So you want to tweet to Twitter from *WITHIN* Oracle 11g? Here’s how!

Lewis Cunningham Twitterhas once again given us a gem from the world of Oracle’s relational DBMS!  This time, he has written ORA_Tweet, an API to send/receive Tweets (microblog posts) from within Oracle 11g.  Major kudos to Lewis Cunningham for writing and releasing ORA Tweet to Sourceforge.net 🙂

Call the Twitter API from within an Oracle database. ORA_Tweet uses the UTL_HTTP API within Oracle to call the update_status API. It is written completely in PL/SQL.

So, my question is…  Will someone write a Flickr API for Sybase ASE?

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Been a long time / Installing vmware tools in Ubuntu 8.04.1 JEOS Server

I’m sorry folks, I got wrapped up in the ways of the physical world and then was sick the past few days.

Recently I tried installing vmware tools in a Ubuntu 8.04.1 JEOS Server virtual machine with no success.  After a bit of googling, I came across the Peter Cooper’s blog that outlined the procedure rather well for VMware Fusion, but it works for VMware Server and VMware Workstation just fine.  Essentially:

  • download Open VM Tools from Sourceforge
  • Mount VMware tools (Host -> VM -> Install VMware Tools), mount /dev/cdrom
  • Extract the vmware tools to /tmp
  • Extract and compile Open VM Tools (./configure)
  • Tar up the compiled open vm tools and copy to the vmware tools directory
  • Run vmware-install.pl

See Peter’s blog for step by step instructions.

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