Thursday, August 20, 2009

Random Things: Volume 4

It's been a dry week in the writing arena for me.

Not feeling the love from outside...a couple of promised guest posters are MIA. :)

No worries though, I can always find something to talk about.

Oracle OpenWorld (OOW)
I started tagging all OOW related posts and tweets using Google Reader. Cool thing I like about it is that I can share that information. If you want to see all that I see in relation to the event, check it out here.

As to my one has come forward to pay for any of the following:
1. Plane Ticket
2. Hotel Room
3. One week's pay

Number 4 would be getting time off of work, which I'll asking for tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Oracle has done an incredible job keeping this release quiet. I read...a lot...and I've hardly seen a thing about it over the past 6 months. I fully expected it to be announced at OOW, but I've heard as early as September 1. According to this latest article, that is highly unlikely.

Baseball Data Model(ing)
One person. One person has signed up. I'm a little shocked. Either my "following" is mostly based outside of the US or I no one likes baseball anymore. WTF? Regardless of whether you know baseball, the exercise of building out a fairly complex data model should be fun? Shouldn't it?

Oracle won't (hasn't) offered up any licenses, but @hillbilytoad has. He's offered at least one. I might be able to talk him into more. @DataChick expressed mild interest. Of all the people I follow on twitter, she, by far, talks about modeling more than anyone else...something I've rarely seen.

Is modeling a lost art? (via Dom Brooks). I'm shocked at how little I see out there...perhaps I'm just not looking in the right places? If you know of good sites, please let me know.

Other News
The Department of Justice (I wish I had had the foresight to buy that domain) approved Oracle's acquisition of Sun today.

Miladin Modrakovic [ oraclue ] has an interesting piece on tracking DDL changes in 11g. Miladin was initially the "inspiration" behind PMDV. OK, maybe not inspiration...he told me to find some way to do it. Now he seems to have a much better way. Oh well. Good exercise none-the-less.


Karen Lopez said...

I'd say that modeling is still happening...but that data modelers, for the most part, are so experienced that they haven't really taken to social networks or even blogs.

oraclenerd said...

Is there a Data Modeler group or anything out there? A conference of some sort?

When are you going to join the project? ;)

DomBrooks said...

Isn't that cricket for dummies?
Never even seen one game.

oraclenerd said...



I have seen a cricket match (game?). I think it took 5 days or something. There may or may not have been tea breaks in there as well.

Besides, there's no such thing as a foul ball in cricket...and the bat is flat making it exponentially easier to hit the ball. :)

Clever Idea Widgetry said...

re: MIAs

I'm working on it Massa'

oraclenerd said...


you didn't think I would forget did you? :)