Selective persistence of Oracle Diagnostic Logging (ODL) output

Background and Goal

In any application, logging is widely used for diagnostics and debugging. 

Logging at various "checkpoints" (such as entering with request, exiting with response, error handler) in the application can provide a fairly reliable way to trace the execution path of the application - which a subsequent sweep or count can be used to report on. When the logs are regularly analysed and reported on, anomalies can get flagged up proactively and (more...)

Geographical clusters with the biggest concentration of web services

From a data set of approximately 145 million IP addresses running at least one publicly accessible web service (such as a website), I was able to determine these 20 geographic "clusters".

Note that these are not "20 locations with the most number of web services" but data set clustered into 20 geo locations - similar to centres of gravity. (Which is why some of the clusters appear in the sea). It is not surprising that (more...)

Raw results – countries list with total IP (IPv4) addresses


Presented below is a list of countries (country codes) and the total count of live IPv4 addresses as counted from the scan data of 1st October 2017

The numbers definitely look incorrect and total up to only 145,430,195 - I will continue to investigate why, but they seem to be in proportion. 
It is likely that are only able to gather data about live IP addresses (more...)

How many programmers does it take to update a Wikipedia page?

......or what it took to count the number of IPv4 addresses in every country (as of 1st October 2017). 

This Sunday, I found that the Wikipedia page on List of countries by IPv4 address allocation was using data from 2012. I wondered what it might take to add more up to date information on that page. During a recent course I attended, I got to know about - a fascinating project that (more...)

Comprehensive automated test coverage tool kit – Service bus (and ICS)

If we are not test first (or at least test alongside) programming, we are essentially debug later programming (See "Physics of Test Driven Development").

If the enterprise service bus sits in the middle of an organisation's messaging and integration landscape, there are some key architectural principles that help in getting the best out of any service bus solution:
  • It is not the place for business logic but for integration logic i.e. heavy on (more...)

Enterprise World Wide Cloud – Notes from the Oracle #PaaSForum 2017

This must be one of the last posts on #PaaSForum 2017 that anyone has written. Too late but I hope not too little, as it gives us an opportunity to reflect upon the material presented there. I heartily thank Jürgen Kress for organising this event on a grand scale, at a beautiful location (Split, Croatia this year), for his invitation, warm welcome and hospitality. Also thanks to his colleagues from Oracle for their help in (more...)

Progress with the Oracle Integration Cloud Adapter SDK

In the past few days, I have been making some progress with using the ICS Cloud Adapter SDK. 
Today, I created my first shell adapter - the design time views can be seen below!

The journey so far: 
 * Reading through the documentation [Ongoing]
 * Developing the empty adapter and deploying it for design time and runtime [Check]

There are a number of integration use-cases that (more...)

WS Security – enabling passwordDigest authentication in an Oracle FMW environment

To have a basic level of authentication on web services (especially where there's no transport layer security) without having to pass clear text passwords in the WS Security headers. 

The concepts are fairly generic but this post is highly Oracle Fusion middleware specific. There can be complex decision tree (see [1]) involved when selecting the 'appropriate' level of security for any system. As security involves trade-offs between cost, performance, usability (more...)

Managing shared metadata (MDS) in a CI enviornment

Goals and Summary:
* Package shared metadata in a SOA environment and make it widely distributable (SOA MDS [2], Servicebus, maven artifact repository) 
* Associated sample:  
* Key command (if you use the associated pom file) 
mvn deploy -Dpassword=*****

Having worked on a wide range of projects, I came to the realisation that SOA can mean vastly different things in different (more...)

Easy SOA releases with JGitFlow

If you use GIT as your source control system and if you use maven, the jgit-flow plugin is a massive time-saver, especially when we release a slightly large application with multiple modules (Each with it's own pom file). 

Two steps: 
 mvn external.atlassian.jgitflow:jgitflow-maven-plug in:release-start
 mvn external.atlassian.jgitflow:jgitflow-maven-plug in:release-start

do the job. 

The above sequence basically updates the pom file versions to a release version (e.g. from 1. (more...)

Test Driven SOA – citrus for powerful SOA test coverage

Reading parts of Test-Driven Development for Embedded C" by James W. Grenning inspired me to take another look at this area and look for something new,  fresh and powerful.

I don't think we need much convincing on the importance of  automated test coverage (if someone does, please read the first chapter of the book mentioned above, especially the section on "Physics of TDD" that tries to quantify the high long-term costs of "Debug later programming" (more...)

Maven builds for SOA Composites with BPEL Java embedding and Java class

Enviornment: Oracle SOA Suite 12.2.1

Sample Application:
(Git clone or use the download option from here: )

 A BPEL component has a Java embedding that in turn calls a Java class method (under the usual SCA-INF/src)

This works and builds find using JDeveloper, but the oracle-soa-plugin for maven seems to have a few known issues (see references for one of them) that cause builds for (more...)

#AMIS25 and The Oracle Cloud Shift : Insights from my first Holland trip

I would like to take this opportunity to wish AMIS Netherlands a very happy 25th birthday. In the context of Oracle SOA, the the name AMIS often keeps popping up - they have contributed a lot to the knowledge available to the community around this and related Oracle technology. 

As they chose to celebrate this occasion in a uniquely signature style - by holding a global Oracle conference with an impressive lineup of speakers (more...)

My first take on SOA/BPM Suite 12c.

The Oracle Fusion Middleware circles have been abuzz this weekend with the launch of the latest and greatest release of BPM/SOA Suite 12c.

The 12c release announcement late Friday evening (GMT+1, UK time)  caught me pleasantly off guard as during the past 6 months I have been very focused on a client project.

Listing below are just a few of my initial notes on the features that caught my attention.

- Experience with initial installation

ADF UI with MongoDB for persistence

The sample application (JDeveloper 12c / 12.1.2) can be downloaded from here.
This is a simple ADF application whose underlying business service implementation uses MongoDB for persistence.
The application allows create & update operations on a one-to-many data model (Department-Employees)

As shown in the screenshot below, you can (more...)

Webservice interaction patterns – part 2 – Synchronous Webservice call timeouts

Goal: For reasons of performance and more importantly, good user experience, he client application (ADF) should be able to timeout gracefully instead of hanging indefinitely (and/or potentially causing STUCK threads on the ADF server) when invoking an external 'synchronous' web service.

At runtime
When I run the application,
If I (more...)

Webservice interaction patterns – part 1 – very basic DML

There are a number of ways you 'call' web services from an ADF application. The best method to choose would depend on the individual scenario.

This particular example is the most suitable option where:
- Our application is allowed to read from the database using its own business services - (more...)

JDeveloper Productivity features – run current working set

In a well designed application ('the sum of parts'), we probably divide functionality into projects. 
At any given time individual developers normally work on one or two projects, which they need to run and test quickly using the integrated weblogic server. 
I find the working set feature very (more...)

Minor observations on the ADF standards document

My original title to this post was: "Entity/Entities, Key abstractions and nouns". 

Just noticed this very useful document on "ADF naming and project layout guidelines" published recently. It represents a valuable and exhaustive resource that many projects and programmers (including myself) benefit from. 

I'm a fan of (more...)

ADF & Event driven Integration with a BPMN process

The usecase for my sample application is:
A standalone application exists to create/update 'Departments'. Originally, it was not intended to be part of an automated process (BPEL or BPMN) but now business decided that their process for the creation of a department is actually more than just data entry in the standalone application. It also now involves an approval. 

1. Every interaction with a software application in a business environment is part (more...)