Oracle Cloud: Demonstrating Dark User Experience Patterns

You know there are good User Experience Design Patterns. There are also anti-patterns – bad stuff done by people who don’t know better.

And then there are Dark Patterns – User Experience deliberately crafted by clever people to trick users. The Oracle Cloud trial is unfortunately an example of the (more...)

Moving blog to new hosting provider, Research and Results!

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Last months I’ve noticed that my blog was a bit slow. The first bytes that I received in the first network requests took around 3-4 seconds and loading the front page in some hours of the day was a pain. I believe that an optimal website should load in less (more...)

Deploy your Node/Couchbase application to the cloud with Clever Cloud

Introduction Clever Cloud is the first PaaS to provide Couchbase as a service allowing developers to run applications in a fully managed environment. This article shows how to deploy an existing application to Clever Cloud. I am using a very simple Node application that I have documented in a previous article: (more...)

Why use OVM for Oracle Databases

Some time ago I made a benchmark exercise to compare the performance of an Oracle Database running in a bare metal environment versus a virtualized environment to clear some of the main questions our team and clients in Revera have, such as:  Does an Oracle Database performs well on a (more...)

How One Man Killed the Cloud

While I was not surprised that the U.S. intelligence agencies monitor web activity, I was surprised at the scale revealed by the Edward Snowdon leaks.

If there are still American cloud providers that do not routinely provide the NSA with wholesale access to their customers’ data, it will only (more...)

A beautiful weather app for Brazil and Portugal

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Last post I wrote about evolution. Professional evolution… from legacy technology  to new IT paradigms, cloud and mobile. This week, as a result of that evolution, the weather app I  developed with a friend, was deployed and it’s available at App Store.

I hope users from Portugal and Brazil find (more...)

In the end, Love… always wins!

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In the past 18 months I’ve researched and learned at least a dozen new (to me) and recent technologies. Any of them belongs to 2 interesting areas that I’ve focused in that period… Cloud and Mobile. I’m an early Amazon Web Services adopter and I’ve deployed several services and infrastructures on (more...)

Amazon announces Redshift, a data warehouse service!

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Today at Amazon AWS re:invent, Amazon announced a cloud service for data warehouse customers. It allows to easily analyse petabytes of data, interacts with known BI solutions, and it’s usually 10 times faster than traditional implementations… queries run really blazing fast! This service is certified by MicroStrategy and Jaspersoft.

Redshift runs (more...)

Cloud Databases : MongoDB

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For several years I’ve been using Oracle and other SQL relational databases. I’ve dedicated most of the time of my researching and developing on Oracle technology. There’s no question that Oracle leads on site installations and that the quality of the products and the ROI is one of the best. (more...)

Follow Beyond Oracle on facebook

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Hi folks,

We can’t stop the social flow! Social networks are ruling the world. So as I had some free time lately, I decided do create a facebook fan page. For most of us with a facebook profile visited daily, it’s easier to follow syndications and we’ve got a better (more...)

EclipseLink 2.4:

EclipseLink 2.4.0 Juno - RELEASED

As part of the Juno Eclipse release train the EclipseLink project has released EclipseLink 2.4.0. The release landing page describes some of the new and noteworthy features as well as providing links to documentation and examples so you can get started. (more...)

Using JDeveloper Maven integration to run Oracle ADF sample in Java cloud

Readers of this blog might already took a notice about one link on a right side, pointing to experimental page with live ADF sample application embedded on it. It looks like I'm not alone to have the idea of live ADF samples in my head. Zeeshan Baig, featured in recent (more...)

Oracle Cloud: Nice and Fluffy, Still no Substance

After Oracle’s Cloud announcement yesterday, I was left scratching my head wondering if anything was actually announced.

We got the same message at OpenWorld (see previous blog post) and as far as I can see, got very little new yesterday. The only thing that was actually new is that (more...)

Installing NGINX on RHEL 5/6 (Centos and Oracle Linux too)

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I’m an huge NGINX fan. Nginx pronounced “Engine-X” is an open source Web server and a reverse proxy server for HTTP, SMTP, POP3 and IMAP protocols, with a strong focus on high concurrency, performance and low memory usage. Nginx is awesome… really. I use it since 0.6 beta and never (more...)

Is Oracle Afraid of the Cloud?

More than 6 months after Oracle announced the Java Cloud and Database Cloud services at Oracle OpenWorld, we’re still waiting for these services to materialize. There might be technical reasons for this delay, but it is also obvious that Oracle hasn’t figured out a business plan for these services either.

At (more...)

SAP Cloud Inside : Build and Run Applications in the Cloud

Last week I was invited to present eXo Cloud IDE during the SAP Cloud Inside. This SAP Community event was a great opportunity to discuss about the cloud with an interesting point of view: the impact of the cloud for SAP customers (especially administrators and developers). During this presentation I (more...)

Some Clear Talk on Cloud from Oracle

To an IT professional, it’s obvious that not every system belongs in a cloud (whether public or private). However, with all the hype surrounding Cloud Computing these days, these voices of reason tend to be drowned out.

After receiving a deafening roar of “CLOUD” from the Oracle marketing machine at OpenWorld last (more...)

GITPRO World 2012

My friend and old colleague Khanderao Kand just flagged me with the latest update on the GITPRO 2012 conference. It's this Saturday starting at 9am in Palo Alto - panels on big data and cloud look very interesting.

Google AppEngine Full Text Search with Cloud SQL

Introduction Many Google AppEngine developers have been waiting for the Full Text Search feature, especially coming from Google the biggest search engine on the Web. I was quite happy to see that Google team is working on it as you can check in the Google I/O 2011 session : Full (more...)

Cloud commentary

Bruce Tierney from Oracle covered my cloud talk at Gartner's application architecture conference a few weeks back - he highlights some points I think are important.