Sunday, February 21, 2016

APEX and the Nest Thermostat

At ODTUG Kscope 15 last year I gave a presentation about APEX plugins. During the presentation I built a plugin from scratch to control my Nest Thermostat. Everything went well until I did a live demo connecting the APEX plugin with my home Nest. I forgot to enable a service and unfortunately the demo didn't work.

I recently gave a talk to the Vancouver Oracle User Group on APEX and the Future of Enterprise Development. During this presentation I pre-recorded a video of APEX controlling my home Nest to highlight that APEX can work with the Internet of Things (IoT).

There has been some interest to see this in action so I have included a copy of the video below. On the right is a Nest plugin that I wrote for APEX, the left is the Nest app on an Android tablet, and in the center is the actual Nest.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Eh?PEX Unofficial Tour

This year I will be taking some trips across Canada and have been given the opportunity to speak in various cities. Thus the unofficial Eh? PEX tour.


Here are the different cities and links to each event:

Special thanks to Insum Solutions for helping make this all possible.

For those located in Calgary we have our monthly YYC APEX Meetup group.

Monday, November 16, 2015

ClariFit From/To Date Picker Plug-in Moved to OraOpenSource

This article is for people looking for help with the ClariFit From/To Date Picker.

I'm currently in the process of updating some of the plugins I created for ClariFit to support APEX 5.0. As part of these changes some additional things are happening, mainly listing the plugins in the new apex.world site and moving the plugins ownership over to OraOpenSource.

The first plugin that has been moved/updated is the ClariFit From/To Date Picker. The plugin is now called OraOpenSource From/To Date Picker and is hosted here. To help with backwards compatibility the plugin's internal name has remained the same. This means that upgrades will be seamless.

Please post all bugs and enhancement requests on the project's issue page.


The next plugin that will be updated is the ClariFit Dialog (to be called OraOpenSource Dialog). It is currently being tested and will be officially released pending any major bugs. If you'd like any other ClariFit plugins updated to APEX 5.0 please leave a comment and I'll look into it.

Monday, November 9, 2015

ODTUG Election

If you were at Oracle Open World a few weeks ago you may have missed that the ODTUG Board of Directors election results were posted.

The newly elected directors are:

I first must thank all the people that voted for me again this year. It means a lot that I have the support of the APEX and Oracle communities. 

They're a few board members who will not be returning next year. They all have done a lot for ODTUG and its members.
  • Monty Latiolais
    • Monty has been the President of ODTUG for the past few years. He's done an amazing job leading the organization. Monty's lasting legacy at ODTUG will be the Leadership Program. He took a risk trying it out and it has been a very big success helping develop leaders within the ODTUG community.
  • David Schleis
    • David has helped re-energize the traditional developer and DBA communities. Over the past two years he helped merged them into one united "database" community. I look forward to David to continue help out with the database community in the coming years.
  • Mia Urman
    • Mia has been instrumental with helping foster the ADF community and lead the global outreach program. Both of these areas require a lot of time and effort, all which Mia happy put in. If you're going to be at DOAG in a few weeks look for Mia who be representing ODTUG.
I also need to say a special thank you to the current board for supporting me over the past year. Last year was a very difficult time for me personally and they all stepped up and supported me along the way. This is something I will never forget and will always be thankful for.

As ODTUG has a six year term limit for directors, this will be my last two years. I look forward to making them as good as the first four. If you have any feedback or things you'd like to see happen within the community please let me know.

- Martin

ODTUG Technical Journal - Authors Wanted

If you've ever thought of starting your own blog or wanted to write a detailed article on some cool APEX or Oracle feature but didn't know where to start, now's your big chance! The ODTUG Technical Journal is looking for some new articles and we'd like to see articles from first time contributors.

Signing up is easy. Simply email Karen Cannell (kcannell@odtug.com) and let her know that you're interested in writing an article for the journal. Then you can work out a schedule with her. After that, all you need to do is write the article, Karen will take care of the rest.

This is a great opportunity to get your name out there and also promote what you and your organization have been been working on. I'm looking forward to seeing some great content from the APEX community.