Since finishing my last project I have had some time on the 'bench', giving me the perfect opportunity to get some training in and up to speed for my next project, again with the same client (I must be doing something right). The project is going to predominately involve Database 10g, Apps Server 10g, Java and ApEx.
If anyone has been watching the news lately, you'll have noticed that some of us will be gaining an extra 8 days on top of our normal holiday allowance. The government has decided that companies can't include bank holidays as part of our holiday allowance.
The BBC have placed an article on their website if any of you happened to miss the news.
I used a beta version of Oracle XE. The DMBS_EPG gateway did not work at all. So I decided to reinstall Oracle XE (production). After reading a post on the Application Express (APEX) forum I recreated my sendmail application from scratch. Everything went fine, except the litte detail of sending email did not work anymore.
As some of you know, I'm fast becoming an ApEx convert and I've started to use it to knock together quick and dirty applications which make my daily work life as a consultant easier. Rather than installing a full Oracle DB instance on my laptop I've opted to install Oracle XE which comes with ApEx 2.1 and is basically a stripped down version of Oracle 10g Database. It suits my purposes and is not as resource hungry as the complete Oracle Instance.
I had the pleasure of test driving the new TT on Wednesday I don't think words can describe the fun I had in it. Put simply I'll be ordering mine at the end of the month. I can see why there is a six month waiting list though; The car was just phenomenal in every respect. It's comfortable, not too fuel hungry, turns heads and the acceleration was great. What more could you ask for. Briefly on the Acceleration the car just throws you back in to the seats and goes, and goes and goes. Even in 6th gear it flies.
The project I'm currently working on has required me to migrate data contained within Flash Filer2 database files (*.FF2). Although this is an old and obscure file format, others out there may well need to migrate data stored in such files to a newer, shiner DB, like Oracle.
It's been about a month since my last post and I've been busy, busy, busy. I have just got back from another trip to Prague (more on that in a later post) and my stint in Consulting Customer Services is now over and the work I did for them in APEX was very well received. Since then I've been posted to my first project outside of Oracle.