Tim of the Oracle-Base blog says he doubts Oracle 11g will actually debut next month (he’s thinking the “launch date” is actually a date range starting with July 11 and ending with December 31). But when it does debut, Oracle users may be in for a treat.
Christo Kutrovsky writes at the Pythian Group Blog that he’s recently been involved in on-site beta testing of Oracle 11g. This is a happy change from his day-to-day job, he says, when he typically tries to “make things work.” At a beta testing event, the idea is to figure how to break Oracle: “Have you ever been in a room full of people that cheer every time they get an ora-600?” Sounds like fun. How come no one ever asks our experts how to bring on an error message?
The good news is, according to Kutrovsky, 11g really is an improved version. He writes that it’s “a significant release, not so much for the new features added, but more for the perfection of the existing ones. Work has been done to improve almost every aspect of how the database works.” As an example, he mentions Enterprise Manager, which he used to dislike and now calls a “key component” of the database.
For some more weekend reading (uh, if you’re not hitting the beach, that is), check out this blog post that clarifies Oracle’s position on open source. If you’re at all confused about how Oracle and open source fit together, this should clear up what exactly Unbreakable Linux is, Oracle’s dependence on Linux as a platform and more.
Also, be sure to check out Lewis Cunningham’s list of mini-tips — our former XML and application development expert has 11 quick lessons (so far) on all kinds of useful stuff, like open source tools for Oracle and best practices for synonyms.