Monthly Archives: October 2011

How To Run Your Own Apps on RAC

RAC, or Real Application Clusters, is Oracle’s proprietary clustering solution, for highly-available databases. Let’s break down the name. The “real” I assume refers to the fact that it is active-active; all nodes in the cluster are available to do useful … Continue reading

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How To Interview

One of the things I do at my present job is interview candidates for my team, and occasionally other teams too. I estimate I’ve seen ~150 people over the last 5 years. Of those very few that I do say … Continue reading

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Two Analogies and An Observation

In the Army, there are basically two kinds of soldiers: enlisted and commissioned. Enlisted soldiers fire weapons, drive vehicles, guard checkpoints and go on patrol and so forth – they are the “hands-on” bit of the Army. You would start … Continue reading

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