Thursday Jan 23, 2014

Future-Proof Your Applications

Ever wonder why it makes sense to consolidate your application infrastructure on WebLogic?

The reasons are many. Firstly, WebLogic is Oracle’s strategic application server. Consolidating on the latest release provides better runtime capabilities and increased efficiency. WebLogic has one of the industry's best [if not the best] backward compatibility. Because thousands of customers have done it and they have been successful and in the process the kinks in the process have been ironed out......

Packed with customer success stories, this e-book provides insights, proof points, and best practices for you to drive the transition. Learn from many other WebLogic and Oracle iAS customers why it makes sense to consolidate on the latest WebLogic release, whether you are operating a traditional data center or transforming it to the cloud.

Register and download this ebook now!

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Drink Milk or Got a Pet? Watch what IDEXX Laboratories and Oracle do for you

IDEXX Laboratories is the global market leader in diagnostics and IT for animal health [with 50,000 veterinary practices worldwide], and water and milk quality. Watch this video where Brett Curtis, Senior System Administrator from IDEXX, discusses their business applications and laboratory information management systems. IDEXX uses Oracle WebLogic Server, SOA Suite, Coherence, Enterprise Manager and more. Enterprise Manager is used to manage their entire stack and has enabled IDEXX to achieve an astounding 90% reduction in time to find root cause of problems in their application infrastructure.

Friday Oct 11, 2013

Virtual Developer Day for WebLogic: November 5th

We're excited to announce an upcoming FREE virtual developer day focused on WebLogic (and Coherence).

This day, focused on developers, will guide you through tooling updates and best practices around creating applications with WebLogic and Coherence as target platforms. We'll also explore advances in how you can manage your build, deploy and ongoing management processes to streamline your application's life cycle. And of course, we'll conclude with some hands-on labs that ensure this isn't all a bunch of made-up stuff - get your hands dirty in the code!

November 5, 2013
9am PT/12pm ET
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We're offering two tracks for your attendance, though of course you're free to attend any session you wish. The first will be for pure developers with sessions around developing for WebLogic with HTML5, processing live events with Coherence, and looking at development tooling. The second is for developers who are involved in the building and management processes as part of the application life cycle. These sessions focus on using Maven for builds, using Chef and Puppet for configuration and more.

We look forward to seeing you there, and don't forget to invite a friend!

Thursday Oct 03, 2013

Avocent's VP of Engineering: Leveraging WebLogic & More for DCIM Offering

Just prior to OpenWorld I wrote about our customer Emerson's Avocent division, the cutting edge work they are doing with their DCIM offering, and Steve Blackwell's sessions at OOW [Read the blog here]. We got lucky and were able to catch Steve live at OpenWorld for an OTN interview in which he offers further details on their Trellis platform, how it leverages Oracle WebLogic Suite, Oracle Coherence, Oracle Complex Event Processing, Oracle Service Bus and other Oracle technologies to offer a state-of-the-art platform for their customers.

Thursday Mar 28, 2013

Hotelbeds Enhances its IT Infrastructure with Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence

Hotelbeds is an accommodation wholesaler that services over 50,000 hotels across 183 countries. When the organization realized their current IT infrastructure environment had become too complex and costly to manage and its middle-tier database cache could no longer scale to serve the company's busiest seasons, they underwent a rigorous evaluation process to find a solution that would better meet their business needs.

Hotelbeds analyzed the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Oracle WebLogic Server versus open source application servers in the market today, and decided to migrate their entire applications ecosystem to Oracle WebLogic Server.

By consolidating onto Oracle WebLogic Server, Hotelbeds was able to reduce operating costs and eliminate the risk of running their business critical applications on unsupported platforms.

Additionally, Hotelbeds opted to replace its existing open source caching systems MemCached and EHCache with Oracle Coherence to increase performance, scalability and ease-of-use. Upon consolidating on WebLogic and Coherence they have reduced maintenance costs by more than 165%.

Hotelbeds also uses a range of other Oracle technologies to support its infrastructure, including Oracle Database, Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle WebCenter Content, Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle JRockit Java Virtual Machine.

Check out the video, Hotelbeds Moves from Open Source: Consolidates on WebLogic, to hear Juan Di Dos, Director of IT for Hotelbeds, talk about the benefits of aggregating all their applications on a single platform.

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Thursday Jan 03, 2013

Turkcell's usage of WebLogic and Coherence across its Telecom. Environment

Turkcell is the leading mobile phone operator of Turkey, based in Istanbul. The company has over 35 million subscribers with over 53% marketshare. In this video, Mike Lehmann, Senior Director of Product Management at Oracle and Niyazi Fellahoglu, Senior Expert, Application & Web Server Administrator at Turkcell discuss how Turkcell is using Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence throughout the organization. Niyazi discusses their application architecture which is multi-tiered with load balancer, web tier, application tier, and business logic tier. The applications are of many types -- web based applications, messaging applications, SOA-based applications and more. With most of their applications running on WebLogic, Turkcell has a large deployment with around 550 machines, 400 domains, and 1600 instances of WebLogic Server, which has enabled high performance, scalability, stability, and ease of use across its environment. Turkcell has a robust backend infrastructure, processing 70 million messages per day. Niyazi discusses how the environment is on ‘auto pilot’J taking advantage WLST scripting. In addition, they are using Oracle Coherence for session management, server affinity, and uninterrupted performance. Turkcell is using Coherence for its classic use cases -- for offloading from backend into Coherence. Turkcell customers demand long lived (never ending) sessions. Offloading session management to Coherence enables this and makes customers happy. Another use case is to provide customers with uninterrupted service during new instance deployment or upgrade etc which again results in increased customer sat. Turkcell plans to use Enterprise manager 12c for consolidation planner and other capabilities like managing the Coherence clusters.

Sunday Dec 18, 2011

WebLogic Weekly for December 19th, 2011: 12c Q+A, Java EE 6 Compatible, MOXy and JAXB, TopLink Grid for JPA with Coherence, RichFaces and SCA on WLS 12c, GlassFish Deployment Support, New Administration Book, SSL for WLS

Q+A from WebLogic Server 12c Launch

During the various launch sessions that were held for 12c, the Product Management team were conducting a live Q+A session with the attendees in the accompanying chat rooms. A combined transcript with the questions and answers has now been collated and posted to OTN. If you have questions about 12c, or just want more details, then this is a must read!

http://blogs.oracle.com/cloudappfoundation/entry/oracle_weblogic_server_12c_launch

WebLogic Server 12c - Java EE 6 Full Profile Compatible Implementation

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is now proudly listed on the formal Java EE 6 Full Profile Compatible Implementations page.

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javaee/overview/compatibility-jsp-136984.html WebLogic Server 12c Certification Details

Deploying WebLogic SCA Applications to WebLogic Server 12c

Edwin Biemond uses WebLogic Server 12c and OEPE 12c to create and deploy a sample SCA component on the new product releases.

With the help of the Oracle Enterprise for Eclipse 12.1.1 ( OEPE ) we can build WebLogic SCA application and deploy it on WebLogic 12c. This allows you to write Java applications using POJOs and, through different protocols, expose components as SCA services and access other components via references.

http://biemond.blogspot.com/2011/12/weblogic-sca-with-weblogic-12c-and-oepe.html

Running RichFaces 4.1.0.Final on WebLogic Server 12c

Markus Eisele shows RichFaces 4.1.0 running on WebLogic Server 12c, using a snippet taken from the RichFaces showcase as the example. Markus comments on the change we've made in the 12c release in how we supply and use the JavaServer Faces API and default implementation.

Unlike with earlier version of WLS (compare my older post) JSF 2.x and JSTL 1.2 have been incorporated directly into the server's classpath. Applications deployed to WebLogic Server can seamlessly make use of JSF 2.x and JSTL 1.2 without requiring developers to deploy and reference separate shared libraries.

http://blog.eisele.net/2011/12/running-richfaces-410final-on-weblogic.html

EclipseLink MOXy is the JAXB Provider in WebLogic Server 12c

Blaise Doughan, Team lead for the TopLink / EclipseLink JAXB & SDO implementations here at Oracle discuss the EclipseLink MOXy JAXB implementation that is now the default JAXB provider in WebLogic Server 12. He shows an example of using MOXy to create a JAX-WS Web Service.

Since MOXy is the default JAXB provider we can leverage all of its mapping extensions. In this example we will use @XmlPath to do XPath based mapping.

http://blog.bdoughan.com/2011/12/eclipselink-moxy-is-jaxb-provider-in.html

WebLogic Server with TopLink Grid: Overview of using JPA with Coherence as L2 Cache

Jeff West from the Product Management team has produced a very enlightening series of screen cams where he discusses the outstanding TopLink Grid feature, it's design, how it works and how it can used with WebLogic Server. Want to scale out your JPA applications, check this screen cam set out!

"I have learned more about Coherence watching your 2 videos than reading twice all the manuals"
https://twitter.com/#!/jeffreyawest/status/147796459067150336



Scaling up from GlassFish to WebLogic Server

Markus Eisele has yet another blog posting, this time looking at the new feature that enables the easier deployment of GlassFish web applications to WebLogic Server (10.3.6.0 and 12.1.1.0) by reading and reusing configuration settings from the the glassfish-web.xml deployment descriptor.

http://blog.eisele.net/2011/12/scaling-up-to-weblogic-12c-server-from.html

New Book: WebLogic Administration Essentials

It's always great to see experts willing to share their (usually!) hard won knowledge with the community. Michel Schildmeijer has authored a new book for Packt Publishing, "Oracle Weblogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials". If you're looking to further, or renew your knowledge on using WebLogic Server, would be worth adding to your list of books to review.

Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials is a focused step-by-step tutorial that provides an overview of the important administrative tasks performed by WebLogic Server administrators.

http://www.packtpub.com/oracle-weblogic-server-11gr2-administration-essentials/book

New Book: WebLogic Administration Essentials

It's always great to see experts willing to share their (usually!) hard won knowledge with the community. Michel Schildmeijer has authored a new book for Packt Publishing, "Oracle Weblogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials". If you're looking to further, or renew your knowledge on using WebLogic Server, would be worth adding to your list of books to review.

Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials is a focused step-by-step tutorial that provides an overview of the important administrative tasks performed by WebLogic Server administrators.

http://www.packtpub.com/oracle-weblogic-server-11gr2-administration-essentials/book

Configuring SSL for Oracle Weblogic (and OFMW)

Jan van Zoggel summarizes the steps he uses to configure and enable a WebLogic Server domain to use SSL.

http://jvzoggel.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/configuring-ssl-for-oracle-weblogic-and-ofmw/

WebLogic Server 12c - Identifying Versions of Modules, Libraries, Frameworks

Yours truly offers up a quick blog showing the versions and locations of a small selection of the various modules, libraries and frameworks included in WebLogic Server 12c.

One approach to doing this is to use the wls-cat utility to search for a known class from the framework, module or open-source framework you are interested in looking at, and observing where the class is loaded from and the corresponding library version.

http://buttso.blogspot.com/2011/12/weblogic-server-12c-identifying.html
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