Your Conference Explorer


Are you attending UKOUG Apps15 or Tech15? If so, you are in luck! Once again we will run our ever popular scavenger hunt with a twist. From December 7-9 we will be at the ICC in Birmingham, UK working with the UKOUG team to give you a fun way to explore the conference and win prizes along the way.


If you’re not familiar with this game, it is as if we are stamping a card (or your (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 25-NOV-2015 1000th posting!

This marks the 1000th post to the Infogram. I am awarding myself a low-carb lollipop.

Data Warehouse

Oracle VM

Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 4, from Virtually All The Time.


Changing Appearances: Give The Apps Your Corporate Look, from Fusion Applications Developer Relations.


BPM 12c R2 (12.2.1) download

For a few weeks, BPM 12cR2 is released, next to SOA 12cR2. But if you go to the download area of BPM on OTN, you'll find that the downloads suggest Release 12c (

Just now on, I found  an answer to the question I had quitely my self for a few weeks: where to download BPM12cR2?

I didn't check-out my self yet, but you (more...)

Dunkel Patterns

Just returned from Berlin, where, amongst other things, I visited restaurant called Dunkel.

Dunkel Unsicht Restaurant is where you are seated, served, and eat in total darkness (Dunkel means dark in German).

To begin with, you order from a set menu, in the light. Then, your assigned server appears, asks you to put your hands on their shoulders and to follow you downstairs into the darkness of the restaurant itself.

Into total blackness. (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 19-NOV-2015


Some more recaps and reminiscences of OOW this week:

Database In-Memory OOW Recap, from the Oracle Database Insider Blog.

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Highlights, from the SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog.


Oracle Database Disaster Recovery on Public Cloud, from Oracle Partner Hub: ISV Migration Center Team.

Exalogic and Exadata

OpenWorld 2015 Highlights

It’s been nearly three weeks, and I’m finally getting around to sharing the highlights of our OpenWorld 2015. Enjoy.


Last year, Steve Miranda showed some of our project work in his keynote. This year, our Glance framework on the Apple Watch, made an appearance in Larry Ellison’s first keynote in a video showcasing the evolution of Oracle’s User Experience over the last 30 years.

OTN Community Quest

Noel (@noelportugal) and I oversaw the (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 12-NOV-2015


Another OpenWorld is in the books, and now it’s time to absorb and pursue the material covered. Here’s a good place to get started: Continue Learning Post-Oracle OpenWorld



The complete guide to tuning the appearance of NetBeans, from WebLogic Partner Community EMEA.


Security Alert CVE-2015-4852 (more...)

Issues in enterprise application software

1. I think the next decade or so will see much more change in enterprise applications than the last one. Why? Because the unresolved issues are piling up, and something has to give. I intend this post to be a starting point for a lot of interesting discussions ahead.

2. The more technical issues I’m thinking of include:

  • How will app vendors handle analytics?
  • How will app vendors handle machine-generated data?
  • How will app vendors (more...)

A Smart Badge for a Smart Office

Editor’s note: Maybe you got a chance to check out our IoT Smart Office demo at the OAUX Exchange during OpenWorld. If not, don’t fret, we’ll describe its many cool bits here, beginning with this post from Raymond (@yuhuaxie) on his smart badge build. A Smart Office needs an equally smart badge.

We showcased the Smart Office at OAUX Exchange.

You put on a badge and walked into an office in the future, and (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 05-NOV-2015


Database Insider - November 2015 issue now available, from Exadata Partner Community – EMEA.



Browser-less access to Forms 12c, from Proactive Support - Oracle Development Tools.

And from the same source:  Forms 12c and Webstart



Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 29-OCT-2015



Just found an Oracle corporate blog about performance. Here’s a typical posting from them: Real-Time Enterprise: SPARC T7-1 Faster Than x86 E5 v3, from BestPerf.


From the same (more...)

OTN Community Quest


After a very successful Scavenger Hunt at Kscope15, we are back with an Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne edition. This time we partnered with the Oracle Technology Network (@oracleotn) folks to give Oracle OpenWorld (@oracleopenworld) and JavaOne (@javaoneconf) attendees a fun experience, and with even more chances of winning.

The OTN Community Quest was designed to be a win-win experience. We ask attendees to do certain tasks, you learn along the way, have (more...)

SOASuite 12.2.1 Available

On the eve of OOW15, I read that Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.2.1 is released, including Oracle SOASuite, but apparently excluding BPM Suite.

You can download the quickinstaller here. Although it is not explicitly stated on the download pages and in the install guide, you'll need Java 8, update 51+ to install. Which is good news actually, because although Weblogic 12c was already Java 8 certified, and SQLDeveloper 4.1 was introduced (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 22-OCT-02015

Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle Data Visualization: Visit Us at OpenWorld 2015!

And for when you’re a little ‘Oracled out’: Free San Francisco Architecture walking Tour

The latest roadmap includes extended support on 11.2.

Connect All the Things: An IoT Nerf Gun – Part 2: The Software


In the first part of this series, I showed you how to mod a Nerf gun so it can connect to the internet, and you can electronically trigger it.  In this second part, I will show you some software I created to actually remotely control the Nerf gun over the internet using various input devices.



First you will have to prepare your ESP8266 so it connects to the wifi and the internet, and (more...)

Connect All the Things: An IoT Nerf Gun


As part of my foray into the Internet of Things (IoT) I was looking for a project I could sink my teeth in because I find it easier to learn something by doing it rather than just reading about it.

It just happened to be that at JavaOne this year they will have a Maker Zone, and they were looking for participants who could build something interesting to show to the attendees.  As a (more...)

The Glance Framework on Android Auto

A while back, I told you about Glance, a framework for wearables and other devices.

Quick history review, Glance was born out of our frustration with rebuilding basic Oracle Cloud Applications notification functionality each time a hot new wearable device dropped, e.g. Google Glass, Pebble, Android Wear, etc.

So, by the time the Apple Watch launched, we had a solution ready, and we designed Glance to be a framework so whenever the next, new hotness (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 15-OCT-2015

Oracle OpenWorld


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Couchbase 4.0 and related subjects

I last wrote about Couchbase in November, 2012, around the time of Couchbase 2.0. One of the many new features I mentioned then was secondary indexing. Ravi Mayuram just checked in to tell me about Couchbase 4.0. One of the important new features he mentioned was what I think he said was Couchbase’s “first version” of secondary indexing. Obviously, I’m confused.

Now that you’re duly warned, let me remind you of aspects of (more...)

See the IoT Nerf Gun at JavaOne

So, Mark (@mvilrokx) built a internet-connected Nerf gun, so that happened. If you read here, you’ll have seen the early stages of the build.

Heading into JavaOne (@javaoneconf), where he’ll be giving a talk, Mark wanted to build something cool to show.

Look for a technical post from him soon. The short version is that he added the ESP8266 to connect the toy to the interwebs and then rigged the internal (more...)