Cool stuff with partition elimination

Learning is not a spectator sport

Sometimes in the IT world, the term “surprise” is not a good one.

“I woke up this morning and got a …my database was down.”

“I ran a SELECT COUNT(*) on my most important table, and got a result of zero rows.”

and so forth. Generally as IT professionals, encountering the unexpected is not a good start to the day Smile.

But sometimes, surprises can be a nice thing.  Here is my example for today – when I found that the database can do a remarkably good job when it comes to reducing the workload with partitioned tables.  

Most people will already be familiar with the concept of partition elimination.  If you have a table partitioned into (say) yearly segments, and you ask for all of the data for the past 2 years, then the optimizer is intelligent enough to only scan the relevant partitions rather than the entire…

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Apex 5 Universal Theme – Navigation Experiment #4

His blog is a gem :)

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Coloring side menu entries

Sometimes you want to add a little more color to the navigation menu. The idea in one project was to use colors for certain areas in an application. The color would show the user where he is currently working. Whether such colors are a feature that end users like, is still part of an ongoing discussion. But here are the technical details how to implement it.

The example uses a very small apex application that I’ll be using for a DOAG2015 presentation “Exotic SQL” (http://syntegris-doag.de/#vortraege).

Before / After
apex5_sidebar_colored_beforeapex5_sidebar_colored_after

Steps to create this

I explain the changes in detail a little further down.

  1. Create a new List template based upon the current one.
  2. Switch the user interface from the old to the new template
  3. Edit the template
  4. Add colors to the parent list entries
  5. Update alls sub menus to match the parent color

Special Features:

  • can be…

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10 Oracle SQL features you probably didn’t know

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10 Oracle SQL features you probably didn’t know

I can not guarantee that you never heared of this. But the majority of developers doesn’t know or doesn’t seem to know. And honestly –  most of this information is fairly useless – and mostly harmless.

10. Why we have the CONCAT function

There is a concat function that can be used instead of the concat operator ||.

Nobody uses that! But there is a reason why it exists.

This is from the 8.1.7 Oracle documention

On most platforms, the concatenation operator is two solid vertical bars, as shown in Table 3-3. However, some IBM platforms use broken vertical bars for this operator. When moving SQL script files between systems having different character sets, such as between ASCII and EBCDIC, vertical bars might not be translated into the vertical bar required by the target Oracle environment. Oracle provides the CONCAT character function…

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Why APEX running inside the database is a GOOD thing!

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I’ve had quite a few discussions with people regarding whether APEX running inside the database is a good thing or a bad thing. Personally I believe it is definitely a good thing, I see no downsides really. However a recent forum thread

For me, the fact that APEX runs inside the database means that one of the major positives is you are able to take full advantage of each and every database available to you. A recent forum thread illustrates this very nicely. The poster in the thread has deleted some files and has unfortunately performed a commit before realising their mistake.

Here is where the features of the database can help you, for example we are able to take advantage of the Flashback feature to get the database back to the state it was in before the files were deleted.

The user in the forum deleted some files from…

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