Recently I came across the situation where I knew for a fact that my sessions to the database where dead because I pulled the power plug out of my application server for a failover test. But the sessions stayed visible in the database and kept their locks therefor the failover failed.
Now how is that possible?
First let me sketch the layout of the setup.
Suppose you have a vendor supplied application that runs on their middleware. That (more...)
Editor’s note: Here’s a first post from one of our new team members, Thao Nguyen (@thaobnguyen), who runs our Emerging Interactions team, the Research and Design part of the R, D & D.
That last D is Development if that’s unclear. Anyway, like Thao says, Happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it, and for those who don’t enjoy the silence in our absence. To Thao’s question, I’m going with Internet. Yes, it’s (more...)
In my current project I need to connect to a DB2 database on an AS400. To do so is no rocket science, but not exactly a NNF (Next-Next-Finish) config.
First you need to download the IBM JDBC adapter for DB2, which is open souce. Download the JT400.jar from http://jt400.sourceforge.net/. Place it in a folder on your server. Since it's not an Oracle driver, I don't like to have it placed in the (more...)
Last week I started with creating a few OSB services for my current project, which is in fact a BPM12c project that needs to be interated with database services on an AS400, thus DB2. Firstly I found that when I tried to deploy on a standalone wls domain (created with the qs_config script), it lacks an OSB installation. Whereas the integrated weblogic default domain has one.
But when I try to deploy to a pretty (more...)
OAUX Communications and Outreach team explores welding at the TechShop in San Carlos. Team event, but it reminds us that walking in the user’s shoes, ethnography, and other upfront research into how people really work is key to a UX that resonates. h/t @mishavaughan
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As a team-building activity for our newly merged team of research, design and development, someone, who probably wishes to remain nameless, organized a glass mosaic and welding extravaganza at The Crucible in Oakland.
We split into two teams, one MIG welding, the other glass breaking, and here’s the result.
Original image, glass before firing.
Finished product, including frame.
All-in-all an interesting and entertaining activity. Good times were had by all, and no one was cut (more...)
Editor’s note: Here’s a repost of a wonderful write-up of an event we did a couple weeks ago, courtesy of Friend of the ‘Lab Karen Scipi (@KarenScipi).
What Karen doesn’t mention is that she organized, managed and ran the event herself. Additional props to Ultan (@ultan) on the idea side, including the naming, Sandra Lee (@SandraLee0415) on the execution side and to Misha (@mishavaughan) for seeing the value. (more...)
On Friday, December 19, AMIS organises a special XMas-terclass on SOA Suite 12.
SOA Suite 12c (June 2014) was a major release for Oracle’s flagship integration product. This release introduces new functionality, higher developer productivity, more robust run-time scalability and performance. 12c brings together development and administration of Service Bus and SOA composite applications, it ships new technology adapters as well as a SDK to develop custom adapters and provides across the stack support for REST-style (more...)
Jobs To Be Done. Or #JTBD. We’ve been road testing this framework lately. I like it. Could it be a good fit for the busy cloud developer who wants to build a usable solution that solves a real problem and doesn’t want to deal with the generalizations of personas or overhead of user profiles (a debate in itself)?
Seems like a good fit for the agile world too. Pictured is Julian Orr (left) (more...)
Images are heavily used in Mobile apps. For instance a list that contains employees usually shows the images of these employees. This works well when you have a WIFI connection, but what if you are using slower connections ? If you look at a mobile twitter app you will see that, depending on connectivity, images are loaded instantaneously or delayed. In this post I explain how you can load the images of a List in a (more...)
This year some of us at the AppsLab attended the Samsung Developer Conference aka #SDC2014. Last year it was Samsung’s first attempt and we were also there. The quality and caliber of presentations increased tenfold from last year. Frankly, Samsung is doing it really hard to resist to join their ecosystem.
Here are some of the trends I observed:
Wearables and Health:
There was a huge emphasis in Samsung’s commitment with wearable technology. They released (more...)
Editorial Note: This is a guest post by friend of the ‘Lab and colleague DJ Ursal. Also be sure to check out our Hackathon entry here:
EchoUser (@EchoUser), in partnership with SpaceGAMBIT, Maui Makers, the Minor Planet Center, NASA, the SETI Institute, and Further by Design, hosted an Asteroid Hackathon. The event was in response to the NASA Grand Challenge, “focused on finding all asteroid (more...)
A couple weeks ago Jeremy Ashley (@jrwashley), Bill Kraus, Raymond Xie and I participated in the Asteroid Hackathon hosted by @EchoUser. The main focus was “to engage astronomers, other space nerds, and the general public, with information, not just data.”
As you might already know, we here at the AppsLab, are big fans of Hackathons as well as ShipIt days or FedEx days. The ability to get together, get our collective minds (more...)
Robbrecht van Amerongen
Business Innovation Maanger
Je bent bezig met het creëren van iets nieuws? Een nieuw product of bedrijfsmodel waardoor je organisatie een unieke positie in kan nemen? Je zoekt je uitdaging in het oplossen van uitdagende inhoudelijke hobbels waar je lekker je tanden in kunt zetten. Maar in de praktijk loop je als vernieuwer al snel tegen bestaande wet en regelgeving aan als het gaat om innovatie. Wat doen je dan? Conformeren, of (more...)