Skip to main content

EECS - Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service, Step 2

Once you get your services up and running, you can log into your domain - in this screenhot "smart4apex" - on the Oracle Cloud.
Then you'll end up in the "My Services" dashboard. As I have only one, my dashboard looks quite clean, showing just this widget:
Just a few remarks for the designers of this: I am very curious why there is an extra "(Number of ..." in the chart title. The same superflous text is also on another location on that page.
And, more intriguing, what would "0.0323 database instances" mean? 1/0.0323 = 31. So something like days? But February has 28 days...
It would make way more sense to just show here how many instances I had on those day (so, "1" al over the place...).
From this widget you can drill into the "Service Details", where you can set rules and alerts and see the (historical) status of your instance. Funny thing is, I noticed this:

These figures indicate, I have a storage limit of 23Gb. But my service is based on 20Gb. So I get 3Gb "for free"!
Probably that's (more or less) used by Oracle itself (SYS, APEX etc.). So if you buy 20Gb, you really get 20Gb to store your own data!
Now it is time to add some users to this instance. As we - as smart4apex - would like to use it as a development environment, I added all colleagues as a user. 
And i can assign Roles to every user. There is a standard list of roles defined. From the documentation I figured out that the first two are entitled to add or modify other users, but what the privileges and restrictions of the other three are, I still have to discover. What I do know is, if you just assign the "Database User" role to a user, you can log in to the My Services page, but if you try to use the Exadata Express service, you get an "Acces Denied" message. You need at least Database Developer or Database Administrator to access the APEX builder (more about that in a later post).
A nice feature is, you can upload a csv file to create multiple users and assign roles in batch. Saves you a lot of clicks....
And every user you create receives a nice welcome email with a temporary password and a login link. Once you use that link, and login you end up on a (rather outdated - ADF faces built) page of Oracle Identity Self Service to change your password and register three (!) challenge questions. That is a challenge in itself ;-)
Apart from the standard Roles, you can define "Custom Roles" and assign those to users. But any information about how to use these roles in an APEX application is welcome, as I couldn't find any documentation on this subject.

In the next post, I'll go into the database (in)side of the service and in the subsequent one, the APEX development environment of the Exadata Express Cloud Service (EECS).

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Showing a success message after closing a modal dialog

APEX 5 comes with Modal Dialogs out of the box. Very neat. Especially for adding and changing data. And to minimise the number of time a user has to click, it could be useful to add a "Close Dialog" process after the actual data processing. When the data processing fails, the Dialog stays on top showing the error. When data processing runs fine, the Dialog is closed ... without any confirmation. And this might be scary for a shaky user.

So how can we provide the user some feedback? On Page 4 of the Sample Dialog Application you can see one solution: up on a Dialog Closed Event on the parent page it does a redirect to refresh the parent page appending the success message of the "Close Dialog" process. This has two drawbacks. First, it probably refreshes more than necessary. And second, if you're using multiple layers of dialogs (dialogs that open other dialogs) the message appears in the "parent dialog".
As an alternative you could follow these steps: 1…

A review of APEX World 2017 - Day 1

Last week the SS Rotterdam was the beautiful location of the largest gathering of APEX Developers worldwide. With around 380 (!) attendees a new high was set. And they came from all over the world : I spotted people from The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Denmark, Norway, UK, Ireland and the USA. And I even might have missed one or two ….

The event started with a presentation by the “father of APEX”, Mike Hichwa, talking about "Oracle APEX Past, Present and Future”. Of course everyone is curious what the APEX future might bring: Friendly URL’s, automated testing, more JSON, concurrent APEX versions, third party Oauth 2 authentication (think Facebook, Google), APEX app diff and more, a lot more, REST capabilities. And now we have to wait for APEX 5.2 … and that might take a while! 
After this keynote, the conference split up in three tracks. After the coffee break I returned to to big theatre where Geertjan Wielenga talked about "Finally Javas…

Push changed rows to an Interactive Grid

For pushing changes from the database to the end user, the regular solution is using websockets. A change in a record is detected - using a trigger or using the CQN (Change Query Notification) feature - and a notification is send to a websocket server. That websocket server broadcasts the notification over a channel to all browsers that are tuned in to that websocket channel. Then the browser reacts to that notification, usually showing an alert or refreshing a report. This trick is described on multiple sites, just Google for "oracle apex websockets" or similar.

So back in the old days, we used that notification in the browser to refresh the (interactive) report. But along comes the Interactive Grid (IG). While he full-refresh mechanism still works for IG, an IG has also the option to refresh just one row.  So wouldn't it be awesome that just the changed row(s) get refreshed upon a change in the database, instead of the whole report? Can we do it ... yes we can!
First i…