Monday Mar 03, 2014

The Oracle Database Access Group is hiring

Over the years I've worked very closely with the Oracle Database Access Group and have a lot of respect for them. I'm happy to share that they are hiring C developers.

To apply, go to irecruitment.oracle.com and enter the code IRC2401606 or IRC2403582 (depending where you want to work) in the Keyword search box.

Here is an excerpt from the job posting:

The Database Access group at Oracle is responsible for providing functionally comprehensive, reliable, high performance, secure and highly available access to the Oracle Database from various client drivers, including proprietary, standards-based and open-source drivers. The group works on the high level drivers, the Oracle Call Interface (OCI) layer, the Oracle wire protocol (TTC) and highly scalable server side protocol handlers that together connect an application written in any language securely to the Oracle Database Server to provide full featured access to the Oracle Database.

Some of the listed requirements are:

  • Strong C programming experience.

  • Knowledge and experience with latest application development technologies including open source and web technologies (e.g. PHP, Ruby, Python, Node.js, HTML5, JavaScript)

I believe it when they also say "Work is non-routine and very complex, involving the application of advanced technical/business skills in area of specialization". Check out the postings for all the details. I look forward to working with you.

Addendum: IRC2401606 is also available.

Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

OTN Forum software is going to be upgraded in May 2013

Update: the migration has been delayed so they can "establish thread level redirects across the site". Yay!

In case you missed the notifications, the Oracle Technology Network forum software is going to be upgraded this weekend. This is great, since the old software is getting long-in-the-tooth and doesn't allow a bunch of useful features. The current forums will be in read-only mode over the weekend.

On launch of the new version, a minimal set of features will be supported. Once the upgrade is stable, then additional features will be turned on.

As a side part to the migration project, some little used and obsolete forums will be removed. Some other categories will be reworked.

You can get more information about the migration here. One thing to note is that the forum software is powered by Jive; i.e it is a packaged application so not all features you (and I) have requested will magically become feasible. And also, for better or worse, Jive has renamed "forums" as "spaces" - apparently we can't change this.

Saturday Sep 03, 2011

Oracle 11.2 XE with newly updated PHP Developer's Guide is available

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Express Edition aka "Oracle XE" is now available on Linux 64 bit and Windows 32 bit. This is a free version of the Oracle Database. Windows 64 bit is "in the works" but Linux 32 bit is not planned.

Check out the newly updated Oracle Database Express Edition 2 Day + PHP Developer's Guide. As well as HTML and PDF variants, the manual is available in Mobi and EPUB formats.

The 2 Day + PHP manual has steps for installing PHP and walks through creating an introductory application. It shows different ways to interact with Oracle XE and introduces PHP 5.3 features.

The example shows the mechanics of DB interaction. It builds the application from the ground up so you can understand how to construct your own high performance applications. If you want to continue the learning path and use a PHP framework, Oracle 11g XE works with the Developing a PHP Web Application with Oracle Database 11g training.

The Oracle 11.2 XE Linux install is RPM based. It takes just a few minutes to install, prompting only for a few necessary details such as desired passwords and ports. You need root access to install it.

Oracle 11.2 XE supports DRCP connection pooling so you'll really be able to maximize the small footprint database for PHP applications.

Readers who want to dive deeper into detail about PHP and advanced features available in other editions of Oracle Database might be interested in the later sections of the Underground PHP and Oracle Manual.

Tuesday Aug 30, 2011

PHP 5.3.8 RPMs are on oss.oracle.com

I've built PHP 5.3.8 RPM packages with various common extensions (and the latest OCI8 1.4.6) for Linux x64. They are downloadable at oss.oracle.com/projects/php/. These binaries might be useful for quick testing. They are unsupported.

Oracle customers with support using Oracle Linux 5.6+ may prefer the stable PHP 5.3.3 php53-* packages available on ULN. The OCI8 extension is also available there.

Monday Aug 22, 2011

PHP OCI8 1.4.6 is Available

I just released PHP OCI8 1.4.6 on PECL. This is the same OCI8 extension that is included in PHP 5.3.7 and PHP 5.3.8.

The release is mostly test suite additions. A new oci_client_version() function is available. This is useful for OCI8's test suite to overcome some of the limitations of PHP's simple test infrastructure. You might also find it useful in special cases where you need to know the exact version of the Oracle client libraries that PHP is using.

There are also some small internal code changes brought on by general PHP code cleanups. These OCI8 changes allow cross version portability for the extension.

Saturday Sep 18, 2010

Newly Released Stuff: Perl Driver, Python Tools and Berkeley DB 5.1

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Thursday Jul 29, 2010

Scripting Languages at the Oracle Tuxedo Virtual Developer Day: Review

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Wednesday Feb 10, 2010

Ken Jacobs's Farewell at Oracle

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Wednesday Nov 04, 2009

Zend Server and Oracle Enterprise Linux

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Friday Apr 10, 2009

Oracle DB 10.2 for Mac OS X 64bit

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Tuesday Feb 10, 2009

Sitepoint 3-Day Book Sale supports Australian Bushfire Relief

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Sunday Sep 21, 2008

Oracle OpenWorld 2008 Day 1 (Sunday) Wrap

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Saturday Sep 13, 2008

Setting up for Oracle OpenWorld 2008

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Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

Hands-on Database Application Development - with Freebies

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I'm a Product Manager in Server Technologies, working on scripting languages and developer-access.
Email: christopher.jones@oracle.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ghrd
Book: Free PHP Oracle book
Download: PHP Linux RPMs with the OCI8 extension
Links: OTN PHP Developer Center

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