DevOps Handbook Review

DevOps: Is it a mindset or process? That’s a big question for managers because while you can’t manage a mindset, you can manage a process. DevOps is actually a framework of processes.

Some actually say DevOps is actually a lot like making a patchwork quilt. You need to design the patches before you figure out how to stitch them together. I believe this is true, and base that on my experience as a release engineer (more...)

Install Cassandra on Fedora

It was quite interesting to discover that DataStax no longer provides the DataStax Community version of Apache Cassandra or the DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed because it means folks will get less opportunity to learn how to use Cassandra because it makes it more difficult for beginning developers.

I spent a good hour sorting through what was available and then figuring out the real requirements.

After installing and (more...)

Upgrade APEX 4 to 5.1.2

This blog post shows you how to upgrade APEX Version 4.0 on a default Oracle Database 11g XE instance to APEX 5.1.2. It divided into two parts. The first part confirms your starting point and the second installs and configures APEX 5.1.2. As a rule, you only should need to unlock the anonymous schema because these should be correctly set already.

Confirm Current Installation

  1. Verify the database version by connecting (more...)

SQL Logic Overkill, again …

It’s interesting to watch people try to solve problems. For example, in a lab exercise that I wrote the simple fix is to replace an external file value with a scalar subquery in an INSERT statement. There’s even a hint about how to fix the external file value in the CSV file.

The approach here was interesting and worked. However, it’s wrong on two levels:

INSERT INTO transaction
(SELECT   transaction_s1.nextval
 ,        tr.transaction_account
 ,         (more...)

Oracle SQL Strip Quotes

Somebody wanted to know how to strip double quotes from strings. Obviously, they’re playing with the DBMS_METADATA package. It’s quite simple, the TRIM function does it, like this:

SELECT TRIM(BOTH '"' FROM '"Hello World!"') AS "Message"
FROM   dual;

It will print:

Hello World!

As always, I hope this helps those looking for a solution.

Read list of a dictionaries

My students wanted a quick example of how to read a list of a dictionaries in Python. So, here it is:


# Declare list of dictionaries.
cakes = [{'cake':"vanilla",'frosting':"chocolate"}

# Read the list of dictionaries.
for lkey, lvalue in enumerate(cakes):
  print lvalue['cake'] + " with " + lvalue['frosting'] + " frosting."

Naturally, a list can contain many things and you should ensure each value you read is a dictionary before trying (more...)

Installing PIP for Python

If you’re on a Mac running macOS Sierra, you can install PIP to add packages. PIP stands for either of the following:

  • PIP installs Packages
  • PIP installs Python

You use the following to install the PIP utility:

sudo easy_install pip

It should return the following:

Searching for pip
Best match: pip 9.0.1
Processing pip-9.0.1.tar.gz
Writing /tmp/easy_install-ryxjDg/pip-9.0. (more...)

Python variable not defined

While working with a programming example for my students, I ran into an interesting run-time error when I changed their approach to importing Python’s random module. Here’s the raised error message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 84, in 
    speed = [choice([-2,2]), choice([-2,2])]
NameError: name 'choice' is not defined

You raise the missing choice identifier when two things occur. The first thing requires you to use a standard import statement, like the (more...)

Install PyGame on Fedora

The PyGame library is a wonderful tool for building games with Python. It lets you accomplish a great deal by simply managing events. You need to understand how to use Python functions, modules, and events to build games with this Python library.

You can download and install the PyGame library with the yum utility like this:

yum install -y pygame

It should generate the following list when you install it as the root user:

Loaded  (more...)

Install EasyGUI on Fedora

The EasyGUI library is a nice tool for developing GUI applications. It doesn’t require you to know event-driven programming to write basic GUI applications because it’s based on Python functions.

You can download and install the EasyGUI library with yum utility like this:

yum install -y python-easygui

It should generate the following list:

Loaded plugins: langpacks, refresh-packagekit
mysql-connectors-community                                  | 2.5 kB  00:00     
mysql-tools-community                                       | 2.5 kB  00:00     
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