After the downtime we experienced on 25 October, Amazon Web Services informed usethat there are "issues in the Availability Zone" hosting our database and we have been asked to move the instance.
Unfortunately, that instance is really heavy. :-)
No, seriously, my dear friends at Apex Evangelists will be performing the move this weekend. We are not sure of the precise time or how long it will take, so please don't be shocked if you visit this weekend and find the site unavailable.
With a heavy heart, I have decided to void results for 25 October. They will not be included in rankings, nor used to determine participation in the quarterly playoff.
I did this because several players reported that they were unable to play the quiz, and we know that the site was unavailable for at least four hours - and maybe more, since we are unable to pinpoint the exact time the site became unavailable.
Hello guys, Recently I have been asked by Packt to review their book “Oracle Database XE 11gR2 Jump Start Guide” authored by Oracle ACE Asif Momen. I am glad to have my copy in my account. I have gone through the book contents and it looks like a structured stairs for beginners in Oracle database … Continue reading »
I was invited by a friend to talk with a group of teenagers about what it's like to be a computer programmer and why they might want to do the same. There were over 50 kids present, ranging in age from 12 to 18. They were great fun: enthusiastic, curious and engaged.
I decided to go light on the actual programming aspect (what code looks like, how you write it) and instead take a fairly big step back/up and talk about some big picture challenges. And to avoid boring these over-entertained kids out of their skulls, we played games - Mastermind and Set. They really enjoyed that.
The next quarterly championship playoff (for Q3 2012) will take place on Wednesday, 24 October. Forty-five players have qualified to take five tough quizzes in forty minutes. Wish them luck!
Here's some background on the players in the upcoming playoff, including the number of playoffs in which they've already played; their rank in that quarter, their rank in the playoff, and their best playoff performance.