Seamless cloning of an application stack is an outstanding goal. Seamless cloning of an application stack including the full production database, application server, and webserver in a few minutes with next to zero disk space used or configuration required is the best goal since Alexander Graham Bell decided he wanted a better way tell Mr. Watson to “come here.”
No matter how cool your job is, no matter how many people are looking at you or your company for best practises, sometimes developing software is just work On this blog I’ve shared examples of companies that people nowadays see as successful, like Netflix, Twitter, Spotify, or the online retailer bol.com.
To prove my point I’ve checked the release notes of Netflix and Spotify apps. Here (more...)
I was at a talk recently, and there was an update by Jason Arneil about adding columns to tables with DEFAULT values in Oracle 12C. The NOT NULL restriction has been lifted and now Oracle cleverly intercepts the null value and replaces it with the DEFAULT meta-data without storing it in the table. To repeat the 11G experiment I ran recently:
SQL> alter table ncha.tab1 add (filler_default char(1000) default 'EXPAND' not (more...)
I have Tom Kyte’s “Ask Tom” in my feed reader, and every now and then it opens for questions and the flood pours in. Quite often there is an interesting question, but more often than not there are quite a lot of “poor” questions: some just poorly worded, some too-easily-googleable, others are could-have-answered-from-the-docs questions. It’s not dissimilar to StackOverflow, which doesn’t suffer so much because of the army of people who work together to either improve or (more...)
Last week I attended Oracle OpenWorld 2014, and it was an outstanding event filled with great people, awesome sessions, and a few outstanding notable experiences.
Personally I thought the messaging behind the conference itself wasn’t as amazing and upbeat as OpenWorld 2013, but that’s almost to be expected. Last year there was a ton of buzz around the introduction of Oracle 12c, Big Data was a buzzword that people were totally excited (more...)
Are you going to Oracle OpenWorld 2014? I am, and I hope to see you there! As you probably know, OpenWorld is a humongous event with tens of thousands of people in attendance and some amazing presentations. Why, I even hear Oracle’s new CTO might be there. I wonder if he has anything to talk about?
This year we’ll have a ton of activity at the Delphix booth. You can check out the speaking schedule, (more...)
This was promising, so I give it a short try for Oracle ADF applications. For this blog I use the Summit ADF application, delivered by Oracle, but I have tried with our own application too. Test is done in JDeveloper 12.1.2.
After the download there are some easy steps (more...)
If you speak german and you are interested in quality assurance for your ADF projects you should come and attend my presentation at DOAG Development on 06/04/2014 in Dusseldorf.
I will show you, how you can implement in the JDeveloper IDE and in Continous Integration server Jenkins:
- static code analysis with PMD, FindBugs and Checkstyle
- Commit tests with JUnit, Mockito and Powermock for Mockito
- Code coverage for commit tests with JaCoCo
- Acceptance tests with JUnit (more...)
Back in March of last year I wrote an article on the five frequently misused metrics in Oracle: These Aren’t the Metrics You’re Looking For.
To sum up, my five picks for the most misused metrics were:
- db file scattered read – Scattered reads aren’t always full table scans, and they’re certainly not always bad.
- Parse to Execute Ratio – This is not a metric that shows how often you’re hard parsing, no matter how (more...)
Random thoughts on a Friday afternoon…
We’ve all got problems. More to the point, every IT department or team has problems of some kind. It’s why we hire consultants, buy products, start long and arduous journeys into the great unknown depths of root cause analysis, and so on.
What fascinates me is the level at which we come to identify with our problems. When I’ve gone into an environment to deliver recommendations, the conversation usually (more...)
Alchemists are best known for their (completely fictional and entirely ridiculous, but that’s besides the point) amazing ability to turn lead into gold. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of lead in the Oracle world. Bugs, angry developers, metrics that can seem to elude human understanding…but I (more...)
Funny thing I had today. Well funny, not when you want to make progress in your work, but still interesting what I discovered when I tried to isolate the problem…I found a way to make the same mistake and have Oracle return three different errors, dependent on the order of (more...)
Please see the details of the sessions below along with the (more...)
Oracle BI Publisher Desktop Microsoft Visual Basic System Error &H8000FFFF -2147418113 Catastrophic failure
Not too sure what I changed on my laptop, possibly just installation of another product or perhaps Microsoft or similar updates, but when I went to edit a BI Publisher RTF template I got the following error message on clicking ANY button in the BI Publisher plugin for Microsoft Word.
Matrix : What you must learn is that these rules are no different than rules of a computer system. Some of them can be bent, others can be broken. Understand?
NZOUG 2013 is being held in Wellington at the iconic Te Papa Museum on the beautiful waterfront on the 18th and 19th of March, with an additional Workshop Day on the 20th March.
The conference will see a wealth of brilliant speakers from around the world, including Tom Kyte, Graham Wood, Andrew Holdsworth, John Schiff and Nadia Bendjedou and of course top speakers from Middle Earth (NZ) as well. Tom, Andrew and Graham will be (more...)
It has been too long since the last post. It is not that I do not want to, it is just way too busy…
I just came across a small problem where a .NET application written by someone else caused an ugly Stack trace with a ORA-942 (Table or View does not exist) after being moved to the next environment. The error was not there on development, so they asked me what the problem could be. At first I did my compare of grants to the Role I am supposed to use for the application. The problem is (more...)
And that's a compliment!
Wow. This year we mark the 20th anniversary of the Visual Basic 3.0 launch way back in 1993.
It's easy to forget the pivotal role it played in revolutionizing how we built software. No matter what you think of Microsoft, one can't deny the impact it had at the time. Along with other products such as PowerBuilder and Borland Delphi, we started to see long-promised advances in software development (as pioneered by Smalltalk) become mainstream reality:
If you get the error below:
ORA-31011: XML parsing failed
ORA-19202: Error occurred in XML processing
LPX-00217: invalid character
from code running on Oracle 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 and it used to work on previous versions then stop and check MOS 1391688.1. It (more...)