Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

Worldwide APEX Theming Competition - ODTUG - Kscope14

Our Friends at ODTUG are hosting the Worldwide APEX Theming Competition. 

This is your opportunity to create APEX themes and have them viewed by the entire international APEX community. The winner will be crowned 2014 ODTUG APEX Theme Developer of the Year at Kscope14 during the Sunday APEX Symposium on June 22, 2014.

Here's what you need to know:

Submissions are now open.

Submissions close on May 15, 2014.

Winners will be announced on June 22, 2014 

Each submission will be examined for technical quality. All submitted themes must be validated successfully against current web standards. Participants should ensure their applications are compatible across all major web browsers, e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer. Technical correctness is essential. 

We all know a well-designed web application must adapt to a wide variety of screen sizes and user interfaces. So Usability and responsiveness is a highly valued criteria, as is Aesthetic appeal. The technical difficulty of how the theme was conceptualized and the design/development process will also be evaluated, with extra points being awarded to submissions that demonstrate use of tools and frameworks, accessibility and reusability for themes that are compatible with at least 2 other packaged applications.

Head over here to get the full story on how to submit.

And the contest rules are here.

Thank you Dimitri Gielis for the great blog presenting Advanced Responsive Design in APEX. A must read to Get Started With Your APEX Theming Competition submission.    

Good Luck!

Ciao for now,

LKR 


Monday Feb 10, 2014

APEX 5.0 Early Access--Get it here!

Big Week for APEX.

First, APEX celebrated it's 10th anniversary.   

And then, the team launched the APEX 5.0 EA1 program.  

Probably the coolest page for an Oracle EA program I've ever seen.  Watch the video tutorials...and get your APEX moving. 

Major Enhancements include :

  • A new "Page Designer": a completely new IDE designed to greatly improve developer's productivity, allowing you to very quickly enhance and maintain pages within Application Express.
  • Modal Dialogs: Now you can easily define modal (and non-modal) pages complete with the ability to utilize standard page processes.
  • Navigation Lists: The Application Builder has used navigation lists for years.. and now you can, too!
  • Interactive Report Enhancements: In Early Adopter 1, end users can now define a pivot report at runtime, which is similar to defining a group report.
  • All New Calendar: The new calendar component comes with built in support for Month, Week, Day, and Agenda views and is much easier to customize.
  • Shared Components File Upload: Files uploaded into shared components can be cached by your browser and are now referenced using relative file urls.
  • Reimagined User Interface: A competely reimagined user interface for Application Express which is focused on simplicity and removing clutter.

You can find more information and videos on Enhancements and Request a Workspace to test. Visit http://apexea.oracle.com

And here are a couple of excellent Blogs that will keep you up to date on APEX tips and tricks:

Dimitri Gielis (Oracle Application Express)

(YABAOAE) Yet Another Blog About Oracle Application Express -Joel Kallman

Ciao for Now!

LKR 



Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Ready, Set, Go Mobile! Oracle APEX Challenge -- OOW13 @ OTN Lounge

Wait! Wait! Before you lock in your schedule for OOW13, make sure you reserve time on Monday 9/23 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the Oracle APEX Challenge. Showcase your deepest development ingenuity...re-arranging your calendar.

Here's The Deal:

The contest is open to all registered Oracle OpenWorld 2013 attendees. The challenge is to build a "mobile" user interface. We'll open registration on Monday 9/23 but for now, check out the APEX Challenge page for more detail.  

When you register on Monday, we'll give you an Application Express Workspace and everything you need to complete the task. You bring the skills.

Here's what we're looking for:

 Appearance / User Interface Design How visually pleasing is the Entry app when run on a mobile device based on factors such as screen design, sizing, consistency, correct labels, etc.   30%
 Ease of Use How intuitive and easy-to-use is the Entry Application?   30%
 Process How fully developed and implemented is the concept in the submitted Entry? Does the Entry run successfully on different mobile devices? How complete is it?  30%
 Innovation / Novelty To what degree does the Entry illustrate new and innovative ways of presenting and/or processing information on a mobile device.  10%

You already know that Oracle APEX is a declarative, rapid web application development tool for the Oracle Database. Using only a web browser, you can develop and deploy applications that are fast and secure. It's fully loaded with mobile application development features and templates, and it's available with all versions of Oracle Database. (Yes, Oracle 12c.)  

Come show us what you can do with it.

  • Contest Location:  OTN Lounge (Moscone South, across from registration)
  • Contest Office Hours: Monday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Prizes: *** 1st prize:  $300   *** 2nd prize: $200 *** 3rd prize: $100 *** Amazon Gift Cards

I'm rooting for you. Make me proud.

- LKR 

Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

Mark Your Calendar - OTN Lounge Oracle OpenWorld Activity Schedule

As I mentioned in my last post the OTN Lounge Oracle OpenWorld will be in a NEW location in Moscone South Lobby right next to registration.  Along with a new space the OTN team is bringing you NEW activities i.e. developer challenges, intallfests etc.  See below for a full list of activities with more info and timing that will be in the OTN Lounge @ Oracle OpenWorld in a few weeks-

  • OTN  Kick Off – Sunday 9/22 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Get a preview of the various activities happening in the OTN Lounge during Oracle OpenWorld, then follow us to a "secret" location for for discussion and refreshments.
  • OTN Meetup – Tuedsay 9/24 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Join OTN Community Managers and team members, Oracle Product Managers, and community members to meet and mingle. Be sure to mention the special code word ("I love OTN") at the OTN Lounge info desk to receive your free gift (you'll need that gift for access to the refreshments).
  • Meet the Oracle ADF Team – Wednesday 9/24  2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Meet with the Oracle ADF community peers, network with product managers, get to know Oracle ACEs who specialize in Oracle ADF. We'll also have free give-aways (while supplies last).
  • New Addition - SPATIAL AND GRAPH SIG MEETUPS – Wednesday Sept 24th  - 2pm to 3pm
    Meet the board of the Oracle Spatial and Graph Special Interest Group, and network with other Oracle Spatial and Graph and FMW MapViewer users. Oracle product managers will also be on hand to listen to your product feedback and answer questions.  RDF Graph users can also meet the product developers and other users.  Share your questions and experiences around Oracle Spatial and Graph for social network, semantic, and linked data applications.
  • RAC Attack – Tuesday / Wednesday 9/24-25 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Install Oracle 12c RAC on your laptop to have a training hands on environment
    • Answers Oracle 12c RAC related questions
    • Install Oracle 12c Single Node instance
    • Ninjas will explain how to install it at home
    • Come along and network with community experts
  • 12c Pluggable DB/App on Stick Installfest – Monday and Tuesday 9/23-24 10:00am - 11:00am 
    Discover for yourself what's hot about the multitenant support in Oracle 12c. You'll receive a Pluggable Database that contains a full set of Oracle Database Sample Schemas plus Oracle Application Express (APEX) pre-configured with an APEX Demo app and a Simple Sales Forecasting app.
  • APEX Developer Challenge  -  Begins Monday 9/23 3:00pm
    The OTN Application Express Developer Challenge 2013 is designed to highlight how quick and easy it is to build a mobile solution using Oracle Application Express. Challenge commences at 3pm Monday September 23rd.  For more information and rules please visit - http://apex.oracle.com/oow.
  • Fusion Developer Challenge  - Begins Sunday 9/22 5:00pm - learn more or register now and rules can be seen here.  The Oracle Fusion Cloud Developer Challenge invites members of the Oracle community to demonstrate how Oracle Fusion Applications and the Oracle Cloud can be customized, extended and integrated.  The Challenge begins on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM and ends on Wednesday 9/25 at Noon. Other times to note: 
    • Monday 9/23  Office Hours 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    • Tuesday 9/24 Office Hours Noon to 1:30pm
    • Wednesday 9/25 Office Hours 10:00am - 11:00am / Judging 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Java Embedded – Designing and Developing for the Internet of Things (IoT) - Using M2M technologies to collect data, in this case the number of people, attendees and traffic flows, and the analysis and management of the acquired data, demonstrates how the Internet of Things concept can be extended to a wide variety of market segments and applications, and how Java can be used in each piece of the solution from the device to the data center in Oracle’s Internet of Things platform.
    Demo Schedule:

    • Monday 9/23 through Wednesday 9/25 11:00am - Noon 

  • NEW Addition Robots Meet Enterprise Simplicity:  See What Robots Can do With Oracle's New Simplified UI  - Oracle's ever-creative AppsLab team has been tinkering with both our new Simplified UI and with Robots.  So what does it look like when you bring these two things together? Come find out for yourself Tuesday, September 24th 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.


    Thursday Jun 27, 2013

    It's Not TV- It's OTN: Top 10 Videos on the OTN YouTube Channel

    It's been a while since we checked in on what people are watching on the Oracle Technology Network YouTube Channel. Here are the Top 10 video for the last 30 days.

    1. Tom Kyte: Keeping Up with the Latest in Database Technology
      Tom Kyte expands on his keynote presentation at the Great Lakes Oracle Conference with tips for developers, DBAs and others who want to make sure they are prepared to work with the latest database technologies.
    2. That Jeff Smith: Oracle SQL Developer
      Oracle SQL Developer product manager Jeff Smith (yeah, that Jeff Smith) talks about his presentations at the Great Lakes Oracle Conference and shares his reaction to keynote speaker C.J. Date's claim that "SQL dropped the ball."
    3. Gwen Shapira: Hadoop and Oracle Database
      Oracle ACE Director Gwen Shapira @gwenshap talks about the fit between Hadoop and Oracle Database and dives into the details of why Oracle Loader for Hadoop is 5x faster.
    4. Kai Yu: Virtualization and Cloud
      Oracle ACE Director Kai Yu talks about the questions he is most frequently asked when he does presentations on cloud computing and virtualization.
    5. Mark Sewtz: APEX 4.2 Mobile App Development
      Application Express developer Marc Sewtz demos the new features he built into APEX4.2 to support Mobile App Development.
    6. Jeremy Schneider: RAC Attack
      Oracle ACE Jeremy Schneider @jer_s describes what you can expect when you come to a RAC (Real Application Cluster) Attack.
    7. Frits Hoogland: Exadata Under the Hood
      Oracle ACE Director Frits Hoogland (@fritshoogland) talks about the secret sauce under Exadata's hood.
    8. David Peake: APEX 4.2 New Features
      David Peake, PM for Oracle Application Express, gives a quick overview of some of the new APEX features.
    9. Greg Marsden: Hugepages = Huge Performance on Linux
      Greg Marsden of Oracle's Linux Kernel Engineering Team talks about some common customer performance questions and making the most of Oracle Linux 6 and Transparent HugePages.
    10. John Hurley: NEOOUG and GLOC 2013
      Northeast Ohio Oracle User Group president John Hurley talks about the background and success of the 2013 Great Lakes Oracle Conference.

    Friday Apr 12, 2013

    Hey, I know that person! Top 10 OTN YouTube Videos

    The following list represents the Top 10 most popular videos on the OTN YouTube Channel for the past 30 days. Recognize anyone?

    1. The Oracle ACE Cookbook: Lewis Cunningham
      Sometimes a cookbook is just a cookbook! Oracle ACE Director Lewis Cunningham talks about his collection of actual food recipes from members of the Oracle ACE community, and shares his thoughts on how the database world has changed since he first started blogging about it eight years ago.
    2. Lucas Jellema: SOA, Events, BPM, and Oracle ADF
      Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema, CTO for AMIS Systems, talks about his latest OTN article, and about SOA, BPM, Oracle ADF, and his participation in the OTN Yathra Tour in India.
    3. Marc Sewtz: APEX 4.2 Mobile App Development
      Marc Sewtz demonstrates new features he built into APEX4.2 to support Mobile App Development.
    4. Author Interview: SOA Made Simple
      Oracle ACE Directors Lonneke Dikmans and Ronald van Luttikhuizen talk about their latest book, "SOA Made Simple" (Packt Publishing, 2012).
    5. David Peake: APEX 4.2 New Features
      David Peake, PM for Oracle Application Express, gives a quick overview of some of the product's features.
    6. Are You Future Proof? - Evolving Skills for Architects and Developers
      Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra (AT&T), Basheer Khan (Innowave Technology), and Ronald van Luttikhuizen (Vennster) discuss the evolution in the skills needed for success as a software architect or developer.
    7. Dr. Frank Munz: "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distintive Recipes"
      Dr. Frank Munz, the author of "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes," talks about his new book, the companion series of videos, and some of his speaking engagements.
    8. Dimitri Gielis: Apex 4.2 and Responsive Web Design
      Oracle Ace Director Dimitri Gielis talks about features in Oracle Application Express 4.2.
    9. Greg Marsden: Hugepages = Huge Performance on Linux
      Greg Marsden of Oracle's Linux Kernel Engineering Team talks about some common customer performance questions and about making the most of Oracle Linux 6 and Transparent HugePages
    10. Arup Nanda: Engineered Systems
      Oracle ACE Director Arup Nanda discusses Oracle Exadata, engineered systems, and the changing role of the database administrator.

    Tuesday Mar 12, 2013

    What You're Watching: Top Ten OTN Videos

    What are you watching?

    Here are the Top 10 most popular videos on the Oracle Technology Network YouTube Channel for the past 30 days.

    1. Interview: Dr. Frank Munz "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distintive Recipes"
      Dr. Frank Munz, the author of "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes," talks about his new book, the companion series of videos, and upcoming speaking engagements.
    2. APEX 4.2 Mobile App Development
      Marc Sewtz, from the core Oracle Application Express Development Team, demos the new features he built into APEX4.2 to support Mobile App Development.
    3. Lucas Jellema: SOA, Events, BPM, and Oracle ADF
      Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema, CTO for AMIS Systems, talks about his latest OTN article, and about SOA, BPM, Oracle ADF, and his participation in the OTN Yathra Tour in India.
    4. APEX 4.2 New Features
      David Peake, PM for Oracle Application Express, shares a quick overview of features in APEX 4.2.
    5. Dimitri Gielis on APEX 4.2 and Responsive Web Design
      Oracle Ace Director Dimitri Gielis talks about cool new features in Oracle Application Express 4.2.
    6. Greg Marsden: Hugepages = Huge Performance on Linux
      Greg Marsden of Oracle's Linux Kernel Engineering Team addresses some common customer performance questions and talks about making the most of Oracle Linux 6 and Transparent HugePages.
    7. Oracle ACEs Like ...
      A video montage created by OTN DBA/Database Developer Community Manager Todd Trichler featuring members of the Oracle ACE Program.
    8. Wim Coekaerts: Fun with SunRay
      Wim Coekaerts, SVP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle talks about some of the new SunRay Hardware he gets to play with.
    9. Arup Nanda: Engineered Systems
      Oracle ACE Director Arup Nanda discusses Oracle Exadata, engineered systems, and the changing role of the database administrator.
    10. Are You Future Proof? - Evolving Skills for Architects and Developers
      Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra (AT&T), Basheer Khan (Innowave Technology), and Ronald van Luttikhuizen (Vennster) share their thoughts on the evolution in the skills needed for success as a software architect or developer.

    Tuesday Feb 12, 2013

    OTN Video: What You're Watching

    As of this moment there are 49 videos on the Oracle Technology Network YouTube Channel, featuring conversations with the people who build Oracle technologies and the people who use those technologies. Here's the current list of the Top 10 most popular OTN videos.

    1. Dr. Frank Munz: Distinctive Recipes for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c
      Dr. Frank Munz, the author of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes, talks about his new book, the companion series of videos, and upcoming speaking engagements.
    2. Marc Sewtz: Oracle APEX 4.2 Mobile App Development
      Marc Sewtz from the core Oracle Application Express Development talks about new features built into APEX4.2 to support Mobile App Development and demonstrates an iPhone app built with the technology.
    3. David Peake: Oracle APEX 4.2 New Features
      David Peake, PM for Oracle Application Express, offers a quick overview of some of the upcoming features in the new release, tells you where you can try it out for free.
    4. Dimitri Gielis: Oracle Apex 4.2 and Responsive Web Design
      Oracle Ace Director Dimitri Gielis, one of the winners of the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francsicso, talks about new features in Oracle Application Express 4.2.
    5. Wim Coekearts: SunRay Hardware
      Wim Coekaerts, SVP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, talks about some of the new SunRay Hardware he gets to play with.
    6. Arup Nanda: Engineered Systems
      Oracle ACE Director Arup Nanda, winner of the 2012 Oracle Magazine Technologist of the Year award in the Enterprise Architect category, discusses Oracle Exadata, engineered systems, and the changing role of the database administrator.
    7. Panel Discussion: Are You Future Proof? - Evolving Skills for Architects and Developers
      Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra (AT&T), Basheer Khan (Innowave Technology), and Ronald van Luttikhuizen (Vennster) discuss the evolution in the skills needed for success as a software architect or developer.
    8. Greg Marsden: Hugepages = Huge Performance on Linux
      Greg Marsden of Oracle's Linux Kernel Engineering Team talks about some common customer performance questions and making the most of Oracle Linux 6 and Transparent HugePages.
    9. Oracle ACEs Like...
      This video montage created by OTN's Todd Trichler begins with a conversation with Vikki Lira and Lilian Buziak, the people behing the ORacle ACE program, and then introduces several members of that program.
    10. Alex Gorbachev: Social Software Engineering
      Oracle ACE Director and Pythian CTO Alex Gorbachev talks his role as the organizer of the Oracle OpenWorld Blogger Meet-up and about the role of social media at Pythian.

    Thursday Jun 02, 2011

    Buy This Book! (For a Good Cause)

    The Oracle Application Express (APEX) user community is among the strongest in the Oracle system. Unfortunately, it is also one in mourning.

    In the past 5 years, two well-liked and respected members of the Oracle APEX team, Carl Backstrom and Scott Spadafore, passed away suddenly (at different times). They are still missed, by their families and by this community.

    Fortunately, other members of this community - specifically, the co-authors of the Apress book Expert Oracle Application Express - are now donating all their royalties, all 100% of them, to charities that support the families of Carl and Scott. (There is more back story in John Scott's blog post here.)

    So, if you were considering buying this book, now would be a good time. And if you weren't, now would be a good time to re-consider!