Nov 27, 2008

SAAS Overview

Here is a small video that I found on Youtube explaining what is SAAS (Software As A Service)

Nov 17, 2008

WEB 2.0 with Apex and JQuery

We decided at Insum that we had to investigate a bit more on the "ajax / jquery / javascript " to give our users a better experience.

How do you let your users move regions in a page ? How do you implement that "Working ..." image when your page is submitted ? How do you create modal pop-up windows ? etc ...
Those are all questions that we asked ourselves and were looking for answers.

Well, we started where Carl told us to : JQuery.

Check out our demo application at www.insum.ca/jquery . As we try and find different web2.0 things, we will post the results of our findings there.

At the same time that this is a central refrence for us, I hope that it will help some of you trying to do the same.


we are also open for comments and questions. Feel free to participate either in the forum, or on our blogs.

Francis.

Nov 13, 2008

Abstract Selected for ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2009

Good news. My abstract has been selected for ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2009 !

I am very happy. That means a lot of work ahead for me, but I think (and Hope) that it will bring a new perspective on APEX to the community.

The title of my presentation is : How to build a multi-tenant SAAS application with Oracle Application Express.

I will show some of the techniques that we use for our own SAAS application. I hope that it will also convince people to start using Apex for commercial applications.

Another conference to add to your Agenda !

Nov 5, 2008

Apexposed - OPP

I was in Chicago on the 29-30 of October 2008 for the Apexposed conference.

Again, it was very interesting to see all those presentations. There is always new ways of integrating Apex with different technologies.

See all the conferences about Apex with other technologies :
- Integrating PL/Flow with Apex by Scott Stegemann
- Yahoo UI and Jquery with Apex by Tim St. Hilaire
- Integrating Apex and Web Services by Jason Straub
- Integrating Apex with DHTMLX Tree by Bharat Pappu

On the first morning, Scott Spendolini did his 408 slides presentation. Very entertaining. It was funny to see those old technologies that we used back than and the corrolation with today's technology. After that, Mike Hichwa presented some new features coming in the 4.0 release of Apex next year.

Scott Spendolini Payed a tribute to Carl Backstrom on the second morning during his Keynote. I think that it was very appropriate and that it had to be mentioned.

At the same time, his "Avoiding APEX Pitfalls" was very educating. He talked about how to deal with political issues when trying to get people to adopt Apex. I agree with him when he says that the adoption of a new technology is 10% technical and 90% political.

I had the chance to network with different people and is is always motivating to discuss the possibilities of Apex with them.

Another presentation that I liked was Steven Feuerstein's : "A Solid PL/SQL Foundation for Apex Developers". Basically, APEX has to be treated as any other PL/SQL development and Database Packages should be used in PL/SQL APEX Processes to ease maintenance and tuning.


So, this trip was short and sweet. Fly in and fly out of Chicago . I would have liked to visit downtown but the Hotel was a bit too far. So maybe another time.

ODTUG is a great association and I think that they are listening to their members and reacting in a good way. All I can say to them is "keep up the good work".

I submitted an abstract for the ODTUG Kaleidoscope next year. Who knows, maybe I will be presenting. The subject of my presentation is : How to build a multi-tenant SAAS application with Oracle Application Express.

Can't wait to see if it will be accepted.