Quick-Tip: DIA with docked Toolbox

This week I was asked to create a component-diagram  at my new customer. They use DIA as an alternative for Visio. Funny thing is that it apparently orginated from Linux/Gnome, since the file-explorer resembles the File-browser of Gnome. But it has also a Windows installer.

When you start the tool from the windows menu, it's started with the toolbox docked or attached to the canvas. But when you use either dia.exe or diaw.exe (more...)

Busy Times Are Afoot

Lots going on here in AppsLab land and in Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps). This here is a recap post.

Showing the Oracle Applications User Experience Roadmap to Oracle’s Asia Partners

At the beginning of May, Anthony (@anthonyslai) and Raymond joined a large contingent of the OAUX team in an two-stop tour of Asia. The first stop was Singapore.

Here’s the dynamic duo in action, setting up our demos to show (more...)

Oracle Infogram 2015-05-27 14:12:00

Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Deputy Editor

25 Years of Java
May 23rd marked 20 years since the first version of Java was released for public use. The timing of its arrival coincided with the advent of the web and the new role technology took in improving business productivity, streamlining business processes, and creating new ways for businesses and customers to interact.

The importance of a given programming language—especially one as pervasive as Java—in changing (more...)

More Irish #AgTech Innovation: Don’t Let Grass Grow Under Your Feet

Or at least measure it, if it does. 

Another shout out for Irish innovation in the agricultural technology (or #agtech) space in the form of a great article on the Irish Independent: Irish inventors driving the high-tech farm of the future.

I’ve written about this before, of course. 

 Check out GrassOMeter (”Turning Grass into Money”) in particular. 

I love the article’s conclusion. 

Tech-savvy farmers know that software and sensors (more...)

Introducing the Integration Cloud Service

Oracle released some more Cloud offerings and in this article we introduce the Integration Cloud Service. This cloud service lets your organization create integrations between cloud application, but also between cloud and on-premise applications. Create connections to well known and less known SaaS applications using a bunch of cloud adapters, publish or subscribe to the Messaging Cloud Service, or use industry standards like SOAP & REST. The available set of cloud adapters will certainly grow (more...)

Nymi Band Impressions

Editor’s note: Here’s the first post from Osvaldo Villagrana (@vaini11a), one of our AppsLab Mexico team members. Enjoy.

During last week I’ve been playing with Nymi Discovery Kit I got back in our AT&T hackathon participation, and here are my impressions as a developer for Nymi SDK point of view and as a user.

For those who don’t know, this band is wearable biometric identity device that let’s you use your heart’s (more...)

IoT Hackathon Field Report: Mexico Edition

I recently ventured down to Mexico to participate in an Internet of Things (IoT) hackathon organized by Laurie Pattison’s (@lsptahoe) Apps UX Innovation Events team with some of my fellow AppsLab members, Luis Galeana, Tony Orciuoli, and Osvaldo Villagrana.


Being the lone non-developer, I wasn’t sure how much I would be able to contribute—but I had done some research pertaining to our use case, so I felt I had at least that much to (more...)

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 Toolbox.com.


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

Image from wired.com

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...)