Archive for April, 2011

Got an old version of ALUI, but no license keys?

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

This is (very) old news, but I saw the question come up recently so I figured I’d share again.

If you’re currently running an old version of BEA AquaLogic User Interaction (ALUI 6.1 or 6.5), and are moving servers, setting up a dev environment, or otherwise find yourself with License Keys that longer working due to IP address restrictions, Oracle has been kind enough to publish unlimited licenses keys for the entire ALUI stack.

Of course, this doesn’t mean the product is now free – you’re still required to pay for licensing and maintenance if you want to upgrade – but if you’re compliant with the licensing you’ve got, this is the easy way to get things working again.

Bug Blog 11: Analytics doesn’t export Document Details

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

We’ve discussed WCI Analytics many times in these posts, and have covered quite a few bugs and patches. This post has all of that drama; so join me! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll buy the book.

Every now and then, products in the WebCenter Interaction stack have a bug. And occasionally, Oracle releases a fix for said bug, and things are right with the universe again. But, once in a blue moon, that patch disappears when then the next version of the product is introduced. Such is the case with the “WebCenter Analytics Documents Report Export May Return Different Report [ID 783591.1]” issue.  The patch addresses this problem:

If you choose to “Export User Detail” for the “Other Metrics” section, “Documents” tab report, the results from a different report will be exported.

Or, more succinctly: if you export the User Detail report in Analytics for Collab Documents, it will not actually include document details.  The feature worked in the Aqualogic days, so what’s the deal now?  Well, the story is that you used to be able to export that report properly, then it was broken in ALI Analytics 2.5.  Oracle released a hotfix in 2.5 to repair the issue last year, and their release notes for the patch say to install patch 8198674, or upgrade to Analytics 10.3.

Problem is: the patch that worked for Analytics 2.5 isn’t applicable to 10.3, and 10.3 doesn’t include the patch.

Solution?  I’ll spare you the details of this pretty complicated trick, but at a high level, you need to:

  1. Download this fixed version of BaseCollabServerDataProvider.class, add it to analytics-webui.jar, and put that back into analytics.war.
  2. Add this line to the ptanalytics\10.3.0\settings\config\wrapper.conf file:

  3. Reinstall the service (see the patch release notes)

As shown in this source code diff, this class just defines the original “dimensions” in Analytics that include the document details:

This will cause your “export user details” report to change from this:

… to this:

Release notes for the patch after the break…

Cool Tools 16: JD-GUI Java Decompiler

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

There was a spirited discussion in the comments for our .NET decompiler post (hey, 2 comments is close to the record for this blog!), and this is long overdue, but in the past year, I’ve become a fanatic user of Emmanuel Dupuy’s JD-GUI Java Decompiler.  It’s free, it works, and it has the ability to decompile entire Java .jar files at once, saving all the source in a folder structure that matches the original source/package names.

The package export capability is excellent when you’d like to see what has changed between portal releases; you just decompile the WCI code before and after, and use Beyond Compare to highlight the differences between builds.

JD-GUI has been my tool of choice for many posts on this blog, and if you’re into getting down and dirty with your WebCenter Interaction Java code, I highly recommend this bad boy:

JD-GUI is a free download here, but I suggest throwing these guys a couple bucks for the donationware.  C’mon, 20 bucks, anyone?  (before you ask, yes, I contributed to the cause..)