What’s new in Oracle APEX 5.0.4

As announced on Twitter, Oracle APEX Patchset 5.0.4 is released. Download the full release or get the Patch 23192730 from support.oracle.com.

What’s new/changed, besides the obvious listed in the Patch Release notes?

APEX Views

  • got an improved security check. They now look for read privilege on the apex-admin-role instead of full admin privileges.
  • APEX_DEBUG_MESSAGES finally lists the Call Stack where a message was written (level 9 debug, only)
  • new View APEX_INSTANCE_PARAMETERS

APEX (more...)

Select Oracle Certification Exams Retire in September

Are you preparing for an Oracle Certification exam that is scheduled to retire in September? If so, check below to see if there is a morer current version avaiable. The Oracle Certification exams below retire on September 30, 2016. Plan your certification path accordingly. 

Upcoming Retirements Newer Versions of Retiring Exams
1Z0-538 Agile Product Lifecycle Management 9 Essentials None
1Z0-535 Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Essentials

1Z0-567 Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8 Essentials

1Z0-572 (more...)

Are You Pursuing the Most Current Version of Oracle Identity Governance Certification?

The Oracle Identity Governance Suite 11g Essentials exam | 1Z0-459 and Oracle Identity Governance Suite 11g Certified Implementation Specialist certification retire on October 31, 2016. 

If you have been preparing for this exam, consider pursuing the more current Oracle Identity Governance Suite 11g PS3 Certified Implementation Specialist. Earn this certification by passing Oracle Identity Governance Suite 11g PS3 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-339.

Keep your skills current.

Assertions in a future Oracle release

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! Smile

Provisioning Virtual ASM (vASM)

Create vFiles

In this post, we’re going to use Delphix to create a virtual ASM diskgroup, and provision a clone of the virtual ASM diskgroup to a target system. I call it vASM, which is pronounced “vawesome.” Let’s make it happen.

She’s always hungry. She always needs to feed. She must eat. – Gollum

Most viewers assume Gollum was talking about Shelob the giant spider here, but I have it on good authority that he was (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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

IT Stockholm Syndrome

Shrugging

Random thoughts on a Friday afternoon…

We’ve all got problems. More to the point, every IT department or team has problems of some kind. It’s why we hire consultants, buy products, start long and arduous journeys into the great unknown depths of root cause analysis, and so on.

What fascinates me is the level at which we come to identify with our problems. When I’ve gone into an environment to deliver recommendations, the conversation usually (more...)

My Latin American Tour in March

At March I will be presenting my very successful seminar “Mastering Backup and Recovery” in some countries of Latin America for the very first time. Thank you Panama, Chile and Brazil OUGs for inviting me to your amazing countries! Please, use the following links for registration and also to find more information about the seminar: […]

Join me at the next OTN Virtual Developer Day

    Hi All, On February 4, 2014 at 9:30 am PT I will be talking on the next OTN Virtual Developer Day about Oracle VM and Oracle Database. Come and discover the answers for the following questions: Does an Oracle Database perform well on a virtualized environment? What virtualization technology is more stable and […]

Why use OVM for Oracle Databases

Some time ago I made a benchmark exercise to compare the performance of an Oracle Database running in a bare metal environment versus a virtualized environment to clear some of the main questions our team and clients in Revera have,

OOW 2012, allá voy!

Cada año se realiza el Oracle Open World, al cual somos cordialmente invitados todos los Oracle ACE. Pero nunca faltaba algún contratiempo (léase proyecto en marcha con plazos ajustados) que me obligaba a postergar mi asistencia, pero al iniciar este año tomé la decisión de asistir sí o sí.

Desde Junio hice la compra de los respectivos boletos de avión, que -gracias a los KM acumulados- me salieron gratis! Y ya que entraba en (more...)