Well, the day has finally come. Oracle’s instant client for Mac OS X works in 64-bit. Version 10.2 has been broken for a few years and Oracle did an update to 11.2 that I’ve had success with.
The timing couldn’t have been better. I’ve started working on a system to take our students out of PowerSchool, generate a username for them and manage our Google Apps domain for students.
So if you are on a Mac and do any development with Python or Ruby, go grab the newest version of the Instant Client and stop using work-arounds!