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Third International NoCOUG SQL & NoSQL Challenge!

For anyone into using their SQL skills creatively, and getting out of the boring SQL-coding daily routine … here is a puzzle that is both entertaining and challenging, and with a real prize for the winner!

Official abstract:
“In this challenge (see page 25), the Wicked Witch of the West needs help in creating a magic spell to ensure that the Third Annual Witching & Wizarding Ball is a grand success.…

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For people that have asked – I’m not blogging simply because I’m feverishly working on a tool of mine that I’m very fond of 🙂

Guess what it does from the following next two screenshots …



An interview with Mark Townsend

While attending the 11gR2 launch event in Milan last Thursday, I had the distinguished opportunity (invited, as a blogger, by the Oracle team that was organizing the event) to meet Mark Townsend and exchange a few words about the new features of 11gR2 and the Oracle database in general as well.

For those who don’t know, Mark is (among other things) the Vice President in charge of coordinating the Product Managers and a technical expert at the same time, and this rare combination has the advantage that you can ask him about any feature you like at whatever granularity you like, from the strategic level down to the technical gory details.…

NoCOUG’s “First international SQL challenge”

Just a short note to tell my friends that I have been bestowed the August Order of the Wooden Pretzel, that is, that I won the NoCOUG’s “First international SQL challenge” with this solution.

I’m especially happy to see that, after (way too) many years since graduation, I am still able to use my math skills to solve problems … :).…

Why blogging ?

Mainly because I like to write, and people usually like my writings. So, why not ?

Also – because it is a good way of learning. When I was a student, I remember that my favorite reharsal technique was to pretend I was explaining the topic to an imaginary person that knew nothing about it – and that technique worked very well, because when explaining, I very frequently discovered flaws in my knowledge that prompted me to improve even more.…