Twitter and Oracle
It really does surprise me how something as simple as Twitter could be used in ways I never thought of or imagined. One clever use of this technology is something Lewis Cunningham at the Database Geek blog has shared in a post I stumbled over last week entitled Ora_Tweet – Tweet From Oracle, A PL/SQL Twitter API . Simple and elegant, he has shared an idea that would let him make posts from the database to help keep him informed of long running processes. He uses a special twitter account to spare all who follow him from seeing when his processes are finished. This clever piece of code allows him to follow that account and the messages as they come across with a twitter client on his blackberry. Lewis provides the code in his post so I encourage you to visit his site and take a quick look at this clever use of Twitter.
Of course most of us have relied on email or other transports to distribute these kinds of alerts for years. This is not rocket science, but does demonstrate how resourceful, clever people can use technology like this in ways I’m certain the original designers never anticipated. Or myself for that matter <g>. Well done Lewis thanks for sharing this with all of us.