From the Editor

What’s Wrong and What’s Missing

What’s wrong and send us your corrections and your ideas—beginner, advanced, and more.

By Tom Haunert

September/October 2011

We run an occasional letters page in Oracle Magazine called From Our Readers. The content is correspondence (e-mails) from readers, along with our responses when appropriate. And while we really don’t mind getting letters that say something positive about a recent article or column, the letters we like most are the ones that point out errors—so we can fix them—as well as the ones that ask for different types of technology content in future issues. Getting the information right and offering the right information in each issue of Oracle Magazine is our goal, and direct reader input is one of our best resources for correcting and planning content.

Send your opinions about what you read in Oracle Magazine, and suggestions for possible technical articles, to Or click the Write the Editors link on our Website, oracle .com/oraclemagazine. You can also follow our @oraclemagazine Twitter feed or join us on Facebook at Letters may be edited for length and clarity and may be published in any medium. We consider any communications we receive publishable.

Beginning and Advancing

Beyond asking Oracle Magazine to include content on different technologies, readers also ask for different levels of content. A common letter theme over the years has been the request for more “beginner” content, in all technology areas. Although Oracle Magazine has provided a lot of what we consider beginner technology content, we’ve recently made the presentation of some beginner content a bit more formal.

Enter official content for beginners: the 101 series, inspired by the classic numbering of college and university introduction courses. This issue of Oracle Magazine includes Part 3 of Steven Feuerstein’s PL/SQL 101 series (“Working with Strings”), designed specifically for the beginning PL/SQL developer. This issue also features Part 1 of Melanie Caffrey’s new SQL 101 series (“Get Your Information in Order”), designed for the beginning database developer or any developer or administrator beginning to work with the relational database. We’re working on some other 101 series ideas as well, but if you have an idea for a series, let us know.

Of course, not everyone is looking for beginner content. We recently received a letter from a reader of Feuerstein’s PL/SQL 101 series who was looking for more-advanced PL/SQL content. We’re currently exploring ideas for additional advanced technology content, and that letter and others like it are definitely contributing to the conversation.

If you have any suggestions for advanced, beginner, or any other level of content, as well as suggestions for any specific technology coverage, send us an e-mail at

Other Beginnings, Advancements, and Conferences

And finally, the biggest all-around education, training, networking, and community experiences for Oracle technologists are right around the corner. Oracle OpenWorld 2011 comes to San Francisco, California, October 2 to 6, 2011, with information and learning opportunities for all expertise levels, all job roles, and all things Oracle. (See “Engineered for Innovation,” for details.) JavaOne 2011 comes to San Francisco, California,October 2 to 6, 2011, with information and learning opportunities for all expertise levels, all job roles, and all things Java. (See “Moving Java Forward,” for details.)

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