Sunday, September 10, 2006

Oracle Riddles: What's The Point?

I am frequently asked for directions. Sometimes I am not the best to ask and will just be a waste of your time and energy. Other times I am sought exclusively. I try to lead a balanced life. But, hey, I am not perfect. What exactly am I?

9 Comments:

Anonymous Rahul said...

An Index?

9/10/2006 5:21 PM  
Blogger Eric S. Emrick said...

What "exactly" am I? :)

9/10/2006 7:38 PM  
Blogger Eric S. Emrick said...

Well, I was looking for b*tree index because of my "balanced" clue. Oracle implements "balanced b*tree" indexes for what we refer to naturally as b*tree indexes in Oracle. But, the classical definition of a balanced b*tree index is that all leaf nodes are on the same "level" at any moment. Technically, a bitmapped index is also implemented by a balanced b-tree given this definition. Actually, what index implementation in Oracle doesn't use the balanced b*tree implementation? The distinction is simply the way the data is stored in the index, not the structure. So, I'll accept "index" as the correct answer :)

9/10/2006 8:24 PM  
Blogger Robert Vollman said...

A man who has had a few beers?

9/13/2006 6:08 PM  
Blogger Eric S. Emrick said...

Nice one Robert :)

9/13/2006 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Cube 167 said...

b*tree index

9/28/2006 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it asktom.oracle.com?

9/30/2006 12:23 PM  
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