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I’m upgraded and updated

It is Sunday night and I’m sitting next to my wife Jasmine on the sofa in front of the TV. Jasmine is watching “Big Love” on HBO (a series about a guy who is married to three wives, poor guy!), and I have my laptop on my lap, trying to write some thoughts.

Well, I finally did it. I upgraded my blog to the latest WordPress version (currently at 2.0.2). And while I was at it, I also switched to a new WordPress theme. I hope you like it. I wanted to avoid changing the look of the blog, but the old theme was not compatible with WordPress 2.0. Moreover, I used a few new WordPress plugins, you can see all of them here.

Speaking of upgrades, take this simple example:

select nvl(nvl(nvl(null, null),null),4) from dual

What’s wrong with it? Well, having an “upgraded” database version, from 8i to 9i for example, gives you the option to write it like this:

select coalesce(null,null,null,4) from dual

Upgrades are good. But hey, upgrades are not as simple as they sound. Heck, I spent all Sunday afternoon and evening upgrading my simple and small blog. How long will it take to upgrade, not one, but multiple Oracle databases and make sure that nothing breaks in the process. Testing an upgrade is often the most time consuming part of the upgrade process.

Filed in Oracle, Technology, WordPress on 26 Mar 06 | Tags: , ,

Reader's Comments

  1. |

    the two columns make it very busy, a lot hits you at once (I feel sorry for anyone with 17″ or smaller monitor). Grouping is good but one column would be better even if you have to scroll down to see it all. Lots of good features, don’t lose anything!

    BTW I love that we have a coldfusion resource with an Oracle focus even though I use SQL server myself, I have some customers that have oracle and it’s only a matter of time before they ask for an Oracle project.

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    Sorry but too much information. My eyes hurt. Your old theme was infinitely better.

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    Too bad my old theme did not work with WP 2.0 (without messing it up). However, I have taken Michael’s advice and switched to one column to the right, instead of two. I think it is better now. Thanks for your feedback.

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    I’m using the same them you had:

    Semiologic, 2 columns 3.2 by Denis de Bernardy

    Works fine on my WP 2.0 release. Did 2.0.2 break it?

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    Just an update… I patched to 2.0.2 and the theme still works.

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    Tom, I had an older version of Semiologic (2.6) that was created before WP 2.0 existed.

  7. |
    <p>Jasmine is watching “Big Love” on HBO</p>

    Ha! My wife makes we watch Big Love too!

    It’s get addicting though . . .

    I cannot even imagine having three wives . .