Monday, May 06, 2002
Off the Beaten Path in Search of an Oracle. Actually, I am not seeking a source of wisdom - I'm updating my primary Oracle links and want to share the lesser known ones and some of my frequently visited favorites:
- Los Angeles Oracle User Group has always been a great source of information, especially since I live nearby. Their site has an extensive library of presentations from past meetings and other useful info.
- Ari Kaplan's page is one of those content-rick pages off the beaten path. Highlights are the extensive collection of Oracle tips and an equally extensive collection of links. In addition, he has six informative PowerPoint presentations that you'll want to download:
- Steve Rea has an impressive collection of tips and scripts
- Oracle Power is a portal dedicated to Oracle, and contains an impressive amount of information and content.
- DBA Support is another Oracle-oriented portal that is worth bookmarking. Yet another Oracle portal, and one that impressed me, is Oracle Base.
- If you're looking for free Oracle and UNIX scripts and/or free and inexpensive tools, you'll like Oriole Corporation.
- DB Domain has a large listing of Oracle freeware and shareware utilities that are worth checking.
- If you're learning Oracle, do bookmark Teach Yourself Oracle 8 in 21 Days. This is the online version of the popular paper book of the same title.
- Two commercial sites that sell innovative and/or inexpensive utilities that DBAs will love are:
- Expand Beyond which sells DBA and admin tools that run on PDAs (both WIN CE and PalmOS), that allow DBAs to reach their instances over wireless connections. This is an excellent approach for Tier 2 and 3 DBAs, and the ROI can be significant for mission-critical databases.
- Benthic Software, which sells some of the best, cost-effective tools I've used. When I was roped into DBA chores a few years ago I purchased the full suite of tools, most of them in the USD 20.00-35.00 range. If you write SQL queries I highly recommend Golden, and if you write a lot of PL/SQL scripts you'll find the $35.00 USD cost of PLEdit to be a bargain.
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