What were OTN visitors reading in 2007? All is revealed:
1. "Installing Oracle Database 10g Release 2 on Linux x86", by John Smiley (2005)
Interesting that an unofficial install guide (from a senior engineer at a major, Seattle-based online retailer not to be named) would turn out to be so popular, for so long - especially since it covers only RHEL4 and SLES9. BTW, I have John's update for 11g in my hands right now (for publication in the early new year; will cover OEL5 only).
2. "Oracle Database 10g: The Top 20 Features for DBAs", by Arup Nanda (2003)
Another crowd favorite, for obvious reasons. Arup's 11g version is under way.
3. "Guide to Linux File Command Mastery", by Sheryl Calish (2004)
Seems many people are looking to OTN for general education about Linux admin, which I consider an accomplishment.
4. "Build a .NET Application on the Oracle Database", by John Cook (2004)
The flip side of that above-mentioned coin. Where better to learn how to connect to Oracle from a .NET app than OTN?
5. "Installing PHP and the Oracle 10g Instant Client for Linux and Windows", by Chris Jones (2005)
Nice to see that you have to reach #5 on the list before hitting an article authored by an Oracle employee. In fact, it's the only one on this list.
6. "Oracle Database 11g: The Top New Features for DBAs and Developers", by Arup Nanda (in progress)
As mentioned above. This will become the most popular content in 2008, for sure.
7. "Build Your Own Oracle RAC 10g Rel 2 Cluster on Oracle Enterprise Linux and iSCSI", by Jeffrey Hunter (2007)
One in a long line of guides from Jeff, which began with Oracle9i RAC on RHEL3 and FireWire. This one is a classic.
8. "SOA Best Practices: The BPEL Cookbook", by various authors (2005)
This series should be (and apparently is in many cases) the first stop for developers or architects who are diving into standards-based app-to-app integration.
9. "An Introduction to Java Map Collection Classes", by Jack Shirazi (2004)
A big surprise. This manuscript was on my desk when I started working at Oracle in 2003, and it's still a huge draw - Jack has a great rep in Java performance tuning circles.
10. "Writing Better SQL Using Regular Expressions", by Alice Rischert (2003)
One of the first pieces of content to publish about Oracle Database 10g.
Telling that this list crosses database admin, PHP & .NET development, SOA, Linux admin, and Java performance management areas.
For the "complete" picture, stay tuned for the availability of an ISO download of the "OTN's Greatest Hists of 2007" CD.