[Chicago-talk] gaffes, was: Multiple spaces, ascii art, pod

Ed Summers ehs at pobox.com
Thu Feb 5 13:37:30 CST 2004

On Thu, Feb 05, 2004 at 10:18:15AM -0800, Jim Thomason wrote:
> It's the documentation gaffe that I never managed to
> live down. 

Since we're trading gaffes...

Imagine first day on a job; having fun working with Oracle for the first
time since it has views (unlike MySQL at the time); building a view of some 
data in another table (which turns out to be a very important); finished with 
view so the view is deleted:

    delete from myview;

instead of 

    drop myview;

Quit out of SQL*Plus session (commiting transaction). Feel heart rate increase 
sharply while DBA remains calm saying "now would be a good time to test those 


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