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Oracle terms with multiple meanings

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Don Burleson

Don?t you hate it when there are many meanings for the same word?  For example, Oracle?s Virtual Private Database feature is also known as Row-level security, fine-grained access control, VPD, RLS and FGAC.


I also wonder why computer terms are so morbid.  Programs are executed, tasks are killed and routines are aborted when they deadlock.


We see the same issue with computer terms, many of which have been borrowed from American vernacular.  The other day I was wearing my favorite t-shirt with the phrase ?Got Root?? on it, and a farmer came up and asked ?What kinda root y?all talking about thar??  Let?s take a look at some of these innocuous computer words with double-meanings.



    American ? ?Go fetch me that thar possum?.

    Oracle ? In PL/SQL you can fetch a row from a cursor within a loop.



    American - ?You in a heap ?o trouble, boy?.

    Oracle ? The RAM heap for the PGA contains frames for sorting.



    American - ?That pointer is one ?o my best huntin dawgs?

    Oracle ? The segment header block contains a pointer to the high water mark.



    American ? Hey, I hear that Joe?s got EBCDIC

    Oracle ? Oracle on MVS/ESA supports the EBCDIC character set



    American ? I?m going to broadcast these corn seeds

    Oracle ? The TNS layer can be used for network broadcast messages



    American ? Man, that cheese will shore bind you up

    Oracle ? You should always use a bind variable with procedures



    American ? He?s pulled himself up by his own bootstraps.

    Oracle ? The oratab file can bootstrap an instance.



    American ? That sassafras root makes a great potus.

    Oracle ? UNIX installs require root access.



    American ? Go flush out that raccoon.

    Oracle ? Oracle will flush the buffer cache on shutdown.



    American ? Run fetch that spool of cable.

    Oracle ? Oracle can spool output to a file.



    American ? That stale cheese will make great bait.

    Oracle ? Pointers can become stale when nested table rows are relocated.



    American ? Go stack up that hay.

    Oracle ? Oracle keeps serialization information in the stack.



    American ? He?s a great watchdog but don?t let him grab onto your leg.

    Oracle ? The PMON process has a watchdog timer

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