Service Provider initiated SSO on WLS11g using SAML2.0


At a recent customer I got the assignment to implement a SAML 2.0 configuration.

The customer is in this setup a Service Provider. They provide a student-administration application for the Dutch Higher Education Sector, like Colleges and Universities. The application conventionally is implemented on premise. But they like to move to a SaaS model. One institute is going to use the application from 'the cloud'. In the Dutch education sector, an organization called (more...)

SQLServer: date conversions

In my current project I need to query an MS SqlServer database.
Unfortunately the dates are stored as a BigInt instead of a proper date datatype.
So I had to find out how to do compare the dates with the systemdate, and how to get the system date. To log this for possible later use, as an exception, a blog about SqlServer.

To get the system date, you can do:

It's maybe (more...)

JDeveloper BPMN Bug: Activity Name conflict – Follow Up

A few weeks ago I reported about my experiences with JDeveloper 11g PS6 in Malta. I had to borrow a laptop to do the Adaptive Case Management workshop. It was a HP laptop with Ubuntu 12. Somehow this combination with VirtualBox 4.3.6 lead into a bug in JDeveloper. Creating a new project would introduce a dash ('-') in the ID of each created activity.

In the mean time I have a new laptop, (more...)

Hierarchical XML from SQL

Years ago I wrote an article (in Dutch) on the XML functions in Oracle SQL. It can be found here.
It describes how to create an xml document as an XMLType with an Oracle SQL Query.

The query that is described is based on a pretty simple table, with no relationships. I'm creating a new course based on a datamodel we created years ago, that contains data. I wanted to abstract some of that data (more...)

OSB 11g For-each: is index variable an integer?

In OSB you can add a for-each construct to loop over a set of elements:
OSB For-each
Today I encountered something strange with the index variable of the for-each. At one stage I wanted to select an element based on the index-variable, in the screendump above it is 'functieIndex'.
The xpath expression I created was something like:
But although I checked the value of the variable functieIndex using alerts, I always got the complete set (more...)

Run XQuery with XqlPlus

I started today with setting up an OSB training and figuring out how to run XQuery scripts outside of OSB. I looked into the (ok a little dated) book: Oracle Database 10g XML&SQL, that I have in my library. In that book there's also a chapter about XQuery. And it shows that the Oracle XDK has a XQuery processer, but also a commandline tool like SQLPLus: XQLPlus. It is in the xquery jar, but (more...)

JDeveloper BPMN Bug: Activity Name conflict

This week in the BPM Adaptive Case Management workshop at the Oracle Fusion Middleware Community Forum I ran into a strange bug.

The background: earlier this week my own laptop broke down. So I had to borrow a laptop, what fortunately I could borrow from one of the presenters (thanks Guido). The thing is, though, that it runs on Ubuntu 12, so I ran my VM in VirtualBox 4.3 on Ubunty. Now actually that (more...)

OSB scripted export: Branch target offset too large for short

The weirdest thing occurred to me yesterday. I have this OSB-project in Eclipse that is working fine and can be published to the dev-server perfectly.

However, I use a release/deployment framework that does a scripted export of the OSB-configuration-jar. It copies the osb-projects to a temp-folder and creates an configuration-jar out of it. It is based on the scripts of Edwin Biemond, that I adapted in way that it can be included in my (more...)

Yet another one on ‘Oracle Type inheritance and advanced type casting’

Triggered by a comment on an older article I wrote a little article yesterday on determining the instance of an object. As far as known by me at least and seemingly by Google there is no java instanceOf counterpart in Oracle Pl/Sql. In SQL Where clauses you can use the (more...)

Another one on "Oracle Type inheritance and advanced type casting"

Already four and a half year ago I wrote an article on Oracle Type inheritance and type casting.  See here. But although Object types are supported by Oracle since Oracle 8, it seems to me that there is still little familiarity on the subject.
I'm not really a Pl/Sql (more...)

Ease up your SoaSuite deployment using global Tokens in composites

Yesterday a project-colleague pointed me to a cool new feature in SOASuite Patch set 6 (
Everyone who has done deployments of SOASuite throughout different stages within a Dev., Test, Acc. & Prod. lifecycle knows the throubles that end-pointreferences causes. One improvement in SOASuite 11g was the (more...)

Integrate BI-Publisher with OEM12c

Regularly I create VM's for courses as a 'Virtual Course Environment'. Earlier I did an install of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. But now there was a request for an integrated BI Publisher install.

Having an OEM12c install, the integration with BI Publisher with OEM12c is pretty straightforward. The install guide (more...)

Current date and time in XLST under OSB

For my current assignment I needed to build quite complex transformations in OSB. Mainly because of my experiences I choose to do that in XSLT.
Eclipse has a quite nice XQuery mapper, but it lacks an XSLT mapper.
Since JDeveloper has a nice XSL Mapper tool, I incorporated a JDeveloper (more...)

Replacing JDK of JDeveloper on 64 bit Oracle Linux 6

As mentioned yesterday, I installed Oracle SOA/BPM Suite 11g PS6 yesterday. It was on Oracle Linux 6 Update 3 (still have to update to Update 4).

Today I installed the accompanying JDeveloper on the same machine. Everything went fine, except that apparently the installer failed to (more...)

Starting SOA/BPM Suite with wlst via nodemanager

Today I installed the brand new SOA and BPM Suite 11g PS6. The last few months for me were dedicated in deepdiving WebLogic to deliver a Tuning and Troubleshooting course for two customers.

Although it was not the first time to for me to install the suite, and I already (more...)

BPM Suite PS6 released

Just a moment ago I found out that BPM Suite PS6 is released for download:

In a previous blog I also wrote about the OFMW Partner forum in Portugal, where I could play around with it.

This week and next week I have to teach a Tuning (more...)

Transparent replacement of Oracle workflow in Oracle Forms Applications by SOA

Yesterday I did a presentation about a project I did last year, where we replaced Oracle Workflow in an Oracle Forms application by SOASuite.
Often Oracle Workflow standalone edition, is used closely integrated within an Oracle Forms/Reports application. This means that you'll run in several issues:

  1. How do you start (more...)

Fusion Middleware Community Forum 2013

A few weeks ago I went to the Fusion Middleware Community Forum 2013. Unfortunately I wasn't in the opportunity to write anything about it, until now.

First it was great to meet many peers in our interest-area. Not only because it was in a splendid environment:
And we had a (more...)

Sending and Saving Emails in SoaSuite

My current project is about the revisiting of some workflows built in SoaSuite10g (Bpel, Esb).
In these workflows emails are sent at several point. Some of these mails are about errors to the administrator. But others are for customers/applicatants or end-users.

In one of these cases  I have to add (more...)

LookUp DVM in SoaSuite 10g, the 11g way

In SoaSuite 10g there is a xpath and xslt function do Domain Value Map lookups,lookupDVM. This function is based on tables in the SoaSuite repository. There is a screen in the ESB console to edit them.

In SoaSuite 11g there is a separate artefact for DVM's, and a corresponding lookupDVM (more...)