Another Take on Twilio Signal 2015

Editor’s note: Mark (@mvilrokx) and Raymond are at it again. Earlier in the week, they each provided a take on last weekend’s Bay Are Maker Faire, and this week, they both attended Twilio’s (@twilio) first developer conference, Signal. Mark’s take is here; now, it’s Raymond’s turn. Enjoy.

Twilio is no stranger to us at AppsLab. We have embedded Twilio Voice, SMS in applications such as Taleo Interview Evaluations, IoT (more...)

Twilio Signal Conference 2015

Editor’s note: If you read here, you know we heart Twilio, especially Noel (@noelportugal). Remember the Rock ’em Sock ’em robot build?

This week, Twilio (@twilio) held its first Signal conference and Raymond and I were there to see what’s new in the world of web enabled communications and the likes.


For those of you not familiar with Twilio, here’s their spiel from their About page:

Twilio powers the future of (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 21-MAY-2015



A tale of romantic notions and cold hard bonus cash: Dinner Courtesy of the Lady: My Most Successful PL/SQL Assignment, from


From the intriguingly named PETEWHODIDNOTTWEET.COM: INSTALLING ENTERPRISE MANAGER 12C FOR TESTING (also apparently the Pete whose shift key is stuck).

From the AMIS Oracle and Java Blog: Keeping track of your licenses with OEM12C – reports

Kan iemand mij uitleggen waar IT heen gaat?

“Als je het niet kan zeggen, zing het dan maar”. Dat was vroeger een veel gebruikte kreet als je niet onder woorden kon brengen of kon benoemen wat je wilde zeggen. Hier moet ik vaak aan terugdenken als ik de fantastische kretologieën voorbij zie komen die nieuwe trends of hypes in onze mooie IT wereld beschrijven. Soms iets van oude wijn en nieuwe zakken of door alleen het oogstjaar te veranderen, maar vaak zijn de (more...)

Another Take on Maker Faire 2015

Editor’s note: Here’s another Maker Faire 2015 post, this one from Raymond. Check out Mark’s (@mvilrokx) recap too for AppsLab completeness.

I went to the Maker Faire 2015 Bay Area show over the weekend. A lot of similarity to last year, but a few new things.

In place of our spot last year, it was HP-Sprout demo stations. I guess HP is the main sponsor this year.


Sprout is an acquisition by (more...)

Stream Explorer and JMS for both inbound and outbound interaction

In this article, we will look at the very common interaction between Stream Explorer and JMS. JMS is a commonly used channel for decoupled exchange of messages or events. Stream Explorer can both consume messages from a JMS destination (through Stream) and publish findings to a JMS destination (with a target). The use case we discuss here is about temperature sensors: small devices distributed over a building, measuring the local room temperature every few seconds (more...)

Maker Faire 2015

This weekend the 10th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area took place in my backyard and rather than fighting traffic for 2 days with the +130,000 attendees I decided, as I have for the last 9 years, to join them.

Unlike last year, Oracle had no presence at the Maker Faire itself, so I had plenty of time to walk around the grounds and attend sessions.  This post is an overview of what I saw (more...)

Oracle Infogram 2015-05-18 10:17:00

Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Deputy Editor

Profit Magazine for May
The May issue of Profit Magazine is available. It has a special 'Digital Disruption' report that includes 'The 4 Steps to a Successful Big Data Project' and more.   

Design Time @ Run Time: Apple Watch Put Through Its Paces in Beijing

Observations on UX research and road-testing wearable tech in the wild. The vehicle for today’s message is Ultan O’Broin (@usableapps), taking advantage of Oracle Applications User Experience events and outreach to evaluate the fitness and health option on the Apple Watch—and to continue his Fitbit Surge exploration—this time in China.

Emirates Apple Watch app used during the OAUX Asia trip. Emirates Apple Watch app used during the OAUX Asia trip.

The Watch Ethnography (say what?)

All the warnings about running in Beijing proved wrong: that my clothes would turn (more...)

WebLogic Server and OpenLDAP. Using dynamic groups

Dynamic groups in an LDAP are groups which contain a query to specify its members instead of specifying every member separately. Efficient usage of dynamic groups makes user maintenance a lot easier. Dynamic groups are implemented differently in different LDAP server implementations. Weblogic Server can be configured to use dynamic groups in order to fetch users for a specific group. In this blog I will describe how dynamic groups can be created in OpenLDAP and (more...)

Amazon Echo Official SDK

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Back in February I was invited to participate in an pre-beta release of the Amazon Echo SDK. I was under NDA so I couldn’t share any of my finding here. But now that NDA has expired and I can share some of the integrations I did with this interesting device.

First of all I want to comment on the fact that not any of the OS level voice assistants in the market are (more...)

Interacting with JMS Queue and Topic from Java SE

This article is just a quick post of some code I want to have easy access to. It runs in Java SE – outside any container in a stand alone JVM. It creates a connection with a JMS Queue. One class sends messages to the Queue, the other class registers as a listener and consumes messages from a different queue.

I have created the code in JDeveloper. It runs stand-alone and connects to a WebLogic (more...)

AMIS organiseert: Workshop Stream Explorer and Oracle Event Processor – Dinsdag 19 mei 2015, 17.30 uur

imageDinsdag 19 mei vanaf 17.30 uur vindt bij AMIS (Edisonbaan 15, Nieuwegein) een gratis community workshop plaats over Stream Explorer en Oracle Event Processor in het kader van de AMIS SOA SIG. Lucas Jellema zal een presentatie geven waarin hij Stream Explorer introduceert. Hij laat een aantal demonstraties zien van Stream Explorer, OEP en de interactie met SOA Suite 12c. Vervolgens krijgens deelnemers de beschikking over een Virtual Machine (Stream Explorer, OEP, SOA Suite (more...)

StreamExplorer pushing findings as JSON messages to a WebSocket channel for live HTML Dashboard updates

A common desire when doing real time event processing with Stream Explorer and/or Oracle EVent Processor is the ability to present the findings from Stream Explorer in a live dashboard. This dashboard should hold a visualization of whatever information we have set up Stream Explorer to find for us – and it should always show the latest information.

User interfaces are commonly presented in web browsers and created using HTML(5) and JavaScript. As part of (more...)

Weblogic Console and BPM Worklist. Authentication using OpenLDAP

In this blog I will illustrate how you can configure Weblogic Server to use OpenLDAP as authentication provider and to allow OpenLDAP users to login to the Oracle BPM Worklist application. In a previous blog I have already shown how to do Weblogic Authentication with ApacheDS (LDAP and Weblogic; Using ApacheDS as authentication provider for Weblogic). In this blog I will use OpenLDAP to also do BPM Worklist authentication.


Why use OpenLDAP?

Oracle (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 14-MAY-2015

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Java Web Application sending JSON messages through WebSocket to HTML5 browser application for real time push

imageThis article describes a Java EE 7 web application that exposes a REST service that handles HTTP POST requests with JSON payload. Any message received is sent through a Web Socket to the web socket (server) endpoint that is published by a Java Class deployed as part of the web application. A static HTML page with two associated JavaScript libraries is opened in a web browser and has opened a web socket connection to this (more...)

Notes on analytic technology, May 13, 2015

1. There are multiple ways in which analytics is inherently modular. For example:

  • Business intelligence tools can reasonably be viewed as application development tools. But the “applications” may be developed one report at a time.
  • The point of a predictive modeling exercise may be to develop a single scoring function that is then integrated into a pre-existing operational application.
  • Conversely, a recommendation-driven website may be developed a few pages — and hence also a few (more...)

Oracle Infogram 2015-05-13 11:54:00

Contribution by Angela Golla, Infogram Deputy Editor

Managing Millenials - The Shifting Workforce
A significant portion of US workers will be leaving the workforce. At the same time, a new generation is entering the workforce with an entirely different set of expectations. According to a PwC report, millennials already form 25% of the workforce in the US. By 2020, millennials will form 50% of the global workforce.  Read  Mark Hurd's interesting take on (more...)

Four Weeks and a Day with the Jawbone UP24

After three weeks with the Nike+ Fuelband and four weeks with the Basis Peak, I moved on to the Jawbone UP24.

The UP24 has been out for quite a while now. Back in January 2014, Noel (@noelportugal) and Luis (@lsgaleana) did cursory evaluation, and not much has changed in the Jawbone lineup since then.

At least, not until recently when the new hotness arrived, the UP2, UP3 and soon, (more...)