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OOW 2009 : Thursday and wrap up

The day started easy: The first session had similar content as the last one of yesterday - which I didn't like too much - and the second one got cancelled. So a late start, what was fairly convenient because of yesterday's party...
The first one was by Arup Nanda about 11g New Features for DBA's. Since 11g is already 'old school', I didn't learned that much: physical / logical / snapshot standby databases (quite handy for testing in a real production environment, performing rolling upgrades and reporting); partition by reference (where you can easily keep master and detail data in the same partition) etc. I was hoping for more R2 stuff, but maybe it is just to early as that version was released just a couple of weeks ago.
The second one was all about Data Security. There are so many features and options regarding that subject. To name a few: VPD, FGA, Encryption, Data Masking, Advanced Security, Audit Vault, Database Vault, Label Security, Secure Backup.... I think it is time for a new SQL command: "alter database set security = high".
The last session of this years OpenWorld was done by Rich Niemiec. He is a great entertainer (throwing candy, bars, chips etc. in the audience, lots of funny stories) and managed to put over 200 slides in 1.5 hour - what was only half an hour over time. This session was also called "11g New Features" - but this time not only for DBA's. And again, not many things that I haven't heard before.
That night Andreas surprised his housemates with a real gourmet dinner (with bison steak). And that was a really good closure of what should become a tradition: the Holland ACE House! Thank you Andreas, Jacco and Marko for your great company this week. And of course a special big THANK YOU for Anjo: He made this all possible!

Typed on my iPod in a shaking plane...
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