Oracle offers a results cache in the database (from 11.2 onwards) and in PL/SQL (again, from 11.2 onwards) which can greatly reduce execution time of repeated statements when insert/update/delete activity is not heavy. The mechanism in PL/SQL, however, may not work as expected with global temporary tables. Using a slightly modified example, Jonathan Lewis looks at what you might see when using this option.
Automatic UNDO Management isn't voodoo or black magic, although it can seem that way when it isn't clearly understood. How does Oracle decide how many UNDO segments to create at startup, and what is the underlying goal of the process? David Fitzjarrell investigates.
Designing a system with primary keys in mind is not an easy task, and the solutions may not be the simplest. However the effort is well worth the time and trouble when you realize that it's the best way to prevent duplicate data - but how do you choose a primary key? David Fitzjarrell looks at several examples.
In this tip, Daniel Calbimonte compares the SQL Server (T-SQL) and Oracle (PL-SQL) extensions of the SQL language. The tip will compare both T-SQL and PL-SQL languages with respect to retrieving data, creating databases, tables, variables, etc.
On January 28th 3PM GMT, Randolf Geist will present a free, one-hour webinar analyzing different database query profiles based on a real-world customer case. He'll also look at how these different profiles influence the efficiency of Exadata's features and the new Oracle In-Memory column store option. Register now.
In their third live 'Oracle vs. SQL Server' discussion, Jonathan Lewis (Oracle Ace Director, OakTable Network) and Grant Fritchey (Microsoft SQL Server MVP) will look at statistics in Oracle and SQL Server. Expect a lively debate on Oracle vs. SQL Server from two leading RDBMS experts on Jan 23, 2013.
If you want to run an Oracle Package and then execute a web service, copy files or folders, a sequence of tasks, you may need to use SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS).