There's a little over a week left to this year's major Oracle user group event in Perth, so attention all locals (or even east coasters) - if you're interested in picking up new skills & ideas - you haven't got much time left to register!
This year it's called a "Professional Learning Event" instead of a conference and the program reflects it - plenty of hands on workshops mixed in with normal sessions. Considering it's (more...)
I'll be presenting an online webinar for ODTUG not long after the Perth conference.
It will be the same session I did for AUSOUG back in July, which is lucky since it's 6am for us Perth locals. It's a close look at the Oracle APEX 5 Page Designer, and what it means to you as an APEX developer.
Trouble is, sometimes it's hard to decide how to structure your packages - particularly in an APEX project. Over at the PL/SQL Challenge website run by Steven Feuerstein and friends there is a page dedicated to roundtable discussions.
I submitted my question not so long ago and hope to get some interesting responses. Why don't you give the site a visit and contribute? The discussions usually last for about (more...)
So at 70 years of age, the man who's been heading Oracle since before I was born is stepping down.
While I admit I'm far removed from the reality of the situation, I find it a little amusing how it's been deemed as a 'shake up' when a few paragraphs before he's quoted as saying this (referring to new co-CEOs)
“I am going to continue to do what I have been doing (more...)
How do I run procedure x after the user has logged in?
This is often required for such tasks as determining user access, such as populating a restricted Application Item relating to a role like F_IS_ADMIN based on the username defined in substitition string APP_USER
Those new to APEX and unfamiliar with certain concepts may consider using an Application Computation, firing "On New Instance (more...)
This week I listened to episode 44 of one of my favourite podcasts - Inquiring Minds. It was an interview with David Epstein on the 'science of athletes'.
The podcast culminated with some really interesting points regarding the concept of 'talent' - what it really means, how it can be measured or influenced. One particularly interesting basis was the traditional idea that '10000 hours' training leads excellence in any particular skill, vs what's in the (more...)
Well it's the second half of August and this is my first real post for the month. There are two very good reasons for this:
1) We've just completed a major implementation at one of our clients - a tablet based application using APEX, which completely changes the face of a major arm of the business. It's a groundbreaking application with only one peer in the industry - which users are already claiming superiority to (more...)
Yesterday the Anti-Kyte (a.k.a. Mike) published a great post on coding styles. I started to post a comment but ended up rambling to I thought I'd put my thoughts here.
I can't be one to comment on tangential intros (just look at any of my presentations), but he almost lost me when I thought the entire post was going to be soccer jokes I didn't get but switched in time to three controversial (more...)
An occasional question in the forums relates to issues ordering a particular column. It's one of those things that will probably keep coming up, so it's worth having another reference out here on the web.
The basic example stems from the need to order data that might contain characters.
with data as (select '1' vc from dual union all select '11' vc from dual union all select '2' vc from dual union all select 'a' (more...)
My sister sent me this video not long after my daughter was born earlier this year - I finally watched it while cleaning up e-mails and I'm glad I did - I highly recommend you all take 2 minutes aside and just let these images of history wash through your brain.
If you think the first half had an air of familiarity, you might be thinking of this video from Carl Sagan - I certainly (more...)
I stumbled across a blogging milestone while fact checking what I was going to open this post with - for me this month represents 5 years of blogging.
In that time I've learnt heaps, met new people, changed blog name, visited other cities to speak, and dived deep into APEX after a long time in Oracle Forms, published a video series & was recognised as an Oracle ACE.
Turns out Packt Publishing are celebrating (more...)