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Natalka Roshak's picture

Monitoring Open and Cached Cursors

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Just about every DBA has had to deal with ora-1000 errors, "Maximum open cursors exceeded." This article will discuss initialization parameters that affect open cursors, the difference between open and cached cursors, closing cursors, and monitoring open and cached cursors.

Steven Karam's picture

Are you secure? Securing the Oracle Network

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Last month we talked about basic Oracle security, and set out principles for a top notch secure system. These included passwords, the principle of least privilege, and roles.

This month we journey into the fascinating world of Oracle Network Security. The topics covered will not involve the Oracle Advanced Security option: it's too big to cover here, and it is an added expense that many companies do not want. Instead, we will go over basic network security that can be implemented by anyone who uses Oracle. It is built in and so is already part of your system.

Natalka Roshak's picture

Spice up your SQL Scripts with Variables

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Everyone knows the basic features of sql*plus, but one underused feature that can make your scripts an order of magnitude more useful is the ability to store and reuse values, including values read from the database, in variables. This lets you use user-defined and database values not just in subsequent queries, but also in calls to other scripts and SQL*Plus's other functionality.

Shouvik Basu's picture

Managing XML using Oracle's XMLDB

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This article introduces Oracle XML DB features to the DBAs and Developers who are not actively working with XML. It offers a quick start to those who finds quite a lot of Oracle XML literature around, and who is not sure where to begin.

Steven Karam's picture

Are You Secure? Get the most out of Oracle's security features

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In the rapidly shifting world of database technology, one fact has always been, and will always remain, true: a great database is no good if it can easily be broken into. A faulty security plan is not just vulnerable to hackers; it opens your company to data theft, corruption, or even legal action.

Natalka Roshak's picture

10gR2 New Feature: Asynchronous Commit

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One of the primary tests for DBMS reliability is what's known as the ACID test. ACID-compliant systems are as close as you can get to guaranteed not to lose your data. Essentially, as long as your database files are intact, you are guaranteed that your data is consistent. This is not true for non-ACID compliant systems. Non-ACID-compliant systems are vulnerable to data inconsistency, and generally aren't taken seriously for any application where data integrity is important. Now, in 10gR2, Oracle offers us the option to break its ACID compliance.

James Koopmann's picture

10gR2 New Feature: Case Insensitive Searches

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There are always a few topics in regards to writing SQL that always seem to come up more often than others. Querying data with case insensitivity is one of those topics. And Oracle has addressed this issue in many of their release. But in Oracle 10gR2 they have reached new levels. This article takes a dive into case insensitivity and how it is now handled in 10gR2. For the better!

Natalka Roshak's picture

10gR2 New Feature: DML Error Logging

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DML error logging is a new feature for 10gR2. Have you ever tried to update 30 million records, only to have the update fail after twenty minutes because one record in 30 million fails a check constraint? Or, how about an insert-as-select that fails on row 999 of 1000 because one column value is too large? With DML error logging, adding one clause to your insert statement would cause the 999 correct records to be inserted successfully, and the one bad record to be written out to a table for you to resolve.

Mark Rittman's picture

Drilling from OLAP to Relational using Discoverer 10.1.2

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In this article Mark explais how one can drill from a "Discoverer for OLAP worksheet" to a "Discoverer Plus Relational worksheet" using Discoverer 10.1.2.

James Koopmann's picture

Oracle Data Pump - Part III

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On our quest to learn about Oracle's Data Pump utility it has often been compared to the old export and import (exp & imp) utilities that we have all grown to love (or hate). This article is where where Data Pump takes a detour from these old utilities and begins to shine. This article will explore some of the export modes available and give examples on how to export selected object types and dependencies those objects have.

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