Visualizations are far more than a pretty face on the cloud – highlights from Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Visualizations are probably the most effective way to convey information, insights and prompts for action to humans. We are not terribly good at quickly and correctly interpreting textual information that require sequential processing. Our brains however are very well equipped to rapidly interpret information presented in a well defined visualization. The expression ‘one picture says more than a thousand words’ is one that speaks volumes (and a picture capturing that expression would of course tell (more...)

SOA Suite 12.2.1: A first look at end-to-end JSON and JavaScript support in SOA Composites

SOA Suite 12.2.1 introduces end-to-end JSON support in composites and support for JavaScript in composites. The REST-binding (which can be used by Service Bus, BPEL, BPM) can receive and send untyped JSON without the need to translate it to XML. In BPEL, JavaScript can be used as expression language in various activities and there is a JavaScript embedding activity available.

In this article I’ll show some examples on what you can do with (more...)

Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (Oracle JET) – announced at OOW15

Javascript is the most popular programming language* and its usage has grown 25% in the past year**. It’s widely used and so it stands to reason that Oracle now released a brand new JavaScript toolkit called Oracle JET (JavaScript Extension Toolkit).

Oracle says “Oracle JET is targeted at intermediate to advanced JavaScript developers working on client-side applications. It’s a collection of open source JavaScript libraries along with a set of Oracle contributed JavaScript libraries that (more...)

SOA Suite 12.2.1: Resiliency updates on the operations side of life

On the 25th of October at Open World 2015, Oracle released the 12.2.1 version of SOA Suite 12c. This release is full of resiliency updates on the operation side of life.

The operations of integration are critical and Oracle listened to the business requirement of customers while developing this release. Here are few of these operations.

  • Usually many hardware/software systems are managed by a small team.
  • With minimum need for admin intervention an integration (more...)

Oracle OpenWorld 2015: Finally a real Vision and Mission. A pleasant surprise

For me the 2015 Oracle OpenWorld was a pleasant surprise.  The surprise was not the announcement of an additional set of cloud products like the Identity Cloud or the Application Builder Cloud Service. The biggest surprise was the different tone of voice during the conference.

In the past you could summarize Oracle’s message as: We are Bigger and Better in technology, Open Source is bad,  Cloud is important, We (Oracle) Offer a full set (more...)

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...)

Go on a Quest at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

The Scavenger Hunt we ran at Kscope15 was a huge success. The players had fun, the game was mostly bug-free and our gracious hosts, ODTUG (@odtug), were happy.

The Hunt went so well that we’ve been asked by the OTN (@oracleotn) to run a similar game at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld (@oracleopenworld) and JavaOne (@javaoneconf).


I can’t tell you much about it yet, but the name has changed. (more...)

SOA BPM 12c Bundelpatches

Earlier this year I wrote about some bugs and patches on SOA & BPM suite, I experienced, and the recommended patches I extracted from that journey. A few weeks ago I found that Jan van Zoggel wrote about the latest bundlepatches on SOA and BPM 12c.

It turns out that there are now 4 Bundlepatches:

  • Bundle patch 1: Patch 19707784: SOA/BPM Bundle Patch
  • Bundle patch 2: Patch 20423408: SOA/BPM (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 08-OCT-2015

Oracle OpenWorld

The session schedules are rolling in. Here are a few:


A ShipIt at Oracle’s Mexico Development Center

Editor’s note: Our team participated in many of the Summer of Innovation events held by Laurie (@lsptahoe) and her team. Here’s a report from Luis (@lsgaleana) on the Mexico Development Center (MDC) ShipIt held in mid-August. Enjoy.

Oracle Mexico Development Center (MDC) has grown to bring together some 700 employees, and it continues to grow weekly. However, there is only a single point of entry for every non-employee person, the receptionist.

Every visitor that (more...)

IoT Hackathon: Team Waterlytics’ entry – Part 1/2

Editor’s note: Our team participated in many of the Summer of Innovation events held by Laurie (@lsptahoe) and her team. Here’s Part 1 of Mark’s (@mvilrokx) project from the IoT Hackathon held at Oracle HQ, July 30-31. Enjoy.

Last week I participated in the IoT Hackathon at HQ which is part of “The Summer of Innovation,” a series of events that Laurie Pattison’s team is organizing to stimulate ideas and creative thinking.

Unfortunately (more...)