Thinking Anew

Build Two Walls

The Great Wall of China

Authentication is an essential component of any enterprise application. These days though, it isn’t enough to protect your applications with only a username and password. These are easily stolen by key loggers, sniffing non-encrypted HTTP traffic, phishing, hacked Internet services and the list goes on. To make matters worse, many users have a poor habit of reusing passwords that thieves then use to penetrate other systems. I have had my fair share of that experience.

The question is, can we implement two-factor authentication (TFA) in Oracle Application Express (APEX)?

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ODC Appreciation Day: Goodbye Oracle Multimedia

Salmon Run - Honour the Dead

Here’s my first contribution to the annual ODC Appreciation Day that was initiated by Tim Hall three years ago.

The product feature that I’d like to pay special tribute to this year is Oracle Multimedia (OMM). By now, I believe most would have heard that OMM has been deprecated. Mike Dietrich made special mention of it in a blog post earlier this year, with some clarity as to exactly when we can expect to see this useful feature go away for good.

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Upcoming Chrome APIs of Note

Screenshot of application demonstrating Face Detection API

At Kscope17, I presented a session on various techniques for capturing and manipulating images. For those of who attend either in-person or the follow-up webinar, you might recall I briefly talked about image recognition and how they can be integrated with an Oracle Application Express solution using third-party JavaScript libraries.

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Search Better with Oracle Text

Photo by John Michael Thompson

It’s not unusual for an established principal investigator (PI) to have desks and shelves full of books, journal articles, grant applications, graduate student theses etc. Often, they’d also have a mountain of such material in electronic form and stored on desktop hard drives that sometimes get forgotten. It takes an extremely good memory to remember which articles are relevant to a particular keyword you might be interested in.

Thankfully, there’s Oracle Text (and Oracle Application Express (APEX)) to keep you sane!

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Research-Ready

Photo by Louis Reed

In a flash, it has been almost three years since I left the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, so it’s no surprise that a recent tweet caught my eye and tugged the memory chord. I was introduced to Oracle Application Express (APEX) on August 26, 2010. A year (and a major release) later, I had the opportunity to demonstrate it’s capabilities with proof that it could help improve productivity in our research centre. As a sidenote, back then, attendees receive DVDs full of developer software goodies. APEX however, didn’t need much, just check out the hands-on lab requirements below.

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A Kscope to Remember

Where Dreams CAME True

That’s right! Here’s the customary post-Kscope article. This year though, is one Kscope to remember! Along with other Oracle Application Express (APEX) community members, I had the surprise honour of joining the ranks of the Oracle ACE Program. And so I wanted to start off by first thanking newly-minted Oracle ACE Director Opal Alapat. Last year, I had deep suspicions that she was responsible for my ODTUG Volunteer Award. Then came the ACE Associate nomination.

Opal, if you are reading this: THANK YOU!

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APEX Social Sign-In Without a Wallet

Social Media

Updated June 4, 2018

  • Added settings for social sign-in with Microsoft OAuth2.

The much anticipated Oracle Application Express version 18.1 was announced on May 24, 2018. Since early this year Monty Latiolais has been posting a monthly series of blog posts on Power Ranking Oracle APEX 18.1 New Features. My personal favourite is Social Login, but unfortunately it never made it to the top, even though it should!

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Just a Drop of Oracle APEX

Photo by Johnny Brown

In a previous article, I had demonstrated how one could use Vagrant to deploy an OXAR virtual machine directly to Linode.

With Digital Ocean (DO) lowering their prices to match Linode’s, I thought it would help the community if I created a similar set of instructions to deploy OXAR on DO. I took this a step further and have provided a branch on the Github repository with a modified Vagrantfile.

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