BIAC Connected Communities, Connected Lives Hackathon

A couple weeks ago Noel (@noelportugal) and I were invited by the Oracle Apps UX Innovation Labs team to collaborate as technical mentors and judges in BIAC Connected Communities, Connected Lives hackathon.

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What would be the best place to hold a hackathon? Cancún. Beautiful weather, beautiful beach, Mexican food, what else could I ask for?

This hackathon was organized around the 2016 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy (more...)

Notes on vendor lock-in

Vendor lock-in is an important subject. Everybody knows that. But few of us realize just how complicated the subject is, nor how riddled it is with paradoxes. Truth be told, I wasn’t fully aware either. But when I set out to write this post, I found that it just kept growing longer.

1. The most basic form of lock-in is:

  • You do application development for a target set of platform technologies.
  • Your applications can’t run (more...)

The Appslab’s Latest Inter-state Adventure: A Site Visit to Micros

 

Probably the best way to get to know your users is to watch them work, in their typical environment. That, and getting to talk to them right after observing them. It’s from that perspective that you can really see what works, what doesn’t, and what people don’t like. And this is exactly what we want to learn about in our quest to improve our users’ experience using Oracle software.

That said, we’ve been eager (more...)

Blast from the Past: Gesture-Controlled Robot Arm

Hard to believe it’s been nearly three years since we debuted the Leap Motion-controlled robot arm. Since then, it’s been a mainstay demo for us, combining a bit of fun with the still-emergent interaction mechanism, gesture.

Anthony (@anthonyslai) remains the master of the robot arm, and since we lost access to the original video, Noel (@noelportugal) shot a new one in the Gadget Lab at HQ where the robot arm continues (more...)

The Nextbit Robin

For a couple of months, I’ve been using as my main phone the Nextbit Robin. A $299 Android phone that started as a campaign in Kickstarter, and it got 3,611 backers including Jake (@jkuramot).

I previously had my Nexus 5, but over the time, Bluetooth stopped working and that was a good excuse to try this phone.

Also I was so excited because at SXSW I had a long talk with the Nextbit (@ (more...)

Set connection retry frequency on DataSource in WebLogic 12c.

I have encountered several times in WebLogic 12c that when the ConnectionPool of a DataSource in WebLogic could not be initialized because due to a connection error or invalid username or password, the server could not be started.

I can't remember having encounterd this problem in 11g, and this week I struggled with it with one of my customers. The perception of the DBA there was that in 11g the server did start up, but (more...)

Ultra Subjective Space

Architects design space. A building is just a way to create spaces. Information architects at Oracle design relationships with abstract concepts. So far the main way we have to create visible spaces for our users is by projecting pixels onto glass screens.

This may change someday. If the promise of virtual reality is ever achieved, we may be able to sculpt entirely new realities and change the very way that people experience space.

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The AppsLab (more...)

Start and stop a WebLogic (SOA/OSB) Domain

So let's start the day with a blog. In the past few months I created scripts to install FMW products and build a WebLogic domain for it. For most of my findings I did a blog already:

Create WebLogic users for ServiceBus 12c

Last week I wrote a blog about how to create WebLogic users for ServiceBus 12c. However, I did not now how to assign a particular Application Specific Role to the weblogic user, for particular ServiceBus privileges. I did find out what particular Roles there were (see the blog). But how to assign them I found out just today.

So here it is:
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def grantOSBAppRoleToWlsGroup(osbAppRole, wlsGroup):
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# Grant OSB AppRole
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Reset your Datasources

In most SOASuite and Oracle ServiceBus projects the Database Adapter is used. And often it is used to invoke PL/Sql functions and procedures. Actually, it's my favorite interaction method with the database, since the re-entrancy of the database adapter wizard is best there. To do a re-entrant update of a select or DML operation when for instance a column is added, is simply put often quite problematic.

But the thing is with Pl/Sql that when (more...)

User Experience matters in business. Ever experienced…



User Experience matters in business. Ever experienced frustration using an ATM or in-flight entertainment system? Think about how you felt and what it meant for that business. This short presentation explains why UX matters… it’s you and your business that wins …

Create Weblogic users for ServiceBus

At one of my customers there was the question of creating users that needed to log on to EM (Fusion MiddleWare Control) and Service bus console to be able  to deploy SB en WLS Artefacts (queues, datasources etc.) on the Dev and Test environment. And to be able to do some monitoring on Acceptance. Further more they still used weblogic as the only, shared, administrator user. For the latter Oracle recommends to create at (more...)

Corporates Enable Startups with UX in the Cloud: PaaS4SaaS

Senior UX Director Ultan O’Broin (@ultan) keeps his finger on the pulse of the startup scene in EMEA with an eye to enabling that community with his team’s outreach machine. Here he talks about user experience (UX) enablement’s offer to startups to accelerate their SaaS and PaaS opportunities.

 When Life Gives You Lemons, Pivot

Jared of Pied Piper Pivots

Pivoting: That realization that a permanent income is preferable to remaining just a fascination.

After over two decades (more...)

OSB 12c Logging part 2

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how to set the log level voor SB Pipelines (12c) to be able to see the logging of the Log activity in the WebLogic Server logs.

Today I encountered that for a developer at my customer the complete oracle.osb.logging.pipeline logger was missing in the log-configuration. So setting the level from EM (Fusion Middleware Control) following the article above is a little hard.

I could not find (more...)

SOA Server (12c) not startable from script-created domain.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you've noticed that I've been busy with creating soasuite/osb installations with weblogic domains in a scripted way.

I also optimized my start and stop scripts, that I'll post soon. All this work keeps me from writing on my BPEL book, so for those who are interested in my next episode, I hope you're patient.

But to get to that, it would be nice to have a running (more...)

Rename your Weblogic 12c AdminServer

At one of my customers we create Service Bus Weblogic Domains using a script, driven by a property file. But in one of the environments we encountered that the AdminServer was accidently called 'Adminserver', with a lower-case 's'. Now this is a very minor issue, but the administrator would like to have it fixed, since it is an anomaly regarding with other environments.

This week I got to implement my start-stop scripts (which I will (more...)

Vector Watch: Lovin’ New Customer Experience Yet Needs More Personalization

I’m still loving my Vector Watch and use it daily, worldwide. The smartwatch continues to attract attention with a great wow factor that impacts those around me as I travel about. The watch is definitely a good fit for my global work/life style, packing an awesome combination of stylish looks, activity tracking capability, long battery life, robustness and a well designed app that adds up to a neat smartwatch user experience that takes a lot (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...)