Converting Epoch Time to Date with a Virtual Column

Epoch time is common in some situations because it is easier to do date calculations than with normal dates. The most popular is UNIX Epoch time which is the number of seconds since the start of January 1, 1970. If you have your data in Oracle you don’t have to worry about date arithmetic, since Oracle handles that for you. So in case you have such a table with epoch time and want to query it with functions that expect the DATE datatype, you can add a virtual column that returns the epoch time converted to DATE like this: [Read More]

ODC Appreciation Day: SQL


Oracle Developer Community Most of my work in the Oracle world has been DBA-oriented. But for the last years, I have rediscovered the joy of development and data analysis. When I haven’t been writing the code myself, I have often helped other developers when they connect to the Oracle database, and their program does not perform as expected. Developers coding in Java, Python, or most other programming languages spend time on figuring out how to get the work done. [Read More]

Normalizing Data Sets

Importing one-file datasets to your relational database

Here the other day I was helping my son with his homework. His task was to create a simple data model, create it in MySQL, and make a simple web page to access the data. I thought that after creating a few INSERT statements on his own I could help him with demo data. Since he had decided to create a movie database I googled for some movie data sets and decided to use the IMDB 5000. [Read More]