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Polyglot Developers: This Blog's for You

Bruno Borges
Principal Product Manager, Developer Engagement

If you build enterprise applications, then you've probably used some of our Oracle technologies at some point. Maybe it was VirtualBox, or relational databases like Oracle Database or MySQL, or perhaps WebLogic. Maybe it was one of our development tools like SQL Developer, APEX, or JDeveloper. And, a lot of you are still using Java, and running servers with Oracle Linux. Not to mention other tools that we've embraced like Enterprise Pack for Eclipse IDE, NetBeans (now becoming an Apache Foundation project), or even R language tools for Big Data and analytics. No matter what you've used, though, we know that you picked it for only one reason: it provided the right tool for the job.

And, we know that you use a lot of non-Oracle tools, from other companies and open source foundations and organizations, in the course of building applications. Developers use different programming languages like JavaScript, Python, Go, .NET, PHP and many others. They want to run their technologies of choice on their own servers, whether these are hosted on their own data centers or in the cloud. Point is, developers are always looking for information on how to put it all together: to code the things they're always envisioning.

Our new website focused on developers, which is re-launching this month, and this very blog, are the places to find that kind of information for connecting Oracle technologies as one part in the polyglot development world. This Developers Blog provides a window into what's new and important. An application needs a database, it needs integrations, it needs storage, it needs to be mobile. The resources needed for building these different aspects of modern cloud development have to be near each other and tied together cohesively. You'll find information to do that here at the Developers Blog.

This blog's content will draw on the work of other polyglot developers, including engineers from Oracle development teams, partners, and community developers who develop modern software. The community will cover more than Oracle technologies, because we understand that developers are (hopefully) the ultimate judges of what is best for them. If they're talking about databases, it's not just about relational databases—it's also NoSQL, Cassandra, or MongoDB. When they talk about information flow and messaging between microservices, they're talking about Kafka and Spark. If they're talking about in-memory data grids, it's not just Oracle Coherence, it's about Redis and others. And not to forget, there's the whole frenzy around Docker, Kubernetes, and the container revolution.

The cloud then becomes the tipping point that makes all these technologies—Oracle, non-Oracle, open source—more readily available to developers than ever. A developer can hear about a technology and go right to the cloud and try it on a server that's provisioned and ready to use. We want help them on that journey—with content from developers for developers.

The Oracle Developers Blog will carry articles, stories, interviews, tutorials, and demos, and it will deliver MOOCs from Oracle engineers and invited community champions on how their technologies help developers do something really cool and helpful.

And One Last Thing — Developer Conferences

We know developers also want to meet face to face, so Oracle is launching Oracle Code, a new 20-city series of one-day events, beginning March 1 in San Francisco and March 8 in Austin. We've always held developer conferences like JavaOne and Developer Days, and now there's Oracle Code for polyglot developers. The great thing about Oracle Code events is that they give developers themselves the stage, providing an opportunity to speak and share expertise on the technologies they know best—and then we collect that content and make it available to the broader community.

This blog and the Oracle Developer portal are unapologetically for developers. That won't appeal to everyone, but we know that developers want to have a different kind of conversation—directly—with the people who provide the software and tools they use. The Oracle development group—the entire team of engineers, product managers, and open source contributors behind this—is happy to have that conversation. Welcome to the Oracle Developers Blog.

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