Thursday Feb 05, 2015

OpenWorld 2014: Next up, Coherence Strategy & Roadmap

Oracle Coherence 12c leads the market with its in-memory data grid. Entries can be reliably processed in place, queried, and aggregated. Coherence scales applications to support growth, offloads and protects shared services in addition to delivering information in real time. Coherence is part of the Cloud Application Foundation along with WebLogic Server and Tuxedo.

Coherence has introduced a range of new features to help customers deliver next generation applications that scale to handle mobile, social, and "internet of things" demands. HotCache makes database updates available in real-time to applications. It detects and reflects database changes in cache in real time while leveraging existing technologies i.e. GoldenGate and TopLink Grid in order to broaden the applicability and usability of Coherence. Meanwhile, Managed Coherence Servers quickens time-to-market and simplifies operations. These servers combine WebLogic and Coherence infrastructure while introducing the Grid Archive (GAR).

This session reviews these features and takes a look at our most recent features and coming roadmap. Coherence provides new options for integration, including support for JCache (JSR-107), and new monitoring capabilities. We will also look at exciting innovative features like Recoverable Caching, Federated Caching, Multitenancy, and support for the Oracle Cloud. For other CAF sessions at OpenWorld you may want to review, visit

WebLogic and Arquillian: A Bare-Bones Example

The Arquillian project is getting quite popular for testing code and applications, and it's no wonder. Its sweet spot is testing Java EE applications inside the container. Steve Button on our Product Management team recently
published a blog we wanted to highlight that shows how to get started using Arquillian with WebLogic.

As Steve notes:
Arquillian uses the concept of container adapters to allow it to execute test code with a specific test environment. For the Java EE area, most of the Java EE implementations have an adapter than can be used to perform the deployment of the archive under test and to execute and report on the results of the unit tests.

He then provides some resources for you, and guides you to a GitHub repository to get up and running in a bare-bones fashion.

Read the entire blog here.

Thanks, Steve!

Executing Tests using NetBeans

Sunday Feb 01, 2015

Updated Developer Zip Distribution for WebLogic Server 12.1.3

In continued support of the WebLogic Server development community we're pleased to announce the recent publishing of an updated WebLogic Server 12.1.3 Developer Zip distribution.

The WebLogic Server 12.1.3 Developer Zip - Update 1 contains the same set of bug fixes from the WebLogic Server Patch Set Update (PSU) available from Oracle Support.  This developer zip update provides developers with access to the same set of bug fixes for use in their development environments, maintaining a high level of quality and security of the WebLogic Server installation they are working with.  It also provides equivalence across environments where the developer zip distribution is commonly for development and  test/uat/production environments use the generic installer with patch set updates applied.

The set of fixes included in this update is listed in the readme embedded within the zip and also online @

Friday Jan 30, 2015

Exciting News: Prime Content from OpenWorld 2014… Highlighting WebLogic Strategy and Roadmap

This one is for those of you who haven’t developed that app [iphone or otherwise] which defies the laws of physics and lets us be at two sessions at once at OpenWorld. The good folks at Oracle University recorded many OpenWorld sessions and some of the most prominent Cloud Application Foundation sessions are now available here. I wanted to kick it off with the WebLogic Server Strategy and Roadmap session hosted by Will Lyons, Head of WebLogic Product Management. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your weekend watching the show!

Will talks about how to leverage WebLogic today and in the future, sharing WebLogic’s current features as well as illustrating the product’s future capabilities in the impending 2015 release of WebLogic 12.1.3. Oracle is investing in several strategic areas for WebLogic and Java Cloud Service (JCS) to ensure complete flexibility for our customers with their cloud and on-premises applications. The investment areas include improved performance, scalability, and availability for applications deployed on WebLogic and JCS, cloud-level management to simplify provisioning of WebLogic environments, multitenancy, ease of deployment flexibility, improved developer environment, and more.

Recap WebLogic 12.1.3 — Easier Development, Cloud Scale Management, and the Java Cloud Service

In the most recent WebLogic version 12.1.3, released in July 2014, new features include improved Oracle Fusion Middleware product support, mobile client application development features, and performance and availability innovations from the beginning of the development lifecycle.

For instance, the OTN Free Developer license makes WebLogic easier to get started and free for development on developer desktops, and includes refined language to broaden applicability and usage. With traditional Oracle licensing, developers could develop on their desktop for free but once applications were put in production, licensing fees would apply on the desktop where applications were developed. Now, the entire development lifecycle is free. Developer zip updates also update zip distributions with Patch Set updates for automatic bug fixes and common developer issues.

Other improvements include high availability and performance via simplified disaster recovery with 3x better output due to transactional updates without TLOG transaction writes, and Exalogic optimizations such as JMS replicated stores. Improvements in cloud scale management also see dynamic clusters that eliminate the need to create clustered configuration and managed server configurations to those clusters (ie machines, listen ports, etc.), allowing for enhanced JMS support and maximum scaling. In doing this, there is seamless upgrade, application compatibility, and interoperability with previous WebLogic versions, as well as flexibility and choice for development and runtime. Developers can now take advantage of all the latest Java SE technology, such as JDK 8 improved memory management features.

Perhaps one of the most exciting developments in WebLogic 12.1.3 is the release of Oracle Java Cloud Service, which allows customers to deploy full-featured WebLogic instances anywhere with full ability to move applications on-premise to the cloud and vice versa. Java Cloud Service includes a self-service provisioning interface which makes it easier to provision clusters and domains. There is also an option of exposing the entire surface area of the WebLogic server to do whatever you need to replicate on-premise environments to the Oracle cloud and vice-versa, with full compatibility.

WebLogic 12.2.1 Roadmap — What is Coming?

WebLogic 12.2.1, to be released in 2015, will see even further advancements including multitenancy, built-in elasticity, a REST-based management infrastructure, disaster recovery improvements, Java EE 7 support, and more seamless Exalogic integration. A truly differentiating factor is WebLogic’s multitenancy capabilities - in other words, its ability to run applications supporting multiple tenants within the same server cluster, domain, or instance.

A brand new innovation in WebLogic is a new configuration construct called a partition, which represents a ‘slice’ of a domain that can span all the servers running in your domain. Each partition can be dedicated to tenants, providing appropriate levels of end-to-end isolation of resources among partitions so you can deploy resources individually though they share a domain. Examples include memory and CPU isolation at the JVM level, or separate work managers. This concept is highly significant as it dramatically decreases density of deployments on WebLogic server, and allows customers to get far better utilization of their infrastructure. It is also a great use for consolidation--ie departmental applications that maintain isolation between multiple applications but want the same domain.

This multitenancy provides strategic end-to-end value that is completely unique to Oracle, as it will be implemented not just at the application server level but will be integrated into the entire Cloud Application Foundation stack. Elastic clusters in WebLogic 12.2.1 will also define configurable rules for cluster scaling that will help customers define actions like scaling a cluster up or down, scheduling defined by workloads or time of day, or driving other configuration changes.

Finally, there are also improvements to the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 12c, on which WebLogic Server is supported and optimized for. In 2015, Exalogic will allow for capabilities to build private clouds that run on the same IaaS and PaaS provisioning technology in Java Cloud Service, as well as similar interfaces.

Well, I really cant cover 45 minutes worth of content in one blog, although I tried. So go ahead and take a listen at Will’s sessions that is hosted at Next week, we will highlight the Coherence Roadmap and Strategy session for the in-memory data grid buffs amongst you.

Friday Jan 23, 2015

Cloud Online Forum Coming January 28

Cloud. It's a big term but it doesn't have to be so, well, cloudy.

Many WebLogic (and broader Oracle users) are finding that their cloud strategy is being enabled by specific, industry-leading advances in Oracle's PaaS offerings.

Prove it! (you say) Show me! (you demand)

Then today is your lucky day! Well, January 28th is, anyway. We're hosting a Cloud Online Forum with a strong agenda to explore how you can rapidly build, deploy, manage, and secure rich applications and enable business collaboration and innovation using an integrated cloud platform - all built on the industry’s #1 Database and Application Server.

And this isn't some fluffy marketing event where we do nothing but talk about how great Oracle is and expect you to believe us without hesitation. We're being joined by IDC (the research and analyst firm) and some key guests, including 7-11's Greg Haertling, their Chief Enterprise Architect and Sr. Director of Software Development. They'll help you understand the Oracle PaaS offering from an industry perspective, as well as give an customer view of adoption and implimentation.

The event covers database and middleware platforms in the cloud, so grab your favorite DBA, developer, executive, Ops or middleware guru and join us by registering now!

January 28, 2015 | 10am PST/1pm EST
Modern Business. Modern Cloud.
Is Your PaaS Delivering the Agility Your Users Demand?

The Middleware General Session begins at 11:30AM PST. 7 Eleven's, Greg Haertling, Chief Enterprise Architect and Sr. Director of Software Development will you how 7 Eleven "Accelerated their Digital Transformation with Oracle's Platform as a Service." He will be joined by Oracle’s Siddhartha Agarwal, Vice President, Product Management and Strategy.

They will discuss how Platform as a Service is driving efficiencies for development, operations and LOB, including highly scalable and cost efficient development & testing in the cloud, delivery of enterprise class cloud & mobile apps, rapid integration of cloud & on-premise investments, and seamless workload portability between on-premises & cloud.

Afterward, you can watch these additional Middleware Sessions in the following tracks:

Application Developer Track: Build, Test, Extend Cloud Applications
  • Java App Performance at the Speed of Cloud: Hot Tips for Successful Cloud Development
  • Jazz Up Your SaaS with Oracle PaaS Solutions
  • Mobile Development in the Cloud

Middleware IT Operations Track: Integrate, Secure, Manage your Cloud
  • Simplify SaaS and On-premises Integration
  • Extend Your Identity Management Services to the Cloud
  • Top Tips for Managing Your Application PaaS

Business User Track: Connect, Collaborate & Analyze in the Cloud
  • Next-Gen Enterprise Content Management in the Cloud
  • Rapid Business Process Automation in the Cloud
  • Unlocking the Power of Business Analytics in Oracle Cloud

There will also be a Database General Session and Database Cloud Platform sessions that you can attend. Join us!

Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

Learn More about the Oracle Maven Repository

[ Update - Feb 10 2015 ]

Add links to blogs on Oracle Maven Repository

Continuing on a Maven related theme, I just discovered a useful new page on the Oracle Community site that provides a list of information and tips for using the Oracle Maven Repository.

Check it out:

I've also been having a look over the hands-on lab that Mark Nelson is creating for the upcoming Virtual Technology Summit where he walks through setting up and using the Oracle Maven Repository to build, deploy and test an application using Maven.  Might be a bit of fun too having a look at the Robot testing framework as part of it.

Monday Jan 12, 2015

WebLogic Server and the Oracle Maven Repository

The Oracle Maven Repository has just gone live and is now available for public access. 

This really is excellent news and provides developers with free and easy access (registration required) to APIs, libraries and utilities they regularly use to build applications with WebLogic Server. 

From a WebLogic Server perspective, the Oracle Maven Repository provides publicly accessible, online, on-demand access to the full set of Maven product artifacts that have been provided in the 12c (12.1.2, 12.1.3) releases. This includes the WebLogic Server APIs, the client libraries and the WebLogic Server Maven Plugin.  It also includes the similar set of Coherence artifacts that ship within the WebLogic Server product distributions as well as other artifacts from the Oracle Fusion Middleware stack. 

To access the Oracle Maven Repository, there are two fundamental requirements to be aware of:

1. You must be using Maven 3.2.5 or later.  This contains the version of the component (Wagon 2.8) that has been enhanced to support access to artifacts that are protected by HTTP authentication schemes.

2. You must be registered with OTN and have accepted the agreement to access and use the Oracle Maven Repository.  This can be done with either a new or an existing OTN user account by accessing the site and clicking the registration link.  

Once registered, you then just need to configure your local Maven environment with the details of the Oracle Maven Repository, including information that relates to the authentication model specifying your OTN username and password.  Thorough documentation is provided and linked to from the main Oracle Maven Repository page.

The Maven provided password-encryption feature can be used to securely encrypt the password for convenient storage in a configuration file so that is not stored in human readable form and can be presented automatically when requested as part of accessing the Oracle Maven Repository. 

Once the repository is configured, developers can include dependencies on WebLogic Server artifacts in their projects and have them automatically retrieved from the Oracle Maven Repository as needed when the projects are being built or tests are being run from a Continuous Integration environment. 

The Oracle Maven Repository provides a significant step up for developer ease-of-use and productivity when working with WebLogic Server.

Thursday Jan 08, 2015

Can you put a dollar value on saving lives?

Did you know that dirty water kills about 5000 children per day? This according to The Guardian, a Pulitzer prize winning British newspaper. That's almost 2 million children per year! And this is not counting people who fall sick from ingesting dirty water and the lack of productivity for parents and children who invest [waste?] a fair part of their day in search of clean water. Heartbreaking! This is why Safe Water Kenya was born and Don Arnold, a veteran of the plumbing industry, took it upon himself to leverage his expertize and correct this situation.

Although Don started with Kenya, Safe Water has plans to expand to Ghana, Uganda and greater part of Africa. Once Oracle and mFrontiers joined hands with Don, we encouraged him to expand to Asia, where, inspite of all the progress and countries being super powers and what not, a vast majority of the people still dont have access to clean water.

Come and listen to this heart warming story of how Safe Water leveraged a Mobile app built on enterprise software technology, like WebLogic and the Oracle Database, to provide clean water to Kenyans and to provide accountability to its donors with complete and immediate transparency.

Thursday Dec 18, 2014

Chinese Automaker [FAW Car] Rolls out Financial Reports 15x Faster, Simplifies IT with WebLogic, Exalogic

FAW Car Company, Ltd.
Changchun, China
Automotive Industry

FAW Group Corporation, was China’s first listed share-holding company in the domestic car manufacturing industry, developing, manufacturing, and selling passenger cars and accessories. In its first 15 years of operation, it built and sold over 1.4 million vehicles, expanding annual production for the period by 12x—from 20,000 vehicles to 240,000 vehicles—and growing sales revenue six-fold. FAW Car’s main product lines include Hongqi, Besturn, Oley, and Mazda, and it plans to launch additional products in the future.

By consolidating 20 legacy microcomputers and multiple PC servers onto Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud (running on Oracle WebLogic Server), FAW Car gained a high-performing, reliable, flexible, and scalable cloud-based platform for its business-critical ERP applications. These applications had previously run on an in-house soultion.
By utilizing Oracle Exalogic and WebLogic, they are now able to reduce their total cost of ownership and provide financial reports up to 15x faster than their previous solution.

" FAW Car completed the deployment for Oracle Exalogic and Oracle WebLogic Server in just three-and-a-half days and went live with the new cloud-based platform in less than a week. "

Learn more on the official announcement in English or Chinese.

BancSabadell consolidates seven databases to one, develops high-performance, scalable, three-layer architecture with WebLogic

“We never seriously considered a solution from any other vendor. Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Suite enable us to deploy applications more quickly and efficiently, making us more productive in managing our assets and our clients’,” said Xavier Llorente, director of department of development, BancSabadell d’Andorra.

Founded 15 years ago, BancSabadell d’Andorra is the youngest and fastest-growing bank in Andorra. Read in detail how they consolidated and simplified their infrastructure, reducing their IT costs, at the same time improving performance and availability.

Thursday Dec 04, 2014

CACI Bv Netherlands Goes Mobile with Oracle WebLogic Server

CACI Bv Netherlands has been focused on the higher education market for 20 years. CEO, Gert Simons, shares how Oracle WebLogic Server in conjunction with other Oracle products like the Oracle Database, Oracle ADF and JDeveloper, has helped rapidly deliver mobile services to its customers and support social networking for students with Facebook and Twitter integration. Click on the following to learn more.

TUI Travel: 200% More Revenue with WebLogic and Coherence

TUI Travel is a leading provider of travel solutions, operating in 110 countries. They were faced with a challenge of scaling their solutions and providing data in real time to customers. Here's Facundo Rua, Head of Technology, on how WebLogic and Coherence 12c drastically increased their response times and revenue.

Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

An all-Java mobile app for Safe Water Kenya

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than two million people--95 percent of whom are children--die from the consequences of a variety of water-borne illnesses every year. The Safe Water Team is a Michigan nonprofit committed to connecting organizations concerned with the growing dangers surrounding safe drinking water and sanitation issues around the world.

Safe Water Kenya (SWK) is required by its funding sources to document every Hydraid biosand filter installed (including homes, schools and health clinics) by completing a detailed survey form. Traditionally, this would be done using a clipboard and printed forms, a separate camera and a GPS device. This procedure is not only cumbersome to manage in the field, but requires double entry when the records are then transcribed into a computer when the installation team returns to the distribution office each day. This process is not only time-consuming, but also carries the risk of keystroke errors.

Solution Provided

Through the mobile application developed by mFrontiers [an Oracle partner], running on Oracle WebLogic Server and using the Oracle Database, SWK is now able to complete installation forms in a one-step procedure using a digital tablet. The Survey App allows the survey interviewer to answer all the questions onto this device offline, and using the same device, embed the photo, GPS coordinates and signature directly into the form. The saved survey forms that are collected into the Survey App each day are then uploaded to the server once the installation team returns to the office of the distribution center. Since there is no manual transcription of form data into a computer, the uploaded data is exactly as it was recorded in the field. This rapid reporting capability is a distinct advantage to SWK management in the U.S., and improves accountability to entities that are providing financial support to the organization.

For further details, read this Snapshot.

Find out more about Safe Water Kenya and Oracle partner mFrontiers.

Tuesday Nov 18, 2014

Seamless IT Management and Visibility for IDEXX Laboratories

IDEXX Laboratories implemented Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle WebLogic Server to gain visibility into its technology environment. With the insight provided, IDEXX has been able to identify the root cause of issues in its key systems significantly faster, enabling the company to redeploy resources to projects that enhance user experience and further company growth.

“Oracle Enterprise Manager is providing us with an end-to-end tool for our entire Oracle environment, providing valuable insight into all layers of our Java-based applications running on Oracle WebLogic Server,” said Tracy Graff, senior manager, IT, IDEXX Laboratories. “Since implementing Oracle Enterprise Manager, we have been able to streamline troubleshooting efforts and identify the root cause in minutes or hours instead of days, saving us a significant amount of time.”

Read the press release for further details. 

Friday Nov 14, 2014

But what about portability and migration?


Providing traditional RASP [Reliability, Availability, Scalability, and Performance] support is necessary but not enough for cloud success. According to about 80 percent of survey respondents, achieving unified, standards-based interoperability among public and private clouds—as well as traditional datacenters—is critical. This includes the ability to use the same standards and code base to deploy applications on either public or private clouds without the cost and delay of rewriting or retesting those applications.


With all the enthusiasm around public and private clouds, respondents are fully aware of areas of caution about migrating both applications and data to the cloud. The most important, cited by 78 percent for private cloud users and 76 percent for public cloud users, is migrating high-performance applications—or those with stringent security requirements—to either type of cloud. Other concerns include both public and private cloud not being able to support mission-critical applications, legal and regulatory requirements, security and isolation from other customers, vendor viability, vendor lock-in, integration cost and delays, and lack of reliable usage metrics.

For more insights into what the market and experts are considering on this topic, please read the ComputerWorld Survey Report.


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