My latest kick is to catalog useful information for reference purposes, which is one reason why I embarked on a quest to create a WebCenter VM.
Blogs are extremely good at SEO out of the box. So, it’s very likely that anyone searching for information on a technical topic will find a wealth of information from geeky blogs. Plus, it also helps that most blogs are started by geeks to discuss geekery.
Many of Chet’s (@oraclenerd) posts over at ORACLENERD touch on similar informational, how-to topics, and he, or rather John (@jpiwowar), just started a series on how to install the E-Business Suite on Oracle Enterprise Linux 4.
John is also including companion posts with additional information on his own blog. Be sure to follow both for the complete story. Reading over the companion for Part 1, you definitely don’t want to skip it; there are valuable nuggets in there.
This is fantastic stuff and extremely useful to the Oracle community at-large. If you’ve ever installed software, you may have started with the manual or install guide. The more complex the software, the more likely you read the install guide.
Similarly, the more complex the software, the more likely that your exact configuration may have some eccentricities that the generic documentation doesn’t address.
Enter blogs. It’s pretty likely that a geek somewhere has tried what you’re trying already and blogged about it. Sure, your mileage will vary, but this is a pretty decent assertion. I’ve validated it time and again.
Plus, if a geek blogged it, you’re pretty likely to find a way to reach out to said geek with questions and get an answer. This is why we blog, to share information.
Don’t believe me?
Anyway, I’ve worked for many years with EBS, dating back to 10.6 SC, and one thing I’ve never done is install the suite from scratch. So, I’ll be following John’s posts with interest.
Oh, and if you doubt that blogs rock at SEO, search for something like “install ebs 12.1 on oel”, and you’ll find both John’s posts above the fold in the results, even though they were just posted recently.
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