Using the Slack webhook API from PL/SQL

Slack is a web-based chat room popular with many companies. Slack also has an API that can be used to post messages to a given "channel" or chat room. The simplest API offered is the "webhook" integration, which is "a simple way to post messages from external sources into Slack. They make use of normal HTTP requests with a JSON payload that includes the message text and some options."



To create a new Slack (more...)

Pivot Table plugin for APEX (Updated)

Some years ago I created an APEX region plugin for displaying the results of a query as a Pivot Table. You can read the original blog post about that here.

The plugin proved quite popular, but people were having problems using it with APEX 5 due to a jQuery versioning conflict.

I've now updated the plugin so it works with APEX, both 5.0 and 5.1.



To use it, simply add a region to (more...)

JSON_TABLE and the Top 2000

Oracle database 12c provides native JSON parsing. It is relatively easy to go from data in a JSON format to a relational representation.
In this example I will use data from the Top 2000. Every year in The Netherlands a playlist is produced by popular vote and fully broadcast between Christmas and the last day of the year, with the number one being played just before the New Year. You can see the complete list (more...)

Oracle and the Autonomous Database (a personal perspective from afar)

Yeah, if you hadn’t seen that one coming, hmmm, what can I say… Lot’s of…

Getting Started with REST Enabled SQL

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| Sep 7, 2017
POST a query or DML or DDL or even a short script over HTTPS to ORDS and have ORDS run that on your Oracle Database and have the results returned in JSON. That's the plan.

What You Need To Know

REST Enabled SQL uses Schema Authentication as well First Party Authentication.  



This means you can run SQL against an Oracle Database if the following is true.
  • REST Enabled SQL is enabled in ORDS
  • A (more...)

New! REST Enabled SQL for ORDS

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The Oracle REST Data Service provides REST access to your Oracle Database. Tables, predefined queries and PL/SQL blocks can be exposed as RESTful services. This is great when you can foresee what table, query or action you wish to REST enable.

Starting in ORDS 17.3 you can now POST the query, pl/sql or sql*plus statement to ORDS at run time. This new feature is call REST Enabled SQL and it is built into ORDS (more...)

Oracle Developer Cloud for Deployment Automation of PHP Applications

This blog will give an understanding of deploying a simple PHP based REST service project on Oracle Application Container Cloud using Oracle Developer Cloud. This post will show the essentials for the PHP project for maintaining, building Nodejs code on Developer Cloud Service and deploying from Developer Cloud to Application Container Cloud.

 

Tech Stack Usage

Eclipse: IDE for PHP development.

Grunt: Tool for building the PHP code archive for deployment.

Oracle Developer Cloud: For (more...)

eProseed Oracle Open World 2016 debrief – Oracle Database & Oracle Management Cloud

For people interested, here the slide desks used internally to debrief my colleagues regarding Oracle…

Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 – JSON and the In-Memory Database

Here the presentation slide deck (100+) used during the oGH Dutch Usergroup session and (partially…

OTN Appreciation Day : GeoJSON and SDO_GEOMETRY marriage in Oracle 12.2

The native JSON functionality in Oracle Database version 12.2 has evolved quite a bit since the JSON functions first appeared in Oracle Database version 12.1.0.2. Just one example is JSON_TABLE can be used as a bridge between the open standard GeoJSON format and the database internal SDO_GEOMETRY format, making it very simple to use externally available geocoding datasources within spatial applications in the database.

You have been able to do this (more...)

Using the PayPal REST API from PL/SQL

Do you need to accept payments for goods and services via your (APEX) application and would you prefer to handle the payments in the database via PL/SQL? Then this blog post is for you... :-)

Almost a decade ago (in 2007), Oracle released a whitepaper on Integrating Application Express with PayPal Payments Pro which used PayPal's Name Value Pair (NVP) API.

In the years since then, PayPal has made available a new API which is (more...)

Oracle Apex 5.0 and APEX_JSON

How many lines of code does it take to make a web service call? Answer: 39

That is how many lines of PL/SQL I had to write in Oracle Apex 5.0 to make a web service call to an external API.

I used Adzuna's REST API to retrieve the latitude and longitude and the price of 2 bed properties for rent in a specific location in UK. The API returns JSON which the APEX_JSON (more...)

Error: parsererror – SyntaxError: JSON.parse: unexpected non-whitespace character after JSON data at line 2 column 1 of the JSON data

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| Nov 10, 2015
Always check out the original article at http://www.oraclequirks.com for latest comments, fixes and updates. Error: parsererror - SyntaxError: JSON.parse:  unexpected non-whitespace character after JSON data at line 2 column 1 of the JSON data You may get this self-explanatory error at run-time if you specified a non-existing page item in the list of items to be returned after invoking a PL/

Oracle APEX_WEB_SERVICE REST API call

In this post I will try to show you how I used the Oracle Apex and the APEX_WEB_SERVICE  PL/SQL package to quickly send a request to a public Internet API and how I handled the response. The code below was written during a 'Hackday' and hasn't been extensively tested.

My use case is integrating Oracle Apex with the public Mendeley REST API for Mendeley Catalog Search.

The idea was to build an (more...)

Introduction to MongoDB Geospatial feature

This post is a quick and simple introduction to Geospatial feature of MongoDB 2.6 using simple dataset and queries. Storing Geospatial Informations As you know you can store any type of data, but if you want to query them you need to use some coordinates, and create index on them. MongoDB supports three types of indexes for GeoSpatial queries: 2d Index : uses simple coordinate (longitude,

Using Eclipse (OEPE) to Develop Applications using WebSocket and JSON Processing API with WebLogic Server 12.1.3

Following from my last posting, I thought I'd also show how Eclipse (OEPE) makes the new Java EE 7 APIs available from Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3.

The first step was downloading and installing the Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse (OEPE) distribution from OTN.

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/eclipse/downloads/index.html

Firing up Eclipse, the next step is to add a new Server type for Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3, pointing at a local installation.






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Developing with the WebSocket and JSON Processing API with WebLogic Server 12.1.3 and Maven

Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 provides full support for Java EE 6 and also adds support for a select set of APIs from Java EE 7.

The additional APIs are:
  • JSR 356 - Java API for WebSocket 1.0
  • JSR 353 - Java API for JSON Processing
  • JSR 339 - Java API for RESTful Web Services 2.0
  • JSR 338 - Java Persistence API 2.1
See the "What's New in 12.1.3 (more...)

JSON Parsing is Cake with WebLogic Server 12.1.3

Another feature of WebLogic Server 12.1.3 that I'm sure developers will find useful is the inclusion of an implementation of JSR-353 Java API for JSON Processing.

JSR 353: JavaTM API for JSON Processing
This new API, working from the foundations provided by earlier implementations such as Jackson, Jettison and Google JSon, now provides a standard API for working with JSON from Java. This goals and objectives of the API described in the initial (more...)

Transparent PATCH support in JAX-RS 2.0

The PATCH method is one the the less well loved HTTP methods simple because until recently there really wasn't a standard PATCH format. This has been standardized for JSON for a while now so there are quite a few libraries that will do the heavy lifting for you. For the purposes of this blog I am going to use json-patch although it would be easy to adapt this particular implementation to the patch library of (more...)

Using JSON-P, aka JSR 353 with Jersey 1.x, or indeed any JAX-RS 1.x

I have been playing with JSON-P a little bit recently and one of the thing I wanted to try as making it work with Jersey 1.x. (Jersey 2.x has this functionality built in).

I had hoped to use the org.glassfish:jsonp-jaxp component that comes from the json-p project; but it depends on the JAX-RS 2.0 API. With a bit of friendly badgering of the ever helpful Pavel Bucek, a (more...)