IMHO - TechRepublic publishes false statements about
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
“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
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.”
search.oracle.com is great, and OEM works fine. Of course,
Oracle is the fastest database around, as proven by many TPC
Why didn't TechRepublic verify these "facts"
before publishing them? Where are the citations to back-up
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".
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
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
today's increasingly complex end-to-end architectures.