OOW15 – Oracle – Steady As She Goes

Oracle Open World seems a long time ago although actually less than 10 days and hopefully you have now caught up with all the press, all the video and other peoples commentary and what the messages meant for you.

I particularly liked this article from ForbesVoice, talking about Oracle's journey to Cloud and who their competitors are, digital disruption show up well here, the changes dynamics.

And I love this video advertising Oracle Cloud (more...)

Sorting ADF tables using Selenium

A couple of days ago I wrote my first blogpost about using Selenium for (unit)testing the user interface of an ADF application. This was more of a global blogpost about accessing ADF elements through Selenium. This time I am describing the solution of a more specific problem: Sorting ADF table components ascending or descending on a specific column.

The challenge we ran into, while writing our unittests, was that at one page of our application, (more...)

Planning your #IDM architecture

Planning and designing your Identity & Access Management architecture can be pretty complex, depending on your use cases. Even when using a set of tools like ForgeRock’s Open Identity Suite … which is pretty easy to install. You need to understand which products are right for your use cases and requirements.

Should you use OpenAM or OpenIDM for creating users? This is a common question that customers ask us. (hint … you should probably use (more...)

Testing ADF with Selenium: Accessing elements through multiple regions.

During the project where I am currently working on, we use Selenium for (unit)testing the ADF user interfaces of the application. Most pages of our application contain multiple (nested) regions with elements that need to be filled or clicked using Selenium. One of the problems we ran into was that ADF does not always generate the exact same ID for an element at runtime, especially when the element is a child of multiple nested regions. In (more...)

Velocity 2015 Amsterdam

Velocity 2015 Amsterdam

Thursday was a very interesting day for me at Velocity 2015 Amsterdam, build resilient systems at scale. It is one of the best conferences I attended in the last years. Using some quote’s and bullets I’ll give a little insight.

On retro’s, post mortems, etc

Lindsay Holmwood showed that what goes wrong in retrospectives, post mortems and the like is mostly based on:

Oracle Forms 12c (12.2.1) first impressions

As I already posted over the weekend, several new Oracle Fusion Middleware Components were released by Oracle.

One of this new Components is Oracle Forms & Reports 12c (12.2.1).

I have been playing around a little bit with the latest release:

  • Oracle Forms & Reports 12c is now requiring a configured Meta Repository
  • Don't try to use as the underlying Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.2.1) the "standalone" WebLogic Server, you NEED (more...)

Innovation – Horizontal and Vertical Progress

Innovation – Horizontal and Vertical Progress

In the book Zero to One Peter Thiel (member of the PayPal mafia) distinguishes between two types of progress:

  • Horizontal or extensive progress
  • Vertical or intensive progress

Horizontal or extensive progress

Horizontal or extensive progress means copying things that work. It is going from 1 to N. It isn’t to hard to imagine horizontal progress. We already know what the base looks like.

From another level horizontal progress (more...)

Several New Oracle Fusion Middleware Components 12.2.1 available

Oracle has been busy releasing several new Release for various Oracle Fusion Middleware Components on Friday 23rd October 2015

Oracle WebLogic Server is now available as Release 12.2.1
Download can be found here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/weblogic/downloads/index.html

  • There are in general 3 options available for the latest Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1
  • Quick Installer for Developers for Windows, Linux and MAC OS X
  • Generic Installer
  • Fusion Middleware Infrastructure Installer
Oracle Forms & (more...)

Continuous Delivery at bol.com

Continuous Delivery at bol.com

Last month two of our software engineer Mihaela Tunaru and Mary Gouseti were invited to give a presentation of how continuous delivery is done at bol.com. The presentation gives a good insight in the state of continuous delivery at bol.com from a software engineering perspective.

In case you want to know more from the operations perspective check Mayfly on GitHub and the presentation below. Maarten Dirkse gave a (more...)

European Digital City Index 2015

European Digital City Index 2015

European Digital City Index 2015The European Digital City Index 2015 describes how well different cities across Europe support digital entrepreneurs. The aim of in the index is to support digital entrepreneurship across Europe and for policy makers, the index provides a tool to benchmark cities and decide where they may need to devote more resources.

The EDCI is a composite index based on the following factors:

  • Access to capital
  • Business environment
  • Digital environment
  • Skills
  • (more...)

NoSQL quick 101 with Oracle NoSQL v3.4

Since I wrote my whitebook about Oracle NoSQL, some things have changed. Also I found out some things were not quite clear.  One of those confusing things, is that in the examples I call my host “weblogic” (the host I used in my demo), but when kvstore runs locally, it can be replaced by “localhost” .

I went through the examples with NoSQL 3.4 and Oracle JDK 1.8, en that resulted in the following steps for a (more...)

PaaS4SaaS – Marketing v Adoption and catching that Wave

In the run up to Oracle Open World last year there was a lot of talk about PaaS, making the development tools available in the Cloud, and how that meant we could extend the Cloud Applications. This was the area I was most interested in last year, and here we are a year later and there is lots of it on the agenda, albeit none of the ones I submitted, but I'll come back to (more...)

Bloomberg Innovation Index

Bloomberg Innovation Index

bloomberg innovation index logoBesides the Global Innovation Index there are other indexes measuring and comparing innovation around the globe. Another interesting index is the Bloomberg Innovation Index.

Bloomberg’s innovation index is based on six equally weighted metrics. Their scores are combined to provide an overall score for each country from zero to 100.

  • Research and development – Research and development expenditure as a percentage of GDP.
  • Manufacturing – since it takes a lot of knowledge (more...)

Like a white stone in the depths of a well…

Like a white stone in the depths of a well...
Anna Akhmatova
working translation by Greg Pavlik

Like a white stone in the depths of a well
within me there lies one memory.
I can not - and do not - want to expel
this, my greatest joy and my agony.

I think that anyone who closely looks
can see this recollection reads
as harrowing sadness in a tragic book -
a warning, and a (more...)

Does Linux hate Java?

Recently, I have discovered a fancy bug affecting few version of Linux kernel. Without any warnings JVM just hangs in GC pause forever. Root cause is a improper memory access in kernel code. This post by Gil Tene gives a good technical explanation with deep emotional coloring.

While this bug is not JVM specific, there are few other multithreaded processes you can find on typical Linux box.

This recent bug make me remember few other (more...)

Requiem Fragment

Requiem Fragment
Anna Akhmatova
translation by Greg Pavlik

10 Crucifixion

      Do not lament me, O Mother,
      seeing me in the tomb.

The angelic chorus glorified the hour of eternity,
when the heavens convulsed in a river of fire:
He cried to His Father “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”
And to His Mother, he spoke: “Do not lament me”…


Mary Magdalena writhed, and wept
as the beloved John froze like stone (or salt).

Thinking of Being Brave – Looking for a Volunteer at OOW

Followers of my blog will know I am first up at OOW this year with:

Forming Your Future: Upgrade/Migration to Oracle Fusion Applications/Oracle Applications Cloud [UGF3179]

Learn how Oracle Fusion Applications/Oracle Applications Cloud can influence your future plans for ERP and inform you how to prioritize and decide upgrade and migration activities. Should Oracle E-Business Suite users go to the cloud or just stay current with their Oracle E-Business Suite release? Learn what methods are (more...)

My OOW2015 plans

I have a few rituals, and one is that I put all invites to events at OOW into an email folder and wait till a few weeks before to decide what I am going to do. Then I spend hours with a calendar spreadsheet working out what I can and can't do, making the trade offs and compromises.

Then when I arrive in San Francisco it normally gets thrown out of the window, but at (more...)

Tale of caution, use an expert, it’s worth it in the end

Not only am I not technical, but I can also be unlucky.

When I left my last job, I bought a laptop and all my friends, said no, go MAC you will love it, so much easier, so much better. Then about 10 months later, a disaster I still have cold sweats about, I left my rucksack on a train and lost my PC. Determined to turn the situation positive I decided to buy a (more...)

What are Certus Up To at OOW15?

The Certus Team going to OOW is 5 people including our speaking customer Richard Summerfield, the Group HR Director of JT Global. 

Although I am the 'junior' I am up first. And when I say first I mean first session of the whole event!

Forming Your Future: Upgrade/Migration to Oracle Fusion Applications/Oracle Applications Cloud [UGF3179]
Learn how Oracle Fusion Applications/Oracle Applications Cloud can influence your future plans for ERP and inform you how (more...)