Cloud Computing Workshop in Berlin

A Tad of Cloud Evangelism

It’s always a pleasure to travel to Berlin for various reasons. A fortnight ago I was running an AWS/Google/Netflix OSS/Cloud Management workshop for a non-disclosed European Agency. I had about 3 dozens of attendees working at the forefront of technology.

 

mosaik

 

Yesterday a Thank-You letter from their director arrived.

“My people work on mosaic pieces… Your presentation showed the whole picture”.

Thanks a million! I makes me feel flattered.

New WebLogic 12.1.2 Webcasts Posted

Those of you who subscribed the WebLogic Book Youtube Channel already know that I published 2 additional webcasts (the 2014 edition of WebLogic Distinctive Recipes Book references them).

I).  Per Domain Node Manager

Note, that I keep receiving comments about the WebLogic 12c node manager bug.

II). WebLogic Server Templates

and Dynamic Cluster:

Oracle WebLogic Blog / Good Eats

Good eats.

sausage

Good to see that my new WebLogic book which is covering lots of features and showstoppers is mentioned on the Oracle WebLogic blog. Thanks!

Btw, anyone going to Open World? Drop me a line if you want to meet up for a coffee (or a sausage)!

New Webcasts

As mentioned already I will publish the new webcasts from the 2o14 edition of WebLogic Server 12c Distinctive Recipes book here. Don’t miss out – subscribe to youtube.com/weblogicbook

WebLogic 12c and Maven Part I:

 

WebLogic 12c and Maven Part II:

 

Server Templates:

 

Dr Kano and the XQuery Mapper of Oracle Service Bus

Requirements, Qualities and Dr. Kano

Ever heard of Noriako Kano? In the 80s he was thinking about customer satisfaction and came up with the theory that there are must-be qualities of a product (they are often taken for granted but you’ll be really unhappy if a product doesn’t have them) and attractive qualities (they are not expected but they will surprise you).

Oracle Service Bus’ XQuery Mapper

Today I finished a milestone in a large SOA project for a big logistics company. The project intensively uses Oracle Service Bus 11g and the OEPE based XQuery mapper which brought Dr Kano back to my mind…

The XQuery mapper comes with some attractive qualities. Did you ever map elements and later discover that they are repeating and are part of sequence? Just map the enclosing sequence and all depending elements will be magically corrected. Try it yourself and examine the generated XQuery code to fully appreciate it!

Xquery

However, there are far too many must-be qualities missing! Everybody creating something bigger than a hello-word example will discover them (I ended up with some 1200 lines of XQuery code).

Known Issues

1.) There is no “Find” for the graphical view. Find is essential. Often technical design documents describe mappings in an Excel sheet and you get insane when searching for 500 elements on the graphical mapper.

2.) You cannot access the type of an element directly from the graphical view. The pop up window that appears when you hover over an element is a okay start but what is really missing is to get to the XSD in another tab with one click. Manually switching to source view cannot be an option for 500 elements.

It works for Java and we need the same for the graphical XQuery mapper.

3.) There is no clever way to print a graphical mapping. Possibly that’s an attractive requirement. Hmm? I’d enjoy it (to show off those monster mappings).

4.) There is no Find in the “Testing” tab either.

from here on, things get much worse:

5.) The XQuery mapper will remove your custom XQuery code! There is a a lot of work beyond simple dragging and dropping lines from one element to another in real projects – so removing manually written XQuery code is not acceptable.

Even a simple comment will be removed. Wow.

Yes, in real simple examples you would start with the graphical mapper first and then code the rest. In many real life examples “the rest” could be more than 50%. Note, I am not complaining that the mapper obivously won’t be able to display your custom XQuery code.

6. The mapper  refuses to map e.g. an integer type to a string. If you drag it to the Expression tab you can still do it. Why the workaround that requires an extra “save”? We not asking me if I know what I am trying to do, and from then on just do it?

Conclusion

Gossip says that Oracle SOA Suite 12c beta test is currently running. SOA Suite 12c will be JDeveloper based, so it’s fresh start! Let’s hope we will see all these issues ironed out in 12c, after all they are must-be qualities.

Do you experience other mapper issues? Drop a comment here!  

ps. I am not beta testing SOA Suite 12c, so I don’t know more about it than anybody else.