Best Year Yet


I haven’t ever done this before, but this has been the busiest year yet for this blog and I thought I would take a moment to say thank you, and to reflect. I know I’m not one of those flashy sites that posts multiple times per day (how do people have time for that while doing real jobs, too?), and my topics are pretty niche sometimes, so I don’t really expect it to attract a huge following. I mostly started this just because I like to write, and I need to generate continuing education credits to keep some of my certifications active. Consequently my “best year yet” is probably all in a day’s work for some others, but a couple of my topics in particular seem to have captured people’s attention this year. The following list is the top 10 posts, series of posts, or papers that I’ve had since I started this seven years ago.

Top 10 for 2019

  1. Patching the Java JDK in ORACLE_HOME
  2. Two Factor Database Authentication (and whitepaper)
  3. Real Time Oracle 11g Log File Analysis
  4. Deploying an Oracle 11gR2 Connection Manager
  5. Secure Database Links
  6. APEX Mystery Solved
  7. High Availability Architecture for Oracle REST and APEX
  8. Connection Manager Auto Start
  9. Cluster Timezone
  10. Automatically Protecting PII Data Columns with Transparent Data Encryption

Top 10 All Time

  1. Patching the Java JDK in ORACLE_HOME
  2. Two Factor Database Authentication (and whitepaper)
  3. Secure Database Links
  4. Real Time Oracle 11g Log File Analysis
  5. Password Strength
  6. Cluster Timezone
  7. APEX Mystery Solved
  8. Connection Manager Auto Start
  9. Thoughts on the DISA Database STIG
  10. Production vs. Development Systems

In the coming year I hope to take a look at authenticating the newly released Web SQL Developer with smart cards, and there will probably be a few other things that pop up along the way. Stay tuned!

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