Well it's the second half of August and this is my first real post for the month. There are two very good reasons for this:
1) We've just completed a major implementation at one of our clients - a tablet based application using APEX, which completely changes the face of a major arm of the business. It's a groundbreaking application with only one peer in the industry - which users are already claiming superiority to and it's had years to mature. It's been a very enjoyable project with a glowing success story - kudos to my Sage colleagues and the entire team.
Yesterday the Anti-Kyte (a.k.a. Mike) published a great post on coding styles. I started to post a comment but ended up rambling to I thought I'd put my thoughts here.
I can't be one to comment on tangential intros (just look at any of my presentations), but he almost lost me when I thought the entire post was going to be soccer jokes I didn't get but switched in time to three controversial topics:
An occasional question in the forums relates to issues ordering a particular column. It's one of those things that will probably keep coming up, so it's worth having another reference out here on the web.
The basic example stems from the need to order data that might contain characters.
with data as
(select '1' vc from dual union all
select '11' vc from dual union all
select '2' vc from dual union all
select 'a' vc from dual)
order by vc;
Occasionally I'll want some form of report noting file sizes of blobs in a database.
The solution is relatively simple, and I thought I'd write it up here for a place to copy syntax each time.
APEX users also have a handy table to verify this against (apex_application_files). Well, a synonym/view that ultimately maps to the core table wwv_flow_file_objects$.
My sister sent me this video not long after my daughter was born earlier this year - I finally watched it while cleaning up e-mails and I'm glad I did - I highly recommend you all take 2 minutes aside and just let these images of history wash through your brain.
I stumbled across a blogging milestone while fact checking what I was going to open this post with - for me this month represents 5 years of blogging.
In that time I've learnt heaps, met new people, changed blog name, visited other cities to speak, and dived deep into APEX after a long time in Oracle Forms, published a video series & was recognised as an Oracle ACE.