I learned about one of those wonderful issues that crop up in software development that are just about impossible to plan for. One of my senior developers who’s rolling out a small Hibernate project mentioned they had run into an issue with Oracle 10g. This was the first project we’ve used 10g on, but all of a sudden he started getting strange errors when he tried to generate the schema on the fly. After some frustration it turned out that DROP doesn’t really mean DROP in 10g. Oracle has added the idea of a recycle bin so that you can recover the table. A quick removal of the default setting and the problem was solved.