Tuesday Apr 29, 2014

Video: "PL/SQL is all I know" - A conversation with Steven Feuerstein

Steven Feuerstein is an architect with Oracle's database tools team, the author of Oracle PL/SQL Programming, now in it's sixth edition from O'Reilly Media, and he's a keynote speaker at the Great Lakes Oracle Conference, May 12-14, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.

In this interview Steven talks about his keynote presentation, Coding Therapy for Software Developers aka How Does This Code Make You Feel?, why it's ok to say "I don't know," and how to avoid becoming eagle poop.

Click here for more information about the Great Lakes Oracle Conference.

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Friday Jan 31, 2014

ArchBeat Facebook Friday: Top 10 Shared Links - January 124-30, 2014

The Top 10 most popular updates from the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page from the last seven days.

  1. WildFly 8 vs. GlassFish 4: Which Application Server to Choose | Markus Eisele
    Oracle ACE Director Markus Eisele shares his insight and expertise in this comparison of two popular OSS application servers.
  2. The Question Lingers: Who Gets to Be an Architect?
    Does someone become an IT architect simply by the assignment of a title? Who decides? Who defines that role? Listen to this podcast from the OTN ArchBeat archive as four working IT architects debate those questions and more.
  3. Multi-Data Center Implemenation in Oracle Access Manager | Vinay Kalra
    Multi-Data Center (MDC) topology is now supported in Oracle Access Manager (OAM) 11g. Vinay Kalra's blog post discusses some of the features of MDC and provides detailed steps on cloning a secondary data center.
  4. WLST script for listing WebLogic Server memory usage | Peter Lorenzen
    Peter Lorenzen shares "a short script for listing Java heap usage for all WebLogic Servers in a domain."
  5. How-to: Create a Simple Hadoop Cluster with VirtualBox | Christian Javet
    Christian Javet's step-by-step tutorial shows you how to created a 4-node cluster using VirtualBox and Cloudera.
  6. Automated Regression Testing for OBIEE | Robin Moffatt
    In the second installment of his series Robin Moffatt explores automation approaches that "focus on regression testing the impact that changes to the RPD have on the data."
  7. Oracle Identity Management monitoring check-list | Daniel Gralewski
    Oracle A-Team solution architect Daniel Gralewski looks at various aspects of Oracle Identity Management and WebLogic monitoring.
  8. The Architect as Salesperson
    Like it or not, effective software architects share characteristics one finds in successful salespeople. Does that comparison make you feel just a bit uncomfortable?
  9. A short guide to networking in Virtual Box with Oracle Linux inside | Job Oprel
    Job Oprel shares an illustrated tutorial based on challenges and annoyances he encountered while setting up an environment with several Virtual Boxes on his laptop.
  10. AMStatistics - Adding Custom Statistics to ADF BC | Andrejus Baranovskis
    Check out this post by Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis for his description of a use case for the tracking activation timestamp for the ADF BC Application Module.

Thought for the Day

"In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent."

Norman Mailer, writer
(January 31, 1923 – November 10, 2007)

Source: brainyquote.com

Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

Video: The Independent Voice Behind OTech Magazine

Oracle ACE Douwe Pieter van den Bos is a SOA/Fusion Middleware specialist and an information architect at the Ministry of Justice and Security in the Netherlands. And as if that doesn't keep him busy enough he's also the founder and editor-in-chief of OTech Magazine, a free, independent online publication for Oracle professionals featuring technical articles written by Oracle community leaders and subject matter experts.

In this OTN ArchBeat video interview Douwe talks about the rationale behind OTech's creation, the magazine's editorial schedule, and how you can contribute articles.

Connect with Douwe: Twitter Blog LinkedIn Google+

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Tuesday Jan 28, 2014

The Question Lingers: Who Gets to Be an Architect?

Yesterday a post on this blog (see The Architect as Salesperson) was the catalyst for the following Twitter conversation:

That conversation with @ChadThompson echoed comments I've heard time and again over the last several years in conversations with architects and other IT professionals. In fact, the very issue Chad raises in the last tweet came up in a conversation that occurred in the spring of 2011 when a panel of working IT architects gathered for an OTN ArchBeat podcast to answer the question: Who Gets to Be an Architect?.

That discussion included the following architects:

  • Ron Batra Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director Profile
  • Bex Huff Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director Profile
  • Randy Stafford Blog LinkedIn
  • Eric Stephens Twitter Blog LinkedIn

While the discussion in the podcast series is two years old, the issues raised are no less valid today, a situation that is unlikely to change any time soon. If you're an architect, or aspire to be one, take a few minutes to listen to the podcast and then share your thoughts in the comments section.

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