The Ruby Toolbox: Look up gems by category and popularity

Posted by Jamie on May 19, 2009

I heard about The Ruby Toolbox today:  http://ruby-toolbox.com/

Here is a brief description, taken from their site:

The Ruby Toolbox gives you an overview of these tools, sorted in categories and rated by the amount of watchers and forks in the corresponding source code repository on GitHub so you can find out easily what options you have and which are the most common ones in the Ruby community.

They basically list Ruby libraries by category and ‘popularity’ (defined above.)  I think it’s really interesting how influential GitHub has been to Ruby development, and in my opinion it is only natural that sites like The Ruby Toolbox are created.  I like the site because it lets me quickly choose candidates for evaluation when I am looking for a library to help with a particular task.

Adding additional controlfiles (multiplexing) in Oracle using ASM

Posted by Jamie on May 12, 2009

When creating a database using ASM, the Oracle database creation assistant, ordbca, has an annoying tendency to only create one controlfile by default.  This is unequivocally a bad idea for any database that contains meaningful data, therefore it is necessary to add additional controlfiles.  Before ASM, you could shutdown the db, copy the controlfile on the OS level and modify the control_files parameter to add additional controlfiles.  If you use ASM, the operation is not that simple anymore, you need to use RMAN to perform the copy.  Here’s how I did it on my RAC database (10.2.0.3.0) on ASM (Note: check your ASM locations – this is only an example) : Continue reading…