Teaching how to integrate Twitter with Integration Cloud Service

This blog shows you how to use the Twitter ICS Connector that comes out of the box in Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

Obtain your Twitter Connector in ICS

In order to create a Twitter Connector you need to first go to Twitter developers portal and create an access token. For this:

  • Login to the Twitter Developer portal at https://dev.twitter.com/
  • ON the top right, click on My apps and follow the link to log in (sign up if you don’t have an account yet).

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Automate ERP Cloud Batch Uploads using Oracle MFT and Integration Cloud Service

In this blog, we will use Oracle Managed File Transfer (MFT) and Integration Cloud Service (ICS) to automate batch uploads into Oracle ERP Cloud. We will perform this upload with invoices, a typical use-case for organisations that work with numerous vendors and would like their vendors to bulk invoice them through say an SFTP file drop.

Steps are as follows:

  1. Drop the file into an SFTP folder that is managed by MFT
  2. MFT picks it up and uploads it into ERP Cloud’s WebCenter Content file repository
  3. MFT calls ICS to trigger a multi-step orchestration to load ERP Cloud
  4. Using the ICS ERP Cloud adapter, the ICS orchestration first loads the file into staging tables and import the invoice into final tables

Folks who have read my previous blog, Using MFT Cloud Service to Automate HCM Batch Uploads – Part 1 will notice how similar this is to HCM Data Loading, except that we use ICS to orchestrate a few post-load steps.

That is because HCM and ERP Cloud (also SCM and SalesCloud) are all Oracle Fusion Applications, modules built on the same platform. Some of you may even be on “Global Shared Instances”, essentially running both your HCM and ERP SaaSes in the same instance.

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Oracle Developer Days, Partner Technical Forum – Melbourne

Join us at this 2 day Partner Technical Forum (PTF) being held on Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th May 2017 in our Melbourne office at Level 5, 417 St Kilda Road.

On the 1st day, hear about the latest updates on Oracle Cloud IAAS and PAAS Strategy & Portfolio.

Oracle Cloud Platform Practitioners sharing latest Cloud Announcements & Roadmaps for areas such as:

  •     Application Container, Oracle Container & Developer Cloud Services
  •     Integration Capabilities, PAAS for SAAS
  •     App Builder, Process & Mobile Cloud Services
  •     APIs, Devops & Microservices
  •     Identity Management

If you choose to attend the 2nd day, join the “Hands-On” experience with a number of the above Cloud Services.

For those attending Day 1 and/or Day 2, you are also invited to the PTF Dinner following Day 1, on Tuesday 9th May at the Royce Hotel.

For further details visit the registration page:   http://bit.ly/PTF-melb

Learning How to Write Cloud Native Apps

Throughout my development experience, I feel that I have had several major bursts-of-learning, due to problems which have made me re-evaluate how I approach architecting and developing a solution. I feel these ultimately make me better as a programmer, or at the very least, more versatile. I am sure some of these bouts of learning and understanding are near universal, experienced by most developers, such as understanding parallelisation, but others are somewhat more specialised, such as when I first started writing games, where having to take 60+ snapshots of a continuously evolving environment every second completely changed how I thought about performance and accuracy. Developing Cloud-Native applications (and indeed micro-service based applications, which share very similar principles) feels as though it is one of these moments in my development experience, and I feel it might be interesting to reflect upon that learning process.

I see the problem statement for Cloud-Native applications as something akin to: ‘you have no idea how many instances of your application will be running, you have no idea where they will be in relation to one another and you have no idea which one will be hit for any particular call’. That is a lot of unknowns to account for in your code, and forces you to think very carefully about how you architect and develop your applications.

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Teaching How to Use Alexa to Take Off your Drone using NodeJS

Recently I was in Auckland, New Zealand running an Integration in Action workshop and I used Alexa to trigger some of my APIs, including some NodeJS APIs that I built to take off a drone. Some people found this interesting and asked me to write this blog to explain in detail how it works… So, here it is, I hope you find it useful.

There are multiple ways in which you can make Alexa to call your own APIs. Perhaps the most versatile way is by adding a new skill (see: blog 1, 2). However I found an even easier way to do so, and in order to achieve the MVP approach I have been attempting to practice in my day-to-day life, I took this simpler option, which is simulating a Phillips Hue HA bridge. By doing  so, Alexa detects a new Home Automation (HA) device in “her” network range and accepts voice commands to easily “turn it on” or “turn it off” which you can then leverage to call your own APIs.

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First Experience Using SOACS – Integration Analytics

The Integration Analytics Service Type (Insight) includes Real-Time Integration Business Insight and Business Activity Monitoring. Insight allows a user to easily define business milestones, map data from existing Oracle SOA and Service Bus projects. Insight also provides an OOTB Dashboard to surface milestone status as well as providing a capability for a user to build a custom dashboard. It also exposes an Event REST API which allows a developer to POST a JSON payload to the API in order to update the Milestone Dashboard.

In my previous blog on Integration Analytics I walked through the steps required to provision the Integration Analytics Cloud Service. In this blog I want to show how easy it is to invoke the service using the exposed REST API, and create milestones that are visible in the Out of the Box Dashboard. My manager is always telling me to take an MVP ( Minimum Viable Product) approach to things I am learning so I am deliberately attempting to be as (smart) lazy as possible. If there is an existing capability that helps me to rapidly reach my end goa, then I plan to use it. Bottom line, with Integration Analytics there is a lot more I could mention but I am focussed on just getting a REST call to work against the service that I just provisioned.
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Getting Your VMs into the Oracle Cloud with Ravello

We were looking into some of the VM images that we have. Some of them were very useful but we were wanting to host them in the cloud for the upcoming workshops.

Ravello is a cloud service that allow you to import and manage your VMs or stacks of VMs on public cloud. The interesting part of this is that the service can use our cloud infrastructure or a third party cloud. Ravello manages the costs but also adds simple capability to manage your VMs better.

Here’s a quick guide to putting VMs (I did a VirtualBox image but it can be any type) in the Oracle Cloud with Ravello.

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