A day in the life of an Oracle Applications Consultant


Saturday, August 06, 2005

Upgrade to ExpressionEngine v1.3.1 and Discussion Forum v1.1

I’ve just completed an upgrade to the latest version of ExpressionEngine. In addition to this upgrade, I’ve just installed the latest release of the Discussion Forum module.

According to the pMachine site:

ExpressionEngine 1.3.1 is primarily a maintenance release, providing fixes for bugs that have been reported recently, including a problem experienced by people running PHP 4.4.0.  EE 1.3.1 also has a number of small enhancements and minor code updates.

The latest release of the Discussion Forum, v1.1, enables you to submit forum posts along with weblog entries and content for your site, and associate forum posts with those entries.  In other words, you can have a “discuss this in the forums” link in your weblog/site entries. I really like this feature and I blogged about it here.

For a complete list of changes, please see the change log.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Oracle Applications forum coming to this blog soon

I read with excitement the other day that ExpressionEngine v1.3 is due to be released quite soon. One of the new modules they will be introducing provides the ability to run a forum. I’ve been toying with the idea of running a forum on this site as I’ve suspected for quite some time that they might introduce this module.

Certainly there are already a number of other forums out there right now which I discussed in a post entitled Oracle Applications and E-Business Suite Forum Listing. The key to a forum being successful would be to differentiate it from the others that are out there as well as build an audience that would use it.

The first way I would do this is keep the forum aligned with the content on this site i.e. it would be focused on Oracle Applications.

Secondly, I believe the forum would immediately be different to the others out there as the software running it is feature rich and would provide users with a lot of options. To get an idea of what I’m talking about go and visit the pmachine forums which are now being run using EE1.3. The forum has a lot of features which I think the readers of this blog would appreciate. For example, you can run a poll on a post that you’ve created as well as upload file attachments.

Lastly, the forum would enable members and readers of the blog to initiate conversations rather than relying on blog authors to do this.

I would be grateful to receive comments and feedback from readers on my decision to run a forum on this site. In addition to this, any ideas you have for the forum would be much appreciated.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Blogroll added to OracleAppsBlog using EE’s new Link List Module

I finally added a blogroll to the blog. I hadn’t added it before because I was going to add a separate links page but in the end came to the obvious conclusion that having a blogroll combined with links would be the best way to manage my links to blogs and traditional web sites.

Fortunately, at the time of compiling my blogroll a new ExpressionEngine link list module was developed that enables me to run my own blogroll as opposed to generating my blogroll using a third party service. You’ll find the blogroll in the left column towards the bottom of the main page. Immediately under the blogroll heading you will also find links to where I maintain my blogroll online with Bloglines, furl and This means you can copy my blogroll quite easily depending on which service your are using. In particular, bloglines allows OracleAppsBlog readers to generate an OPML file of the sites public subscriptions. The other nice thing about bloglines is that you can create folders to categorise the different types of blogs you subscribe to. Herewith the list of folders I’ve created for this blog: -

  • Blogging
  • Business and Corporate
  • Conferences and Events
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • ExpressionEngine
  • Financial
  • Oracle Feeds
  • Oracle Functional
  • Oracle Technical
  • Podcasting
  • Project Management
  • Social Networking and Folksonomy
  • Technology and Professional

The EE Link List module is still in beta so if you notice any problems please point them out. I will at a later stage add a separate listing of links comprised of all the links on this blog but can only do this once the EE Link List module has the ability to import my and furl link lists. Lastly, if you know of any good blogs that you think should be added to my blogroll then please add your comments to this post.

Examples of Other sites using the EE Link List module

There’s also a really good tutorial compiled by Lisa Jill at the EE wiki. Of course, your votes in the poll below would be appreciated.


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