Kscope Journey

Boy that was a long trip.

Sure, Perth to Dubai was 11 hours but on a brand new half full Airbus it wasn't so bad, even if we didn't get in early to move away from the bulk head seats. The leg room was handy while bubba was awake, but arm rests that don't fold up made it harder to get her to sleep.

I think though the most boring part was the 3 hour (more...)

Review: Ex Machina

Do yourself a favour and buy, beg, borrow (don't steal) the movie "Ex Machina".

Don't watch any trailers, don't read any articles, and don’t even read up on IMDB. Just trust that if you have any interest whatsoever in what it means for a machine to be self-aware - this is the movie to watch.

I'll just say it does a brilliant job in exploring the philosophical repercussions of the Turing test. For (more...)

APEX iFrame Security setting

At some point during APEX development you may find yourself putting an Oracle APEX page within an iFrame.
<iframe src="//myserver.com.au/ords/f?p=SAGE:1023:&SESSION."></iframe>

Just recently I did just that and came across an error I expected to see, but a little curious as to how it presented itself.

Refused to display '//myserver.com.au/ords/f?p=SAGE:1023:30559832045078' in a frame because it set 'X-Frame-Options' to 'DENY'.

Googling the last half of the message returns some interesting (more...)

Kscope15 Presentations of Interest

Kscope15 is insanely close and I'm very excited to be making the journey this year.

A few months ago I made a list of presentations that piqued my interest to try encourage a business colleague to come along. Maybe this list will encourage someone to join what I understand to be the world's best conference for APEX developers.

The APEX topics listed in full here
http://kscope15.com/component/seminar/seminarslist?Itemid=57&topicsid=2
The links below go directly to the (more...)

APEX 5 alternative to gReport.data.view(‘DETAIL’)

I'm sure we've all done it at some point or another, used some "feature" in the database you're probably not meant to.

Interactive reports still have a few misgivings prior to APEX 5 so some tried to utilise gReport object, since it was available in the generated page but undocumented - which in Oracle speak means that they're more than entitled to change behaviour in future without telling or supporting you.

I understand htmldb_Get put (more...)

AUSOUG: Perth Seminar May 28

Attention Perth Oracle technologists.

I'll be giving a dry run of my Kscope talk to the user group in Perth on May 28th, which happens to be the deadline for us to submit copies of our sessions to ODTUG.

So if you're in Perth, have any form of interest in APEX - come by the Oracle offices in near Kings Park by 8am, or come a bit earlier for a feed.

Evidence-Based APEX: Building Better Practices

Register here
http://www.ausoug.org.au/cms/rest/event/2125

Customising APEX 5 Open Door Credentials

The polish that comes with APEX 5 also extends to the generic login screen used for the Open Door Credentials authentication scheme.

This scheme is great for testing. It allows you to log into the application by supplying just a username, as if you logged in normally - saving on user management in test servers.

The login screen used isn't page 101, but a generic page generated via wwv_flow_custom_auth_std.login_page. Prior to APEX 5 the page (more...)

The Oracle APEX Talkshow

apex.press/talkshow
Not only has Juergen been adding style, pride and awareness to laptops worldwide, he's also launched a podcast.

I love podcasts. I listen to a few good science shows every week and I've been looking for some decent software related shows, and this one hits the subject matter right on the head.

Juergen states he hopes to interview many developers from the APEX team, offering perhaps a recording per month. Not limiting (more...)

apeks sticker, check.

There are some stickers are out there causing quite the sensation in the Oracle APEX Twitter community. Check it out and join the conversation.

A couple of weeks ago I received my sticker from the master dealer, Juergen, so I thought I'd share my pimped up laptop, complete with sticker friend.

Pimp my laptop
Fun fact: the photo was taken on the same grass that formed my blog's title image.

And now I also learn (more...)

Things learnt during APEX5 Universal Theme seminar by Shakeeb

Tonight I stayed up way past my bedtime (well, in the days of writing a book and Kscope presentations, midnight isn't that late).

I watched and listened to Shakeeb Rahman from the APEX team on an ODTUG webinar, which was recorded and available for ODTUG members.

I did, however, take some notes. I thought I'd share:

*****

Introduction

No need for css/javascript, or design

Not shy about reference to Douglas Adams.

Theme can be (more...)

Why I can’t do webinars

This is why I can't do webinars from my current home.

Ookla Speed Test Result

The upload speed is no doubt way too slow to cater for voice and screencast. Unfortunately I also seem to be in quite the dead spot for 4G wireless connection.

Download speed might be enough to support the streaming services recently launched in Australia, but I know ABC's iView does stutter occasionally so I think I'll still have to wait (more...)

Season’s readings

Have you discovered the OTech Magazine yet?

This magazine is a brainchild of Douwe Pieter van den Bos and is now five quarterly issues young. The "Winter 2014" is a bumper issue this time, plenty of reading during various downtime that's typically afoot. The season in particular deserves quotes, since outside my home it's currently 39C.

I hope to publish something again next issue, should I find the time between a couple of other projects. (more...)

apex.oracle.com upgrades to 5.0 this Friday

There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the APEX version 5 will become available.

I've jumped the gun before, but this message is taken direct from the apex.oracle.com site:


No doubt you've heard the news already, but I had to chuckle a little today as I did about an hour's work on a 3.2 environment. After playing with APEX 5 EA3, it was like jumping (more...)

All commenters now welcome

I've finally bitten the bullet and disabled the Google+ commenting mechanism from this blog. I promised this in my 2014 annual review, and I figure I might as well not wait.

When Google announced they would integrate Google+ with blogger, it sounded like a good idea at the time. However it required that commenters needed a Google+ account as opposed to having a number of authentication options.

Unfortunately this means the many comments made (more...)