Oracle Standard Edition 2, a bright new future

Okay, it is not very much more than smoke, since Ludovica Caldara found MOS note 2027072.1 about the support of Standard Edition 12.1.0.2.0 and blogged and tweeted about it.

Despite Ludovica’s disclaimer, there is, nevertheless, some smoke… And Twitter quite quickly filled up (at least the early where I take interest). Dominic Giles stated: “More to come soon!” And Ann Sjökvist urged calmness by saying: “let’s wait for facts! (more...)

Advance Your Java Skill Set With Java SE 8

Why be Certified in Java SE 8?
  • Skills are in demand.
  • Employers want Java skills more than anything else - “According to IT Job Site, Dice.com, Java development was the most sought-after software-building skill by employers in the first quarter of 2014.”
  • Prove your programming fluency with Java SE 8.
    • 7%: Salary growth for Oracle Certified Professionals in 2015 - According to the Certification Magazine 2015 Annual Salary Survey.
  • Java SE 8 has (more...)
  • Can Oracle Certification Really Affect Your Paycheck?

    Salaries for Oracle Certified Professionals (OCP) grew 7% last year according to the 2015 Annual Salary Survey recently released by Certification Magazine.

    All 4 Oracle certifications levels made the Most Popular list of 75.

    Here's how Oracle certifications ranked in the annual survey of over 700 certifications by average total salary:

    • #44 Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)
    • #58 Oracle Certified Expert (OCE)
    • #63 Oracle Certified Associate (OCA)
    • #67 Oracle Certified Specialist (OCS)

    Whether you are just (more...)

    APEX Developers wanted!

    Currently there are multiple positions open for APEX Developers locally in Vienna/Austria.

    FOEX is looking for talented Oracle APEX and/or Ext JS Developers, which want to be part of our growing Startup currently serving customers in 13 countries worldwide. Check this link for more.

    click-click IT Solutions is also looking for APEX Developers/Consultants. Check this link for details.

    Since both companies share a wonderful office you can expect to have also the best possible colleagues (more...)

    Real Push Button Refresh with Raspberry Pi

    Push Button

    In this post, we’re going to perform a push button refresh of an Oracle Database, Application Express (APEX) installation, and Tomcat webserver.

    “But Oracle Alchemist,” you’re probably thinking, “we know about that. You’ve told us about how Delphix can provision and refresh data.” And yes, you’d be right. But I wasn’t done yet.

    We’re going to perform a refresh of an Oracle Database, APEX installation, and Tomcat running in Amazon Web Services, replicated from (more...)

    Oracle APEX 5.0 Available for Download!

    After a longer development cycle than usual, Oracle Application Express 5.0 is finally available for download! I think it was worth the wait. It comes with a ton of features, here are just a few marquee features. Page Designer Universal … Continue reading

    Deploying Application Express with Delphix

    VDBs

    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.”

    So in the spirit of discovery, I’ve installed Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) 2.0 (more...)

    January 2015 Critical Patch Update

    Oracle Is Easy, a blog written by <a href="http://www.smartdogservices.com" SmartDog Services

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by SmartDog Services

    January 2015 Critical Patch Update Advisory:

    Oracle has received specific reports of malicious exploitation of vulnerabilities for which Oracle has already released fixes. In some instances, it has been reported that malicious attackers have been successful because customers had failed to apply these Oracle patches. Oracle therefore strongly recommends that customers remain on actively-supported (more...)

    APEX Meetup Vienna/Austria

    Hi everyone and happy “new” year!

    This year’s resolution is to do even more APEX. Is this possible, you might ask?

    Sure, for example on Feb 19 2015 at our next orclapex Vienna Meetup.

    Hope to see you there. Patrick and Christian will provide us with the latest news of APEX 5 and tell us more about Early Adopter #3.

    Don’t waste any more time: RSVP yes.

    I am back

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    It's been a very long time not coming here, about 2 years and half ... and I missed it big time.

    Now I moved to Oracle Systems (formerly Sun Microsystems) on a role support-programmer mixed, within RPE (Revenue Product Engineering) on the Extra Care team, with focus on Solaris, Engineered Systems with Solaris, ZFS Storage Appliance and Ops Center. I'm very happy since my job is closer to development, something was (more...)

    Managing your Database in a Zombie Apocalypse

    Zombie Server Room

    Only two things are really certain: network latency over long distances, and the fact that humanity will soon rapidly degenerate into undead brain-eaters.

    When that day comes, when the dead are crowding at your door and the windows are busted out and ripped up rotted arms are clawing at the inside of your home, I know what you’ll be thinking: is my database protected?

    Don’t worry, my friends. The Oracle Alchemist has you covered. We (more...)

    Another Great OpenWorld

    Steve at the Delphix Booth

    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...)

    Oracle Open World 2014 Highlights

    Oracle Is Easy, a blog written by <a href="http://www.smartdogservices.com" SmartDog Services

    The SmartDog team just got back from OOW 2014, and we wanted to share some highlights with our SmartDog community.

    Posted on October 9, 2014 by Jon Dixon

    Cloud

    Oracle is making it’s most convincing move yet to the Cloud. Almost every Oracle sponsored session referenced cloud and all of the key notes were focused on cloud. Cloud messaging ran the full (more...)

    New Labor Cost Features in Oracle R12.2

    Oracle Is Easy, a blog written by <a href="http://www.smartdogservices.com" SmartDog Services

    – Multiple Cost Rates to Support Federal Davis-Bacon Act Requirements

    The wait is finally over… after years of complex custom forms, custom tables and very intricate extensions, Oracle R12.2 Projects can now provide functionality to support the Federal Davis-Bacon Act Requirements.

    First, we need to start with what the Davis-Bacon Act is to fully understand the implications of the new functionality. (more...)

    Why It Pays to Keep Track of Your Oracle Licenses

    Oracle Is Easy, a blog written by <a href="http://www.smartdogservices.com" SmartDog Services

    Robin Laskowski, long-time Client Solutions Director at SmartDog, is the first to concede that keeping track of Oracle technology licenses to ensure compliance is probably not a top priority for most customers. But, she says, this is potentially a very costly mistake. Here, Robin discusses why so many customers may be sitting on an Oracle technology licensing time bomb and not (more...)

    Openworld 2014

    Oracle OpenWorld

    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...)

    Teach Your Children Well

    computerroom

    Today’s the first day of school in my city, and the plethora of “OMG 1st day of school!” posts of Facebook and my own kids heading back in to slog through another year of fundamentals got me thinking about education. My own kids (12/daughter and 10/son) came home and went swimming since it was about 104 degrees today…the hottest day of the summer, as it were.

    minecraft-2__140227213724Anyways, after that activity my son decided to (more...)

    The Customer Experience

    The Apple Experience

    I’m going to kick this post off by taking sides in a long-standing feud.

    Apple is amazing.

    There. Edgy, right? Okay, so maybe you don’t agree with me, but you have to admit that a whole lot of people do. Why is that?

    NOT part of the Customer Experience. Image from AppleFanSite.com

    Image from AppleFanSite.com

    Sure, there’s the snarky few that believe Apple products are successful due to an (more...)

    orclapex Meetup group Vienna

    For a long while now I’m having this idea to initiate an APEX group on some social network to bring APEX Fans together and have regular meetings in my hometown Vienna, Austria.

    This idea in mind I met Dan McGhan at APEX World 2014 in Zeist, Netherlands. While talking about this and that we discovered that we both are fans of meetup.com which is a platform to organize meeting groups.

    Of course we instantly (more...)

    Frequently Misused Metrics in Oracle

    Lying Businessman

    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:

    Business Graph

    1. db file scattered read – Scattered reads aren’t always full table scans, and they’re certainly not always bad.
    2. Parse to Execute Ratio – This is not a metric that shows how often you’re hard parsing, no matter how (more...)