WordPress 5.0

Especially if you are self-hosting WordPress, you might have noticed that WordPress 5.0 has been born.

I’m not a WordPress aficionado, so I don’t really pay much attention to most of the WordPress new features, but something you can’t avoid is the new editor. It’s completely different.

The new editor has been available for some time for the previous WordPress version as the “Gutenburg Plugin”. The dashboard has been encouraging you to try it (more...)

UKOUG Conference 2018

With the start of December comes the UK Oracle User Group conference, or to be more precise the Independent UKOUG.  This year the conference is back in Blackpool, a slightly smaller venue than the ICC in Birmingham, but in many respects that made the event feel more vibrant and busy.

The user group also announced some of the changes it is making going forwards reflecting the changing needs of its members – SIGs being (more...)

Why Automation Matters : The Series

A few months ago I decided to write a post about the lost time associated with the hand-offs between teams. It was relevant to a conversation I wanted to have, and I wanted to order my thoughts before I went into that conversation. That post accidentally became a series of posts, which I’ve listed below.

I’m not an expert at automation and I’m far from being an expert at DevOps. Theses were just a useful (more...)

Why Automation Matters : Technical Debt

I was going to include Technical Debt in yesterday’s post about Unplanned Work, but I thought it deserved a post of its own.

What is it? You can read a definition here, but essentially it comes down to a short-termism approach to solving problems. It can be applied to many situations, but here are two.

  • You have a bunch of applications written in Oracle Forms 6i. A new requirement comes in, and rather than (more...)

Defining Boundaries for Logical Gateways on the API Platform a multi cloud / multi region context

The Oracle API Platform takes a different licensing model to many platforms, rather than on CPU it works by the use of Logical Gateways and blocks of 25 million successful API calls per month. This means you can have as many actual gateway nodes as you like within a logical group to ensure resilience as you like, essentially how widely you deploy the gateways is more of a maintenance consideration (i.e. more nodes means (more...)

How to enable auto start/shutdown for Oracle Database 18c Express Edition

Oracle Database 18c Express Edition can be enabled for automatic startup and shutdown with the operating system. This will not only allow you not to worry about starting and stopping the database but it will also ensure that the database is properly shutdown before the machine is powered off. Enabling auto startup/shutdown is done via … Continue reading "How to enable auto start/shutdown for Oracle Database 18c Express Edition"

Helidon and the embracing of micro services

XEYO9H51_400x400Oracle have announced another Open Source project called Helidon (Helidon.io) as a microservices platform built on top of Netty (which is built around a contemporary async model). If you look at the literature you’ll note two flavours one called SE which aligns to the programming characteristics or Node.js – asynchronous. The author is MP which aligns to the rapidly evolving J2EE MicroProfile which essentially follows a coding style along the lines (more...)

How to install Oracle Database 18c XE on Linux

The new version of the free Oracle Database edition, Oracle Database 18c Express Edition, just got released for Linux 64-bit. Getting started is really simple on Oracle Linux, basically a three step process of downloading the RPM file, installing it and then configuring the database. On other Red Hat  compatible Linux distributions you will also have … Continue reading "How to install Oracle Database 18c XE on Linux"

Oracle Database 18c Express Edition is Generally Available!

Oracle just released the new version of Oracle Database Express Edition (XE), a free edition of Oracle Database. This release means something special to me, as I have been closely involved in it and with the great team that brought us Oracle Database 18c XE. It has been 7 years since its predecessor, Oracle Database … Continue reading "Oracle Database 18c Express Edition is Generally Available!"

Analytics and Stats for APIs

The Oracle API Platform provides the means to examine statistics and slice and dice the numbers by application, gateway, duration and so on resulting in visually appealing graphical representations.  The way the analytics works means you can book mark specific views, so you can return the same report view with the relevant features as often as you like.  However, presently there is no data export option.

The question why would I want to (more...)

Autonomous Database: Creating an Autonomous Data Warehouse Instance

In my previous post I have shown how quick and easy it is to create an Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing instance. In this post I want to show that the same applies for an Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, short ADW, instance. As a matter of fact, both services are running on the very same Oracle … Continue reading "Autonomous Database: Creating an Autonomous Data Warehouse Instance"

Autonomous Database: Creating an Autonomous Transaction Processing Instance

In this post I’m going to demonstrate how quick and easy one can create an Autonomous Transaction Processing, short ATP, instance of Oracle’s Autonomous Database Cloud Services. Oracle’s ATP launched on the 7th of August 2018 and is the general purpose flavor of the Oracle Autonomous Database. My colleague SQLMaria (also known as Maria Colgan 😉 … Continue reading "Autonomous Database: Creating an Autonomous Transaction Processing Instance"

Oracle Developer Podcast – Developer Evolution

podcast-356-dev-evolutionLast month I was fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in another Oracle Developer Podcast.  Rather than focusing on specific technologies, this focused on more how the thew job market is changing for IT and what might be driving change, and how things may change in the future. Check it out here.

As ever thanks to Bob Rhubart of the invitation, and putting together these excellent recordings.

Autonomous Database Blog series

Oracle has just released the Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing Cloud Service. This is the second service of the Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud Services, after Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud Service which launched earlier this year. I have been asked to produce some collateral for the new offerings which will surface here as well as on other … Continue reading "Autonomous Database Blog series"

GraalVM – why a different VM?

If you read press around Java you’ll have come across references to GraalVM. So what is it and why would I use it?

There is an excellent podcast from Software Engineering Daily that digs into the subject and can be found here and here. But let draw out some of the reasons as to why GraalVM is interesting.

Whilst multiple languages on top of the JVM is nothing new, such as Scala , Kotlin, and (more...)

Could RedHat’s absolute commitment to OpenShift put them into difficult waters?

As a middleware (to use a fading term) or technical architect, I preferred not to get too involved in the detailed OS layer considerations when it can be helped (my Infrastructure Architect colleagues will always know more about NICs, port bonding, kernel versions etc etc than I ever will) and why I prefer to work with PaaS over IaaS.

But there is an undeniable trend where having a greater understanding of the OS is necessary, (more...)

API Developer Podcast

The authors of the API Platform book, got to record an Oracle Developer Podcast together in support of the book – the recording can be here at here or at here

As ever, thanks to Bob Rhubart for giving us this opportunity.

 

Setting up Docker on Oracle Linux 7

Docker has become widely popular in the last couple of years. I use it on a regular basis these days for running Oracle databases on my laptop. Docker is available on all popular Linux distributions, as well as Mac and Windows, and of course Oracle Linux is no exception. Since a long time Docker ships … Continue reading "Setting up Docker on Oracle Linux 7"

Upgrading UEK kernel on Oracle Linux 7

In general I work almost exclusively on Macs these days. However, for work and various other reasons I always tend to have a VM with Linux on my Mac to test, run, script things. My VM runs Oracle Linux (OL) on VirtualBox. Oracle Linux just makes a lot of sense for me as we run … Continue reading "Upgrading UEK kernel on Oracle Linux 7"

Implementing API Platform Book extract

An extract of our new book Implementing API Platform has been made available by the publishers Packt here. Of course you could enjoy all the content by buying the book directly from Packt (go here) or from book retails such as Amazon (here).