OAUX Tidbits

Here come some rapid fire tidbits about upcoming and recently past Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps) events.

Events of the Near Past

Laurie Pattison’s (@lsptahoe) team (@InnovateOracle) has been organizing events focused around stimulating and fostering innovation for quite some time now.

I’ve always been a big fan of group-think-and-work exercises, e.g. design jams, hackathons, ShipIts, code sprints, etc.

Our team frequently participates in and supports these events, e.g. Tony O was on a team that won a couple awards at the Future of Information design jam back in early February and John and Julia served as mentors at the Visualizing Information design jam a few weeks ago.

You may recall Julia’s visualization analysis and thinking; John has an equally informative presentation, not yet shared here, but we can hope.

Watch Laurie’s blog for information about more innovation events.

Events of the Near Future

It’s conference season again, and we’ll be bouncing around the globe spreading our emerging technologies user experience goodness.

Fresh off a hot session at UTOUG (h/t OG Friend of the ‘Lab Floyd) and gadget-hounding at SXSW Interactive, Noel (@noelportugal) will be in Eindhoven, the Netherlands for the Oracle Benelux User Group Experience Day, March 23 and 24.

Our fearless leader, Jeremy Ashley (@jrwashley) will be there as well giving the opening keynote. Bob Rhubart (@OTNArchBeat) recorded a video to tell you all about that. Check it out here:

While Noel enjoys Europe, I’ll be in Washington D.C. speaking at Oracle HCM World, along with Thao and Ben.

After that, we’ll have boots on the ground at Oracle Modern CX and Collaborate 15 in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for more, or if you’ll be at any conferences during Conference Season 2015 and wonder if OAUX will be there, check out our Events page.Possibly Related Posts:

One Year With Oracle

Team Oracle

Just over a year ago, it became public that I was leaving Enkitec for Oracle.  Most folks had similar questions surrounding my decision, including my logic in giving up my ACE Director, an assumption that I would just disappear into the Oracle “machine”, considering the sheer size of the company and with my prominent company work history, what had prompted the decision.

In this last year, my career has definitely surprised more than a few folks.  I, in no way, disappeared into Oracle.  In fact, I’ve been made more prominent and in doing so, assisted in shining a light on the Enterprise Manager group.  I’m continually offered great opportunities to be more and do more with the OEM group, which I appreciate greatly.  I interviewed my potential managers as much as my employer interviewed me.  I believe your job is only as good as your boss and my managers are incredibly important to all that I’m able to do in the technical arena, along with the Oracle community.

iysvy  **Thanks to Philippe Fierens for the video

I presented at 11 conferences, a master class, three webinars and a number of local events.  During this time, I worked with customers and implemented a large number of Strategic Customer Program, (SCP) “Fast Track” engagements for Enterprise Manager.  These are projects that EM12c isn’t an after-thought to a project-  it’s the FOCUS of it.  I knew if I wanted to gain more knowledge of Enterprise Manager, that I was going to need to go back to the source and that meant Oracle.  There’s been no disappointment here-  I get to be part of the first line of huge OEM projects that implement HA Enterprise Manager environments with advanced features, plug-ins and other enhanced architecture designs.

Inside Oracle, I’m working with some of the best of the best in the Enterprise Manager world.  The Architects, Product Managers and Consulting Members of the Technical Staff that make Enterprise Manager the great product it is are who I get to interact with every day.  I have insight into the framework, plug-ins and other features that I simply would not get outside Oracle.  I have access to systems and development vision that I wouldn’t have as a customer.  The Strategic Customer Program, (SCP) is the first line to directing the product with the vision it requires, as so often many that are working on developing the features may be very distant from the customers-  where we are the ones interacting with them and are expected to come up with the answers.  This has shown in my blog posts, as I dive deeper into new EM12c features, plug-ins, etc.

My removal of my ACE Director, as it is a customer program, was in my mind, not a loss, but just something I had already achieved and I needed to go onto new challenges. I think my only concern was due to the small number of women involved in the program, but I found that I can still support the ACE program and am still working to support ACE submissions and mentoring.  That’s what’s really important to me. The only people I have seen viewing this as a mistake are commonly those that look down at others for something, no matter what and are dealing with their own insecurities, so I’ve found myself pretty unconcerned with these few.

After joining Oracle, I was able to locate the bylaws for Oracle user group involvement as an employee and retain my Conference Director role at Rocky Mtn. Oracle User Group, (RMOUG), by becoming a non-voting Board Member Emeritus.  I’ve found new ways to involve myself with the user group community, also taking on the role as the user group liaison for the Enterprise Manager group for all interaction.  I’ll be working with IOUG in the future to find ways to streamline and assist other user groups with consolidating our resources and helping each other be more successful- doing more with less, as many of the regional user groups are non-profit, have small budgets and limited resources.

Oracle has been very supportive of my Women in Technology initiatives.  They know this is something very important to the world of technology and my own hopes for a more balance IT workforce.  To have my manager email me about something I’m working on and end it with, “btw, read your <insert WIT article title here> the other day, great read!” and then tell me about some of the things he’s dong with his kids is really great to hear. That he recognizes the importance of what I’m doing, the essential work of mentoring those around us is impressive, too.

Some felt that my social media presence would be impacted-  assuming that Oracle’s Social Media Policy would suppress my personal brand after coming on board.  The opposite is quite true.  I’d been aware for quite some time, that if you had an issue with social media, it was due to companies NOT having a social media policy.  This leaves those that don’t understand social media or are uncomfortable with social media to make assumptions of what is allowed or what they think SHOULD be allowed.  I have never had an issue with a company surrounding social media when a company had a social media policy.  My social media value has done nothing but risen since joining Oracle and I thank everyone for their continued support.

My first year has been one of growth, opportunities and greater depth of knowledge in the Oracle Enterprise Manager product.  I am thrilled with the new opportunities that are on the horizon and look forward to the upcoming year!





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VirtualBox 4.3.26

VirtualBox 4.3.26 has been released. Downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

It’s only a couple of weeks since the last release, so I guess there was something causing people significant headaches, which warranted a new release. Not that I noticed any problems. :)

Happy upgrading!



VirtualBox 4.3.26 was first posted on March 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm.
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APEX Conferences in 2015

In 2015 most APEX-only conferences are scheduled in history. I definitely recommend to attend at least one of the conferences as it's a great time to meet other people, industry experts and the APEX Development Team.

You'll find me at following conferences:

25-MAR-2015: APEX World - Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Every year a hit - and this year extra special as it will be at a different location - the beautiful SS Rotterdam. It's not decided yet which topics I'll present in the Netherlands.

9/10-JUN-2015 - APEXConnect - Düsseldorf, Germany

It will be my first time at a conference hosted by DOAG. I've heard so many great things about the excitement there is in Germany for APEX, so I look forward meeting the people over there.

On the 10th at 11h I'll present about the integration of APEX and Microsoft Sharepoint.

21/25-JUN-2015 - ODTUG KScope - Hollywood, Florida

I attended KScope for the first time in 2006 and since then returned almost every year. One of my most favourite conferences for sure. On Sunday the APEX Development is hosting the APEX Symposium: a full day of talks by the development team themselves. It also gives you an opportunity to meet them and many other experts in a nice informal setting.

This year these are my talks:

  • A primer on Web Components in APEX
  • How to make APEX print through node.js

There are some other conferences with great APEX tracks, for example GLOC, Collaborate, DOAG, UKOUG, ...

Next to the conferences there are many local APEX Meetups too. It's a totally different setting and concept compared to a conference, so definitely something to check out too. You can take your code to the meetups and ask questions or show what you did yourself.

You'll find me at most (if not all) of the Belgium APEX Meetups and I might attend some other meetups or conferences depending my schedule.

Look forward seeing you at one of the conferences or meetups.

OTN APAC tour 2014 stop 0 – Singapore

#SOS - Singapore Oracle SessionsWait? Stop 0? How does that work? One reason may be that there is a lack of a universal understanding of what to call the first element of a finite set. Like floors in a building. Things you learn on tours like these are that 1 is not actually the ground floor in all countries (and it was the reason why I exited the lift on the wrong one). But the real reason that Singapore was stop 0 for me is that it is not actually part of the OTN tour (but in my opinion should be next year). I had planned a quick 3 day stopover and stay with Doug Burns and he decided this was a good time to start a local oracle thing in Singapore. So with less than a week notice he booked a room, organized food and drinks and managed to get over 30 people to show up (Hemant Chitale helped spreading the news) for the first installment of #SOS Singapore Oracle Sessions. Excellent! Portrix, Oracle and Doug chipped in as sponsors for the few expenses we had.

The speakers were blown away by the enthusiasm and passion of the attendees, received many great questions and chatted in the breaks. There was also great networking between people and everybody seemed to at least remotely know everybody else or made introductions. It was very clear that there was a demand for something like this format and while people were unsure if they needed a “proper” user group it was evident that everybody would like to see this continue.

Singapore Oracle Sessions Bjoern Rost on SQL Plan Management and baselinesI started by talking about SQL Plan Management. I have done this talk a few times now and am really happy to see how I am making progress with it. I was happy to make the most important points very clear, answered a few great questions and still finished ahead of time because Doug was signalling from the back of the room that the pizza was getting cold.

Doug talked about SQL Monitor (one of the most useful performance tools in Oracle) and how to use it from the commandline. What I did not know was that you could create just the same flash based report that the full-blown Cloud Control is generating and even more. Some of the tabs are grayed out in certain version of EM12c but they work in the CLI-generated one.

Morton did a Big Data primer, introducing people to what big data is and what it is not, giving funny but concise quotes from the Oak Table mailing list, giving an introduction to Hadoop and what the hadoop connector in Oracle can do for you (mostly access files on HDFS so you can either export big tables straight to hdfs for mapreduce processing and/or to import the results of a map/reduce job which will be written to HDFS). He finished with some funny correlation-type analysis which actually helped a customer identifying how to better do their job and got them to invest into big data infrastructure.

singapore supertrees and MBS from satay by the bay bathroomThe only bad thing I can say about the Sessions was that it cost me a few hours of precious sight-seeing time in Singapore. People have told me to come for a while but I never thought it would be as exciting, interesting and cool as it actually was. I wonder why we “dream” about some destinations (some of which turn out to not even be that great once you are there) and turn down the idea of visiting some others. Lesson learned: keep an open mind and good things will happen to you. To everybody else: Singapore is well worth a visit, with or withour Oracle Sessions.

The picture on the left was taken from the bathroom of a hawker centre (street food court). There was no wall behind the sinks, only the awesome view of tropical plants, supertrees and the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel.

As I am writing this I am already in Perth for the annual Western Australia Oracle UG conference enjoying a rare moment of peace and quiet before the conference tomorrow. I have already experienced a new world and images of tropical plants, buildings old and new and exotic smells (both good and bad) fill my mind but this is merely the start of a tour that lasts two more weeks.

PS1: #SOS is a really bad hashtag
PS2: B-Tree indexes would be awesome if they were called Supertree-Indexes

One Size Doesn't Fit All 2014-01-16 03:03:54

For Oracle customers located in Perth Australia, OTN will be holding an Oracle Developer Day on February 18th to cover contemporary Oracle development topics.  Oracle Developer Days don’t come to Perth too often, something to do with being at the end of the earth I suspect, so we hope customers will take the opportunity to attend while the opportunity presents itself.

From a middleware perspective I’ll be covering in two sessions Oracle’s Mobile Platform, specifically looking at Oracle’s ADF Mobile and Oracle Mobile Suite.  This is your chance as a customer to get a handle on Oracle’s mobile strategy from a development perspective, as well as a good look at what benefits Oracle ADF Mobile and Oracle Mobile Suite can deliver for both developers and your business.

The day is not just about middleware though, and Oracle has been lucky enough to have well known and respected community speakers Connor McDonald and Penny Cookson join the line of speakers.  Between Penny and Connor they will also cover what’s new in the Oracle database for developers, how to internet enable your database for mobile, and mobilizing your Oracle APEX applications.  Overall you can see the theme for the day is "mobile", which really shouldn’t be that surprising from a developer point of view as the development world hums the "mobile first" mantra.

We hope you’ll take the opportunity to attend the event, listen to both community leaders and Oracle staff give their vision of the mobile development landscape, and network with the local Oracle community.  More information about the event and how to register can be found here.

JDeveloper Where did Git go?

In the previous release of JDeveloper in a special build known as CLOUD, Oracle included Git support built into the IDE.  Recently on our JDeveloper release it appeared we had removed it.  Where did the Git go?

I’m happy to say Git support is still available, but not as a direct part of the IDE as per the previous version.  Rather in it is supported through an extension available via the Help -> Check for Updates menu option, then the Official Oracle Extensions and Updates repository.  You can also download the extension from the following extensions page and install it manually.

Schema and User 101

Schemas and users are frequently used interchangeably as if they were the same thing. For the most part, that’s ok. In Oracle the concepts are so tightly coupled that thinking of them as the same thing is not really that far wrong. 

In reality, a user is a database account that is given a password and permissions. A schema is a container, or namespace, for containing schema objects. Schema objects are things like tables, views and indexes.

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The Helskinki approaches to WoD application development

[continuing from my previous post]In a very similar way as I did here for MVC, the Helsinki UI/BL/DL code classes can be mapped across the client, middle and data tiers too:What I do differently here compared to the earlier display of MVC mapping across the tiers, is that whenever the M is distributed across two tiers, I divide the M into BL and DL. The guideline of how to split up the M, is now