Oracle Magazine at 25
See where it’s been and where it’s going.
BY TOM HAUNERT
In 1987, a newsletter became a magazine. Oracle Magazine, Volume 1, Number 1, was published and distributed to subscribers of the newsletter it replaced. That first issue was till a newsletter at heart, however; it was 12 printed pages—including the front and back
covers—in black and white (and various shades of green). And there were no ads.
What happened next was even more dramatic: the second issue of Oracle Magazine. Oracle
Magazine, Volume 1, Number 2, could also have been called Oracle Magazine
The first issue of Oracle Magazine had reported the news of the
release of ORACLE RDBMS 5. 1, but the second issue didn’t have a
similar scoop. What the second issue did have was 48 printed pages.
There was news. There were stories about Oracle customers. There
were stories about Oracle partners. There was information on how
to use Oracle technology. There were ads. There was distribution to
new readers and would-be subscribers. And there were subscription
cards, to help officially turn readers into subscribers.