Glad to announce that MCAST shall be hosting the PingFin 8 workshop at Malta from 13-16th March 2017 at the MITA Innovation Hub, Smart City, Kalkara. This will be an e-Payments International Workshop where participants will implement a solution in Oracle PL/SQL to handle SEPA payments.

We would like to thank the organising university Odisee University, Brussels, for having the pleasure to have us as their partner for the third year running and for sending their students to us.

Thanks also go to our sponsors e-Skills Malta Foundation and MITA Innovation Hub.

PingFin 7 Links:



ERD Guide

My previous work on ERD Guide using Barker’s notation proved to be very popular. After years of using this notation I have moved on to the Information Engineering Notation still using Oracle Data Modeler and have thus updated the notes pack. Hope you find it useful and feel free to use for educational use. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, which can be done either via email or on LinkedIn.



M.Sc. Studies

Glad to announce that I have successfully graduated with top grades at De Montfort University, Leicester in M.Sc. Business Intelligent Systems and Data Mining for which I have won the Best Student and Best Project awards. My research has also been published in an IEEE conference, DOI: 10.1109/ICCE-Berlin.2016.7684753

I would like to thank my mentor Dr. Samad Ahmadi, my family and most of all my wife for their support.



Oracle MySQL 5.6.21 Community Server Guide

I have updated the installation guide for the Oracle MySQL 5.6.21 Community Server since a number of issues were encountered and the previous guide was no longer valid.


To view the guide click on the following link: Oracle MySQL 5.6.21 Community Server Guide.

MySQL Community Server 5.6.21 Faults

Oracle have updated their installer for the MySQL Community Server to 5.6.21 and a number of faults are occurring during installation. To install a previous version refer to the following link:

Simple MySQL 5.6.20 installation guide

For educational use only, I have prepared an installation guide of MySQL 5.6.20 Community Server tested on Windows XP (32-Bit), Windows 7 (32-Bit), Windows 8 (64-Bit), Ubuntu 14.04 (64-Bit) and Mac OS 10.9.4 (64.bit)

Click on the following link for the MySQL 10.6.20 Installation Guide.

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.