October 23, 2008

Oracle Client/ODAC on Vista x64 Mostly Working… Finally

Filed under: Oracle — Tags: — Darrin Maidlow @ 11:25 pm

So, finally I got fed up with working from a 32 bit XP virtual machine and spent a little more time on this issue.  I’ve managed to get my Vista Ultimate a la x64 mostly working.  Where I went wrong (aside from trying to figure this out in the middle of the night in a shitty mood because I had spent so much time head banging with a wall) was using the 64 bit client. 

The correct path to Oracle happiness in my case was the 11g client.  It works great with my 10.2 server.  The important bit in was to use the 32 bit install rather than the 64 bit install.  One of my primary tools for accessing Oracle is 9.x.  Quest Software states that Toad for Oracle 9.6 is the first version to really support the 11g client.  However, it does NOT support the x64 client.

So the last time I tried to solve this, after a long day, and a fun night of head banging with a wall – when I tried the 11g client, I used x64 cbuild – and saw that Toad wouldn’t work, I threw a little hissyfit and went to bed.  Long story short, installing both the 32bit and seems to have done the trick.  Now – there is one important little piece o’ information that you will need to know.  Though I have not confirmed this, I suspect that x64 applications will not be able to use the driver. 

That said, from a development point of view you will need to set IIS to run at 32 bit.  On IIS 5.x/6.x this is a server wide setting from a dos window:

   1: cscript %SYSTEMDRIVE%\inetpub\adminscripts\adsutil.vbs SET W3SVC/AppPools/Enable32bitAppOnWin64 1
   2: %SYSTEMROOT%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_regiis.exe -i


If you’re running Vista or Server 2008 with IIS7, you have things a little better.  You can configure each application pool to run as 32 or 64 bit.  For winform development, change the compile properties of the project to set the target platform to be x86.

I’m really glad that’s over…but I still want a proper x64 ODAC.  Come on Oracle .. =)

Update February 2009 – I have made a happy ending post on .  Got Oracle client working in both .  Check it out.

October 22, 2008

Mapguide Enterprise 2009 Update 1 (For Windows)

Filed under: Mapguide — Tags: — Darrin Maidlow @ 12:09 pm

Yay.  Autodesk today released an update for both the Mapguide Enterprise Web Tier, Server and Studio.  This release should catch Enterprise up a little more closely to the Open Source edition.  A PDF with containing some of the changes can be found   Some of these updates are pretty critical (ie. the FireFox 3 takes out your Mapguide server).  Looks like many performances updates have made it in also.

Thanks Autodesk! =)

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October 11, 2008

Announcing the RADE Spatial Indexer

Filed under: Oracle — Tags: — Darrin Maidlow @ 3:06 pm

ORA-13226: Interface not supported without a spatial index.

I hate this error.  Someone would give me a new Oracle dump file.  I’d try to view the spatial data and boom – ORA-13226.  If I was lucky, there was only a couple of tables in it.  Chances are, there were hundreds of tables in it.  Sometimes I’d need to add the reference to the USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view, sometimes I wouldn’t.   Sometimes the index would already exist and just need to be rebuilt.

Regardless of the scenario, it would often involve a lot of SQL – or messing around to try and remember the SQL.  Every time this would pop up I would think to myself, “I really should write an app…”.  Well I finally did.

So, here is my announcement.  The RADE Spatial Indexer is just about ready for beta.  Initially this app does three things.

  • It will list tables and views with geometry columns that are not part of the USER_SDO_GEOM_META data view and help you add them.
  • It will list spatial tables without indexes and help you create them.
  • It will list spatial tables with indexes and help you re-index them.

No more exporting queries to text files and using a macro to edit them to build your SQL for rebuilding those indexes.  I’ve tried to add some nice friendly helpers, such as a button that will suggest the spatial metadata settings for a table based on the existing meta data records.  The ability to mass create or rebuild indexes is also been a fantastic helper.

I’m recruiting brave individuals for a small closed beta program that will begin in about two weeks.  If you are interested in being a tester please e-mail indexer (at) landorIS.com and let me know.  Remember, this is a beta – so I really do not suggest you run this on a production, or important server.  That said, I have been using it in various states on my own ‘production’ development Oracle server.

As an incentive for helping me out.  If you submit feedback (be it a bug report or feature request) – I will set you up with a free license once we release 1.0.  I know you’re hooked and want to sign up.  I know it.  Just in case you need a little more, here is a few screen caps..

Look at how easy it could be to define metadata.  Click the suggest button and it will iterate through the metadata settings for other spatial tables in the schema.  Once you have one row defined, use the sync button to set all rows to the same values.  Click process and its done.


Within seconds, have hundreds of spatial indexes being re-created…Creating new indexes is almost as easy.


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