I just watched a video with a very dedicated professional. He was in charge of door acoustics at a major car manufacturer – in effect, his job was to make sure that the door makes a satisfying sound when you close it.
It is this kind of attention to detail that differentiate brands. An Audi shares 80-90% of components with Volkswagen and Skoda, but still manages to command a hefty premium.
Are you building a (more...)
We often talk about how the data is yours, but what does that mean?
We mean what we say. We don't mix words. We don't spin words. It's plain and simple, the data is yours. The data about who bought what, who watched what, who owns which products, etc. - it's all yours...not ours. We can't send your customers an email (unless it's from you telling them thank you for their purchase or upselling (more...)
You might hear the term geo something from time to time. Geospatial is the full word, which means data associated with a particular location. A location in the world can be identified by a latitude and longitude number.
Maybe you heard the terms geo blocking and/or geo white lists. Geo blocking means that you want to block a specific location in the world. A geo white lists would mean that someone only wants to allow (more...)
I absolutely love it when we're able to generate income for people who share their knowledge through our platform. Take my technical training videos (on Oracle Application Express
) for example. It's so cool that I can produce a set of videos, upload it into our platform and sell the material to people around the world - and I get to maintain my brand (I'm not lost in a marketplace) on my own website
. Anyone (more...)
Not all documentation is created equal. Too much time is spent on formal design documents that are immediately outdated, and too little is spent on writing code comments.
Make sure your process requires and rewards good code comments. And make sure your architecture diagrams are kept up-to-date.
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The EOUC (EMEA Oracle User Group Community) hosts a special session on sunday during Oracle Open World. This session contains twelve things about Oracle 12c. Each of these 12 things is hosted by a different speaker, so this means that each section is only five minutes long (Strictly guarded by Debra Lilley).
Thankfully I was chosen to be one of the speaker during this special session, very excited and also very scared. (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...)
Somehow it is already almost time for Oracle OpenWorld again; time flies when you’re talking about modernizing Oracle Forms to mobile and cloud :)
I hope by now you have all registered for my session with Michael Ferrante, “Oracle Forms Sneak Peak.” Our session offers a preview of what Oracle has planned for the future of Forms. Come and learn how these new features can improve your application and learn the benefits of upgrading and modernizing (more...)
A quick post to let you know about the two presentations that I’ll be doing at Oracle Open World 2014.
Session ID: UGF4482
Session Title: “Getting Started with SQL Pattern Matching in Oracle Database 12c“
Venue / Room: Moscone South – 301
Date and Time: 9/28/14, 13:30 – 14:15
Session ID: CON4493
Session Title: “Regular Expressions (more...)
Hi there, Last week, I spoke at AIOUG Tech Day at Hyderabad. All India Oracle Users Group (AIOUG) in association with TechMahindra organized one full day of techtalk event. Believe me, the Danube auditorium was a state-of-art facility with 500 capacity. Fabulous venue and huge crowd with similar interest. I thought of sharing my experience … Continue reading
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While preparing for my session at Oracle Open World on "Oracle 12c for Developers" I ran into a little remarkable thing.
When sorting a dataset, the sorting is always done last. That is what I was taught anyway. There is probably some obscure way to detect the exact execution plan, but personally I never bothered to go and investigate.
When I was created some test scripts I found there was a way to see that (more...)
Inspired by Maria Colgans quest for In-Memory bumper sticker slogans
for OOW14, I couldn't resist a little fun. Musical readers should stop reading now :-)
Sung to the tune of the old Nat King Cole classic
Like the speed of light my query go
Column aggregates just happen so
Has data been more...
Is forever more
Row based access, it's a dinosaur
I’m often engaged with clients helping them respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and there are way too many bad RFPs out there.
These bad RFPs not only specify what the customer actually needs, they also specify that the customer can possibly think he will ever need. Typical requirements are that the user must be able to add extra attributes to all entities, or that the user can dynamically change which attributes are mandatory, or (more...)
A Pandas DataFrame has a nice to_sql(table_name, sqlalchemy_engine) method that saves itself to a database.
The only trouble is that coming up with the SQLAlchemy Engine object is a little bit of a pain, and if you're using the IPython %sql magic, your %sql session already has an SQLAlchemy engine anyway. So I created a bogus
PERSIST pseudo-SQL command that simply calls
to_sql with the open database connection:
%sql PERSIST mydataframe
The result is (more...)
Eine kleine Sammlung neuer Features, die in Postgres 9.4 eingeführt wurden bzw. in 9.5 eingeführt werden sollen - oder darin wünschenswert wären:
- Craig Kerstiens hat dieser Tage seine Wunschliste mit neuen Features, die er gerne in Version 9.5 sehen würde, veröffentlicht. Auf Position 1 steht dabei das Upsert - aka MERGE - und das scheint auch mir die erstaunlichste Lücke im gegenwärtigen postgres-Funktionsumfang zu sein. Immerhin ist es seit Version 9.1 möglich, (more...)
If you’re building a “finance-ey” application you probably have plenty of fields that should show and accept monetary amounts – and quite possibly these items may be implemented in a variety of ways – ordinary apex number items, edit fields in tabular reports, or even dynamically generated items using APEX_ITEM.text.
In my case I had all three, scattered throughout the application. Our users routinely deal with multi-million dollar amounts and they had trouble checking the amounts visually, (more...)
Here is how big it was in 2013. Compare it to its size in 2012. It is safe to assume that it will be bigger in 2014!
I will attend this year’s event by invitation from the Oracle ACE Program. Prior to the start of the conference, I will be attending a two day product briefing with product teams at Oracle HQ. It’s like a mini OpenWorld but only for Oracle ACE Directors.
During the (more...)