Your Conference Explorer


Are you attending UKOUG Apps15 or Tech15? If so, you are in luck! Once again we will run our ever popular scavenger hunt with a twist. From December 7-9 we will be at the ICC in Birmingham, UK working with the UKOUG team to give you a fun way to explore the conference and win prizes along the way.


If you’re not familiar with this game, it is as if we are stamping a card (or your (more...)

Sangam 15

This was my 6th year at Sangam and as always was good fun. We were a group of 4 people who were traveling from Delhi and we reached Hyderabad on Friday morning. Just wanted to keep a day for visiting Ramoji Film City and also wanted to avoid the rush that morning travel on the conference’s starting day brings. So after dropping the luggage at the hotel we hired a taxi and reached Ramoji Film City. (more...)

OpenWorld 2015 Highlights

It’s been nearly three weeks, and I’m finally getting around to sharing the highlights of our OpenWorld 2015. Enjoy.


Last year, Steve Miranda showed some of our project work in his keynote. This year, our Glance framework on the Apple Watch, made an appearance in Larry Ellison’s first keynote in a video showcasing the evolution of Oracle’s User Experience over the last 30 years.

OTN Community Quest

Noel (@noelportugal) and I oversaw the (more...)


This blog post is inspired on work I have been doing on Standard Edition databases and the returning confusion about what is and what is not part of Standard Edition.

DBA_FEATURE_USAGE_STATISTICS is a tool in determining license usage for the Oracle database. It is good to understand the implications of each entry, know what is happening in your database and thus be able to have a substantial conversation about the usage of your license, being (more...)

You’re On A Roll(back)

"I know one thing for certain; it is much harder to tell whether you are lost than whether 
you were lost, for, on many occasions, where you are going is exactly where you are. On 
the other hand, if you often find that where you've been is not at all where you should have 
gone, and, since it's much more difficult to find your way back from someplace you've never 
left, I suggest you go  (more...)

A Smart Badge for a Smart Office

Editor’s note: Maybe you got a chance to check out our IoT Smart Office demo at the OAUX Exchange during OpenWorld. If not, don’t fret, we’ll describe its many cool bits here, beginning with this post from Raymond (@yuhuaxie) on his smart badge build. A Smart Office needs an equally smart badge.

We showcased the Smart Office at OAUX Exchange.

You put on a badge and walked into an office in the future, and (more...)

Results, What Results?

"For instance," said the boy again, "if Christmas trees were people and people were Christmas trees,
we'd all be chopped down, put up in the living room, and covered in tinsel, while the trees opened our presents."
"What does that have to do with it?" asked Milo.
"Nothing at all," he answered, "but it's an interesting possibility, don't you think?"
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth 

Oracle offers a results cache in the (more...)

OTN Community Quest


After a very successful Scavenger Hunt at Kscope15, we are back with an Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne edition. This time we partnered with the Oracle Technology Network (@oracleotn) folks to give Oracle OpenWorld (@oracleopenworld) and JavaOne (@javaoneconf) attendees a fun experience, and with even more chances of winning.

The OTN Community Quest was designed to be a win-win experience. We ask attendees to do certain tasks, you learn along the way, have (more...)

Using eDB360 – introduction video

This is a short video that explains what is eDB360, where to download it from, how to execute it, and what the output is. Enjoy!

Using edb360 – introduction video from Carlos Sierra on Vimeo.

Connect All the Things: An IoT Nerf Gun – Part 2: The Software


In the first part of this series, I showed you how to mod a Nerf gun so it can connect to the internet, and you can electronically trigger it.  In this second part, I will show you some software I created to actually remotely control the Nerf gun over the internet using various input devices.



First you will have to prepare your ESP8266 so it connects to the wifi and the internet, and (more...)

Hakan You Do That?

"Everyone understands numbers. No matter what language you speak,
they always mean the same thing. A seven is a seven anywhere in the world." 
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth 

An interesting problem submitted to Oracle Support involves a possibly little-known aspect of a table called the Hakan Factor. The problem description, in brief, states that the Hakan Factor isn’t preserved for a partitioned table when a single partition is compressed. Why is this a (more...)

Connect All the Things: An IoT Nerf Gun


As part of my foray into the Internet of Things (IoT) I was looking for a project I could sink my teeth in because I find it easier to learn something by doing it rather than just reading about it.

It just happened to be that at JavaOne this year they will have a Maker Zone, and they were looking for participants who could build something interesting to show to the attendees.  As a (more...)

The Glance Framework on Android Auto

A while back, I told you about Glance, a framework for wearables and other devices.

Quick history review, Glance was born out of our frustration with rebuilding basic Oracle Cloud Applications notification functionality each time a hot new wearable device dropped, e.g. Google Glass, Pebble, Android Wear, etc.

So, by the time the Apple Watch launched, we had a solution ready, and we designed Glance to be a framework so whenever the next, new hotness (more...)

See the IoT Nerf Gun at JavaOne

So, Mark (@mvilrokx) built a internet-connected Nerf gun, so that happened. If you read here, you’ll have seen the early stages of the build.

Heading into JavaOne (@javaoneconf), where he’ll be giving a talk, Mark wanted to build something cool to show.

Look for a technical post from him soon. The short version is that he added the ESP8266 to connect the toy to the interwebs and then rigged the internal (more...)

Go on a Quest at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

The Scavenger Hunt we ran at Kscope15 was a huge success. The players had fun, the game was mostly bug-free and our gracious hosts, ODTUG (@odtug), were happy.

The Hunt went so well that we’ve been asked by the OTN (@oracleotn) to run a similar game at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld (@oracleopenworld) and JavaOne (@javaoneconf).


I can’t tell you much about it yet, but the name has changed. (more...)

A ShipIt at Oracle’s Mexico Development Center

Editor’s note: Our team participated in many of the Summer of Innovation events held by Laurie (@lsptahoe) and her team. Here’s a report from Luis (@lsgaleana) on the Mexico Development Center (MDC) ShipIt held in mid-August. Enjoy.

Oracle Mexico Development Center (MDC) has grown to bring together some 700 employees, and it continues to grow weekly. However, there is only a single point of entry for every non-employee person, the receptionist.

Every visitor that (more...)

Submit an abstract for Georgia Oracle User Group (GaOUG) Tech Day 2016

In 2014, myself and a few other well known speakers in the Atlanta area were added to the board of directors for the Georgia Oracle User Group (GaOUG). With us being added to the Board of Directors, we initatied a rebranding of the user group from GOUSER to GaOUG in Feburary 2015, with much success. Then followed that event up with two quarterly events in April and July 2015, which proved to be an even (more...)

IoT Hackathon: Team Waterlytics’ entry – Part 1/2

Editor’s note: Our team participated in many of the Summer of Innovation events held by Laurie (@lsptahoe) and her team. Here’s Part 1 of Mark’s (@mvilrokx) project from the IoT Hackathon held at Oracle HQ, July 30-31. Enjoy.

Last week I participated in the IoT Hackathon at HQ which is part of “The Summer of Innovation,” a series of events that Laurie Pattison’s team is organizing to stimulate ideas and creative thinking.

Unfortunately (more...)

Another Home for Our Stuff

I’m very pleased to announce that our colleague and friend Kathy recently pushed live a page on under the OAUX section, dedicated to our Emerging Technologies team and our work.

Our new home, circa 2015.

Our new home, circa 2015.

Big moment for us. I feel like a made guy.

Don’t worry. This little blog will continue to be our home and stream of consciousness, but now, we have another, more structured home, focused on our projects and thinking.

Like that’s (more...)

An IoT Hackathon in Utrecht

I recently attended a hackaton in Utrecht organized by Laurie Pattison (@lsptahoe) and her team as part of their “Summer of Innovation” series.

The theme was Internet of Things (IoT) and this marked the first time that they organized a hackathon specifically for an outside partner, eProseed. All the previous hackathons were internal Oracle events.  Initially the plan was for us Oracle folks to go over and mentor teams as needed, but later on, (more...)