the United States. I have worked in the Information Technology field since 1989. I have a passion for Oracle database performance tuning because I enjoy challenging technical problems that require an understanding of computer science. I enjoy communicating with people about my work.
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