Comments on Don Burleson
"Letís face it ó if you work in Oracle and
havenít heard about Don Burleson, you must either be very new or not
interested in learning about your profession." -
You are just awesome. And your website http://www.dba-oracle.com is helping us in many ways. By my personal experience, whenever I have any doubt on any issues I look for your web site. Even in my office, we refer your web site instead of docs.oracle.com. I have lots of words to express my feelings but can’t write it here. Last but not the least, your blog is the "Guardians of the Galaxy" for the developers.
10/29/15 - Bikash Kumar Patra
Don Burleson: Bobby Durrett
I have all the Oracle
books from Rampant TechPress, You guys rock! - 2/21/14 - Shiv Iyer
I love your work and appreciate you sharing with the IT Community -
9/30/13 - Thomas Perry, SphereCom Enterprises
Once again your website proved to be one of the most helpful.
I've had a nodding acquaintance with sql and databases my whole
career (20+ years) as a software engineer. However, until about 2
years ago, I didn't have to use it much. Then I joined a project
where I needed to learn a lot quickly in this area. Some of my
questions, no one on our team could answer so I'd google for the
answer or explanation. Time and again, your website was listed in
the top ten or so.
I usually read or at least skim several different sources for an
answer. StackOverflow has been good too as are the Oracle forums but
inevitably I get the answer I need from your website.
Today, I needed to know how to turn off the old/new verification
lines when using a variable in an sql script.
Not only did I find that but I ran across a buried gem. When I
found it I felt like I'd been given the Arkenstone. This actual
piece of information that poked me to write you was how to do
history on the sqlplus command line (the forward slash)! I and many
others have been wanting to know this for a very long time and
thought it did not exist. (not allowed to install anything on the
I'm just writing now to
let you know you have helped me a lot over the last couple years and
I appreciate it.
18 July 2015
I learned my
DBA/Database Architect career reading your books. Thanks again Don..
Keep rocking :)
15 October 2015
Thank you very much
for inviting me for dinner and there after allowing me to take
photograph. Thank you very much for the love and care
that you have shown to me......I will never forget these beautiful
moments in my life........
Thanks & Regards
10 February 2011
Itís really a great honour for a witless creature like me to become
your disciple and itís a great and extraordinary privilege for me to
13 April 2015
You are awesome!
I love your Oracle advice. Half the time I stumble upon what
I need at your website.
17 January 2015
I hereby writing to give you thanks for your
invisible help. I had faced lot of problem while installing
oracle 10g but it become very easier when I had gone through your
tips, mentioned in your site.
I am an engineering student of
sixth semester. That's why I have to install oracle 10g for my
Again thanks a lot to you sir.
Ashwani Kumar Jha
08 October 2009
I visited the link below and was
pleasantly surprised at your clear and straightforward explanation
of the WITH
clause in Oracle. I have bookmarked your site and will now use
this as my primary research tool. Thanks so much. Regards,
05 May 2009
Several of my friends and I graduated from RIT just yesterday.
Many of us took courses in database, and since our department
focuses its attention primarily on the Oracle DBMS, we found the
information you've posted on your websites to be indispensable.
One might say that you've become a cult hero of the RIT IT
We've paid many tributes, in the form of a giant poster on the
wall of a lab, an April Fool's Day prank, and a web search tool
targeted only at your sites (to filter out all the other crap).
I subscribed to your blog a few weeks ago when one of my friends
described it as quite entertaining.
Thanks for all the help you've given us along the way, and for
the continued quality of the content you post to your blog.
30 April 2009
Thanks Donald for coming out with the book
Oracle 9i High Performance Tuning with STATSPACK and for your
Many times it has put me on the right track and it
looks like it did as well for others sites like
www.pafumi.net that reference your examples.
Just wanted to mention that when I search for info
on how to do something, your site always provides the answer quickly
The examples are always expressed in a manner that
allows me to figure out how to handle a particular situation! I
really appreciate what you guys do and how you do it!
14 April 2009
Wow... during my Oracle Performance Firefighting and
my Forecasting Oracle Performance class some of my students told me
I should check out your dress code and redneck sub web-site. So
during a lunch break I did. In a single word; impressive. . .
For sure, my level of respect for you (hopefully this is not a gauge
of anyone's self-worth, eh?) has skyrocketed.
Just wanted to give you a personal "Thank You" for
being out there for us oracle novices.
Your contributions to my posts are inspiring and have unquestionably
helped our project. Not to give away too much, but it has to do with
safety in aviation and that is a very important thing nowadays.
RMOUG 2006 speaker feedback is in:
"Excellent, very comprehensive, useful
"Very dynamic speaker - great"
" Very funny, very interesting and informative -
"Very useful information, well presented,
extremely helpful to me"
"Great presenter! Has a passion for what he does
and it came
through in his presentation and material. He
knows more than what he can deliver in such a short period."
I just want to say, I started working with your
techniques Oracle 8.05. I met you at a seminar. With your help,
I am able to blow Oracle consultants out of the water on tuning
etc. Just want to say thanks!
J.M. Family Vehicle Distribution
I have read a lot of books. But yours are the
best, and the "silver bullet" book is the best of all. And I
wanted to thank you for helping me be a better DBA.
You really have too much talent - you should
have had your own talk show. Howard Stern has no talent compared
Just wanted to say that Don's book "Creating a
Self-Tuning Oracle Database" is, without any doubt, the most
important Oracle book I have ever bought!!!!
It's just a fantastic book! For me, it's not just the great
scripts, the easy-to-understand style, or the handy code deport
that make this book so marvelous, but that it has inspired me to
roll up my sleeves and dig into the database, so to speak, and
find stuff out for myself.
This book is worth its weight in gold!
Love your books !!! Keep up the great work, your
expert advice has saved our customers a boatload of time and
These days I like reading Burleson's books a lot and found
new interests in his articles too.
In particular I use the book Oracle 9i High Performance Tuning
With Statspack by well known Oracle guru Don Burleson. This book
is really worth going buying it and gives you a complete picture
of interpreting Statspack reports.
I have met with huge success following your
tuning strategy in my current project. Personally those scripts
which give a good analysis of how objects are analyzed (FTS,
Index FFS, etc) are my favorite ones.
(Don Burleson) is a true genius in the Oracle world that has
dedicated a good part of his career to teaching Oracle DBAs
everywhere how to do their jobs better.
And then came the second truly wonderful session Iíve
attended this year: ďOracle 10g SQL Tuning SecretsĒ presented by
Donald Burleson. Mr. Burleson is an engaging speaker, with lots
of great information, and apparently a life long addiction to
Really, this man presents his material with the same zeal as
a used car salesman in a late night TV commercial, but with far
less reliance on lies, exaggerations and outright BS.
Want to know how strong his personality is? Part way through
his session, he lost the mic momentarily and I, sitting in the
back of one of the largest rooms at the conference, didnít
notice based on the volume, only based on the more natural tone
to his voice. This man clearly loves tuning SQL.
Usually I never buy Oracle Press Books simple
because in the past the books told you how Oracle "Should" work...
not how it actually "Does". So I was extremely weary when a fellow
Oracle DBA recommended this book to me. This book has radically
changed my view on Oracle Press Publications (yes, some are worth
G. R. Johnson
I've watched your web cast twice now and am sure
I'll probably view it again. There is so much information in the 1
hour, that you can't take it all in only watching it once.
Don Burleson's article is rated #1 for 2003 on
In great part thanks to you, I have learned much
about Oracle (i.e. the "real things") and UNIX. I have many of your
books and follow your site / articles religiously. in my mind,
you're one of the very few genuine 'gurus' out there - too many
charlatans are getting too much respect.
I have great respect for your oracle knowledge
and also thank you for providing valuable tips on the oracle's meta
I just purchased your book High Performance
Tuning with Statspack and it's great!! I really enjoy all of the
examples and explanations.
Lead Oracle Database Administrator
City of Garland
Thank you for
helping me look good. I am the CIO at Saint Joseph Hospital and
have heard you speak several times at Infotec as the Keynote Speaker
and also at the CIO small group sessions. I sincerely appreciate
your taking the assignment to help fix our current Oracle problem.
My staff was extremely frustrated and greatly have enjoyed working
Chief Information Officer
Saint Joseph Hospital
I bought your two latest books: Oracle High-Performance Tuning with
STATSPACK and Oracle High-Performance SQL Tuning. The books clearly
are the best on the market. Thank you very much for writing them.
I really enjoy reading your books on Statspack
and SQL tuning, and I'm wondering if you are planning on writing any
other books in the near future?
Thanks for your little book, named "Unix for Oracle DBAs - Pocket
Reference". Your book is a useful collection of experience, tips
and techniques about how a DBA can maintain good control of Oracle
Just read your book conclusion in above title
and thought I 'd take you up on your offer. I find your book really
useful and was delighted when I found it on the Oracle Press book
I just attended your presentation on
searchDatabase.com and you did excellent job.
You show us a lot off important hot spots about RAC. It is very
important understand HOW RAC works, without forget another
investments that are necessary to give High Availability to our
Luiz Antonio Zanetti Seixas
RepresentaÁ„o Operacional, SP
Excellent presentation, what I actually got to hear and see of
it. Is there anyway to view it again? You were crisp in your
delivery; answered the questions as if you had received the
questions weeks ago and could prepare your answers. I am
impressed! Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to view
I have never seen
you in person before, but have your books. Wow, I had no idea
tuning/performance could be such great entertainment material. You
were the highlight of the forums, thanks for being there! Everyone
I talked to gave you raves, you need a bigger room next year.
M. J. Allen
San Diego Data Processing Corporation
Don Burleson is one of the most exciting and
dynamic instructors that we can get - We ask him back to our
conference every year.
Surprisingly comprehensive coverage of
The title belies the broad scope of this wonderful book. It's not
just a "How-To-Do-Statspack" book but gives a comprehensive approach
to tuning Oracle from top to bottom including: tuning the
environment (server, disk, network), tuning the Oracle instance
(SGA), tuning Oracle objects (tables, indexes, segments), and
finding and tuning problem SQL statements. From a very comprehensive
'everything-that-touches-Oracle'; perspective the author ties it all
together with real life metrics from statspack. For example, most
authors barely make mention of tuning Oracle for the network but I
found some great Net8 tuning advice right away. It also comes with
tuning tips for PQO and OPS. Some may think the top down approach
de-emphasizes SQL tuning but not so. The author even tells how to
tune 3rd party applications where you can't touch the underlying SQL
The book comes with a wealth of supplied
scripts. The author even shows how you can do trend analysis and
graph your own performance metrics with free packages like "RRDtool"
and other free web-based graphing tools. You can spend $1000's on a
3rd party monitoring package and still not understand tuning or you
can buy this book, use the scripts and statspack utility that comes
with Oracle, tune the database with understanding, then observe and
document the improvements you made with captured statistics.
Steve Orr, Bozeman Montana
From the Seminar "Oracle for 64-bit on
Windows", Dallas Texas, November 17, 2003
"Don Burleson rocks!"
"The best presentation on ANY oracle subject I've seen. Too bad
this wasn't an 8 hour seminar!"
"One of the best Oracle 1/2 (day) seminars
From the Seminar "Oracle for 64-bit on
Windows", New York City, November 12, 2003
"One of the most informative and worthwhile
seminars I have attended this year."
"Don Burleson was outstanding."
"Don Burleson is a technology and communications genius!"
Yours and Mike Ault's articles,
presentations and seminars have been extremely helpful and a major
motivational force during my 10 years of involvement with Oracle.
Hope you keep up the good work and keep us and the rest of the
Fathi Taleb & Sons Group of Cos.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Don Burleson is one of the most exciting and dynamic speakers that we
can get - We ask him back to our conference every year.
Scott Petit, InfoTec Conference Chairman.
extremely entertaining speaker and you won't want to rest your eyes
during his presentations. I never miss a chance to go to his
seminars, even when I know the topic because he offers a wealth of
information that is always useful and practical.
Palinski, Computer expert and author.
Our daily lives are full of unknowns and
uncertainties--especially if you are a DBA or a database developer.
Sure, there are exceptions like Don Burleson --check out
Don's audio presentation last week...yikes, this guy knows his
Tim DiChiara - SearchOracle
Just a note of thanks for
your tip on adding and removing carriage returns in MS Word:
You my scenario exactly
right, i.e. copy and paste from a web page to Word - need to remove
the extra line break but Word does not have a "Paste Special" that
will do this automatically. I figured there must
be a way to do this. I had the right idea: replace two
carriage returns with one. But I couldn't get Find/Replace to
accept a cut and paste of the carriage return symbol. I doubt
I ever would have figured out that the CR symbol can be represented
as ^p had it not been for your tip. It was at the top of the
google returns when I searched for "remove line breaks in MS Word".
Perfect. This is so handy to know! Thank you.
Searchdatabase.com notes that the most popular Live Expert Q&A Webcast for
2002 was author Don Burleson's
Oracle expert tuning secrets.
Book Review: UNIX for
Oracle DBAs Pocket Reference
Oracle9i High-Performance Tuning with