Virtualization is important and Dave Welch from the House of Brick gave a great presentation of experiences with VMWare and Tier 1 databases. It was a comprehensive presentation, but the white paper was easier to follow. The slides were complete but the volume of information was a lot for an hour presentation. Well worth the time though.
A classic task given to a programmer is to make a TOP-N report of some data. Often a TOP within each group of some defined grouping (department, country, product type, etc.) And many times the report should also include the percentage of the total - even though you only display the TOP records.Many ways can be devised for this and many ways has been used and blogged about and given lectures on. This is nothing new, but it is a technique we often use in many practical cases. One typical case is a top list of best selling items within product groups.
Somebody asked me for a useful example of Oracle 11gR2′s new analytical LISTAGG function that uses a WITHIN GROUP syntax. They’d noticed an update to the askTom that showed how to use it. This post shows how to list values without a displayed aggregation column and how to use a JOIN and GROUP BY clause with the new analytical feature.
Q1 2011 ended on Friday, as far as the daily quizzes are concerned. Which means it is time to prepare for the championship playoff for that quarter. And a congratulations to the hundreds of players who committed a substantial amount of time playing quizzes, learning about PL/SQL, SQL and APEX, and in many cases sharing their knowledge with others through our discussion.