Monday, October 03, 2011

SOAPEX at OOW 2011

Recently, I've been doing a lot with Oracle Application Express (APEX) and web services.  At Oracle OpenWorld I came across a presentation on just this topic.  Douwe Pieter van den Bos, an Oracle Ace, presented on using APEX with the Oracle SOA Suite.  I have used SOA Suite in the past, and quite like it, but recently the web services I've been using are SOAP based services that I have very little influence on.  They are not built with or deployed on the Oracle SOA Suite.

The SOAPEX presentation gave a nice overview of how to set up APEX to use web services and made the smart recommendation to build your web service references in a single application (SOAPEX) and then use the inherit/subscription model of APEX to keep things up to date.

My specific challenges have been a little more difficult, specifically in the need to consume very large and complicated web services--so complex (or possibly overly complicated) that APEX is unable to parse the wsdl.  More on this later...

Oracle 12c Database

It's definitely about the cloud at Oracle OpenWorld 2011.  In many ways Oracle has always promoted it's database in the private cloud--long before the term cloud (private or public) became popular.  At previous OpenWorlds, Larry Ellison poked fun at the cloud, noting that the notion isn't new.  Well, even Oracle must bend to the popularity of the term cloud.  I haven't yet heard an official name for the next database release, but I'm betting on Oracle 12c.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's Been a Long Time

My last blog post was a tribute to Scott Spadafore.  A year and a half before, I also offered tribute to another close friend and APEX guru, Carl Backstrom.  I have had a hard time getting past the loss of these two friends.  Such a hard time that this is my first post in over a year--my first since Scott's haiku.  I have started to write many posts, but none seemed worthy of moving Scott's haiku down the page.  Scott was a pillar of the Oracle community--not just Application Express, though he certainly dominated that arena.

The passing of these two friends was a loss to many others as well.  Several months ago John Scott had a grand idea.  He gathered together over a dozen people who had benefited from the work of Carl and Scott, who had enjoyed success because of their efforts, and had become friends with Carl, Scott and each other through the APEX community.  John suggested that we jointly write a book, in Carl and Scott's memory, and donate the author royalties to the funds established for Carl's and Scott's children.  I was honored to be included in this group.

John's blog provides the full list of authors and more info about the book, Expert Oracle Application Express.  I offer my thanks to John for coordinating this project, and to all of the contributors.