Archive for October, 2009

I am a big fan of Ubuntu Server. It’s exactly what you need for a server, no fancy UI, just services.
Dealing with all the text configuration files can be a time consuming task and there is something that can help a lot. It’s called Webmin and it is a web interface for configuring your linux box.
Webmin demo

You need to install first some perl-related libraries required by webmin:

sudo apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl

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Hey, Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) is out of beta and is now available for download here.

To see what’s new just check the release notes. From my feeling after testing the beta, It’s pretty similar to 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) but with some package updates and improvements.

Don’t wait, go and take it.

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There’s no way to develop a web app and don’t need a chart/pie, even this is for the backend. Google offers this Chart API and it’s fabulous. No need to install anything, just call a web page with your set of parameters. Now they offer maps and I can, for example, to keep track of the countries I visited.

Example:

Europe countries I visited so far

Europe countries I visited so far

People say that one picture worth more than a thousand words. This is true: just change, or offer charts as alternative to your long and boring tables and you’ll see the result.

What have I done here:
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PacktLogoSmallBased on my posts here it seems that I’ve been chosen by Packt to review the Oracle SQL Developer 2.1 book written by one of my colleagues here in Oracle who runs the SQL Developer team.

Oracle SQL Developer 2.1 by Sue Harper

Considering this, stay tuned for the review just after the book will be launched as I will get it for free the day it is released.

Good luck!

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I used both services to take tests in the past as the following: Microsoft – Pearson VUE and Oracle – Prometric.

It seems that driven by the cut-costs strategy they started to steal each other’s clients. Oracle just moved to Pearson VUE. The result for me as a customer, not as an Oracle employee, is that I cannot access my history. You have to believe me or to wait until Oracle will provide online transcripts when I will tell you what I own. There’s no history on their side, they claim the history will be kept on Oracle’s side at Certview, but I was unable to check my history.

I remembered I used Pearson VUE to take my Microsoft MCSD exams, so I tried to log in with my old credentials. Surprise…. Microsoft is no longer with Pearson, but they moved to Prometric. It’s totally confusing and you don’t want to take an exam these days 🙂

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well… my colleagues from SQL Dev team will probably take out from the marketplace our competition. Having so many features for free is something that me and all the users are highly appreciating.

SQL Developer 2.1 EA1

SQL Developer 2.1 EA1

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