Editor’s note: Mark (@mvilrokx) and Raymond are at it again. Earlier in the week, they each provided a take on last weekend’s Bay Are Maker Faire, and this week, they both attended Twilio’s (@twilio) first developer conference, Signal. Mark’s take is here; now, it’s Raymond’s turn. Enjoy.
For those of you not familiar with Twilio, here’s their spiel from their About page:
Twilio powers the future of (more...)
In every universe there are questions that either:
Have no answer
Have an answer that is situation-dependent
and that includes the Oracle universe. Sometimes it’s difficult to get that concept across to the less knowledgeable. Let’s go back to a simple example from a previous post to illustrate this.
In Resurrecting The Dead flashback operations were discussed as an option to restore table data to before an errant update. The post started with this:
I went to the Maker Faire 2015 Bay Area show over the weekend. A lot of similarity to last year, but a few new things.
Sprout is an acquisition by (more...)
This weekend the 10th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area took place in my backyard and rather than fighting traffic for 2 days with the +130,000 attendees I decided, as I have for the last 9 years, to join them.
Observations on UX research and road-testing wearable tech in the wild. The vehicle for today’s message is Ultan O’Broin (@usableapps), taking advantage of Oracle Applications User Experience events and outreach to evaluate the fitness and health option on the Apple Watch—and to continue his Fitbit Surge exploration—this time in China.
The Watch Ethnography (say what?)
All the warnings about running in Beijing proved wrong: that my clothes would turn (more...)
"There is much worth noticing that often escapes the eye." - Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
Using BULK COLLECT in PL/SQL blocks and procedures can drmatically speed array processing, but it can, if the DBA isn’t prepared, ‘hide’ any errors that occur in the bulk processing list. A ‘plain vanilla’ EXCEPTION handler may not report all errors that are thrown. Let’s look at an example intentionally set up to fail inserts based on data (more...)
Back in February I was invited to participate in an pre-beta release of the Amazon Echo SDK. I was under NDA so I couldn’t share any of my finding here. But now that NDA has expired and I can share some of the integrations I did with this interesting device.
First of all I want to comment on the fact that not any of the OS level voice assistants in the market are (more...)
"Expectations is the place you must always go to before you get to where you're going. Of course, some people never go beyond Expectations, but my job is to hurry them along whether they like it or not." - Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
From time to time I find a situation where a developer believes that:
He or she believes referential integrity is not necessary
He or she is better at enforcing (more...)
So as you might already know, it has been all about THE Watch these past days. So having this new toy in my wrist made me want to explore the possibilities. So I set myself to push my skill boundaries and dove right into WatchKit development. To kick off the wheels I spent this weekend doing what I like to call “Noel’s Apple Watch weekend hackathon”. My favorite kind of event, because somehow I always (more...)
Let me start by saying that there were kids in the audience of the Drones, Data X Conference held this past weekend in Santa Cruz, something I have not seen at any other tech conference. I thought it was pretty cool. At the end, I found there was a reason for kids to be there.
From the very first presentation it became clear that this is not really about the drones. The drones were almost (more...)
Thanks, Apple! I got an Apple Watch (38mm) delivered on Friday, April 24.
Full disclosure, I’m a long time Apple user. My household runs on Apple so many would say I’m an Apple-fan (more...)
SQL> CREATE TABLE EMP "It's bad enough wasting time without killing it." Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
AWR reports were a tremendous improvement over Statspack reports, primarily due to the depth and breadth of the sample data collected. A more detailed report, with extended metrics, provides a better look at what the database is doing during a given interval. Unfortunately this detail can create unusual information, especially in the SQL Elapsed Time section. For (more...)
And now back to the Apple Watch content.
If you’ve read here for a while, you might remember we used to be part of the WebCenter development team, and we worked with Oracle Social Network, affectionately OSN.
Editor’s note: Let’s take a break from all the Apple Watch frenzy. Breathe. And now enjoy a post from Julia, interaction designer extraordinaire, about her favorite wearable. She knows her stuff, having lived with a couple of the early smartwatches for long more than a year.
Among all the smart watch hype, one smart watch stays on a side in a category of its own. While most watches compete to offer more, this watch’s appeal is in (more...)
The Watch has transcended nerd-only fandom to reach regular people’s consciousness too, e.g. when I wore the Basis Peak, several people asked if it was *the* Watch.