23 July 2010

APEX 4.0 Plugin: Watermark

This simple plugin for APEX 4.0 shows some text inside an item. Usually a watermark is used to give the user extra information to assist with filling out a Form. Creating this plugin was more a learning experience than anything else. If you just want the plugin than follow this link to download it. If you want to go through the same learning experience I went through while creating this plugin, than keep reading.

11 July 2010

Connecting Without TNSNames With EZConnect

On my laptop I run two databases, Oracle 10g Release 2 and Oracle 11g Release 2. Next to my regular consulting work, I also give an Oracle Advanced SQL and PL/SQL training called "7Up". This training covers "all" new features since Oracle7.
I tried using VM for having multiple versions of the database, but my laptop would grind to a halt.
Anyway, usually I use SQL*Plus for all my demo's - SQL*Plus Windows that is. As you may know, SQL*Plus Windows vanished from the Oracle 11g database.
Until now I was using SQL*Plus commandline instead, and that was fine.
Last week I received the latest Oracle Magazine (July/August 2010) at home and in it was the AskTom column on connecting without TNSNames.

05 July 2010

Looking back at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010

In case you missed it (how is that possible?) last week was the annual ODTUG conference, Kaleidoscope in Washington DC. In this post I will share some of, what I consider, the highlights of this event.
I always enjoy going to this conference, it's nice to see old friends and make some new ones.