Test MCS Custom API using SoapUI

I'm at the OPN Summercamps 2015 in Lisbon on the Mobile Cloud Services workshop, doning the FixIt Fast tutorial. Now, one of the steps is to test the API imported from a RAML document and confgured it. Then in step 3 you're going to test it using the build in test console of MCS. But since I have SoapUI installed I found it neat to be able to test it from there. Since then you (more...)

A Short Note on Pesky CSSCAN Results Before a Characterset Change

A client of mine was busy correcting one of his development streets and therefore the NLS charactersets of about 10 11.2.0.4 EE databases had to be changed.
Most of the databases were originally configured with WE8ISO8859P15, others with WE8ISO8859P1 and all of them had to get WE8MSWIN1252. Some of them were single instances (export, development and test), some RAC (acceptance) and some of them were RAC plus Dataguard (production, for the procedure (more...)

IFTTT Easy Button

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The Amazon Dash button its all the buzz lately. Regardless whether you think it is the greatest invention or just a passing fad, it is a nice little IoT device. There is already work underway to try and make it work with custom code.

There are a couple crowdfunding projects (flic and btn) that are attempting to create custom IoT buttons as well. But these often come with a high price tag (around $100).

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What Kids Tell Us about Touch and Voice

Recently, my four year-old daughter and her little bestie were fiddling with someone’s iPhone. I’m not sure which parent had sacrificed the device for our collective sanity.

Anyway, they were talking to Siri. Her bestie was putting Siri through its paces, and my daughter asked for a joke, because that’s her main question for Alexa, a.k.a. the Amazon Echo.

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Siri failed at that, and my daughter remarked something like “Our Siri knows the weather (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 13-AUG-2015


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System Statistics About DOP Downgrades, from The Data Warehouse Insider.

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Stateful Packet Inspection, from the Solaris Firewall blog.

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Biohacking, Here Come the Cyborgs

For me, 2015 has been the year of the quantified self.

I’ve been tracking my activity using various wearables: Nike+ Fuelband, Basis Peak, Jawbone UP24, Fitbit Surge, and currently, Garmin Vivosmart. I just set up Automatic to track my driving; check out Ben’s review for details. I couldn’t attend QS15, but luckily, Thao (@thaobnguyen) and Ben went and provided a complete download.

And, naturally, I’m fascinated by biohacking because, at its (more...)

Jeremy and Noel Talk IoT at Kscope15

By now, you know all about the Scavenger Hunt we ran a Kscope15 in partnership with our good friends at ODTUG and YCC.

Noel (@noelportugal) talked about the technical bits in a post last week, and today, ODTUG posted an interview featuring our fearless leader, Jeremy Ashley (@jrwashley), and Noel from the conference wherein they talk about Internet of Things (IoT) and the IoT bits included in the Hunt.

If you read (more...)

Guerrilla Testing at OHUG

The Apple Watch came out, and we had a lot of questions: What do people want to do on it? What do they expect to be able to do on it? What are they worried about? And more importantly, what are they excited about?

But we had a problem—we wanted to ask a lot of people about the Apple Watch, but nobody had it, so how could we do any research?

Our solution was (more...)

Generation of VM image for Oracle Event Processor and Stream Explorer using Vagrant and Puppet

In this article, I will introduce a set of Vagrant and Puppet configuration files that automate the creation of a Linux Virtual Box VM with Oracle Event Processor and Stream Explorer installed in it. The installation process that is automated in this article is described in all its manual glory in my earlier article: Oracle StreamExplorer and Oracle Event Processor – installation instructions to quickly get going, that describes which files to download, which (more...)

Oracle StreamExplorer and Oracle Event Processor – installation instructions to quickly get going

This article discusses the installation of Oracle Event Processor 12c on Linux 64bit and the subsequent installation of Stream Explorer on top of OEP 12c. This article assumes Linux 64bit as the operating system. More specifically: it assumes the environment that can be produced following the instructions in my article Quickly produce a Linux 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop environment using Vagrant and Puppet – as starting point for Oracle installations – Ubuntu 14. (more...)

Quickly produce a Linux 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop environment using Vagrant and Puppet – as starting point for Oracle installations

My objective in this article: create generally reusable Linux 64 bit (Ubuntu 14.0.4 with Desktop) Virtual Box Image – based on Vagrant and Puppet as to stamp out multiple copies of the image. The image should support Puppet and Git and must have a JDK installed.

I frequently want to try out new software. In many occasions this is software from Oracle, frequently still in beta. Usually this software runs best on Linux (more...)

Game Mechanics of a Scavenger Hunt

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This year we organized a scavenger hunt for Kscope15 in collaboration with the ODTUG board and YCC. As we found out, scavenger hunts are a great way to get people to see your content, create buzz and have fun along the way.  We also used the scavenger as a platform to try some of the latest technologies. The purpose was to have conference attendees complete tasks using IoT, twitter hashtags and pictures and compete for a prize.

Here is (more...)

Er is geen tekort aan IT talent; er is een tekort aan IT competenties

In mijn werk als unitmanager ben ik regelmatig bezig met resourcing vraagstukken. Heb ik de professionals? Welke persoon kan ik op deze opdracht inzetten? Moet ik extra mensen werven? Het vinden van experts met de juiste competenties is erg lastig. Bij klanten en partners hoor ik dezelfde geluiden. Vaak wijzen we naar de hogescholen en universiteiten. Zij zouden onze aankomende consultants goed moeten opleiden en zorgen voor de juiste competenties. Een veel gehoorde uitspaak is (more...)

Royal High School Students Visit Oracle

Last week a group of high school students from Royal High School visited Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores, California.

Royal High School, a public school in Simi Valley, California, is launching an International Business Pathway program. This program is part of California’s Career Pathways Trust (CCPT), which was established in 2013 by the California State Legislature to better prepare students for the 21st Century workplace.

The goal of the visit was to introduce students to (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 06-AUG-2015


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Is Your Database The Next Ticking Time Bomb?, from Database Trends and Applications.

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Usability of Text Analytics

User experience design as a career fell largely on the era of GUI. Thus most people in my profession are visual thinkers if not by birth than by experience. When it comes to presenting information, we think visualization. Times are changing, and with that we are challenged to present information verbally. This is where text analytics meets UX. I only worked on a handful of projects that are about text, and only with a handful (more...)

NodeBox

In my previous post I argued that the hunt is on for a better way to code, a way more suited for a designer’s need to test new interactions. I said I wanted a process less like solving a Rubik’s cube and more like throwing a pot. What does this actually mean?

“I want to grab a clump of clay and just continuously shape it with my hands until I am satisfied.”

There are (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 30-JUL-2015


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Oracle OpenWorld 2015 - Registrations Open, from Business Analytics - Proactive Support.

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Top 5 Ways to Personalize My Oracle Support, from the My Oracle Support blog.

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A set of three updates from Upgrade your Database - NOW! in this issue:



Better Ways to Play and Try

 

  • Fact 1: Dazzling animated displays (sprites, shaders, parallax, 3D) are more plentiful and easier to make than ever before.
  • Fact 2: More natural and expressive forms of input (swiping, pinching, gesturing, talking) are being implemented and enhanced every day.
  • Fact 3: Put these two together and the possible new forms of human computer interaction are endless. The only limit is our imagination.

That’s the problem: our imagination. We can’t build new (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 23-JUL-2015


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Oracle 12 and latches, part 2, from Frits Hoogland Weblog.

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Oracle VM 3.3.3 Officially Released!!!!, from the Simon Coter Blog.

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