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apeks sticker, check.

There are some stickers are out there causing quite the sensation in the Oracle APEX Twitter community. Check it out and join the conversation.

A couple of weeks ago I received my sticker from the master dealer, Juergen, so I thought I'd share my pimped up laptop, complete with sticker friend.

NUMBER data type…what harm can it do ?

There’s a somewhat sour discussion going on based attached to the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZW-uLb52xk
Whether you agree or disagree with the video or the comments, or (sadly) the animosity in them, it does lead to an interesting bit of investigation when it comes to data types with arbitrary precision, which was stumbled upon by a friend at work.

Simplifying complex networks with Distributed Cloud Model

The current model for public cloud computing is an optimization for the traditional structure of internet-facing data centers - maximizing the scale of the facility to serve broader markets, using the Internet.

SR Automation Explained

We have been working hard to improve our time to resolution on the Service Requests you raise by automating the information and diagnostic gathering step. 
A vast majority of Payables SRs will now automatically ask you to provide a specific set of files, depending on how you answer the questions we ask when you choose your problem type.  The system will provide you with a clear action plan shortly after the SR is submitted requesting files e.g screenshots, log files and diagnostic outputs. 

Function-Based Indexes And CURSOR_SHARING = FORCE

In general it is known that Function-Based Indexes (FBIs) can no longer be used by the optimizer if the expression contains literals and CURSOR_SHARING = FORCE / SIMILAR (deprecated) turns those literals into bind variables.

SQL Server - Change Management: list all updates

I am looking to have all SQL Server updates on a server including Service Packs, Cumulative Updates and other fixes like we can see in the uninstall panel from Windows.

Deploying a Python application to IBM Bluemix

The following simple example shows how to push the basic hello world Python application to IBM Bluemix. We use the buildpack below.

https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-python.git

1. Create a file called requirements.txt

pas@pass-mbp:~/bluemix-apps/python-demo$ cat requirements.txt
Flask==0.10.1

The Java Council: First vJUG Podcast. Microservices, Events and all Java.

I was invited to join the vJUG and give a talk about Large Enterprise Java Architecture and as a follow-up I also had the chance to be among the first guests of the newly created Virtual JUG Podcast.

A Meteor buildpack for Bluemix to simplify the deployment

I previously blogged about deploying a Meteor application to Bluemix as follows

http://theblasfrompas.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/deploying-simple-meteor-application-to.html

The following Buildpack created by an Internal IBM employee streamlines the process of deployment and avoids the need for ENV variables with the pushed application, here;s how. It's also detailed in the GitHub buildpack URL below.

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