"Don't you know anything at all about numbers?" "Well, I don't think they're very important," snapped Milo, too embarrassed to admit the truth. "NOT IMPORTANT!" roared the Dodecahedron, turning red with fury. "Could you have tea for two without the two, or three blind mice without the three? Would there be four corners of the earth if there weren't a four? And how would you sail the seven seas without a seven?" (more...)
Are you attending Kscope16? If so, you are in luck, the @appslab team will be back this year (by popular demand) to do a Scavenger Hunt. This year there are even more chances to win, plus check out these prices:
- First place: DJI Phantom Drone
- Second place: Amazon Echo
- Third place: Raspberry Pi
Our first scavenger hunt took place last year at Kscope15. After that we replicated the experience for OOW15 and then for UKOUG15. We have had great (more...)
“Since you got here by not thinking, it seems reasonable to expect that, in order to get out, you must start thinking.”
— Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
The Devil is in the details, however, in support forums and newsgroups, the Devil is just as present when the details are either sketchy or non-existent. Volunteers in such forums and newsgroups quite often hear the dreaded words “it doesn’t work”, followed by … nothing. No (more...)
Twilio Signal Conference ended with an after-party called the $Bash night. Twilio set up booths with geeky games like programming, program debugging, computer building etc.. They also had a foosball table for 16 people. I think it is one of the nicest parties for geeks I attended so far. It was a fun night with music, drinks, food and games, tuned for developers.
During that morning’s keynote, Jeff Lawson (Twilio Founder) had a virtual (more...)
Lets dive to the Twilio sessions.
The sessions are generally divided in the following 4 tracks:
See the latest progress in software and cloud communications, talk shop with Twilio engineers who developed them, and get in to the details on how to use the software.
Hear from industry experts shaping the future of tech with the latest software.
Get details on hurdles tricks and solution from Twilio customers on building communications with (more...)
This year I attended the Twilio Signal Conference. Same as its first year, it was held in Pier 27, San Francisco. It was a 2-day action-packed conference with a keynote session in the morning and sessions after till 6 pm.
The developer experience provided by the conference is superb comparing to a lot of other developer conferences nowadays. Chartered buses with wifi were provided for commuters using different transits. Snacks served all day. 6 30-minutes sessions for (more...)
I just found this link on OTN to vote for including assertions in a future release of the Oracle database.
A great idea – please vote for it.
One of the most important votes this month…well, I do live in England!
I keep hearing this term lately and I dislike it.
There is no such thing as Unstructured Data. All data has structure. If it didn’t have structure we wouldn’t be able to use it.
What about free text? Well, that’s just a single column value (stored in a CLOB in Oracle, for example) and the free text is, more often than not, on a row with other columns, such as identifiers and timestamps, i.e. (more...)
Editor’s note: We just returned from Holland last week where we attended AMIS 25, which was a wonderful show. One of the demos we showed was the Smart Office; Noel (@noelportugal) also gave a presentation on it.
We’ve been showing the Smart Office since OOW last year, and it remains one of our most popular demos because it uses off-the-shelf components that are available today, e.g. Amazon Echo, Leap Motion, Philips (more...)
“The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what's in between.” ― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
The mutating table error (ORA-04091) thrown by Oracle can be a familiar sight throughout a DBA’s career, along with the usual question of ‘Why?’. The error itself is not difficult to understand nor is it hazardous to the table data. Let’s look at why the error is thrown, why it’s (more...)
Another year, another amazing at the Maker Faire.
I’ve attended my fair share of Maker Faires these years, so the pyrotechnic sculptures, 3D printing masterpieces, and handmade artisan marketplaces were of no particular surprise. But somehow, every time I come around to the San Mateo fairgrounds, the Faire can’t help but be so aggressively fresh, crazy, and novel. This year, a host of new and intriguing trends kept me on my toes as I ventured through (more...)
Many hands make light (emitting diodes) work. Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) gets down to designing fashion technology (#fashtech) solutions in a fun maker event with a serious research and learning intent. OAUX Senior Director and resident part-time fashion blogger, Ultan “Gucci Translated” O’Broin (@ultan), reports from the Redwood City runway.
Fashion and Technology: What’s New?
Generally, I’m not in favor of consolidating important stuff onto my phone, e.g. credit cards, etc. because if I lose my phone, I’ll lose all that stuff too.
However, I’ve been waiting to try out a digital hotel key, i.e. using my phone to unlock my hotel room. Only a few hotels and hotel chains have this technology in place, and recently, I finally stayed at one that does, the Hilton San Jose.
Editor’s Note: In February while we were in Australia, I had the pleasure to meet Stuart Coggins (@ozcoggs) and Scott Newman (@lamdadsn). They told me about a sweet Anki Overdrive cars plus Oracle Cloud Services hack Stuart and some colleagues did for Pausefest 2016 in Melbourne.
Last week, Stuart sent over a more detailed video of the specifics of the build and a brief writeup of what was involved. Here (more...)
At first I was skeptical. I was perfectly happy with my iPad Air and the Pro seemed too big and too expensive. Six months later I wouldn’t dream of going back. The iPad Pro has become my primary computing device.
Does the Pro eliminate the need for a laptop or desktop? Almost, but for me not quite yet. I still need my Mac Air for NodeBox coding and (more...)
Hi there, remember me? Wow, April was a busy month for us, and looking ahead, it’s getting busy again.
Busy is good, and also good, is the emergence of new voices here at the ‘Lab. They’ve done a great job holding down the fort. Since my last post in late March, you’ve heard from Raymond (@yuhuaxie), Os (@vaini11a), Tawny (@iheartthannie), Ben (@goldenmean1618) and Mark (@mvilrokx).
I have been considering writing this article for quite some time now.
APEX Connect 2016 in Germany’s capital Berlin and the DOAG Database days have finally persuaded me to talk more about #DBADev, let me explain why…
Whenever in the stone age…
During my career as DBA, I was always working closely together with Oracle Forms & Reports developers. In retrospect, the cooperation in that time was remarkable.
These Forms & Reports developers had always (more...)