Milco Numan

Las Vegas, or Tinseltown in the Desert

Sin City

This weekend I have returned from visiting my first AWS re:Invent. This seventh edition was (as always) held in Las Vegas – aka Sin City as it caters for the many vices people may pursue. Needless to say I have been a good boy and only indulged into drinking a few beers …

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Viva Las Vegas!

Inleiding

Na meerdere keren Oracle Open World te hebben bezocht, ben ik sinds een aantal jaren steeds meer geïnteresseerd geraakt in de Cloud-technologie. Niet primair SaaS-oplossingen waarbij een software-pakket op een cloud-omgeving draait, maar vooral in PaaS-oplossingen waarbij ontwikkel-platformen en applicatiecomponenten beschikbaar worden ‘bevrijd’ uit het knellende en gedateerde korset van de bedrijfsdatacentra en worden afgenomen uit het cloud-nirvana. En waar kun je je dan beter in verdiepen dan in de oplossingen van de marktleider op het gebied van infrastructuur- (IaaS) en platformoplossen (PaaS) in de cloud, Amazon Web Services?

Milco NumanViva Las Vegas!
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Guys don’t want to commit

Last week I hosted a “Bits & Bites” session on Serverless for my colleagues and some guests. These sessions are centered around some new technology, concepts or functionality (the “Bits” part) that one of us has encountered in his daily work and wants to spread the word. These events are great fun as you get to meet with your colleagues who frequently are working some other project and have dinner together (the “Bites” part) – these kinds of extras make the work fun!

As always, I had prepared way too much material for the hands-on exercises. To the positive side, nobody can claim that they finished early and had to keep themselves busy.

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Introduction to Node.js

Introduction

Recently, I organised a “Bits & Bites” session, introducing my colleagues to Node.js, Express and MongoDB. At SynTouch, we regularly have knowledge sharing sessions and workshops. Usually they are held late afternoon at a central location and include dinner, hence the name “Bits & Bites”! The reason I have chosen this specific subject has to do both with past as well as current interests.

Milco NumanIntroduction to Node.js
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(Server)less is More!

Over the last years, I have become quite interested in cloud solutions. After completing the vendor-neutral Cloudschool.com’s Cloud Architect certification track, I decided it was time to dive into the real thing.

Although I come from an extensive Oracle background, until now I have not been really impressed with the Oracle Cloud solutions from my perspective as a developer. But when a colleague presented a talk at an internal company event about Amazon Web Services, I became quite attracted to the solution development possibilities on the AWS platform.

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Impressions of Oracle PaaS Summer Camp VII

At the end of summer, the yearly Oracle Summer Camp takes place. For the seventh time in succession, the venue was the Lagoas Park Hotel in Oeiras near Lisbon:

This event is offered exclusively to Oracle Partners and features 5 days of hands-on trainings on a range of tracks (although you can choose only one track):

  • Process Cloud Service & Application Builder Cloud Service
  • API Cloud Service & Integration Cloud Service
  • Cloud Application Development: OracleJET + Developer Cloud Service, Application Container Cloud Service, Oracle Stacks + Container Cloud Service, Wercker & Oracle Management Cloud Service
  • Chatbots
  • Enrich SaaS with PaaS (CX & ERP Cloud)
Milco NumanImpressions of Oracle PaaS Summer Camp VII
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My first experience with Oracle API Platform Cloud Service – part 2

In the second part of this two part blog post, I will describe the actual creation of the API definition in API Platform Cloud Service (shortened to APIPCS), the service callout to an external microservice (conveniently located in the Oracle Application Container Cloud Service) using a custom Groovy script policy and testing the flow created. The first part discussed the use case for which we used Oracle API Platform Cloud Service (shortened to APIPCS from now on) as an outbound API Gateway, offering lookup services and centralizing outbound access. This part also described a simple Node.js microservice we created to perform the translation of an internal identification into the API key required by the external API.

Milco NumanMy first experience with Oracle API Platform Cloud Service – part 2
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My first experience with Oracle API Platform Cloud Service – part 1

In the first part of this two part blog post, I will describe the use case for which we used Oracle API Platform Cloud Service (shortened to APIPCS from now on) as an outbound API Gateway, offering lookup services and centralizing outbound access. This part will also describe a simple Node.js microservice we deployed to Oracle’s Application Container Cloud Service to perform the translation of an internal identification into the API key required by the external API.

Milco NumanMy first experience with Oracle API Platform Cloud Service – part 1
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First steps in Cloud-based JS development

Some time ago, while working on a proof of concept using an Oracle API product, I got exposed to server-side JavaScript programming. Or more accurately, programming Web APIs using the Node.js platform and the Express Framework (possibly I will elaborate on this experience later, after this product has been publicly released).

Milco NumanFirst steps in Cloud-based JS development
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