June 26

As if a Wii owner / user is not yet tempted enough, regarding those cool games.

WiiWareFor instance, I was able to get one of those very rare shiny Wii Boards (for the Wii Fit game, amongst others) and the first thing I see after finally being able to setup my wireless connection with my Linksys WAG200G router: WiiWare!

WiiWare is software, fully compatible with the Wii, that you can download via the Wii Shopping channel. I had some 1000 points left so downloaded an old favorite (Block Breaker, The Luxe) of mine for 8 euro’s (I guess roundabout 10 US $). It is a little bit more fancier than the one I have on my Nokia mobile phone but just as fun.

Looking around on the main page, I see there is some very teasing stuff, already out there or scheduled for the near future (“LostWinds” looks very cool!).

Ouch, those temptations… đŸ˜‰

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June 26
June 25

Actually this is old stuff (2006), but it got lost in a comment section. I think this can still be useful to some and I also post this here for prosperity.

Somewhere in 2006 my colleague Lucas Jellema wrote a post on the AMIS Technology site about querying rss feeds from the database. My colleague Anton Scheffer and I commented on that article with our XMLDB functionality mindset. Later on in 2007 Lucas wrote another useful post called “Querying RSS feeds in SQL…“. Peter Wolf commented that he had also written a very nice blog post about using XMLDB functionality while Integrating Yahoo Pipes into APEX.

I think this is still useful stuff to a lot of us, although you should keep in mind that the table(xmlsequence(extract())) construct will be, in time, out lived by the XMLTABLE function. Also XMLTABLE supports XPath V2, the table(xmlsequence(extract())) doesn’t. The XMLTABLE function is available from Oracle database version 10.2.

Read MoreQuering RSS Feeds The XMLDB Way