ODPI-C 2.0.0 RC1 released on GitHub

The ODPI-C 2.0 abstraction layer for Oracle Database applications has just entered Release Candidate phase. You know what this means - it's seriously time you should do some testing and report any issues. What is it? ODPI-C is an open source library of C code that simplifies the use of common Oracle Call Interface (OCI) features for Oracle Database drivers and user applications. It sits on top of OCI and requires Oracle client libraries. Download ODPI-C from here. Documentation...

Monday, June 19, 2017 | General | Read More

ODPI-C 2.0.0-beta.4 released: More & Better-er

ODPI-C 2.0.0-beta.4 has been released to GitHub. ODPI-C is an abstraction layer for Oracle Call Interface OCI. This release has incremental improvements, based on user feedback and as a result of continued testing. There was some discussion around best practice number handling, and how to make use of ODPI-C 'variable' structures without requiring a DB connection. These have resulted in a few tweaks. See the release notes for all changes. The highlights in this release are: Adde...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | General | Read More

Whoa! Release News for PHP OCI8, node-oracledb, Python cx_Oracle, Instant Client and ODPI-C

I'm just catching up on some releases that happened prior/during my vacation. Here are some things you may have missed tweets on: PHP OCI8 2.1.4 for PHP 7 was released to PECL. This version corresponds to the OCI8 code in PHP 7.0.18 and 7.1.4. If you are on earlier versions, you should upgrade to avoid an uninitialized memory issue, which is bound to cause random things when you least want them. Node-oracledb 1.13.1 was released, fixing a regression binding NULL to...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | General | Read More

Scripting Languages and Oracle Database Cloud: How To Do it

Oracle Cloud is a great fit for your application deployment.  Say no more! I've just published some how-to's on using scripting languages like Node.js, Python, PHP, R and Ruby with Oracle Database Cloud and with the PaaS "Oracle Database Express Cloud Service".  You can use any of the mentioned languages, use other OCI or OCCI-based languages, or take advantage of the Application Container Cloud Service to deploy of Node.js and PHP applications: Using On-Premise Scripting...

Friday, May 5, 2017 | General | Read More

Welcome to the new OPAL look & feel

Welcome to the new look & feel of As you can probably guess, this is really just a test post!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | General | Read More

Oracle blogging platform infrastructure change; normal transmission will resume shortly

The software driving is undergoing a huge upgrade. There are spreadsheets of detailed plans and dates and training videos floating around. Yay! I'll refrain from posting over the next couple of weeks until the content freeze is finished and my cutover is complete. My 'opal' URL will remain the same. New followers may not know the history behind the name. This blog was started when I was in the Linux group working solely on PHP. The OPAL acronym stood...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | General | Read More

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