Monday Dec 22, 2014

A Staggering Screen Experience: Top Ten 2 Minute Tech Tip Videos for 2014

I recorded the first 2 Minute Tech Tip video on August 29, 2014. Since then (as of this writing), 34 people have presented tech tips, and more are on the way. Some are recorded via Skype, so the Tipsters can stay in their pajamas. The rest are recorded in-person, using my trusty iPad2. All are edited and assembled using iMovie. I have great fun doing these videos, and I'm reasonably certain the people presenting the tips had fun, too (though for #3 I thought I might have to perform CPR on Oracle ACE Luis Weir, and Oracle ACE Director Rich Niemiec in #2 scared me a little).

So here, based on YouTube's analytics, are the Top 10 most popular 2 Minute Tech Tips for 2014. Big thanks to all of the Tipsters who participated, and congratulations to those who made this list.

  1. Vagrant, Puppet, Docker, and Packer | Lucas Jellema
    Published on Sep 10, 2014
  2. Oracle 12c New Features | Rich Niemiec
    Published on Oct 3, 2014
  3. Tools for SOA Governance and API Management | Luis Weir
    Published on Oct 6, 2014
  4. How to be a Database Security Superhero | Michelle Malcher
    Published on Oct 10, 2014
  5. PL/SQL Performance Tuning - Art or Science? | Michael Rosenblum
    Published on Oct 7, 2014
  6. Building a Responsive WebCenter Portal with ADF | JayJay Zheng
    Published on Aug 29, 2014
  7. Fast, Focused Essbase Data Extraction | Cameron Lackpour
    Published on Sep 17, 2014
  8. Application Security Essentials | Douwe Pieter van den Bos
    Published on Oct 10, 2014
  9. Just Say No to Spaghetti Code | Steven Feuerstein LinkedIn
    Published on Nov 13, 2014
  10. Managing Java Memory Use | John Davies LinkedIn
    Published on Sep 15, 2014

If you want to be a 2 Minute Tech Tipster, please contact me via Twitter: @OTNArchBeat

Friday Dec 19, 2014

Facebook Friday: Top 10 ArchBeat Posts for the week - Dec 12-18, 2014

Here it is, the final Facebook Friday Top 10 list for 2014 (I'm taking some time off over the holidays). In 2014 the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page picked up an additional 1,455 new fans, for a total of 6,217. Big thanks to all the fans who follow the page, and to the experts who create all the content that brings the fans to the page.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

  1. Oracle BPM 12c Gateways: Parallel Gateway | Antonis Antoniou
    Part 3 in Oracle ACE Associate Antonis Antoniou's 5-part series shows you how to you can use the parallel gateway in a process.
  2. How to implement a custom WCS flex filter | Noël Jaffré
    This A-Team Chronicles blog post includes links to a document by Noël Jaffré of OCS/EMEA "that describes very succinctly how to implement a custom flex filter class for use with WebCenter Sites flex assets."
  3. Top 10 Things You Should Know About BPM 11g/12c | Mark Foster et al
    Mark Foster collaborated with his A-Team colleagues Sushil Shukla, Siming Mu, John Featherly, and Pete Farkas to put together this list of things everyone should know when embarking on a BPM project.
  4. Top 5 OTN Business Intelligence Articles for 2014
    Why only the Top 5? Because these five Business Intelligence articles totally dominated the category. Congrats to authors Mark Rittman, Kevin McGinley, Christian Screen, Edelweiss Kammermann, and Yuli Vasiliev.
  5. Xmas Day 2014: IoT Devices Go Online | Hinkmond Wong
    Hinkmond Wong shares an interesting take on how Christmas Day 2014 might be a milestone in Internet history.
  6. Updated Coherence JVisualVM Plugin in Latest Coherence Patch | Tim Middleton
    As reported by Tim Middleton, Coherence 12.1.3.0.1, (Patch 18378184) includes updates to the Coherence JVisualVM Plugin, a couple of UI tweaks, and it addresses an issue when monitoring Coherence clusters in WebLogic Server environments.
  7. Podcast: Customizing the Oracle EBS User Experience
    APEX? Forms? OBI? Excel? Monty Latiolais heads up an expert panel that debates the relative merits of various solutions for customizing the Oracle EBS user experience.
  8. Free Tutorial Series: Monitoring of Mobile Applications | Oracle Learning Library
    This series of four short tutorials (5 mins each) describes the daily monitoring of mobile applications with the Applications Interface Services Server through Server Manager. Free from the Oracle Learning Library.
  9. BPM Workspace Login with libOVD and LDAP - Part 1: Configuration and Startup | Siming Mu
    This article by solution architect Siming Mu is the first of a series that will shed some light on the interactions between BPM Workspace, libOVD and LDAPs. Information in this post is obtained by analyzing a series of libOVD trace logs.
  10. Top 10 OTN Identity Mgmt and Security Articles for 2014
    Too much coffee keeping you up at night? Or is it the ever-present risk of hacker attacks, like the recent assault on Sony Pictures? Ease your mind with this list of 2014's Top 10 most popular OTN technical articles on identity management and security.

Monday Dec 15, 2014

Top 10 OTN Identity Mgmt and Security Articles for 2014.

Too much coffee keeping you up at night? Or is it something else?

Identity Management and Security are consistently hot topics across the OTN community. Given the frequency of news reports of hacker attacks like the recent assault on Sony Pictures, it's easy to understand why.

So, as part of my ongoing series of posts looking back on some of the OTN content that has attracted the most eyeballs in 2014, here's a list of the year's Top 10 Identity and Security articles. If you know any of the authors, take them out for an espresso.

  1. How To Configure Browser-based SSO with Kerberos/SPNEGO and Oracle WebLogic Server [May 2013]
    by Abhijit Patil
    Oracle WebLogic Server offers a complete solution for single sign-on with Microsoft clients using Kerberos.
  2. Working with Oracle Security Token Service in an Architecture Involving Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Service Bus [January 2014]
    by Ronaldo Fernandes
    Using Oracle Security Token Service to generate Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) tokens.
  3. Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2 Reconciliation Events Processing [April 2013]
    by Firdaus Fraz
    Available options and the associated limitations for reconciliation and the sequencing of reconciliation events in Oracle Identity Manager
  4. Diagnosing Intermittent Authentication Failures and User Lock-Outs in Oracle WebLogic [February 2014]
    by Shailesh K. Mishrah
    How login failures in WebLogic can be diagnosed with the help of available debug flags and log files.
  5. Flexible Manipulation of Session Timeout for Oracle Identity Manager Web Applications [January 2014]
    by Firdaus Fraz
    Session timeout configuration for Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2PS1 using an Oracle WebLogic deployment plan.
  6. Oracle Identity Manager UI Customizations [February 2014]
    by Gaurav Singh
    Tips, tricks, and technical insight into customizations for the Oracle Identity Manager user interface.
  7. Project Lockdown [August 2010]
    by Arup Nanda
    A phased approach to securing your database infrastructure.
  8. Multi-Factor Authentication in Oracle WebLogic [October 2013]
    by Shailesh K. Mishra
    Using multi-factor authentication to protect web applications deployed on Oracle WebLogic.
  9. Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2 Catalog: Domain Index Best Practices and FAQs [May 2014]
    by Lokesh Gupta
    Optimizations and best practices for domain-based indexing with the Access Request Catalog feature in Oracle Identity Management.
  10. Protecting IDPs from Malformed SAML Requests [July 2013]
    by Steffo Weber
    Using Oracle API Gateway as an XML firewall to protect Oracle Identity Federation from receiving malformed SAML requests

Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

Top 10 OTN ArchBeat Technical Videos (Oct 26, 2014 – Nov 24, 2014)

There's nothing wrong with using your screen time to watch, say, every episode of all four seasons of the Battlestar Gallactica reboot back-to-back. But as good as that series is, will it help you develop your technical skills? So why not take an occasional break to spend a few minutes with a video that might actually be good for your career? The list below represents the Top 10 most popular technical videos on the OTN ArchBeat YouTube channel for the past 30 days (Oct 26, 2014 – Nov 24, 2014).

  1. 2 Minute Tech Tip: How to be a Database Security Superhero | Michelle Malcher
    Published on Oct 10, 2014
  2. Oracle ADF Development in Eclipse | Shaun O'Brien
    Published on Jan 8, 2014
  3. 2 Minute Tech Tip: Application Security Essentials | Douwe Pieter van den Bos
    Published on Oct 10, 2014
  4. 2 Minute Tech Tip: PL/SQL Performance Tuning - Art or Science? | Michael Rosenblum
    Published on Oct 7, 2014
  5. Oracle ADF for Oracle Forms and PL/SQL Developers - Why it's the Right Choice | Grant Ronald
    Published on Jan 8, 2014
  6. 2 Minute Tech Tip: Just Say No to Spaghetti Code | Steven Feuerstein
    Published on Nov 13, 2014
  7. Improve Your Oracle ADF App Response Time by as Much as 70 Percent | Frank Houweling
    Published on Jan 8, 2014
  8. Top Ten Secrets of Successful Oracle Application Development Framework Projects | Sten Vesterli
    Published on Jan 8, 2014
  9. 2 Minute Tech Tip: Vagrant, Puppet, Docker, and Packer | Lucas Jellema
    Published on Sep 10, 2014
  10. Best Practices in Oracle ADF Development | Frank Nimphius
    Published on Jan 8, 2014

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Facebook Friday: Top 10 ArchBeat Posts for the week - Nov 14-20, 2014

What are you looking at? If you're one of the 5,949 people following the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page, the chances are good that over the last seven days (November 14-20, 2014) you were looking at one of these Top 10 most popular items.

  1. Getting Started with the A-Team Mobile Persistence Accelerator | Steven Davelaar
    The Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team Mobile Persistence Accelerator (AMPA) is a lightweight persistence and data synchronization framework that works on top of Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF). The latest version of AMPA is available as an Open Source Framework on GitHub. Get the details in this extensive post from A-Team solution architect Steven Davelaar.
  2. Mobile Tools for Java (MTJ) 2.0 plugin for Eclipse IDE released | Alexander Belokrylov
    The latest version of the Mobile Tools for Java TM (MTJ) 2.0 release (with significant contributions from Oracle engineers) makes the MTJ plugin IoT-ready by supporting the Java ME Embedded 8 platform. Click the link for more detail from blogger Alexander Belokrylov.
  3. Secure Oracle MAF applications with Oracle Mobile Security Suite | Kundan Vyas
    This article by Kundan Vyas illustrates how to containerize and secure the content of an Oracle Mobile Application Foundation app using Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS).
  4. Oracle Mobile Application Framework: Loading Images in a Background Process - Part I | Luc Bors
    Oracle ACE Luc Bors, author of the Oracle Mobile Application Framework Developer Guide, shows you how to load the images of a List in a background process, after the other content has been loaded.
  5. Oracle’s Architect Community Newsletter - November 2014 Edition
    The OTN Architect Community newsletter for November focuses on Identity Management and Security, and features a selection of technical articles and other resources to help you keep the bad guys out.
  6. Integrating Oracle Access Management Platform with Mobile Application Framework | Paul Toal
    The shift from desktop and laptop to mobile working is well underway. In this article Paul Toal shows you how to use your existing Oracle Identity and Access Management platform as the security layer within your mobile applications.
  7. Getting to know Docker: A Better Way to do Virtualization? | Mark Nelson, Edwin Biemond, Joel Nation
    Docker allows you to create reusable containers with applications in them. These can be distributed, will run on several platforms, and are much smaller than the equivalent virtual machine images. Learn more in this article from Mark Nelson, Edwin Biemond, and Joel Nation.
  8. Oracle's Mobile Leaders: Daniel Iversen and Ruben Garcia Mohedano
    "What we found was that a lot of companies are so caught up in complexities of developing mobile apps that they end up building point solutions that only create a fragmented and disconnected experience for their mobile audience," says Daniel Iversen in this interview with Chris Muir.
  9. Automated Policy Synchronization (APS) for OAM Clone Environment | Kiran Thakkar
    Automated Synchronization between Master and Clone OAM Environments is supported in Oracle Access Manager R2PS2. In this article, Kiran Thakkar walks you step-by-step through the configuration process.
  10. Designing Your Business for the Digital Economy | Jeanne Ross
    "Many enterprise architects are still trying to gain traction within their organizations, partly because the term architecture is not widely understood." Learn more in this summary of the 2014 Oracle Enterprise Architecture Summit presentation by Jeanne Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist at MIT Sloan.
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