Friday, November 04, 2005

UKOUG, Scotland, Tuomas & 7th NF

Turning a comment into a post....

Thank you all for the welcome. Good to see people like Roderick on this blog planet. For those of you who doesn't understand Roderick's last (Danish) comment, it means "Bottoms up or the rest in the hair", ie empty your glass, or you will have to pour the rest over your own head. Oh yes, we have many ways of making the long winters bearable here.

Apart from that, it was a fine UKOUG conference last week, again making it one of the finest Oracle things you can go to. The UKOUG staff was doing it even better than last year, and especially Rachel deserves a promotion to Army Chief of Staff or something.

After UKOUG in Birmingham I went to Edinburgh for the Chris Date event there and finally managed to meet up with my wife Anette and our two months old son Viktor. After all the travelling I've done, I either had to buy her something made out of gold or spend time and money on a nice stay somewhere. We chose Edinburgh, famous for castles, whiskies, beer and rain. What more could Anette ask for?

Tuomas Pystynen, an OakTable member and an old-timer from Kernel Development in Oracle, was with us, too, and he's a guy who knows stuff. His company is called Deepbase, and I think that is a pretty good name for what he can. He also knows his middleware and much more.

Chris Date presented the 6th normal form (oh yes), which basically means that ALL your tables consist of two columns: A meaning-less key (joke, Lex, joke!) and a column with data.

Next: The 7th normal form, where all tables only consist of a meaning-less key (joke, Chris and Lex and Fabian, joke!!).


Blogger Noons said...

And then you have 8th normal form: that's where you get a natural key in a table and nothing else.

Or as someone once said:
"the key, only the key and nothing but the key. So help me Codd"

(wildly twisting the head with hands around neck while yelling: I am NOT a designer!)
Ah well, back to ho-hum normality...

1:48 AM  
Blogger melanie caffrey said...

I thought 8th normal form was where you get a *synthetic* key in a table and nothing else.


11:35 AM  
Blogger Noons said...

Narh, that's 7th. You still need some data stored somewhere else with that one.
Old hat. Abstract, abstract!

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Blogger Mark J. Bobak said...

"One key to rule them all, One key to find them, One key to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them."

(With apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien)

11:09 AM  
Blogger Roger Snowden said...

Sadly, I missed UKOUG again this year. Can't seem to get management to commit early enough for me to get scheduled with a paper.

Guess I'll just blame it on that bastard Ricky Sanchez.

How the hell did we start letting Danes in the blogoverse, anyway?

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