A blog for testing out and documenting theories around Oracle databases, including software patterns for good performance and maintainability.
The blog-name comes out of the fact that sometimes your nice theory is just that; a nice theory (but it doesn’t necessary work in practice).
I am an independent development contractor and Oracle database application performance specialist. I’ve worked with Oracle and PL/SQL since 1998 and have a fairly good understanding of the database from both a developer and a DBA’s standpoint. You might call me a developer(/DBA), since I haven’t done installing, patching and backups in a while.
I coach development teams and build team’s skills in utilizing the database for manageable and efficient solutions.
I’ve been working in IT in the healthcare sector since 1993, building the largest healthcare databases in Norway. I’ve done lots of work including data conversion/ETL, application development, application performance tuning, SQL tuning, performance testing (LoadRunner/RAT), troubleshooting and more.
I advocate a holistic approach to application performance, focusing not on the single layers in the application, but on the behavior of the system from the end-user and down.