ODTUG Board of Directors ~ Keep the Spark Alive

As the ODTUG Board of Director election for the 2019-2020 term approaches, I get to reflect on my term as an ODTUG Director, on ODTUG in general and why I want to run again. This started small, then grew.  There was lots of time and experience to cover!

ODTUG Board of Directors Election

Crazy

You want to what? my husband asks. Then he laughs – that kooky, you-are-certainly-crazy-girl laugh. The one that says, “I have no clue why you do this, but clearly you love it, so have at it”.

Why do I love ODTUG?

Why do I do this stuff?

ODTUG is where I learned to be a mature technical professional. Sure, I had technical Oracle skills before I got to ODTUG. I had worked at General Electric writing automation engineering drafting applications – code that produced production drawings. At Computervision, writing CAD-CAM Architecture, Engineering and Drafting packages. Using a bit of Oracle there, about when that internet thing came to be. Then I worked in state and federal government (fisheries) agencies, on Oracle database. Forms, Reports, Discoverer, Designer. Then came Portal, then HTML-DB.

I was privileged to attend an IOUG Live conference – what a great way to learn! I volunteered – reviewing conference submissions. Presented! On Oracle Forms. Helped out with the IOUG SELECT Journal.

Then someone suggested I try ODTUG. They thought it might be a better fit, since I was a developer. Thank you, Bob Reidman, for that not-so-subtle nudge.

ODTUG Spark

ODTUG has a spark, an indescribable vibe that you just don’t find at other user conferences. We are technical, committed, passionate and fun. Something happens when top technical experts and Oracle product teams combine, elbow to elbow to share and talk tech. That spark was evident in the first ODTUG I attended. And I don’t even remember which one it was. I got accepted to speak,on Oracle Forms and again, and JDeveloper for PL/SQL Developers (literally days before they split off SQL Developer as a separate product). I attended – still attend – both ODTUG and IOUG COLLABORATE conferences.  By speaking and volunteering, I gained confidence in my skills, in myself as a professional.  Good stuff.

But something is different about ODTUG  Kscope.  The level of technology, a bit higher. The intensity of learning, a bit higher. The technical focus and quality of presentations – higher. Willingness of presenters  and attendees to sit down and talk shop – much higher. No one scatters at the end of the day – they hang out and gab, About Oracle and related technology. Geeky stuff. Non-stop learning. The connections made I use throughout the year – if I get stuck, I know who to go to. That was before things like the ODTUG listservs (now retired). And before the Oracle forums. And before apex.world.  Now when I go to the Oracle forum or apex.world, I know who is answering – and someone always answers. Cool!  Can’t buy that anywhere.

Getting Involved

ODTUG Technical Journal Corner

ODTUG Technical Journal – submit papers now!

Of course I soon volunteered for ODTUG.  Reviewing conference submissions, writing book reviews, then as Assistant Technical Editor.  Then as Technical Editor when Donna Richey-Winkelman retired. (Thank you for all I learned from you, Donna!)  When I took the ODTUG Technical Editor job, I had to resign as Associate Editor for the IOUG SELECT Journal.  A bit much to do both, they said.  The beauty of being an editor is that one gets to read content from all over, and meet the experts from all areas.  All communities, all topics, I got to learn more, every month,  I got to meet more people in the user groups, more people at Oracle.  I guarantee many persons got tired of seeing me, they knew I was asking for another column, or another article.  I wrote articles. Edited articles. Got to review early versions of the JDeveloper Handbook, by Peter Koletzke and Paul Dorsey. What a privilege to learn editing from Peter Koletzke! (Many Thank You’s, Peter!)

I will say about this time, there was the unexplained, unspoken division between ODTUG and IOUG.  I was told, “One is for DBAs, one is for Developers, and the two do not mix”. I did not believe that then, and I do certainly not believe that now.  A smart developer knows what a DBA does, at least sufficient to ensure all applications run securely and efficiently. A smart DBA knows what developers are doing and how best to support them so the applications run securely and efficiently. Now, the roles are more blurred – with Dev Ops, even more so.  My hope is that mythical IOUG-ODTUG split, which seems to be getting smaller, gets totally forgotten soon.

Back to ODTUG.

The connections I made through ODTUG convinced me to go into consulting. (Thank you Scott Spendolini and Doug Gault!). Who knew, I still work for that same client, though now directly, owing to a few buyouts and an odd set of circumstances.              I would never have had  the courage to make the jump to consulting without the support of ODTUG and the connections I made therein. With the friends I had made in ODTUG, I knew I had the technical support I needed, I had the consulting support I needed, and if all failed, I knew where to go to look for work.  Fortunately, I have not been out of work since ( knock on wood).

I keep up with the latest versions of the Oracle database, or APEX, of ORDS, SQL Developer, and all sorts of earlier tools – JDeveloper, Application Server, HTTP Server,  Discoverer, (I am dating myself …).  By presenting at, and attending ODTUG KScope, and attending webinars, and meetups when they are local, I have a bounty of training that I cannot match anywhere.  I do not have the time nor the budget for formal weeks of training on one or two topics. Plus, as a consultant, it is my job to stay ahead of the curve – to be able to advise my clients on the next steps for their installations. Fortunately I do best when I am learning – good thing in this field, as it never ends.

ODTUG Mission

ODTUG, as an organization, has a mission:

To establish members as leaders in their organizations through education, timely access to the latest information, communication, and networking within the community, and provide a united voice to influence the strategic direction of Oracle and other vendors.

As long as ODTUG follows that mission, I can keep working, keep learning, keep current technically, keep a great bunch of friends and connections.  And be a solid technical professional.

Board Activities

This term as a Board member, I was engaged in – am still engaged in – the following activities.  If/when elected to a new term, I wish to follow on with these activities, passing some on to newer Board members, and in turn rolling on to new committees as they may fit ODTUG’s strategic direction.

  • Leadership Program, Board Advisor – The ODTUG Leadership Program prepares selected ODTUG members for leadership positions within their current organizations, or  for that next step.  LP persons read a leadership text, attended a series of online presentations and discussions and execute a group project, the topic of which changes year to year. The LP is NOT “how to be an ODTUG leader”.  However, if we do our job right in the LP, the graduates will want to stay on and give back to ODTUG.  It is totally rewarding to watch younger (time-wise, not age-wise) workers grow as the series progresses.  The project usually separates the leaders from the maybe-not-so-much leaders. It is fascinating how persons grow within this simple program.   Due to certain opportunities, I initiated a post-LP mentoring program, underway now, and possibly ongoing.  I know I am getting a lot out of this – I hope the participants are gaining as well.
  • Emerging Technology Committee
  • Alternative Revenue Committee – Investigate alternative forms of revenue for ODTUG – non-conference revenue.  Options include smaller conferences, alternate membership models, various forms of outreach and training options.
  • Marketing Liaison – Review and recommend on ODTUG and ODTUG Kscope marketing materials – social media, email blasts, conference advertising.
  • APEX Community Liaison – The APEX community essentially runs itself, yet there are occasional need for planning for Kscope community activities, exchanging requests from the community, planning webinars, assistance in planning meetups.

I am also involved in committees working on future not-yet-to-be-disclosed projects. All good stuff that may or may not going forward, depending on initial research.

Editor’s Choice

While serving as Editor of the Technical Journal, each year there was a corresponding Editor’s Choice Award for the best white paper – remember them – out of the ODTUG Kscope conference materials.  Yes, presenters used to submit both a white paper and a presentation for each conference they attended.  The white papers served as materials for the ODTUG members, part of the overall ODTUG library.

The Editor’s Choice award reviews – an annual read-fest where a small group literally read and graded/ranked every paper submitted to the conference.  At one point there were 125 papers. Then papers became optional, then we went to 76, then 65, the eventually 25, then lower.  The beauty of the Editor’s Choice reviews was that one got to read most of the conference material before the conference. Like attending the conference before the fact.  I learned more about Hyperion and Essbase through those papers than I ever knew existed.  By far, our Hyperion/EPM community is the most prolific!

In 2011, as part of our Long Beach conference, I participated in the general session reality-TV vote-off.  I got to learn the American Idol Pants on the Ground song, and gave my husband (and no doubt many others) another good laugh.  For kicks and grins, check out those 2011 general session videos.

General Session Skits

Long Beach marked the first full video intermissions general session.  Prior to that, the Board members did skits of varying topics and craziness.  Some persons question why we traditionally have fun, even silly intermissions for our general sessions.  There are no hard set reasons.  But I like them. They are part of ODTUG.

  • They are fun.
  • They show a sense of community.  The Board works hard all year. This lets us goof off a bit, and hopefully get our members to take a breather and laugh a bit as well.
  • Technology can be dull.  Comic relief is just that.
  • We need intros for awards.
  • They demonstrate that ODTUG is just a bit different. Not stuffy, not dry, not dark suit serious.
  • They send the message, “Prepare to have fun here, too. As you learn.”

Volunteer Award

In 2012, I was awarded the ODTUG Volunteer award – a surprise for sure. And a huge honor. And yes, they caught me off guard on that one.

Innovation Award

When the Editor’s Choice was retired – mainly due to lack of papers – I initiated the ODTUG Innovation Award in 2016. The Innovation Award honrs technical excellence and innovation in the use of Oracle technology over the past year.  Innovative, Wow! stuff.  We have had great entries every year – and awesome winners:  Mia Urman, Vincent Morneau, and Stewart Bryson.   Any many more to come!

The ODTUG Innovation Award opens in April, closes before KScope in sufficient time for a panel of judges to evaluate the submission and award a winner, announced at KScope.  Best luck to all future submissions!

Giving Back

In short, I originally joined ODTUG to learn. I originally volunteered to give back. As a senior ODTUG member, developer and consultant, I bring a quiet, steady, long-term perspective to the ODTUG Board that is needed to balance the enticements of the “next new thing” with the need to deliver practical, get-the-work-done knowledge to our members.

I ask for your vote for reelection to the ODTUG Board of Directors to ensure that the ODTUG spark, and the ODTUG flow of knowledge continues.

Happy Coding!

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulk Bind Reminder: ORA-06502: PL/SQL: numeric or value error: Bulk Bind: Truncated Bind

Bulk Bind: Truncated bind

I recently had a good reminder on one of the subtleties of PL/SQL bulk fetches and inserts. I kept getting this error on the FETCH:

ORA-06502: PL/SQL: numeric or value error: Bulk Bind: Truncated Bind  

The procedure purpose is to bulk insert data from a temporary staging table to the real, properly-sized column Load table.  Simple, right?  Except when I use the wrong table types.

My problem?

The elements I was selecting in my cursor did not logically fit into the table type target of my cursor fetch.

I defined my cursor using a query on the temporary staging table (larger VARCHAR2 columns), not the real table (exact-fit VARCHAR2, NUMBER and DATE columns).
But, I defined my table type to receive the cursor results on my real table:


CURSOR c_dl IS
SELECT ...
...
...
FROM my_staging_table stg
WHERE action IN ( 'INSERT','UPDATE');
TYPE my_load_table_tt IS TABLE OF my_load_table%ROWTYPE
INDEX BY PLS_INTEGER;
load_data_arr my_load_table_tt;


BEGIN
OPEN c_dl;
LOOP
FETCH c_dl BULK COLLECT INTO load_data_arr LIMIT 1000; ----- Error  happens here!
FORALL ii IN 1 .. load_data_arr.COUNT
INSERT INTO my_load_table
...
...

The Bulk Bind: Truncated Bind error is because the cursor – with bigger elements, cannot logically fit in the defined array/table type – the columns are too big.

To correct this, I changed the definition of the table type to be a table of the staging table. Then the FETCH proceeds fine, as does the INSERT.

But wait, why didn’t the INSERT fail, since I am Inserting from a (potentially) large-column cursor into the exact-fit table?

The INSERT proceeds because the elements being inserted fit  – the transforms and validations (processed previous to this point in the code) have ensured that all elements are indeed the size they should be in the exact-fit table.  So the INSERT does not complain.

LOG ERRORS REJECT LIMIT UNLIMITED

Now, IF one column in one row was too large, or the wrong format for a date, the entire INSERT would have failed. Unless I used the LOG ERRORS clause, which I did.

IF one or more records is/are bad, I want to load all the good records, and single out the bad. To do this, I used the LOG ERRORS REJECT LIMIT UNLIMITED clause at the end of the INSERT statement:

INSERT INTO my_load_table
VALUES ( ..load_data_arr(ii).col1,
load_data_arr(ii).col2,
load_data_arr(ii).col3,
...
load_data_arr(ii).coln)
LOG ERRORS REJECT LIMIT UNLIMITED;

This LOG ERRORS REJECT LIMIT UNLIMITED clause ensures that all clean rows will insert, and all “bad” rows get logged to an error table, in my case called ERR$MY_LOAD_TABLE.

I created the error log table previously, using the command:
BEGIN
DBMS_ERRLOG.create_error_log (dml_table_name => 'MY_LOAD_TABLE');
END;

We define the staging tables with generous VARCHAR2s on purpose. We want to allow leeway in the incoming data, knowing we can strip punctuation, perform lookups, format dates, and perform other transformations in the validation stage. That means doing all that validation is on us, to make sure the data is in shape for the final insert. Just one way of doing things – there are many other approaches.

My reminder is – especially when writing things quickly – to pay attention to the nuances of the features in use.  I won’t make that mistake for a while now :).

For a full treatment of bulk processing with BULK COLLECT and FORALL, see Steve Feuerstein’s article PL/SQL 101: Bulk Processing with BULK COLLECT and FORALL.

 

Submit to ODTUG Kscope18 – Last Days!

Hurry up! Abstract submissions for ODTUG Kscope18 are due January 5th.

No more procrastinating, no more wavering, Just Do It! Submit your abstract here.

Presenting at ODTUG KScope is an awesome experience – share your knowledge, share your technical success stories, share you case study of geez-it-was-hard-but-we-figured-it-out.  We are looking for presenters in these areas:

Application Express
Database
Big Data & Data Warehousing
EPM Infrastructure
EPM Data Integration
EPM Reporting, BI Analytics, and Visualization
Essbase
Financial Close
Multi-Product EPM Solutions
Planning
Real World EPM

Not sure how to write an abstract, or what to share?  Check out these blogs for more information and ideas:

http://spendolini.blogspot.com/2013/11/presentation-advice.html
http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogid=1&blogaid=497
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140630141618-4832037-how-to-get-your-conference-abstract-accepted
http://www.pythian.com/blog/concrete-advice-for-abstract-writers/
https://chadthompson.me/2012/12/how-to-submit-winning-presentations/

We need topics at all levels of expertise, beginner to advanced.  No excuses – write that abstract now  Join us in Orlando, June 1-14, 2018!

 

Submit to ODTUG Kscope18 – Last Days!

Hurry up! Abstract submissions for ODTUG Kscope18 are due January 5th.

No more procrastinating, no more wavering, Just Do It! Submit your abstract here.

Presenting at ODTUG KScope is an awesome experience – share your knowledge, share your technical success stories, share you case study of geez-it-was-hard-but-we-figured-it-out.  We are looking for presenters in these areas:

Application Express
Database
Big Data & Data Warehousing
EPM Infrastructure
EPM Data Integration
EPM Reporting, BI Analytics, and Visualization
Essbase
Financial Close
Multi-Product EPM Solutions
Planning
Real World EPM

Not sure how to write an abstract, or what to share?  Check out these blogs for more information and ideas:

http://spendolini.blogspot.com/2013/11/presentation-advice.html
http://www.odtug.com/p/bl/et/blogid=1&blogaid=497
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140630141618-4832037-how-to-get-your-conference-abstract-accepted
http://www.pythian.com/blog/concrete-advice-for-abstract-writers/
https://chadthompson.me/2012/12/how-to-submit-winning-presentations/

We need topics at all levels of expertise, beginner to advanced.  No excuses – write that abstract now  Join us in Orlando, June 1-14, 2018!

ODTUG 2018 Elections ~ Vote Now!

Elections for the 2018 ODTUG Board are underway – Vote Now!

Calling all ODTUG Members:  Exercise your right as an ODTUG member and vote for the Board of Directors.  This may be the most important thing you can do for ODTUG.

(Not an ODTUG Member? You are missing out – see why to join ODTUG and become a member here)

Vote for ODTUG Board

Why vote for the Board? Why is it important?

ODTUG Board members determine the current and future direction of ODTUG.  Board members set strategic goals for the organization at the beginning of the year, and execute on that plan throughout that year and into the next. We strive to stay on budget while launching webinars and other educational sessions, marketing campaigns to spread the word and attract new members, and of course there is our fabulous Kscope conference. We are also your voice to Oracle, bringing members in touch with key Product Managers at ODTUG events, online and in person.

For the Board to do our job, we need to hear from you, our members.  Starting with who you want as Directors determining ODTUG goals and direction.

Board members face tough questions in the coming years:

  • Do we need more (or fewer) Meetups? On what topics?
  • What is the direction of the Database Community?
  • Where do tools like Node.js and Docker belong within ODTUG, or do they belong at all?
  • How can ODTUG reach and engage more millennial members?
  • How do we provide our members with the latest and best in Oracle tools technology, as that technology is changing under out feet, or rather, above our heads into the Cloud.

It is your right – and your responsibility – as an ODTUG member to vote in the candidates you feel can best form our future in the direction you feel it should go.

By now you have received your voting email from Association Voting providing you with an email address and Member ID. Please use that information to log in,  learn about our candidates and vote.

( Can’t locate the email? Click here and then click on the help button to request the information be resent.)

Find that email, and please do two things:

  1. Read all the candidate’s statements carefully.  Then
  2. Vote for the candidates you feel are best able to guide ODTUG for the next few years.

Let’s keep ODTUG serving our members in the best way possible.

Thank you, and Good luck to all 2018 candidates!

APEX Interactive Grid: JavaScript Basics Cheat Sheet

APEX Interactive Grid can be customized by JavaScript in the Advanced –> JavaScript Code attribute of the Grid or a Grid column.  Yup – JavaScript.

JavaScript may be out of the comfort zone for PL/SQL developers, even those who implemented extensive tabular form customization working with PL/SQL collections.  Time to say Goodbye to those collections … Welcome JavaScript!

The following is a collection of simple JavaScript lines most likely to be needed by a developer wanting to customize an Interactive Grid, or access data elements in the Grid.

This is not a comprehensive list or a complete function – just a simple collection of lines to give you an idea of the process and examples of  – a reference for – the syntax.

JSRefLines

Taken line by line:

var $te = $(this.triggeringElement);

This line gets the triggering element – the element that caused the dynamic action (DA) to fire. Usually we want to do this in a Grid to get the value of a particular cell – the one clicked on in this case. To get the value of the cell, we need to know which row id,  then we can narrow things down to a column using the column static id.

To get the row id, we start with the triggering element.

Next, we find the closest row – a ‘tr’ – and get the “id” data from it.  It helps to know that Interactive Grid has an “id” data element on each row:

closestTrDataId

var rowId = $te.closest('tr').data('id');

If our data element was data-thingamajig, we would access it via

 ... .data('thingamajig');

The next line gets the grid widget. The apex.region function is the preferred way to access region widgets.  “grid_static_id” is the Static ID of the Interactive Grid, set by the developer in the Advanced –> Static Id attribute of the Grid.  If you do not set one, a static id gets assigned, but it will be a long difficult-to-read identifier – it is much easier and better practice to set a meaningful static id, then use that meaningful static id in your code.

var ig$ = apex.region("grid_static_id").widget();

Given the Grid, we can now get the data model.  The data set is referred to as a data model.  There is a data model for every view:  grid,  chart, group by, icon, detail.  The following line gets the grid data model.

var model = ig$.interactiveGrid("getViews", "grid").model;

Given the grid data model, which we know is a table, we can get the record of the model, using our rowId which we identified via properties of the triggering element.

var record = model.getRecord(rowId);

Once we have the record,  we can access properties of any column in our Grid – any column in that record, using the column name – or the aliased name we assigned to the column.  Here my column name is COMM for commission.

var comm = model.getValue( record, "COMM");

model.getValue gives us the value of a cell in a record.  The corresponding model.setValue sets the value of a cell in a record.

if (comm < 100) { 
  model.setValue(record,"RIFF",'Y');
}

The above examples are easy on purpose. In fact, I bet any PL/SQL developer could follow these lines without headache.

Now you know how to access a row id, access the grid widget, access the data model of a grid, access rows – records – in that data model, and how to get and set values of the columns in that data model record.  That covers most of the basics!

You will need to learn more if you plan on complex customization or perhaps on building plugins.  For now, I recommend examining the grid in the Console, and reading the APEX widget js files.  Looking forward to APEX 5.2 (Oracle Safe Harbor), there may be documentation for all the Interactive Grid widget APIs.  Won’t that be nice!

Happy coding!

I highly recommend reviewing all of the examples in the Sample Interactive Grid packaged application.  And, read John Snyders’ hardlikesoftware.com blog posts on How to Hack the Interactive Grid.

 

Going to the Grid: What the APEX Interactive Grid Means to You and Your End Users

I will be speaking at Kscope 17 in San Antonio, TX on APEX 5.1 Interactive Grid:

Going to the Grid: What the APEX 5.1 Interactive Grid Means for You and Your End Users

Karen Cannell , TH Technology
When: Jun 26, 2017, Monday Session 2 , 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Room: Cibolo Canyon 5
KScope_Pic
Topic: Application Express – Subtopic: APEX New Release

The long-awaited APEX 5.1 Interactive Grid region is here – but what does it mean to you and your end users? Need some practical guidance on when, why, and how to adopt the interactive grid region type? This session is for those who have seen the introductory demonstrations, are looking to upgrade to APEX 5.1, and need some advice. Does the interactive grid replace interactive reports? No more tabular forms? This session answers practical functional and technical questions raised by this new region type:

• When and why should I upgrade existing regions to interactive grid?
• Is there an upgrade wizard?
• What features will I gain; what features will I lose?
• What about customizations – will they upgrade?
• How does an editable interactive grid compare to my existing tabular form?
• Which features must still be manually written? Do I still need to write all that collection logic?
• How can I customize appearance?
• How can I add dynamic actions?
• Can I extend the interactive grid functionality?
• Will my end users like it? What about data entry users?

This session compares and contrasts interactive grids with the interactive reports and tabular forms we are familiar with. We will pay particular attention to maintaining or replacing features and common customizations in existing applications: checkboxes, 32K limits, cascading select lists, row-level validations, interactions between columns, and navigation between fields. How does the interactive grid region measure up? Should you upgrade all your interactive reports and tabular forms now?

How we do settings of which features are on or off for a particular Grid and for a particular column is now controlled by javascript. Sound scary? It is really not, you just need to learn where to put what piece of code when.  How to access data in the Grid data model?  We will show you that too.

If you cannot attend, don’t worry, I will be posting bits of that presentation here over the next few weeks.  IF you can attend, I will see you there!

Rest up ~ our Kscope 17 schedule is packed, so don’t expect much sleep or downtime.

Last Day! ODTUG Innovation Award

June 2nd is the LAST DAY for ODTUG Innovation Award nominations.

Make your nomination for the latest, greatest piece of awe-inspiring work using Oracle development technologies today.

It’s simple, go to the ODTUG Innovation Award Nomination page. Tell us about your nominee – or nominate yourself!  Everyone is eligible – make your entry today.

Is is a Cloud hybrid?  An APEX plugin? An open-source project that leverages Oracle tools?  A real clever in-house application of  Oracle JET? A really neat product from Oracle?  Anything goes!

Today is the last chance  to make your 2017 nomination.

The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, and innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG’s supported communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, EPM and Career). The goal is to honor developers – individuals or teams – whose passion and creativity shine through in their application of Oracle technology to address real-world problems.  Note that this year we are not excluding anything or anyone, so projects and individuals from all organizations (Oracle, too!) are welcome.

Remember that ODTUG members get to vote this year.  Make your nomination, then vote for it too! Member voting will be combined with judges scoring to determine an overall Innovation Award winner.

Check out the full information on the ODTUG web site here:

ODTUG Innovation Award Nominations

Best wishes to all our nominees!

 

ODTUG Innovation Award ~ Make Your Nomination Now!

Nominations for the 2017 ODTUG Innovation Award are open now through June 2nd.  Make your nomination now, before your Memorial Day weekend.

We are looking for innovative, exceptional, ahead-of-the-curve applications of Oracle development tools that stand out as examples of “the next big thing”, or maybe the really neat next small thing,  in Oracle technology.   Can’t think of anything? Nah, I don’t believe that.  Consider:

  • Do  you have, or does your co-worker have an unusually creative application or combination of new and emerging Oracle tools?
  • Did you find a new open source project that makes your life easier?  Open source projects are eligible, as long as they integrate some Oracle technology.
  • Does your latest project enable faster, smoother, cleaner adoption of an Oracle tool?
  • Are you envying someone else’s work, saying “Wish I thought of that …”?
  • Have you seen a real neat learning tool that aids others in understanding a new Oracle tool?   All projects, large and small, are eligible.
  • Does your organization have an exception program for attracting or training persons new to Oracle technology?
  • Have you created, seen or adopted a new plugin or feature, large or small, that others may not have seen yet?

We are looking for the stuff that makes you say “Wow, great idea …”  or “Neat stuff …” or “wicked cool …” (you can tell where I am from).  We need your help to get as many innovation examples in before the June 2nd deadline.

Now is the time to make your nomination.

The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, and innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG’s supported communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, EPM and Career). The goal is to honor developers – individuals or teams – whose passion and creativity shine through in their application of Oracle technology to address real-world problems.  Note that this year we are not excluding anything or anyone, so projects and individuals from all organizations (Oracle, too!) are welcome.

Note that ODTUG members get to vote this year.  Make your nomination, then vote for it too! Member voting will be combined with judges scoring to determine an overall Innovation Award winner.

Check out the full information on the ODTUG web site here:

ODTUG Innovation Award Nominations

Nominations close June 2nd, so act soon!

ODTUG Innovation Award 2017 ~ Nominations are Open!

Nominations for the 2nd Annual ODTUG Innovation Award are now open!

The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, and innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG’s supported communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, EPM and Career). The goal is to honor developers – individuals or teams – whose passion and creativity shine through in their application of Oracle technology to address real-world problems.

We are looking for innovative, exceptional, ahead-of-the-curve applications of Oracle development tools that stand out as examples of “the next big thing” in Oracle technology or as unusually creative applications of new and emerging Oracle tools.  The stuff that makes you say “Wow, great idea …”  or “Neat stuff …” or whatever rad saying you use.

Now is the time to make your nomination.

What is it this year: A new Cloud implementation?  A clever APEX integration? A cross-platform collaboration?  The sky (cloud joke) is not the limit!

New this year is Member Voting – all ODTUG members are invited to vote for your favorite Innovation Award nomination. Yes,  we want YOU to help decide the 2017 Innovation Award winner. Member voting will be combined with judges scoring to determine an overall Innovation Award winner.

Check out the full information on the ODTUG web site here: ODTUG Innovation Award Nominations

Nominations close June 2nd, so act soon!

ODTUG

The 2017 ODTUG Innovation Award nominations will be reviewed by a team of judges according to these general topics:

  • Innovation – The “wow” factor: acknowledges the exceptional and innovative
  • Quality – Not only does it have to be “wow,” but it has to work
  • Applicability – Evaluates subject matter importance, completeness, effectiveness, and accuracy
  • Topic merit – Treatment of a cutting-edge topic, technical complexity, or new and unique approach to a common problem

Judges score will be combined with member voting results to determine the overall winner.

For guidance, a perfect example of innovation with Oracle tools is our 2016 Innovation Award Winner: Mia Urman, AuraPlayer 

AuraPlayer and Oracle joined forces to mobilize the Oracle Forms based collision reporting system for the New York MTA to a new Oracle Mobile Cloud based application without redevelopment. In the past, MTA’s officers had to manually fill out accident reports in the field and then deliver it to a data entry clerk who would then enter the information into MTA’s legacy system.  Using AuraPlayer and Oracle’s Mobile cloud they were able to create a “mobile-ready” version of the application without the need for redevelopment or migration of the underlying Oracle Forms system. To enable this modernization, REST services were automatically generated from the Oracle Forms business processes using AuraPlayer. The REST services communicate with the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, enabling authentication and push notifications, as well as application monitoring and analytics.

Using this application, MTA employees are now able to gather collision information and in addition, now capture photos of the accidents and documents on their tablets.  This data is automatically updated by AuraPlayer into MTA’s Oracle Forms system.  The mobile app also works offline, even without cell or Wi-Fi coverage, this is especially important when an officer is working in a tunnel or on the middle of a bridge. With the real-time submission of traffic accident reports, MTA can assess damages much quicker, determine if a crew is needed to repair damage, and clear the scene in much shorter time—in some cases minutes, instead of hours. The need to manually type collision reports after the fact was eliminated, and the efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness of the data were improved.

See more about AuraPlayer here.

Congratulations, Mia and AuraPlayer!