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.

ArchBeat Twitter Tuesday - Top 10 Tweets - January 21-27, 2014

Top clicks among my picks...

The Top 10 tweets from @OTNArchBeat for the last seven days.

  1. Your #SOA Governance Homework for the Week >> Interview with @Luisw19, article by @manuelrosa et al
    Jan 22, 2014 at 01:18 PM
  2. RT @javanetbuzz: Featured On #JavaNet: @robilad: Food For Tests: JDK 7u60 Build b03 & JDK 8 Build b124
    Jan 23, 2014 at 10:12 AM
  3. The OTNArchBeat Daily is out! Stories via @TanelPoder @jonmead @oracle_em
    Jan 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM
  4. RT @CameronLackpour: 4th post on #orclepm Shared Services, Planning #StupidTrick #SQL query -- bringing it all together
    Jan 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM
  5. Oracle #SOA Human Workflow Metadata Test2Production Migration | Venugopal Mangipudi
    Jan 23, 2014 at 08:53 AM
  6. R U comfortable with the idea that effective IT architects have to be effective salespeople?
    Jan 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM
  7. Podcast: Finding a Shorter Path to #SOA - Parts 1,2,3 w/ @lonnekedikmans @simon_haslam @rluttikhuizen
    Jan 23, 2014 at 07:53 AM
  8. RT @martindsouza: That’s one good looking Board! #odtug
    Jan 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM
  9. Did you forget your #WebLogic Server password? No problem! | Mohammad Esad-Djou
    Jan 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM
  10. Working with OSTS in an architecture involving #WebLogic and #OSB | Ronaldo Fernandes
    Jan 22, 2014 at 09:49 AM

Thought for the Day

"Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition."

Arthur Rubinstein, classical pianist
(January 28, 1887 – December 20, 1982)

Source: brainyquote.com

Monday Jan 27, 2014

The Architect as Salesperson

In an interview with InfoQ's Amr Elssamadisy, education consultant and Culture Engine founder Steve Peha offers this comment about the failure of a large software development project he headed:

We were so focused on tools and practice and process and methods, that we forgot about the people, we forgot about the culture.

Peha goes on to explain that the project's stakeholders were quick to assume that nothing could be done to overcome the cultural issues that threatened the project's success. Those attitudes were the catalyst that drove Peha to shift his professional focus from software development to organizational culture and the multiple agreements between project stakeholders that are the foundation of the success of any project, software or otherwise.

And in that there's an obvious lesson for software architects. The success of software architecture at any level relies on cooperation and collaboration across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. The architect's ability to nurture agreement between stakeholders is essential. Like it or not that means that effective architects share characteristics one finds in successful salespeople.

Does that comparison make you feel just a bit uncomfortable? That's something you'll have to confront. A wealth of technical skill will only get you so far as an architect if you lack the powers of communication and persuasion necessary to get stakeholders to see things from the proper perspective and work together toward shared goals.

You'll find the complete InfoQ interview with Steve Peha here: Steve Peha on Agreements-Based Culture.

Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for November 19, 2013

Thought for the Day

"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."

James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States
(November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881)

Source: brainyquote.com

Thursday Sep 05, 2013

Thanks, Listeners! OTN ArchBeat Podcast is #1!

The OTN ArchBeat Podcast has been around since March of 2009, featuring conversations with members of the OTN architect community. Since that launch the podcast has produced 229 individual programs. While the podcast has generally fared well among the 25 Oracle podcasts, over the last year or so the audience has built to the point that in August 2013 the podcast hit a new and remarkable milestone. I'm very happy to announce that for the month of August the OTN ArchBeat Podcast was the most downloaded of all Oracle podcasts. Here are the top 10 Oracle podcasts for August, based on the aggregate number of downloads.

  1. OTN ArchBeat Podcast
  2. Oracle Database PodCasts
  3. Oracle's AppCasts
  4. Oracle Fusion Middleware Podcasts
  5. Oracle Magazine Podcast
  6. Oracle Technology Network TechCasts
  7. Oracle Author Podcasts
  8. Oracle Sun Servers and Storage Podcasts
  9. Meet The MySQL Experts

The OTN ArchBeat Podcast would not be possible without the cooperation, insight, and expertise of a small army of panelists who have participated in the conversations over the past four years. Panels for the various discussions almost always include members of the Oracle ACE program, along with subject matter experts from within Oracle, and the occasional outside expert. Compiling a complete list of all the panelists would take more time than I have, but their participation has driven the conversations, and those conversations have driven the success of the podcast. For that I am enormously grateful.

But of course all that effort and expertise would go to waste if no one was listening. So I am especially grateful for the people who download the programs. Thanks for listening. I hope you will continue to do so.

Friday Jul 12, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for July 12, 2013

Thought for the Day

"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way."

Henry David Thoreau
(July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)

Source: brainyquote.com

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