Eye on Oracle

Jun 29 2007   11:16AM GMT

All IT people do is complain!

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Or so it sometimes seems, reading this blog and others lately . . . but complaining is communal and relaxing, so let’s just run with it. Here’s a round-up of some of the complaining that Oracle bloggers are doing this week.

Jeff Hunter at the So What Co-operative complains, “Why is it always the database?” He’s sick of users always complaining about the database when there are so many other places to point fingers (networks, routers, middle tiers, etc.), but he’s not just asking rhetorically. He wonders if the database really is usually at fault or if people just blame what they don’t understand. Commentors offers suggestions, like “Some people just point to whatever isn’t in part of their responsibility.”

Doug Burns supports Alex Gorbachev’s BAAG cause, but has his own fight to fight; he’s too busy sighing over not so “sage” advice offered in response to the crucial question “How do I backup my database?” He finds so many things to complain about on this Oracle FAQ/wiki he can’t even begin.

Pete Finnigan is complaining about a user who downloaded one of his free scripts and then emailed him to complain that it didn’t work — when really it just needed a small change to work in 10gR2. Grr.

Tim of the Oracle-Base blog changes his blog’s theme/design in response to complaints from users about how it displayed in various browsers and window sizes. (I must admit I found the previous layout annoying as well.)

Peter Scott and Dominic Brooks link to an imaginary letter that illustrates what the world would be like if architects had to work like Web designers:

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.

Sound familiar?

At least one tech guy isn’t complaining. Last week Mark Brunelli talked to an ex-DBA, Jeff Buelt, who expressed actual job satisfaction: “I loved being a DBA.” But naturally, he couldn’t get through a whole interview without airing out one or two complaints. Like Jeff Hunter, he notes that “whenever something went wrong it seemed like everybody always pointed to the database.”

That’s all for now. Take it easy, folks!

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  • Peter K
    Your last line should read "Jeff Hunter" instead of "Doug Burns" after all it was Jeff who "complains" about "Why is it always the database" not Doug. ;)
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  • Elisa Gabbert
    Oops! Thanks, Peter, I made the change. I got my complaints confused. :)
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