Collective Data Set and Equal Data Position between B2B Partners in Data Sharing Ecosystems – enter: Blockchain

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Many organizations collaborate in one or more ecosystems: groups of organizations that work together in vertical chain or share common interests sometimes even despite being competitors. Examples are research environments (health, climate, agriculture, environment), supply chains & logistics, insurance industry, government agencies, pension funds, traffic management. Note that within large, loosely organized companies an ecosystem could consist of various divisions, sites or departments).

Within the the ecosystem, some data is considered open – equally accessible (more...)

Correlation calls for Common Cause Consideration

Correlation is a powerful thing. When two metrics rise and fall in a similar way, surely that cannot be just coincidence. It has to be meaningful in some way.

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In our minds correlation is easily turned into causality. Our minds are wired to think like that: find the narrative in what we observe. So one the phenomenon represented by one metric is all too readily considered to be an influencing factor on the phenomenon measured (more...)

Custom Log Parser in OMC Log Analytics to deal with Extended Logging in WebLogic Access Log

We recently enabled Extended HTTP Access Logging on our WebLogic Managed Servers. This adds the average response times and potentially several other valuable values to the WebLogic Access Log files. Unfortunately, the WebLogic Access Log file parser in Oracle Management Cloud Log Analytics does not know how to handle the Extended Log File Format (ELFF) that is now used for formatting the log files. As a result, no structured analysis can be performed on the (more...)

Smoke Escaping from a Black Box – how to tackle major production issues on a system that is not very transparent

This story is based on true events. It happened fairly recently.

imageI was called into an organization that was experiencing performance and stability issues that affected mission critical processes. Every now and again, and increasingly frequently, their service bus stopped working. It appeared as if only a restart could get things going again. There was no insight into the trigger nor the underlying problem that caused this loss of service.

Unfortunately – although it did (more...)

The Pipelined Pancake Party – demonstrating the Power of Parallelization and Pipelining in JavaScript with Promises and Asynchronous Generators

This article is an attempt to demonstrate the performance gains – and programming elegance – that is at our disposal with the advent of asynchronous generators in ES 2018 (JavaScript), for example in Node 10 and later. With asynchronous generators and Promises, we can implement parallel, asynchronous and pipelined processing that allow us to process a result set ahead of time.

The business case at hand… a pancake party (this may be a very Dutch (more...)

JavaScript Pipelining using Asynchronous Generators to implement Running Aggregates

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As of ES 2018 (recent browsers or Node 10), JavaScript support asynchronous generators. Generators are functions that return a set of values, one value at a time. These values can be processed inside the code that invokes the generator immediately, as soon as they become available. There is no need to wait for the entire result set to be composed first. In cases where the result set is huge or even never ending, this is (more...)

Jupyter Notebook for retrieving JSON data from REST APIs

If data is available from REST APIs, Jupyter Notebooks are a fine vehicle for retrieving that data and storing it in a meaningful, processable format. This article introduces an example of a such a dataset:

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Oracle OpenWorld 2018 was a conference that took place in October 2018 in San Francisco. Over 30,000 attendees participated and visited some 2000 sessions. Raw data from the session catalog is available from an API – a REST service that (more...)

The Full Oracle OpenWorld and CodeOne 2018 Conference Session Catalog as JSON data set (for data science purposes)


Oracle OpenWorld and CodeOne 2018 are two co-located conferences that took place in October 2018. Some 2000 sessions presented by over 2500 presenters form the core of these conferences. Many details are known about each of the sessions and the speakers – from title, abstract, room (size), date and time, session slides, session type and key topics to first name, last name, Twitter handle, picture, company, job title and bio. image

A data set is available (more...)

Get going with Project Fn on a remote Kubernetes Cluster from a Windows laptop–using Vagrant, VirtualBox, Docker, Helm and kubectl

| Mar 4, 2018

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The challenge I describe in this article is quite specific. I have a Windows laptop. I have access to a remote Kubernetes cluster (on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure). I want to create Fn functions and deploy them to an Fn server running on that Kubernetes (k8s from now on) environment and I want to be able to execute functions running on k8s from my laptop. That’s it.

In this article I will take you on a (more…)