Thinking Anew

Will You Love Me Tomorrow

Crystal ball insights into tomorrow?

Is this a lasting treasure, or just a moment’s pleasure?

~ Will You Love Me Tomorrow. The Shirelles.

As a technologist, we are constantly bombarded with buzzwords and terms like blockchain, IoT, AI, machine learning, quantum computing, and so much more! I love buzzwords, and wholeheartedly enjoy deciphering the future of technology and work. Hence, for the last few years, I have been a proud member of the committee that peruses and selects abstracts for the Kscope Emerging Technology (ET) track. For next year’s Kscope22, I am honoured to be leading the team that will help select a series of sessions that are visionary, and hopefully, give us guidance on what to expect in the years ahead.

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Secret Agent APEX

Ssshhh! Do not tell anyone!

For a long time now, I have been eagerly awaiting for out-of-the-box RSA encryption support with pure PL/SQL. Not so much for to sharing secrets, but rather, the ability to sign messages and verify signatures. I might have missed the announcements, but it looks like my wait is over support with asymmetric key operations added in 21c, and (perhaps backported) in 19c as-of release 19.9.

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Intelligent APEX Applications - Fact or Fiction?

Neurons

During a recent Kscope21 session, “Predict Customer Churn Using Oracle Autonomous Database, Machine Learning, and APEX“, I had shared that it has always been my personal desire to create web applications that are not only purposeful, but also have an element of “intelligence”. With new features recently introduced in the Oracle Machine Learning product offering, it is now relatively easy to introduce ML as a component of your Oracle Application Express (APEX) applications. This is the first of several posts that I am writing as a follow up to the presentations I did at this year’s (virtual) conference.

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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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