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IMHO - TechRepublic publishes false statements about Oracle

This TechRepublic article condemns Oracle functionality, a common complaint among non-professionals who do not understand Oracle’s flexible and robust nature.  I strongly support free speech and First Amendment rights, but free speech does not absolve any responsible publisher from their duty to check facts before publishing them. 

Brimming with ignorance and invalid comments, TechRepublic disses Oracle with one of the latest loads-o-crap from this irresponsible publisher.

And then there is the sewer known as "sqlldr.exe." Another complete waste of time to deal with.”

“When you do update the tools (using their awful Java installer, which takes two minutes just to start, and always gives me grief about where to install stuff), it destroys your existing setup, requiring a three hour trip down search engine lane to fix the problems.”

Three hours?  Man, how incompetent do you need to be to take 3 hours?  It’s amazing that TechRepublic would publish such un-credible nonsense under the heading “critical thinking” when this author admits to only using Oracle for 40 hours!  It’s more like “uninformed thinking”, IMHO.  

Do not even get me started on the idiotic tnsnames.ora file contraption. Talk about a manageability nightmare!”

This beginner admits that it takes him 2 hours to resolve a SQL simple error, and he blames it on the Oracle documentation, not his own lack of experience and training!  .

I’ve noted a strong decline in credibility of Oracle content in TechRepublic over the past two years, and I usually ignore them.  My greatest concern is that this author goes beyond opinion and has published statements of fact about Oracle that are blatantly false:

The search system on their Web site is horribly broken.”

“Oracle Enterprise Manager is pretty foul too. . .  The software itself barely works.”

“When your developers tell you that using Oracle over another database makes development take 10% longer, or your DBAs cost you 25% more, or management on users' desktops is 250% more difficult, or integration costs are $250,000 versus $10,000 for anyone else, eventually you are going to start to wonder if a 5% performance edge is worth it.”

In reality is great, and OEM works fine. Of course, Oracle is the fastest database around, as proven by many TPC world-record benchmarks.

Why didn't TechRepublic verify these "facts" before publishing them?  Where are the citations to back-up these numbers? 

I’m really surprised that TechRepublic would publish lies that falsely defame the most flexible and robust database management system ever created.  

This beginner apparently does not understand that with complexity comes power, but it's a shame that someone with such self-admitted lack of training and experience would be given credence as "critical thinking".

Reader comments:

I wanted to comment on your response to the TechRepublic article. Sadly, more and more I see this type of rant from individuals who expect not to have to learn anything to work with Oracle.  Please excuse the generalities, but unfortunately, it seems to speak to IT Professionalism in general that is sliding.  I think those of us who consider ourselves IT Professionals make it a point to dive into the technology we are  required to work with to learn it's full capabilities and understand it's structure. 

Of course, there are limitations to everything, but with limitations come engineered solutions and greater knowledge that can be applied forward in our careers.  It's what this business is about as far as I'm concerned.

Oracle, however, seems to contribute to the problem.  "2 Day DBA" classes and "Self Managing Database" catch phrases attract the attention of management who assume that it takes less expertise and manpower to engineer a stable and known Oracle environment, and of course, develop in that environment.  The reality can be quite the contrary given
today's increasingly complex end-to-end architectures. 

Aaron D.



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