Hotsos Symposium Speaker – Cary Millsap

Mr. Millsap is a prior Hotsos Symposium presenter.


Cary Millsap

Cary Millsap is the founder and president of Method R Corporation. He is widely known in the Oracle community as a speaker, educator, consultant and writer. He is the author (with Jeff Holt) of Optimizing Oracle Performance (O'Reilly 2003). Cary is also co-author of Oracle Insights: Tales of the Oak Table.

Cary is one of the former founding partners of Hotsos and worked at Oracle for ten years. In the early 1990s, Cary created Oracle's OFA Standard, which became the default configuration standard for Oracle software installations worldwide. Cary is also a woodworker who builds and repairs furniture in his own shop. Follow Cary's blog at

Cary is an Oracle Ace Director.

Presentation Titles

Making Friends with the Oracle Database
Lessons Learned, Version 2009.03


  • #1 Making Friends with the Oracle Database: To many application developers, a database is just a "data store" with an API that they call when they need to persist an object. It's an abstraction that makes sense from one perspective: in a world where you're expected to write dozens of new features every day in Java, PHP, or C#, who has the time or the inclination to dive into what's going on deep inside the Oracle Database? As a result of the abstraction, though, developers sometimes inflict unintended performance horrors upon their customers. This presentation shows how developers and DBAs can use Oracle extended SQL trace data as a common language about performance that allows both teams to work smoothly together in pursuit of the common goal of fast, scalable software applications.

  • #2 Lessons Learned, Version 2009.03: This presentation will summarize a few of the interesting things Cary has learned recently. Topics will include:
    • Project management lessons
    • Profiling his own code
    • Oracle extended SQL tracing

Presentation Materials

Presentation materials are available online to attendees only. Mr. Millsap's presentation materials for the "Making Friends with the Oracle Database presentation may be found at the Hotsos portal. Cary's "Lessons Learned, Version 2009.03" will be made available on the day of his presentation. Attendees may use their portal ids to log in.


The speaker schedules can be found at the following links: