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Oracle APEX 5 Update from OOW

Wed, 2014-10-01 08:18
The big news about Oracle APEX from OOW is not so much about what, but more about when.  Much to many people's disappointment, APEX 5.0 is still going to be a few months out.  The "official" release date has been updated from "calendar year 2014" to "fiscal year 2015".  For those not in the know, Oracle's fiscal year ends on May 31st, so that date represents the new high-water mark.

Despite this bit of bad news, there were a number of bits of good news as well.  First of all, there will be an EA3.  This is good because it demonstrates that the team has been hard at work fixing bugs and adding features.  Based on the live demonstrations that were presented, there are some subtle and some not-so-subtle things to look forward to.  The subtle include an even more refined UI, complete with smooth fade-through transitions.  I tweeted about the not-so-subtle the other day, but to recap here: pivot functionality in IRs, column toggle and reflow in jQuery Mobile.

After (or right before - it wasn't 100% clear) that E3 is released, the Oracle APEX team will host their first public beta program.  This will enable select customers to download and install APEX 5.0 on their own hardware.  This is an extraordinary and much-needed positive change in their release cycle, as for the first time, customers can upgrade their actual applications in their environment and see what implications APEX 5.0 will bring.  Doing a real-world upgrade on actual APEX applications is something that the EA instances could never even come close to pulling of.

After the public beta, Oracle will upgrade their internal systems to APEX 5.0 - and there's a lot of those.  At last count, I think the number of workspaces was just north of 3,000.  After the internal upgrade, apex.oracle.com will have it's turn.  And once that is complete, we can expect APEX 5.0 to be released.

No one like delays.  But in this case, it seems that the extra time required is quite justified, as APEX 5.0 still needs some work, and the upgrade path from 4.x needs to be nothing short of rock-solid.  Keep in mind that with each release, there are a larger number of customers using a larger number of applications, so ensuring that their upgrade experience is as smooth as possible is just as, if not more important than any new functionality.

In the mean time, keep kicking the tires on the EA instance and provide any feedback or bug reports!

Take a Walk

Mon, 2014-07-14 10:24
Steven Feuerstein (https://twitter.com/stevefeuerstein) just tweeted this:

Improve your programming with a daily regimen of situps (or anything you can do to strengthen abs), walks in the woods, and lots of water.
— Steven Feuerstein (@stevefeuerstein) July 14, 2014 Which in turn, inspired me to quickly write this post.

The combination of being in IT and working from home leads to lots of hours logged in some sort of chair, whether its in my home office, at a customer site or a coffee shop.  You don't need to be a doctor to realize that this is not particularly healthy behavior.

So for the past few months, I've incorporated something new into my daily routine: taking a walk.  It doesn't sound like much, and quite honestly, it really isn't.  But, I wish that I had started this years ago, because the benefits of it are huge.

First of all, it's nice to get outside during the day, especially when it's actually nice out.  Nothing can quite compare to it, no matter how many pixels they squeeze into a tablet.  Sometimes I just walk at a leisurely pace, other times I run.  I'm not training for any specific race, nor do I feel compelled to share my statistics over social media.  I just do what I want when I can.

Second of all, it gives me some time to either listen to a podcast, music or to just think.  I've really grown to like the podcasts that the folks at TWiT (http://www.twit.tv) produce, with This Week in Tech being one of my favorites.  Listening to something that interests you makes the time go by so much quicker, that you may even be tempted to extend your distance to accommodate the extra content.

In fact, listening to them really puts me in a creative and inspired mood, which helps explain the third benefit: background processing.  I don't know much about neuroscience, but I do know a little bit how my brain works.  If I'm struggling with a difficult problem, I've learned over time that the best thing that I can do is to literally walk away from it.  Going on a walk or run or even a drive allows my brain to "background process" that problem while I focus on other things.  The "A-Ha!" moment that I have is my brain's way of alerting me once the problem has been solved.   Corny, I know, but that's how it works for me.

And lastly - and probably most importantly - I've been able to drop a few pounds because of my walks (combined with better eating habits).  I do use RunKeeper to log my walks and track my weight, because numbers simply don't lie.  It also serves as a source of inspiration if I can beat a personal record or cross a weight milestone.

Next ORCLAPEX NOVA Meetup: July 17th

Mon, 2014-07-14 06:37
The next Meetup for the ORCLAPEX NOVA Meetup Group will be this Thursday, July 17th at 7:00PM at Oracle Reston.  (Details: http://www.meetup.com/orclapex-NOVA/events/192592582/)

We're going to try the "Open Mic" format that has been wildly successful at KScope for the past few years.  The rules are quite simple: anyone can demonstrate their APEX-based solution for up to 10 minutes.  No need to reserve a spot or spend too much time planning.  And as always, no slides will be permitted - strictly demo.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to present - even if you have never presented before.  We're a welcoming group, so please don't be shy nor feel intimidated!  I've actually seen quite an amazing selection of APEX-based solutions at prior open mic nights from people who have never presented before, so I encourage everyone to give it a try.

While there is WiFi available at Oracle, it's always best to have a local copy of your demonstration, just in case you can't connect or the network is having issues.

See you Thursday night!