Tom Kyte has worked for Oracle Corporation for more than twenty years. For nearly 15 of those 20 years, he has been answering your questions on AskTom and sharing his broad, deep knowledge of Oracle Database with the Oracle community. Tom has now begun a much earned retirement.
Do you have a favorite story of how Tom Kyte helped you achieve success with Oracle Database? Would you like to simply thank Tom for his years of sharing expertise with our community? Now's your chance!
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As a young precompiler/OCI (yes, pre-PL/SQL days) and kernel support rep, I kept getting calls from this east coast guy named Tom. Who was this guy and why did he ask so many questions?! After the years went on and I met him at one of the internal development-sales-support meetings - I noticed he ALWAYS asked about the new database feature, why it was implemented in that way and how the developers thought it would be used. In reflection, he was always trying to figure out how our customers were going to best use the feature for their benefit.
As you might know, Oracle has grown quite large over the years. For me, Tom was one of the internal go-to guys I could always count on to answer a quick email, offer quiet encouragement or share a good joke. I wish Tom only the best. He's been a valued colleague and will be greatly missed.
There are some SQL titans in place that I know will fill his shoes. AskTom, led by Chris Saxon and Connor MacDonald, is in great hands. In the short time I've known them - they have the same sense of feature curiosity and customer caring. I encourage you to get to know them! Follow @chrisrsaxon and @connor_mc_d on twitter! Check out their blogs. These guys rack up the miles and attend A LOT of events - try to meet them in person at a local developer event near you!
As with Scott/Tiger and Dr. DBA; AskTom is woven into the Oracle Database DNA as a gentle reminder of our colleagues.
Please, please don't ever change the name!