Twilio Signal Conference – $Bash night

Twilio Signal Conference ended with an after-party called the $Bash night.  Twilio set up booths with geeky games like programming, program debugging, computer building etc..  They also had a foosball table for 16 people.  I think it is one of the nicest parties for geeks I attended so far.  It was a fun night with music, drinks, food and games, tuned for developers.

During that morning’s keynote, Jeff Lawson (Twilio Founder) had a virtual (more...)

Twilio Signal Conference – Sessions

Lets dive to the Twilio sessions.

The sessions are generally divided in the following 4 tracks:

  • Learn
    See the latest progress in software and cloud communications, talk shop with Twilio engineers who developed them, and get in to the details on how to use the software.
  • Inspire
    Hear from industry experts shaping the future of tech with the latest software.
  • Equip
    Get details on hurdles tricks and solution from Twilio customers on building communications with (more...)

Twilio Signal Conference – All about Twilio

This year I attended the Twilio Signal Conference.  Same as its first year, it was held in Pier 27, San Francisco.  It was a 2-day action-packed conference with a keynote session in the morning and sessions after till 6 pm.

The developer experience provided by the conference is superb comparing to a lot of other developer conferences nowadays.  Chartered buses with wifi were provided for commuters using different transits.  Snacks served all day.  6 30-minutes sessions for (more...)

Scripted Domain Creation for SOA/BPM, OSB 12.2.1

Recently I blogged about the automatic install of SOASuite and ServiceBus 12.2.1. It catered for the installation of the binaries and the creation of a repository.

What it does not handles is the creation of a domain. The last few weeks I worked on a script to do that. It's based on a wlst script for 12.1.3 by Edwin Biemond. This one was quite educational for me. But as denoted: it (more...)

The Future of Work: What does a Smart Office look like today?

Editor’s note: We just returned from Holland last week where we attended AMIS 25, which was a wonderful show. One of the demos we showed was the Smart Office; Noel (@noelportugal) also gave a presentation on it.

We’ve been showing the Smart Office since OOW last year, and it remains one of our most popular demos because it uses off-the-shelf components that are available today, e.g. Amazon Echo, Leap Motion, Philips (more...)

BPEL Chapter 1: Hello World BPEL Project

Long ago, back in 2004/2005 when Oracle released Oracle BPEL 10.1.2 (and its predecessor the global available release of the rebranded Collaxa product) and in 2006 with the release of the first SOASuite 10.1.3, you had a Project per BPEL process. Each project was setup around the BPEL process file. Since 11g BPEL is a component in the Software Component Architecture (SCA) and a project can contain multiple BPEL components together (more...)

How to clear MDS Cache

In the answer on a question on community.oracle.com, I found the following great tip: http://www.soatutor.com/2014/09/clear-mds-cache.html.

In 12cR2 this looks like:
1. Start System MBean Browser; In Domain, pull down the Weblogic Domain menu and choose 'System MBean Browser':


2. Browse for the Application Defined Beans:



3. Expand it and navigate to oracle.mds.lcm, choose server (AdminServer or SOAServer1)
 4. Navigate to the node Application em (AdminServer) or soa-infra (SOAServer) (more...)

Maker Faire 2016

Another year, another amazing at the Maker Faire.

I’ve attended my fair share of Maker Faires these years, so the pyrotechnic sculptures, 3D printing masterpieces, and handmade artisan marketplaces were of no particular surprise. But somehow, every time I come around to the San Mateo fairgrounds, the Faire can’t help but be so aggressively fresh, crazy, and novel. This year, a host of new and intriguing trends kept me on my toes as I ventured through (more...)

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Your New Favourite Band? Watch Straps Are Smart Too

At last wearable technology makers are getting it: The fashion or style dimension of wearable tech (or #fashtech) is critical to user acceptance and market success. 

They’re all at it now, hiring fashionistas left, right, and center to consult on, design, and wear their wearables. The hot wearabletech space at the moment is, of course, smartwatches with seemingly everyone offering a device (Swiss Army?) while now considering impact of how fashionable (more...)

Wearable Tech: Haptic Heartbeat UX

We know that user experience (UX) is increasingly an emotional concept and we need to design accordingly

UX is about how people feel about using applications. User experience design also enables us to express emotion too: Just look at the growth in popularity of emoji for example.

Here’s another emotional design feature I like: the Digital Touch capability on the Apple Watch that lets you share your own very heartbeat with another Apple Watch (more...)

Digital natives still yearn for an analogue life – FT.com

Digital natives still yearn for an analogue life - FT.com:

Vinyl record sales increased by more than 50 per cent last year, writes Stephen Witt

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Oracle as the new IBM — has a long decline started?

When I find myself making the same observation fairly frequently, that’s a good impetus to write a post based on it. And so this post is based on the thought that there are many analogies between:

  • Oracle and the Oracle DBMS.
  • IBM and the IBM mainframe.

And when you look at things that way, Oracle seems to be swimming against the tide.

Drilling down, there are basically three things that can seriously threaten Oracle’s market (more...)

Basis Goes Social: Bragging Rights Baby!

I love the new social side of the Basis fitness and sleep tracker. I’ve already documented by device setup travails earlier and how I was eventually rewarded for my efforts.

At the time, I and other QS heads rather smugly enjoyed the lack of social media sharing capability. After all, it’s quantified “self.“ Self. Got it?

Yet, I admit I was a fan of fitness selfies and sharing them on social media. So, after (more...)

Fashtech Update: Vector Watch Rocks Fashion, Form and Function

The Vector Watch is a British design, with development and product offices in Bucharest and Palo Alto. It looks awesome, something that can be worn by the most fashionable people around, and packs a mighty user experience. 

The sophisticated, stylish appearance of the watch screams quality. Perhaps this is the qualitative self to match the quantitative side of our sense of well-being, but regardless, the Vector Watch tells us that wearable tech is coming (more...)

Glance Across Time

Seems like Queen Elizabeth I may have been they wearable tech pioneer of sorts, as alluded to by Chris  Horn (@chrisjhorn) in his Irish Times article, History of wearable devices links watches and Fitbit range. That this innovative device was a clock, or watch should come as no surprise. Timekeeping devices have been evolving for milenia, and the story of the wristwatch is fascinating.

Where better to explore glanceable UIs now the UX du jour (more...)

The Infogram is Moving!

See us at our new site: Oracle Priority Support Infogram.

Readings in Database Systems

Mike Stonebraker and Larry Ellison have numerous things in common. If nothing else:

  • They’re both titanic figures in the database industry.
  • They both gave me testimonials on the home page of my business website.
  • They both have been known to use the present tense when the future tense would be more accurate. :)

I mention the latter because there’s a new edition of Readings in Database Systems, aka the Red Book, available online, courtesy of (more...)