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ODC Appreciation Day : Reduce CPU usage by running the business logic in the Oracle Database

Here is my #ThanksODC post. A long one... There's a point that should always be a major topic for database developer community discussions: where to run the procedural code. The access to data is in the database, for sure, and the language for it is SQL. But very often, the business logic of a transaction cannot be executed in one single SQL statement. Either because it is too complex and requires a procedural language.

Configuring Technologies to Work with Java Mission Control

Introduction

Java Mission Control was introduced with JDK 7u40. With JDK 8u40 and later, you can get JMC to monitor any Java workload out of the box. However, in order to customise how JMC and JFR will act we need to configure the Java Virtual Machines and technologies running them ourselves.

This post will explain how to enable JFR, log-in details for remote monitoring, configure ports and pass any arguments you want to the JVM when using Tomcat and Docker with JMC. In this blog, our test environments will only be Tomcat and Docker.

Unindexed Foreign Keys in Oracle and PostgreSQL

In Oracle we need to have a index on the foreign key column as soon as we have the intention to delete from the parent row, or a locking situation may block all transactions around the child table. PostgreSQL has a similar way to manage isolation, with MVCC, then do you think you also need to index the foreign keys? Here is a test that confirms that postgres does need to not lock the tables even without index on the foreign key. 

Efficiently query DBA_EXTENTS for FILE_ID / BLOCK_ID

Did you ever try to query DBA_EXTENTS on a very large database with LMT tablespaces? I had to, in the past, in order to find which segment a corrupt block belonged to. The information about extent allocation is stored in the datafiles headers, visible though X$KTFBUE, and queries on it can be very expensive. In addition to that, the optimizer tends to start with the segments and get to this X$KTFBUE for each of them. At this time, I had quickly created a view on the internal dictionary tables, forcing to start by X$KTFBUE with materialized CTE, to replace DBA_EXTENTS.

Oracle Cloud: upload large files through the Object Store REST API

In the previous post I used a simple oci-curl() function as a Command Line Interface to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure without installing any client tool or language. It was easy for simple things such as starting and stopping services. But it can also be more powerful because it is simply a wrapper to call the OCI REST API, simplifying the sign-in and authentication, but allowing to run any GET, POST, PUT and DELETE method.

Oracle Cloud: start/stop automatically the Autonomous Databases

In the previous post I've setup all the environment to be able to easily control the OCI services without bothering with the sign-in headers, and without installing anything. In this post I'll used the oci-curl() function to stop all my Autonomous Database services. In the previous post, I've set the environment variables for the private and public key, and the user, tenant and compartment OCIDs.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure API Keys and OCID

As you may have read in the news, CERN is testing some Oracle Cloud services. When a large organisation is using the Cloud Credits, there's a need to control the service resources. This requires automation and then the GUI interface from the Cloud portal is not sufficient. We can control the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure through the REST API, OCI CLI, OCI SDKs, and all those methods require a RSA key for sign-in and some OCI (Oracle Cloud Identifier) to identify the user, the tenant, the compartment, the service,...

Optimizer Statistics Gathering - pending and history

How do you manage when you need to gather statistics on some tables in a critical environment? Some queries are too long because of stale statistics. But other queries on the same tables are ok. You cannot leave the inital problem without fixing it. Adding hints or SQL Profiles for the identified queries is not the right solution when you identified that stale statistics are the problem. But you want to reduce the risk of regression on other queries at maximum.

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