Thinking Anew

ARM Your APEX Instance

Embedded ARM chip

In September 2020, Oracle first announced that it was working with Ampere Computing to provide ARM-based chips for its Compute instance offering on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. They have delivered!

ARM chips are found in many low-powered devices like smartphones, single-board computers, and IoT devices. So, if you are an Oracle Application Express (APEX) developer, you might be wondering, “What’s in it for me?” Well, remember we talked about running a customer-managed Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) instance for an Oracle Autonomous Database?

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Making AI Accessible to APEX

Figuring out sentiments.

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is a great platform in many ways. However, as much as I love it, I have long griped about the lack of out-of-the-box support for AI services that many of Oracle’s competitors have. Well, as of May 6, 2021, I am glad to see that things are starting to turn around with the launch of the OCI Language service.

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New Book on Getting the Most Out of the Oracle Cloud Free Tier

Getting Started with Oracle Cloud Free Tier Book Cover

I won’t deny that it has been a challenging and tough journey, but today, I’m glad to be able to declare that the book “Getting Started with Oracle Cloud Free Tier“ has been published and available to purchase!

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Update Free SSL Certificates for the OCI Load Balancer

Keep Security Up to Date

In my previous blog post on Running ORDS Against the Autonomous Database - Part 2, we had looked at how to add an existing Let’s Encrypt (LE) SSL certificate to an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Load Balancer. You’d typically wwant to host your websites or Oracle Application Express applications over a secure transport layer, especially when sensitive data is communicated between the browser and server.

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Keep Your APEX Images Updated

Spider Web

As Uncle Ben would say, “Remember, with great power, comes great responsibility.” With the release of Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) version 19.4.6, many of us were eager to deploy a customer-managed ORDS solution in order to support vanity URLs with Oracle Application Express (APEX), myself included. It has worked well for me until a few days ago, I noticed that my Oracle JET charts weren’t loading any more.

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Running ORDS Against the Autonomous Database - Part 2

Old pipes and valves

In my previous post, we looked at installing and configuring Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) and have it work with Oracle Application Express (APEX) that comes preinstalled with every Oracle Autonomous Database (ADB). Like APEX, ORDS is also included as a feature of the ADB. However, there are certain situations where you might like to manage your own instance of ORDS.

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Running ORDS Against the Autonomous Database

Man repairing the engine of a car

The Oracle Autonomous Database (ADB) is Oracle’s currernt flagship database product and rightly so! Each instance comes with self-tuning, self-patching and several Oracle Database Options that customer would otherwise have to purchase separate licenses for. Database developers will also be pleased to know that there are a suite of tools at your disposal including Oracle Application Express (APEX), Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) and Oracle Machine Learning Notebooks.

The minimum instance you can create will have 1 CPU and 1 TB of storage and with so much features, doesn’t come cheap. Here’s the good news though, Oracle provides everyone two Always Free ADBs through the Oracle Cloud Free Tier offering. Yes, that’s a great deal for anyone wanting to host a simple web application on the Internet. It is however, not without limits.

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Happy 25th Anniversary Java

Java Challenge Coin

My personal journey with programming started more than two decades ago. Back then, the one language that I was very passionate and determined to master was Java. Early in my career, I would find any opportunity to attend a Sun Microsystems event like the Sun Tech Days, where I had the opportunity to learn about the constantly evolving platform that went from desktop, to enterprise and then on mobile devices. I can still remember watching the cool things you could do with Lego Mindstorms and an embedded Java runtime, and the vision that JXTA was going to revolutionise the Internet of Things with its state-of-the-art, peer-to-peer technology.

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A Call to Aid

Singapore National Day Parade - March Past

Every Singaporean Son grows up to respond to a codeword alongside an image of a soldier on guard.

When your codeword is flashed on the screen, you wrap up whatever you are doing, head home, pack, bid your goodbyes and then report to camp. Hence, when I heard this call to help, instinct kicked in and I had to respond.

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