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My Mentor is an Oracle Certified Master in Oracle 10g now!

Sabdar Syed - Wed, 2008-09-24 05:01

Dear All,

I’m pleased to say that my elder brother, Mr. Syed Jaffar Hussain, is an Oracle Certified Master in Oracle 10g now. He is truly deserved for it. In addition to this, he is already an Oracle Certified Professional in multiple tracks such as Oracle 10g/9i/8i, RAC DBA Expert, and also an Oracle ACE Award winner.

He is my mentor and motivator. So, I will have to gear up for Oracle Certified Master Program, and get trained under his guidance for the same.

Sabdar Syed,

OOW2008 day 3

Pawel Barut - Tue, 2008-09-23 23:08
Written by Paweł Barut
This day was quite good for me. I’ve finally overcome problems with jet-lag.

I’ve started day on session “Inside Oracle Database 11g Optimizer: Removing the Mystery”. It was very good session explaining how new features in optimizer works. It provided inside on Plan Profiles, improved bind variable picking, improved performance for statistics collection and new statistics for correlated columns.

My next session was not exactly what I was expecting. “Global-Scale Web 2.0 Data Platforms: Sharding with Oracle Database”. I was expecting technical inside, but it mostly was marketing speech on “why Oracle is better then MySQL”. Break between sessions I’ve used to ride on Cable Car:

I’ve ended day on session “Top 10 Things You Wanted to know about ASM”. As I were not using ASM yet, it was good overview of features, and best practices for using ASM. Now, I’m going to rest to be prepared for next day, and big keynote by Larry Ellison.

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Some positive drag-and-drop experience

Raimonds Simanovskis - Tue, 2008-09-23 16:00

In the previous post I wrote that I didn’t quite like drag-and-drop development style in JDeveloper that I experienced during Oracle OpenWorld hands-on session.


Today I was in Oracle BI Answers & Dashboard hands-on session and during this session I was also drag-and-dropping to create reports, charts and business intelligence dashboards. But in this case I liked it as it seemed natural way how to create such reports.

The main difference why I liked it was that I got immediate feedback how the end report will look like – after each change I could immediately see and test real report with real data. And such immediate feedback is key prerequisite for interactive analytical reporting development.

In JDeveloper case I needed to compile and build everything and restart local application server after each change to see real results from any change – and it took at least 10 seconds for just sample “hello world” application. I assume that this lag will be even longer in larger real projects. Probably it is not so long time but when you compare it to 1 second feedback time then anything larger seems long.

I also visited Oracle demo grounds where I discussed my concerns regarding JDeveloper drag-and-drop development style. At the end we reached common understanding that JDeveloper and ADF framework is really good for former Oracle Forms developers who do not want to learn HTML, CSS and Javascript and auto-generated applications could be quite OK for internal enterprise applications. But if you want to build advanced web applications you still need to learn and be expert in these web technologies (HTML, CSS and Javascript).

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My OpenWorld 2008: 22 Set

Oracle Apex Notebook - Tue, 2008-09-23 12:01
Today I have changed my agenda and attended two sessions that weren’t initially in my schedule. The first was the one presented by Dimitri Gielis about working charts in APEX and the second one was about mashups and integration with APEX by Simon Boorsma. Before that I went to Moscone North to watch a bit of the keynote. You can’t believe the number of people that were there! The following
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OOW2008 day 2 – Oracle Beehive

Pawel Barut - Tue, 2008-09-23 10:23
Written by Paweł Barut
This day started with Keynote presented by Oracle President Charles Phillips. He spoke about Oracle acquisitions, and more complete portfolio of products that Oracle have now. What caught my attention most was announcement of new product, new collaboration platform Oracle Beehive. It joins features of email, calendar, document sharing, web conference and few more in one suite. What is most important those tools are open, so user can use ex. MS Outlook to access mails or calendar entries. Security is one of the key features. When you share document with others, they can see document in theirs workspace. They can even make local copy of this document. When document is deleted by original author, then all copies of the document become unusable for anyone. This is because all shared documents are encrypted and signed. While opening document there is validation of access rights for document. For me it seems as this is based on technology acquired from Stallent. It seems that this product will try to get market from MS Sharepoint and IBM Lotus.

Today I took some time to see Exhibition Hall, and walk around the city. While walking I’ve found one interesting bus – I was Bus that was advertising Microsoft SQLServer:

It looks pretty old :). Microsoft does not want to be absent in San Francisco during Oracle’s big conference.

I’ve also participated in few session on SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) and AIA (Applications Integration Architecture). Basically I wanted to have better understanding of Oracle offering in SOA area.


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OOW - Day 2 - Simple things

Claudia Zeiler - Tue, 2008-09-23 00:49
I spent most of the day in hands on classes. I learned to use the Configuration Management Pack of Grid Control to install patches. It looked really interesting. Now I have to go back to work and figure out how to install Grid Control so I can use it. I assume there will be a fair amount of kicking, screaming, and tearing out my hair in that little task which the Oracle demonstrator waved his hand at, as if to say, "It's nothing". Oh those little nothings.

I then went to a hands on on
Oracle Advanced Compression in 11g. The class really was just working through a couple of OBE examples with the comfort of people who actually know the a LOT about Oracle Compression there to help with the silly little problems that people have working through examples. I wish I had had some sort of deep questions to ask about compression. All I learned was, it works. There is some time, and some space savings. It will be useful when we move up to 11g.

When I say that the Advanced Compression was 'Hands On', I mean it literally. Braille would have been more accurate. For some reason, the whole demo was available in a box slightly larger than a youtube video. I get annoyed with myself when I have difficulties with the parts that I think should be the simple parts.. Here were a whole group of Oracle employee experts who couldn't make the VM window expand to the whole screen. There was more compression in the demo than anyone intended!

Metalink is now My Oracle Support!

Sabdar Syed - Mon, 2008-09-22 05:21
Yesterday, when I logged in to Oracle Metalink, I saw a new look of Metalink, and also Oracle Metalink Support has now been renamed to

As per My Oracle Support:

“Introducing My Oracle Support, the next generation MetaLink experience. My Oracle Support offers you secure, real-time access to Oracle experts on the complete Oracle software stack. It also provides groundbreaking personalized & proactive support capabilities that help reduce unplanned down time and improve system stability. Leverage the Internet for immediate access to 24/7 support and get the critical and timely information you need for running your usiness.”
A new look of My Oracle Support

Important Blog on new look of My Oracle Support.

Introducing... My Oracle Support!

Classic MetaLink vs. New MetaLink — What’s the Difference?

Sabdar Syed,

How to make a Link to be opened in a New Browser Window?

Sabdar Syed - Mon, 2008-09-22 03:03
It's as easy as follows:

To get a link or URL, you specified or referred in your blogs, to be opened in a separate New Browser Window, what you need to do is add the target="_blank" attribute to your link tag i.e. in in the HTML code.

For Example:

  &lta href="http://sabdarsyed.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"&gt  This is My BlogSpot!&lt/a&gt
This will give you the following link:

This is My BlogSpot!

This is useful when you do not want to open a link, you specified or referred in your blog, to open in the same window, rather it should open in a new browser window, by keeping original post open.

Sabdar Syed,

OOW - Day 1 - Blogger's perks.

Claudia Zeiler - Mon, 2008-09-22 01:05
OOW'08 - Day 1. I spent the day in the 11g New Features Exam Cram. A couple of people encouraged me to try the exam. I have never touched 11g. I took the course as an intro to 11g, not as a refresher before the exam. If I passed the certification after just this, then the OCP really is meaningless. I prefer to actually know what I'm being tested on when taking an exam.

I happened to be seated next to
, who apparently does work with Oracle 11g and is ready for the exam. I wish him all the best on the exam.

Fuad's conference badge had a large 'Blogger' written in bright orange on the case. I know that I signed up for one. I asked at the registration desk, and they gave me a 'Blogger' badge too. I lined up for the Keynote Address. Immediately, the ushers pushed me out of the main line and into a smaller line for press & bloggers. I was led to a special area of the auditiorium saved for bloggers - a long table set up so that we could record every golden world of Mary Matalin & James Carville. For Pete's sake! I think this 'Blogger' badge is going to have some strange side effects.

Then this evening I was able to get together with all of the other Oracle Bloggers who I have been following for a year. That was really special. What a nice bunch of people!

Arriving San Francisco – OOW2008 day 1.

Pawel Barut - Sun, 2008-09-21 19:41
Written by Paweł Barut
My trip to San Francisco went well. No delays, no problems with flight reservation – see what happened to Tim. I had small problems with hotel reservation, but finally everything is fine – I’m in different hotel then I’ve reserved. I’m suffering little from jet-lag. I slept an hour or two in plane, and then I could not sleep during night. So I feel little tired. The weather in SF is great, especially when comparing to very cold and rainy weather in Krakow last week.

My first experience of San Fracinsco is not very good. Seems to be not very friendly, and is definitely not of my style. I might change my mind when see more places in SF. But Oracle Conference is organized very well, so my attitude is improving :).

For today, I’ve planned mostly session regarding Security and Identity management. First of those session “Oracle Security Risk” was very good. Especially speaker Tanya Baccam from SANS.org was impressive. Presentation was about common problems with security in web based and forms application that use Oracle DB as backend. One type of attack was new to me: CSRF – Cross Site Request Forgery.

Next one was Security Roundtable – lot of questions from audience on variety of topics. Most hot one: applying CPU patches, Auditing, DB Valut, Encrypting data and transmissions.

Then was Oracle Identity Management lead by Matt Topper. Good overview of identity products from Oracle stack.

My last one session “Storage: A New Paradigm for Database” was also very good session. Ari Kaplan show now storage solutions can improve Backup/Restore times for database and decrease demand for storage space. He also presented new RAID-DP concept, and claims that it can provide better performance, with lower storage demand, and provide higher availability. This is something that I need to investigate in more details.

For the evening I’m going to take part in Bloggers Meetup.

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Coding or drag-and-dropping?

Raimonds Simanovskis - Sun, 2008-09-21 16:00

Today was my first day at Oracle OpenWorld and here are my first impressions from the sessions I attended.

The first one was Building Web 2.0 Social Applications in Ruby on Rails with BEA AquaLogic Interaction by Chris Bucchere where he explained how they built social application for BEA conference participants. And it was interesting to see also some code examples from this application that he presented.


And then after that I participated in three Oracle Develop hands-on sessions about Oracle SOA suite and WebCenter. I signed up for these sessions because I thought that they will be more technical and code-intensive compared to other sessions.

As a result I spent three hours in Oracle JDeveloper but all I was doing was dragging-and-dropping and filling some pop-up dialog boxes. I did not write single line of Java code during these workshops. And as a result I had just vague idea why all the dragged components worked together.

Having experience of coding in Ruby and trying to create small and beautiful code this drag-and-drop development did not feel quite natural for me. And I am afraid that this drag-and-drop development approach will create bunch of developers who will not be able to create real code anymore.

The other consequences of this drag-and-drop style coding is that it is hard to version control the resulting generated code and it is also much harder to unit test such generated code. Probably this is the reason why I could not find any OpenWorld session about unit testing and test-driven development.

Am I missing some hidden beauty of drag-and-drop development? Or am I spoiled with beauty of Ruby?

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Apex beats Access

Geert De Paep - Sun, 2008-09-21 14:18

This year I became part of the parents council of my childrens school. And like every small organisation in Belgium (football clubs, gymnastics, schools, …) it is the time of year to do the annual mussel-event for fund raising (mmm, delicious). My school happened to use an Access-IIS-ASP application to do the billing when people leave the event (do the calculation for their food and drink consumptions). But o fortuna, the evening before the event, the application turned out to systematically crash when entering data, and murphy oh murphy, the author of it had just become father and could not be reached. Panic of course.

Wasn’t it that I happened to have an old laptop with Oracle XE (and hence Apex) installed and I said: give me two hours. The data model was very simple: one table with all food, drinks and prices, a second table for the history of all orders and payments and then some screens calculating amounts multiplied by price and summing it up.

And then you see how great Apex is. In two hours indeed, I could make a fully functional, nice looking and robust application with an operational and an admin part, including various reports. It worked like a charm and the school team was astounished that such a core part of their administration could be made in such little time. Considering the alternative they would have considered otherwise (Excel, not keeping any history of all consumptions, so preventing us to plan our inventory for next year), this was a great solution. I hope it may open the way for more Apex applications in the school, because Apex is really a great tool.

P.S. I won’t use my blog for not telling that I won’t go to OOW with no flight number and not staying in any hotel, as I think that it is quite a waste of bandwidth spending complete blog posts on the practical arrangements of OOW trips. I am really waiting for the real technical posts and experiences of all those people there.

San Francisco

Oracle Apex Notebook - Sun, 2008-09-21 11:41
I’m in San Francisco for the Oracle OpenWorld 2008 where I’ll be participating in one of the official sessions under the title “Building Commercial Software-as-a-Service Applications with Oracle Application Express”. I’ve arrived yesterday around 6:30 PM after a tiring 18 hours long trip. I’ve started at Oporto Airport where I took a plain to Lisbon, then Philadelphia and finally San Francisco.
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One year blogging

Oracle Apex Notebook - Sun, 2008-09-21 11:00
Yes, that is right. This blog is one year old. I thank all of you out there for coming around, reading what I want to say about APEX. Thanks a ton. I hope you will stick with me for the next year too. Top 10 of most visited posts: Check all checkboxes Javascript Calendar Integration Colorful web forms Javascript Tooltip Integration Substitution string and SQL Developer Populate date field
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Me @ Oracle World

Carl Backstrom - Sat, 2008-09-20 18:42
Been awhile since I've posted. That whole work thing will get in the way of that on occasion.

Anyway for people heading to Oracle World .

I'll be helping run the APEX hands on lab.

S298611, 10:30 - 11:30 at Golden Gate A2, Marriott
Hands-on Lab: Extending the Oracle Application Express Framework with Web 2.0

and also will have my very own session

S298613, 17:30 - 18:30 at Salon 14/15, Marriott
Web 2.0 Development with Oracle Application Express

Past that I will be ducking in and out of sessions and unconference events as well as working the APEX booth (by far my favorite part of Oracle World).

I'm pretty excited about this years Oracle World as APEX seems to be , is ;) , huge this year.

I'll be posting updates here on http://twitter.com/carlback and on http://friendfeed.com/carlback so feel free to follow along I'll do my best to keep everyone in loop.

If your at Oracle World please stop by the APEX booth and say hello, and if your not feel free to send me questions through the above service , or http://mix.oracle.com and I'll do my best to answer them or corner someone that can.

P.S. You know it's going to be a long week when Raj calls me up because he heard a rumor I'm already in SF ;) watch that guy he's trouble, but his session will be awesome!!!!

.NET and Windows OpenWorld Sessions Filling Up Fast!

Christian Shay - Tue, 2008-09-16 10:23

Summary: Seats are filling up fast for Oracle OpenWorld .NET and Windows sessions, so use Schedule Builder and reserve a seat for yourself today!

Oracle OpenWorld will be taking over the city of San Francisco next week (September 21-25th). And once again we bring back the popular "Oracle Develop", a special 2 day intensive track of content created specifically for the Oracle developer - including a .NET developer track.

This years Oracle Develop .NET track will provide comprehensive coverage of Oracle's .NET technologies including new Oracle Database 11g features, introductory material, and deep dive content. Oracle Develop is perfect for all levels of Oracle on .NET developers, from beginner to advanced. In addition to sessions we also have a .NET Hands on Lab, which lets you get your hands dirty and take Visual Studio 2008 for a joyride! Mark Williams, the author, .NET guru and OTN "Ace Director" who has probably answered one of your questions over at the ODP.NET Forum, will be on hand with me at the hands on lab to take your questions.

Once you register, I strongly urge you to use Schedule Builder to reserve seats in the sessions you are most interested in. I recommend doing so as many of our .NET and Windows sessions look like they are getting close to capacity.

If you can't make it to Oracle Develop content this year, please visit us in the Exhibition Hall (in the database area) for your own personalized demo of our latest features from an Oracle expert.
The .NET booth is booth L41 and Windows database booth is L19.

Oracle Develop .NET Sessions at a Glance

  • NET Data Caching: Client Result Cache and Database Change Notification to Maximize Performance
  • Building Microsoft Office Applications with Oracle Database and Visual Studio
  • PL/SQL Programming for .NET Developers: Tips, Tricks, and Debugging
  • Getting Started with Oracle and .NET
  • Database Development Lifecycle with Visual Studio: SQL, PL/SQL,.NET Stored Procedures, Source Control, and Deployment
  • Hands-on Lab: Building .NET Applications with Oracle
  • Optimizing .NET Data Access Performance with Oracle Database
  • New Oracle Features for .NET Developers
  • ASP.NET Web Development with Oracle

Windows Database Sessions

  • What's New for Windows and .NET in Oracle Database 11g
  • Active Directory and Windows Security Integration with Oracle Database
  • Best Practices for Oracle Database Performance on Windows
  • Best Practices for Oracle Database and Client Deployment on Windows

Preparing for Oracle OpenWorld 2008

Pawel Barut - Sat, 2008-09-13 04:41
Written by Paweł Barut
It's just few days left to Oracle OpenWorld 2008. First of all my trip starts on Saturday 20th at 13:00 in Kraków, Poland. Then I switch planes in Munich, Germany, and land in San Francisco at 19:20. Just 6 hours ahead, but when I add 9 hours difference in time zones, that it adds up to over 15 hours travel. The worst thing will be adaptation to totally different timezone. I will stay in Americas Best Value Inn at Hallam Street - I hope this is in reasonable walking distance from Moscone Center. I've created an map on Google Maps - the street view feature is great - now I know how the hotel neighborhood looks like. I've also checked transportation services by BART.
And the most important thing - My OOW2008 Schedule:

I do not expect big changes in this schedule, but still, some smaller changes are possible. I could skip one or more sessions to see Exhibition Hall or go for Unconference.
I'm also looking forward for meeting other Oracle Bloggers during Blogger Meetup organized by Eddie Awad.
Update: I forgot to mention about After Dark at Oracle OpenWorld where are evening parties listed.

See you in San Francisco,

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oracle-validated RPM also available on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 2 media

Sergio's Blog - Thu, 2008-09-11 00:23

In the comments on my previous post on the Oracle validated RPM, Frank points out that this RPM is also available on the Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 installation media, starting with Update 2. You can download" Oracle Enterprise Linux from edelivery.

I learned something new today!

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Collective Intelligence 1: Building a RSS Feed Archive

Marcos Campos - Mon, 2008-09-08 22:10
For a long time I have thought that we needed data mining books written for developers. Most data mining books are written for business or data analysts. Given that, it was a pleasant surprise to read Programming Collective Intelligence: Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications by Toby Segaran. The book provides a good discussion on data mining concepts anchored with interesting examples. It also Marcoshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14756167848125664628noreply@blogger.com5
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Back to real life

Oracle Apex Notebook - Mon, 2008-09-08 11:12
After 15 well deserved :) days of vacations in the sunny Algarve (south Portugal) I'm back to work. It is hard when I think that just two days ago I was at those wonderful beaches, eating fresh sea fish... However, not everything went fine :( I just had one of the major sports disillusion, provoked by a bad referee decision. I've just noticed that while I was away some things happened in the
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