Continuous delivery culture. Why do we do the things we do the way we do them?

Usually at first there is a problem to be solved. A solution is conjured and implemented. After a while, the solution is re-used and re-used again. It changes depending on the person implementing it and his/hers background, ideas, motives, likes and dislikes. People start implementing the solution because other people do it or someone orders you to do it. The solution becomes part of a culture. This can happen to such extents that the solution (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 09-JUL-2015


The blogosphere is humming with the new Solaris 11.3 and this posting from the Oracle brings a bunch of those links together for you:

A couple of general posts of interest. This one from Prakash Sangappa's Weblog: Post-Wait mechanism

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More Kscope15 Impressions

Kscope15 (#kscope15) was hosted at Diplomat resort along beautiful Hollywood Beach, and the Scavenger Hunt from OAUX AppsLab infused a hint of fun and excitement between the packed, busy, and serious sessions.


The Scavenger Hunt was quite a comprehensive system for people to win points in various ways, and keep track of events, points and a leaderboard. And of course, we had one Internet of Things (IoT) component that people could search for and tap to (more...)

OpenSSL and KeyTool commands

Earlier I wrote an article about message transport security in Oracle B2B. It collects a few usefull Java Keytool and OpenSSL commands to convert and import Certificates.

Today I learned another (from co-worker Joris, thanks).

This is how to get a certificate from an external server.
openssl x509 -in <(openssl s_client -connect {remote-host}:443 -prexit 2>/dev/null) -out /tmp/certificate.crt 

This is usefull, because in some cases the remote host, maybe a virtual one, where by means (more...)

Lots of OAUX Updates

While I spent June wrapping up conference season at OHUG and Kscope, Ultan (@ultan), Misha (@mishavaughan) and company (@usableapps) have been busily publishing content.

This here is a wrap-up of that content, but let’s be honest. If you like OAUX content, you really should follow the official blogs of OAUX: Usable Apps in the CloudVoXuser experience assistance: cloud design & development.

Oh and follow @usableapps (more...)

Kscope15 Impressions

As per Jake’s post, we got to spend a few days in Florida to support the Scavenger Hunt that we created for the Kscope15 conference.  Since it ran pretty smoothly, we were able to attend a few sessions and mingle with the attendees and speakers, here are my impressions of the event.


This was my first time at Kscope.  Jake hyped it up as a not-to-miss conference for Oracle developers and despite my high (more...)

That UX “Rockstar” Metaphor Is So Over. Fashtechista Fits.

I hate that “rockstar” tech industry metaphor.

The next time you hear that so-and-so is a “total UX rockstar” or about some other tech head being accorded the status, well here comes the real comparison to make:

Lenny Kravitz is a rockstar. Phil Lynott (God bless him) was too.  People who work in UX and tech are not.


That said, if UX designers need to adopt any popular metaphor that resonates more accurately with (more...)

XL Deploy: Simple Case of Custom Deployment

The last couple of months I have been assigned to a project dedicated to deployment automation including several levels and types of technologies: database, middleware, services and portals. The selected deployment tool is XL Deploy from XebiaLabs.
One of the main challenges was to determine the proper order of the steps within the deployment plan considering the dependencies between the several artifacts.

1 Basic features for orchestration

Deployment with XL Deploy is a joined activity (more...)

User Experience in the Movies: Popcorn for Innovation

The media (film, print, social, online of all sorts) is a source of inspiration for user experience innovation and design. Just why is it that some stuff resonates with audiences and other stuff doesn’t?

Here’s a selection of stuff from the movies. A shout out to BubbleBobble (@bubblebobble) for contributions.

First up: Keanu in the original Matrix:

Every CRM UXer will have encountered Tom Cruise at some point. Most won’t admit it. Her (more...)

The Basis Peak #Fash Great #Tech Not So Great #Fail

I’ve wanted to try the Basis Peak (@mybasis) (marketing tagline: “The Ultimate Fitness and Sleep Tracker”) for a while now. 

I’ve read some great reviews and a visit to Dogpatch Labs 2.0 in Dublin re-invigorated my interest in innovation. 

With increase gym attendance, uptake in cycling, and approaching races, it seemed like a good time to finally try the Basis Peak across a range of work and life activities.

Sure, (more...)

Tips voor een effectieve Architectuur functie

Als architect zie ik dat iedere organisatie een andere manier heeft om ‘architectuur te bedrijven’. Ik krijg ook vaak de vraag hoe de architectuur bij andere organisaties is georganiseerd en wat er te verbeteren valt aan hun aanpak.

Er is geen ‘silver bullet’, iedere organisatie heeft op architectuurvlak zijn eigen behoefte, cultuur, volwassenenheidsniveau, grootte en complexiteit. Maar natuurlijk zijn er ook een aantal zaken die je overal terug ziet komen, een soort ‘ongeschreven wetten’ die (more...)

Seven Weeks with the Fitbit Surge

As my wearables odyssey continues, it’s time to document my time with the Fitbit Surge.

I ended up wearing the Surge a lot longer than I’d worn the Nike+ Fuelband, the Basis Peak and the Jawbone UP24 because June was a busy month, and I didn’t have time to switch.

For comparison’s sake, I suggest you read Ultan’s (@ultan) review of the Surge. He’s a hardcore fitness dude, and I’m much more (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 02-JUL-2015

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Two good items from the My Oracle Support blog:


MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.22 has been released, from the MySQL Enterprise Tools Blog.

Big Data

OSB & MTOM: When to use Include Binary Data by Reference or Value

As can be seen in my blogs of these days, I've been busy with implementing a service using MTOM in OSB. When enabling XOP/MTOM Support you'll have to choose between:
  • Include Binary Data by Reference
  • Include Binary Data by Value

I used the first because I want to process the content in another service on another WLS-Domain. However, in my first service catching the initial request I want to do an XSD validation. And although (more...)

Set environment properties in SoapUI (freeware)

Ever used SoapUI to test services on multiple environments? Then you probably ran in to the job of ever changing the endpoints to the hosts of the particular environment; development, test, acceptance, production (although I expect you wouldn't use SoapUI against a prod-env). This is not that hard if you have only one service endpoint in the project. But what if you want to test against multiple services or have to call a service on (more...)

OSB11g what is the scope of the for-each loop variable?

Earlier I wrote an article on the strange behaviour of the OSB11g For-each activity (Osb-11g: for each is index-variable an integer?). Today I found out some other peculiar behaviour.

I had to loop over a sequence of  documents, each refering to an attachment. The first document processed well, but at the second iteration the attachment couldn't be found. At first I used Soap with Attachments and now I changed my service to use (more...)

The Week That Was Kscope15

Noel (@noelportugal), Raymond (@yuhuaxie), Mark (@mvilrokx) and I traveled to sunny Hollywood, Florida last week to attend Kscope15 (#kscope15), the annual conference of the Oracle Development Tools User Group (@odtug).

Check out some highlights of our week.

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If you read here, you probably know that this year, Noel had cooked up something new and different for the conference, a scavenger hunt.

This year was my (more...)

MTOM using SoapUI and OSB

MTOM (Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism) is incredibly hard... to find practical information about, on SoapUI and OSB. There are loads of articles. Like:
But I need to process documents that (more...)



Still no news from the security front…

This week I was doing research for one of our internal knowledge session when I stumbled across an interesting piece of history. I was tracing the history of computer security when I found an interview from Wired from the first people who implemented passwords as a security measure. They interviewed technicians like Fred Schneider and Fernando Corbató who worked at MIT back in the 60’s. The article centers on a system (CTSS) (more...)