Seven Weeks with the Fitbit Surge

As my wearables odyssey continues, it’s time to document my time with the Fitbit Surge.

I ended up wearing the Surge a lot longer than I’d worn the Nike+ Fuelband, the Basis Peak and the Jawbone UP24 because June was a busy month, and I didn’t have time to switch.

For comparison’s sake, I suggest you read Ultan’s (@ultan) review of the Surge. He’s a hardcore fitness dude, and I’m much more (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 02-JUL-2015


Oracle Support

Two good items from the My Oracle Support blog:




MySQL

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.22 has been released, from the MySQL Enterprise Tools Blog.

Big Data

Query existing HBase tables with SQL using Apache Phoenix

Spending a bit more time with Apache Phoenix in my previous post I realised that you can use it to query existing HBase tables. That is NOT tables created using Apache Phoenix, but HBase - the columnar NoSQL database in Hadoop.

I think this is cool as it gives you the ability to use SQL on an HBase table.

To test this, let's say you login to HBase and you create an HBase table like (more...)

Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 12.1.3

I'm pleased to announce the certification of Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3.  Certification with Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 provides you the ability to create a Physical Standby Database for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 environments.  The creation of a Physical Standby Database is a key component of creating a disaster recovery site for Oracle E-Business Suite.

Detailed steps for setting (more...)

Using Universal Connection Pooling (UCP) with JBoss AS

Even though WebLogic with Active GridlLink is Oracle's suggested approach to deploy Java applications that use Oracle Real Applications Clusters (RAC), there might be scenarios in which you can't make that choice (e.g.: certification issues, licensing, library dependency, etc.). Application servers and their database connection pool mechanisms might end up being a bottleneck in the architecture of your applications and a critical component to provide performance, scalability and high-availability.

UCP, besides providing (more...)

Conditional Compilation and Static Boolean

One of my pet-projects is LoggerUtil, which is a utility for Logger, which is an excellent logging tool for PL/SQL.
This post is not about Logger, but some dealings with Conditional Compilation.

With Conditional Compilation you can create a single code base to handle different functionalities depending on compiler flags.
The latest addition to LoggerUtil was a method to create a custom template. For this to work, LoggerUtil depends on a certain Logger Release (where (more...)

Why We Do “Fancy Friday”

It started out innocently enough: One person wanted to bring back “Fancy Friday,” a tradition from the pre-acquisition days of the startup Vitrue. Since the dress code was relaxed, they decided to dress up on Fridays.

Seems simple, right?


It was - in the beginning. One person did it, then a few more joined in, and before we knew what was happening, we were dressed up as pirates.

Wait, what?


Yes, we’re dressed as pirates. (more...)

OSB & MTOM: When to use Include Binary Data by Reference or Value

As can be seen in my blogs of these days, I've been busy with implementing a service using MTOM in OSB. When enabling XOP/MTOM Support you'll have to choose between:
  • Include Binary Data by Reference
  • Include Binary Data by Value

I used the first because I want to process the content in another service on another WLS-Domain. However, in my first service catching the initial request I want to do an XSD validation. And although (more...)

SAP on Oracle Database 12c now with Oracle In-Memory

Oracle SAPOn March 31, 2015 SAP has been certified to run on Oracle Database 12.1.0.2:
https://blogs.oracle.com/UPGRADE/entry/sap_is_now_certified_on

As of June 30, 2015, Oracle Database In-Memory is supported and certified for SAP environments for all SAP products based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x. on Unix/Linux, Windows and Oracle Engineered Systems platforms running Oracle Database 12c - in single instance and Oracle Oracle Real Application Clusters deployments.

Oracle Database 12c is (more...)

Oracle Cloud Integration Event – 24th July 2015 London UK

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Oracle has now launched its new Cloud Integration Solution. As integration experts, we want to know whether this will help customers avoid the frankencloud.

At Estafet we strive to provide the best integration solutions. We have been trying the with new Oracle technology and it looks good:  it addresses the issues of data security and focuses on bringing cloud applications back into the fold of the IT infrastructure.

To delve into the detail and provide (more...)

Set environment properties in SoapUI (freeware)

Ever used SoapUI to test services on multiple environments? Then you probably ran in to the job of ever changing the endpoints to the hosts of the particular environment; development, test, acceptance, production (although I expect you wouldn't use SoapUI against a prod-env). This is not that hard if you have only one service endpoint in the project. But what if you want to test against multiple services or have to call a service on (more...)

Partial uniqueness

I had an interesting request recently from a developer.

“ I have a table created as per below

create table C_TEST (
  col_1 varchar2(3),
  col_2 varchar2(3),
  col_3 number
  );

The rows defined by col_1, col_2, col_3 must be unique but only when col_3 is present.  If col_3 is not present, then we allow anything.  Hence if the table is populated like this:

begin
insert into c_test values (‘a’,’b’,null);
insert (more...)

Oracle Developer awards…chosen by Developers

I was reading the following post today http://stevenfeuersteinonplsql.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/the-oracle-database-developer-choice.html

Oracle are planning on rewarding developers in the following areas:

  • SQL
  • PL/SQL
  • Oracle REST Data Services
  • Oracle Application Express
  • Database Design

 

At first glance I had a bit of a cynical view…it could easily be one of those things where if you come from a company that has massive investment in Oracle, then surprise surprise you float to the top of the (more...)

Introducing Formspider 1.9

For the past year, we've been working hard on the new version of Formspider, the application development tool for Oracle PL/SQL Developers
Join our special virtual event on July 7th and become one of the first people who'll find out what we have in store for you.
Whether you are a IT Manager trying to modernize your legacy software, an Oracle Forms Developer looking for a new development tool that is suitable to (more...)

Happy Birthday to Me!

birthday-cake-clipartHave you guessed what today is?

It’s amazing, finally reaching the age of 26 (+20).

Cheers

Tim…

PS. There’s another anniversary coming tomorrow. :)


Happy Birthday to Me! was first posted on July 2, 2015 at 6:40 am.
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Pinging and Posting from PeopleCode

I had a need to Ping a server to see if the server could get to it.  I also tried to post to it.  This code could be helpful for others, so I want to share it.  A post should normally go through the Integration Broker, but I first developed it at a time when I had a product that was supposed to go on servers with diverse versions of Integration Broker.

The Ping code (more...)

HAIP and Exadata

If you’ve run an exachk report, y0u may have seen the following message with regard to your databases:

Status Type Message Status On Details
FAIL Database Check Database parameter CLUSTER_INTERCONNECTS is NOT set to the recommended value db01:dbm011, db02:dbm012 View

This check is commonly seen when a database is created on Exadata without using the custom “Exadata” templates included with the database creation assistant.  These customized templates include a multitude of recommended parameter settings found in (more...)

Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance with EM12c, (ZDLRA)

I had a chance to take a closer look at the Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, (ZDLRA) via Cloud Control today and really liked the dashboard that’s included in the plugin for the product.  This post isn’t going to cover the installation of the plugin or configuration-  I was just intrigued by the dashboard and wanted to go over the great features that are part of it.

Accessing the ZDLRA

As with any Targets, (more...)

Extending vmdk Size for VirtualBox VM

Recently I ran out of space on one of my Windows virtual machines. I needed to increase the size of the disk to allow me to install some new software. When creating the VM I had created the disks as VMDK. Yes I know now that is not the best format to use :-( VMDK disks/files do not allow you to dynamically change their size :-( So what can you do? Is it possible in (more...)

Announcement: Singapore Oracle Sessions III

Yes, it's that time again although I decided we should delay it a little while when I realised we could take advantage of the visit of Lucas Jellema to Singapore!

The date is set for 14th July so there's only a couple of weeks to go. Here is the agenda (SingaporeOracleSessionsIII.pdf) and a map (SOSMap.pdf) to help you get to the venue which is very handily placed near (more...)