Friday Sep 19, 2008

Have Error Code? Find Meaning

When we talk about learning, a large piece that is sometimes overlooked (or is difficult to achieve) is the concept of performance support - that is, getting the right piece of information to the right person at the right time.  Rather than teach someone all the information he or she needs, it's sometimes better to teach people how to get the information.  Even Einstein is given credit for saying he never remembered anything he could look up in under two minutes.

Enter a web site called ErrorKey.  Basically, you enter an error code or error message, hit the Search button, and you get a detailed description of the error.  As I've said in prior posts I'm not a technical person, but I've got to think this would be a cool tool for those who are. 

What's even more impressive is the list of systems for which error codes are indexed:

Oracle Sybase Apple Cisco 6400 Unix Solaris Cisco IOS
DB2 MySQL PostgreSQL SAP DB Borland C PlayStation
SQL Server SSAS SSIS SSRS Crystal Reports Nintendo Wii
Python Visual Studio Symbian Mozilla Windows NT Outlook
Amazon S3 HTTP Adobe Flash ColdFusion SilverLight Google Urchin
C# .Net JScript .Net Visual Basic .Net Informix


Give it a try.  You may be impressed enough (or be faced with enough error codes) that ErrorKey makes it to your bookmarks!

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I work on Oracle's Leadership Development team, but all thoughts and opinions expressed here are solely my own!

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