Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

CPU Quarterly - January 2015 Security Advisor

Note this quarter's Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - January 2015.

The details for Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports environments - releases, patch numbers, configuration heads-ups, ... - are availabe via Master Note on Fusion Middleware Proactive Patching - Patch Set Updates (PSUs) and Bundle Patches (BPs) (MOS authentication neededNote 1494151.1)

Tuesday Aug 12, 2014

OTN Forum to Oracle Community

The Oracle technology Network (OTN) Discussion Forums is  a great place  to exchange, discuss, inform, ask questions, share, ... all around Oracle products. Nothing more to tell, as  is for sure a well known institution.

Just as small note, instead of "OTN Forums" it is now titled Oracle Communities (note also the change in URL Certainly it is not only a name change, it is basically the move to a new application platform introducing new look&feel, usability and functionality. Details about new features and best practices on OTNC welcome page.

MOSC By the way, it is the same platform as for MOS authentication neededMy Oracle Support Communities (MOSC).

Where to find the Developer Tools Communities?


Development Tools Application Development in PL/SQL Designer

Application Express

Wednesday Apr 09, 2014

Free Learning Sessions on Oracle Fusion Middleware

Free Learning Sessions on Oracle Fusion Middleware
Each session runs 2 hours and will provide an in-depth look into each topic. There will be demos, a question and answer session as well as a brief overview of next steps for those who require more detailed training.[Read More]

Tuesday Apr 01, 2014

MOSC Bits - Personalized Profile

 It is a good idea to have a unique profile in MOSC. Your activities there are better reminded and might even  become a well known brand! This leads to recognition and trust.

My Oracle Support Communities (MOSC)  is a well established platform where experiences are shared. Reputation and trust are the basis for the quality of all communication there.

A personalized  profile can help to build up a good reputation. Besides the experience counter, a good name, details about your location and business experience are valuable details. Although a little bit hidden, the profile's avatar can be customized, too. The profile's avatar is an eye catcher snd can act as an unique visual representation for  you. 

How to add / modify MOSC profile avatar (picture, icon)  ?   

  • Don't look in Edit Profile section.
  • After login, click on  your profile's name on top right.  

  • This lists all public information as part of the Bio section.
  • Select the Activity tab.

  • The Change Avatar link is on same level at far right.
  • A list of predefined symbolic pictures is populated.
  • Choose from the list of existing pictures or try Add Another to upload an image file from your local computer (JPG, PNG, GIF, or BMP only, maximum file size of 2.0 MB).
  • Note: New added images can be used only after running through a review process. Usually after one business day they can be selected for your personal avatar.

Friday Feb 21, 2014

Top 5 Solution Documents for Oracle Forms/Reports and APEX - Feb 2014

The following are the top 5 Solution Documents found useful in Support for  Oracle Forms, Reports and APEX in last 2 months :[Read More]

Friday Feb 07, 2014

New My Oracle Support Community (MOSC) Platform

The My Oracle Support Community (MOSC) recently migrated to a new platform with a completely new look and feel and navigation.

There is a series of 5 short videos to help learn the basic features and get you started.  Please see My Oracle Support Community - New Platform Overview to start out with the first video.  Once done with that video, click on the [ Watch the Next in this series ] at the bottom left and it will automatically take you to the next video in the series.  Each video page has the [ Watch the Next in this series ] link to advance to the next video.

[Read More]

Thursday Feb 06, 2014

Oracle Application Express (APEX) 5.0 Early Adopter 1

Oracle Application Express 5.0 Early Adopter 1 is available now :

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.
[Read More]

Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

IMPORTANT: My Oracle Support Community and OTN Profiles Merge January 31, 2014

For My Oracle Support Community Users...

On January 31, 2014, we plan to migrate the My Oracle Support Community (MOSC) to the same platform used for the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) forums.
[Read More]

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

Oracle Critical Patch Update January 2014 - Availability and Relevance

Oracle constantly reviews its products to harden against security threatening. Regularly an "Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory" is published to inform about new patches and other actions to take. Oracle users are highly recommended to carefully review and to consider these advices.

With the January 2014 advisory, Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports for releases 11gR1 and 11gR2 are not effected by a new patch directly. Nevertheless, there are two items to take into account:

  • Corresponding Oracle Fusion Middleware components like database client, JDK, HTTP Server, ... may need patching. Find the details in Master Note on Fusion Middleware Proactive Patching - Patch Set Updates (PSUs) and Bundle Patches (BPs) MOS authentication neededDoc ID 1494151.1)
  • The January 2014 Risk Matrices - Oracle Fusion Middleware lists one item for Oracle Reports: CVE-2013-5785 dedicated to versions, & and gives best practices how to use the existing feature "Enable File System Access Control". Check out "Enable File System Access Control" - Fine Grained File System Access Control for the Reports Server MOS authentication neededDoc ID 1608683.1 for more details.

Security Alert Tickler Tip:
Keep updated on latest security announcements from Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin and activate the Security Alert Tickler (RSS Feed)!


Tuesday Jan 07, 2014

Just Released - Fusion Middleware Forms & Reports 11gR2 Patchset 2 (

Oracle Fusion Middleware Forms and Reports 11G Release2 (11gR2) is now on patchset 2 with version number

This release can be applied as a patch on top of 11.1.2.x installation or as a new installation. Be sure to review the product Certification Guide for the latest updates on certified configurations and the latest updates to the Documentation Library.

You can download it from :

Monday Dec 16, 2013

Available Now! SQL Developer Release 4.0 - Production

Oracle SQL Developer Release 4.0 production version is released. Here is the new features.

Thursday Oct 10, 2013

Oracle Day 2013

Oracle Day is a global event series that will be held in 75 cities worldwide. Events begin in mid-October 2013 and run through January 2014. These events are cross-stack, covering Oracle technology, applications, and hardware. This year our theme is “Innovation in Practice,” and attendees will hear engaging stories of companies who are driving innovation with Oracle’s help.

Oracle Day provides an opportunity for our customers to get a one-day, high-level overview of everything Oracle offers across the complete stack. It communicates Oracle’s high-level value proposition of driving innovation through simplified IT. It’s also a good opportunity for those who were unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2013 to hear about the latest Oracle announcements firsthand.

Check out the schedule, then register here.

Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

Read the newly updated Fusion Middleware Lifetime Support Policy Document

The newly updated Fusion Middleware Lifetime Support Policy Document is now available.  This is Oracle's official way of communicating product end-of-life plans.

Major changes include:

  • 11g & 10gR3 'suite' date changes
  • New entries and updates for BI & EPM
  • Extended Fusion Middleware 11g Lifetime Support Policy Dates (Doc ID 1585582.1) explains the rationale for the extended 'suite' support timelines as well as the extended error correction support for 11gR1 PS6
  • 12c related Lifetime Support Policy changes were excluded during this round of updates.  The 12c additions will be added when the roadmap is finalized.

Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

APEX Listener Release 2.0.4 is now available on OTN (Oracle Technology Network) !

Oracle Application Express (APEX) Listener 2.0.4 is now available on OTN (Oracle Technology Network) !

Oacle APEX Listener 2.0.4  Download Download

New Features

Developers Guide

Release Notes and Installation Guide


Enjoy it !


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