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Shameless, I know. But it feels so good...

We all like to get patted on the back, stroked, egos fed, right?

I am no exception.

And the very best kind of stroking for me is when a developer tells me things like:

"Your book changed my life."

"That code you posted on your blog saved me a whole day's work."

and so on. Honestly, I don't think the endorphin flow is from some sort of personal pride. It's more that the enormous chunk of my life that I have devoted to PL/SQL can help other individuals improve their quality of life and personal happiness in some way (I am much less enamored with helping the bottom line of corporations).

In that vein, this morning, I received the following wonderful email:

Subject: Error trapping - THANK YOU


Your Oracle article about error trapping in PL/SQL saved my bacon this morning. I woke up to a production error with commercial software that we wrote. 

I had already implemented many aspects of your recommendations. When I started troubleshooting at 0600, I had tools and plans in hand (the solution didn't come for 2 hours) BUT I had tools and plans!!!!

I debated posting my efforts publicly because I simply parroted your work. 

After the firefight this morning, I recognized that echoing your words can only help the cause.

Again, Thank you!!!! doesn't get better than that. Well, there is something better than that: spending time with my granddaughter, Loey, who at 3.5 years of age is a true fashionista:


  1. For anyone looking for a complete PL/SQL logging platform, there's a widely used free open source project called Logger:

  2. Hello Steven, All,
    It is very upsetting indeed to witness an error scenario, without any opportunity
    to research it, or being able to offer any advice ...
    Sad to say, but in many such occasions, since it is NOT my own code and I have
    practically no chance to touch it in any way, I am practically helpless ...
    I wish I were in a more cooperative environment, in which at least out of curiosity
    we could work together at least to isolate the problem, and, since it looks like
    an Oracle bug, at least to be able to create a reproducible sample case.
    I am always in favor of sacrificing even a high amount of so called "productive time"
    for the sake of research and, maybe, for highlighting a case that might hid a bug ...

    And ... yes ... Loey is indeed a very nice "Little Lady" ... still enjoying the opportunity
    of polarizing the 100% attention for her alone :):)
    As I remember, for not too much time left ... even if she will probably not have to share it with the happy PL/SQL developers community in the first place :):)



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