Thursday, June 9, 2016

Seamless source "migration" from SOA Suite 12.1.3 to 12.2.1 using WLST and XSLT

When you migrate sources from SOA Suite 12.1.3 to SOA Suite 12.2.1, the only change I've seen JDeveloper do to the (SCA and Service Bus) code is updating versions in the pom.xml files from 12.1.3 to 12.2.1 (and some changes to jws and jpr files). Service Bus 12.2.1 has some build difficulties when using Maven. See Oracle Support: "OSB 12.2.1 Maven plugin error, 'Could not find artifact' (Doc ID 2100799.1)". Oracle suggests updating the pom.xml of the project, changing the packaging type from sbar to jar and removing the reference to the parent project. This however will not help you because the created jar file does not have the structure required of Service Bus resources to be imported. To deploy Service Bus with Maven I've used the 12.1.3 plugin to create the sbar and a custom WLST file to do the actual deployment of this sbar to a 12.2.1 environment. A similar solution is described here.

Updates to the pom files can easily be automated as part of a build pipeline. This allows you to develop 12.1.3 code and automate the migration to 12.2.1. This can be useful if you want to avoid keeping separate 12.1.3 and 12.2.1 versions of your sources during a gradual migration. You can do bug fixes on the 12.1.3 sources and compile/deploy to production (usually production is the last environment to be upgraded) and use the same pipeline to compile and deploy the same sources (using altered pom files) to a 12.2.1 environment.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Oracle Database 11g: Virtual database columns

Views in the Oracle database have several uses. You can use them to provide a view of data in different tables as a single object to query. You can use views to achieve a virtualization layer. Also views can be used to provide a user specific view of data. Implementing views however also have some challenges if you want to 'do it right'. You should consider grants to the table and the view. Maybe create synonyms. You should also consider what will happen if someone does access the underlying table since your data can now be queried from a different place (no single source of truth anymore). Do you want to have the view implement similar functionality as a table by providing an instead-of trigger when performing inserts on the view? Sometimes a view might seem too much for what you might want to accomplish. Suppose you want to add a single calculated field to a table. In this case there is a much easier solution than creating a view. A virtual column. The virtual column was introduced in Oracle Database 11g. In this blog post I'll give a simple minimal example of how you can use a virtual column and some things to mind when doing. Disclaimer: this code will not conform to many standards and is only meant as a minimal example.