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New Ranking Tags Feature of Oracle Dev Gym

                                 You can take quizzes, workouts and classes at the Oracle Dev Gym solely with the objective of learning and improving your expertise in Oracle technologies. You can also play competitively , which means that you will be ranked when you take a tournament quiz. You can see all the rankings for tournaments by clicking on the Leaderboard tab. But what if you'd like to see how you ranked compared to your co-workers or friends? What if your entire dev team wants to take a workout together and then compare how you all did? I have one answer to those questions: ranking tags! Click on your name in upper right, select Profile Settings. Click on the Ranking Tags tab. It's empty! OK, now it's time to talk to your friends or co-workers. Decide on a tag that you can use to identify your little circle. Aim for something obviously unique. These are "just" tags, so if you use something like "ORADEV" and so does someone else, you will be in

Changes to Oracle Dev Gym Tournaments in 2021

The more things change, the more they stay the same? Or is it: No matter how much we want things to stay the same, they inevitably must change? Or perhaps it's: 2020's been such a horrible year in many respects, let's change things up in 2021 in every way we can! Whichever platitude or desire fits best, at the Oracle Dev Gym , things are about to change. From 2010 to 2014, this website (then known as the PL/SQL Challenge) offered daily quizzes on PL/SQL, plus SQL, Logic, database design, APEX (on and off), Java (for a while). In 2014, when I rejoined Oracle, the PL/SQL quiz also went to a weekly cadence. For 2021, we are going to switch things up a bit more. Starting January 9, the SQL, PL/SQL and database design quizzes will be "converged" into a single weekly Oracle Database quiz. I know that this change may not be very popular with the many players who have, with incredible dedication, taken pretty much every single one of those quizzes over the years.  I