On histograms

In his paper "Using DBMS_STATS in Access Path Optimization", Wolfgang Breitling writes:Histograms are like drugs -- An overdose [of histograms] can kill [performance].I've gotten a crash course on this recently. More on that in a bit.

I'm Kind of a Big Deal Around Here

Yesterday Justin Kestelyn over at the OTN blog announced a re-org of the blogs.oracle.com homepage. I was pleasantly surprised to see my own name listed among the likes of Werner Puschitz, Jonathan Lewis, Howard Rogers and my new locker buddy Laurent Schneider. Jeremy Schneider is conspicuously absent, hopefully that gets... [Read More]
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What Is NULL?

Today in #oracle, Burk0 asked:<Burk0> mmm... got another problem... I'm using a "insert or update" trigger for my previous task. When I'm inserting a new row, I'd like the varchar field "oldvalue" to report "NA". I put an IF inside the trigger, checking if :old.id=null but that doesn't seem to... [Read More]
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