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Longer-running functions, increased limits, improved logging, and log triggers for Oracle Functions by Sachin Pikle

Oracle Functions is a serverless platform that lets you create, run, and scale business logic without managing any infrastructure. Today, we’re pleased to announce some key enhancements to Functions to make it easy for you to use it in more use cases: · Longer-running functions, up to 5 minutes · Increased maximum number of functions and applications · Improved logging with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Logging · Log-triggered functions using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Service Connector Hub Longer-running functions, up to 5 minutes You can now run workloads that need up to 5 minutes of function run time. Previously, this time was limited to 2 minutes. This increase will help customers who need the extra processing time for use cases such as: · Fetching more data from databases, APIs, and third-party systems · Importing more data with extract, transform, load (ETL) functions · Running synthetic monitoring tests · Performing memory heap analysis · Processing batches of log data To use this feature, you can set the maximum function timeout value up to 300 seconds. We recommend that you use a timeout value as close to your actual need as possible. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Oracle Functions is a serverless platform that lets you create, run, and scale business logic without managing any infrastructure. Today, we’re pleased to announce some key enhancements to...

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Be Successful with Cloud Native by Sherwood Zern

I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of the unprecedented growth of developer services and tools that are now available for cloud application development. If I think back 5 years, I don’t think any of us would have imagined how quickly cloud application development has taken hold. This modern way of developing software is often referred to as cloud native. What is cloud-native? As one point of reference, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) defines it to mean using an open source software stack to be containerized, where each part of the app is packaged in its own container. These containers are dynamically orchestrated, so each part is actively scheduled and managed to optimize resource utilization. In addition, microservices-oriented development tools increase the overall agility and maintainability of applications. The benefits make tech media headlines every week, and it seems like a no-brainer, but some companies struggle with how to get started. One of the best options, if you’re unsure how to get started, is to be guided by those with experience in the cloud-native arena. Oracle is aware of these challenges and has developed a program to assist customers in this transition. The Developer Lighthouse Program (DLP) helps customers move off of ground zero and jumpstart their transition to cloud native application development. What is the DLP? The DLP provides technical advice and support for the organization’s development team. The program focuses on the developer team by providing them assistance with the move to cloud native. One of the main components to the DLP is a cloud developer day which provides expert assistance in the following areas for an application of your choice. Developer Cloud Day The developer cloud day is 6-hours of customized training. The 6-hours may be a one-day delivery, or it can be adjusted to meet the customer’s availability. Optimally, the delivery will not be more than 3 days of 2-hour instructions on each day. The topics offered are customized, cloud native topics that the customer chooses. These courses could be basic material such as Introduction to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), Introduction to Kubernetes, Introduction of containers and Docker or they can be more advanced topics. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of the unprecedented growth of developer services and tools that are now available for cloud application development. If I think back 5 years, I don’t think any...

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Developer Partner Community Newsletter June 2021

Dear Developer Partner Community, Thanks for the joint business in fiscal year 2021, June 1st starts the New Year for Oracle. Partners play a key role for Oracle integration and digital assistant. 8 of the top 10 Oracle Integration customers are implemented by partners. SaaS solutions like HCM, CX and ERP Cloud need to be integrated and customized. Attend the SaaS Innovation Webcast with Suhas Uliyar, Vice President Oracle Product Management, July 8th 2021. Want to increase the Oracle PaaS business? Create new service offerings and solutions for the Cloud? Attend the PaaS Overview Webcast July 6th 2021. Martijn Vlek, Vice President will present the latest PaaS sales plays, kits and how to get access to the Oracle Cloud platform. What are AI Chatbots and How Do They Work? Artificial intelligence chatbots are text- or voice-based interfaces that provide support and connect human users with the services or information they need by simulating a traditional person-to-person conversation. Thanks to the community for all the excellent chatbot & development tool articles: Learning Entity Event Handler Programming by Example of Building an Expense Report Skill & Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp: Testing Strategies & Building A Frequently Asked Question Skill Using A Programming By Convention Approach & Creating Multi - Select User Interfaces For Data Stored In Array Variables & Display Web View Forms in Oracle Web Messenger for Structured or Secret Data Entry & Introduction to JET Dynamic Components in Visual Builder. In the Application Development section Clay announced the ARM based Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offering. Helidon, a collection of Java libraries for writing microservices, supports now Vault and Neo4j. For a short summery of our monthly key information watch the PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The June edition highlights Connect & Innovate SaaS & Platform Launch Webcasts and the Hands-on Integration Bootcamps. In this month’s community webcast Shay Shmelzer will present an Oracle Visual Builder update and how partners can leverage the used by Oracle to develop the next generation of Oracle Cloud Apps to extend SaaS and build customer solutions. Please join the Partner Community Webcast June 29th 2021. On-demand webcast recordings are available at the Oracle Video Hub. To read the complete newsletter please visit https://bit.ly/DeveloperNewsJune2021 Please like and share the newsletter at LinkedIn and Twitter     Jürgen Kress PaaS Partner Adoption Oracle HQ E-Mail: juergen.kress@oracle.com   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Technorati Tags: WebLogic Community newsletter,newsletter,WebLogic,WebLogic Community,Oracle,OPN,Jürgen Kress, Developer Community, Developer Community newsletter

Dear Developer Partner Community, Thanks for the joint business in fiscal year 2021, June 1st starts the New Year for Oracle. Partners play a key role for Oracle integration and digital assistant. 8 of...

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Visual Builder Studio New Redwood Design (and more) by Shay Shmeltzer

If you are working with Visual Builder Studio you probably noticed a big change when you logged in today - the service has adopted Redwood - Oracle's new user experience design language. All the functionality that you've been using is still here - but looking much better and with improved usability. This is part of the November release of Oracle Visual Builder Studio which was rolled out across all the cloud regions. There are several other new features in this release - you can read about them in our documentation here. For those who are just now picking up Visual Builder Studio for the first time, a key new feature is the new Free Build VM. A free build VM is provisioned when a new Visual Builder Studio instance is created. This VM can be used to execute the CI/CD automation for Visual Applications. This provides a simpler on-boarding experience for organizations developing Visual Applications and Oracle Cloud Application Extensions. Simply spin up a VB Studio instance and you are ready to do the complete development cycle without further configuration of compute/storage on the Oracle infrastructure side. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

If you are working with Visual Builder Studio you probably noticed a big change when you logged in today - the service has adopted Redwood- Oracle's new user experience design language. All...

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Search Across Multiple Columns in a SelectSingle by Shay Shmeltzer

The new oj-selectSingle component is the recommended component for selection lists in Visual Builder starting with version 20.10. In past blog entries we showed you some of the advance features it offers such as advanced layouts and retrieving additional values beyond just the label. In this blog we show you one more capability - searching for a value across multiple columns in the list. To achieve this capability you'll need to populate your singleSelect using an Array Data Provider - this keeps the records fetched on the client, and enables you to search across the array of data. Array Data Provider has an attribute called textFilterAttributes that you can specify in its definition and will contain an array listing the fields that you want to allow searching on (make sure they are fetched when you populate the ADP). One tricky part, right now, is that we don't expose the textFilterAttributes attribute in the VB design time, so you need to switch into code view the page's json file, locate the variable definition, and update it directly there. You can see an example of this in the JET cookbook here, and the code I specifically used for the JSON file is: Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

The new oj-selectSingle component is the recommended component for selection lists in Visual Builder starting with version 20.10. In past blog entries we showed you some of the advance features...

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Adding Paging Control to Tables in Visual Builder by Shay Shmeltzer

Paging control was a common pattern for controlling the number of records shown on a page and for fetching another set of records. Today, with the richer functionality provided by browsers, you can get a better user experience with native scroll functionality and a "load more" approach. I blogged about it in a previous entry that shows how scrolling/fetching/pagination works in VB tables by default. This "load more on scroll" approach is what you see in your Twitter and Facebook feeds for example. Google's search page seems to be one of the last remaining sites to stick with the "next 10 records" approach. At Oracle our UI experts also instructed our Cloud Apps development teams to not use paging controls. But, if you insist on adding a pagination control to your tables, here is a quick demo showing how to achieve this.  Oracle JET has a pagination control that can be added to a table, see the example in their cookbook. The component relies on a PagingDataProviderView variable. This type is not one of the variable types that are "natively" available in VB, but you can easily create one in a JavaScript function and assign it to a variable of type Any. You simply pass to it an array of data and use the following code to create the variable. (Important note - make sure to use the correct field as the idAttribute for the record - something I forgot to do in the video - this is important for correctly returning the rowkey in record selection events). Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Paging control was a common pattern for controlling the number of records shown on a page and for fetching another set of records. Today, with the richer functionality provided by browsers, you...

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Oracle Visual Builder What’s New – Partner Community Webcast June 29th 2021

Learn how you can leverage the Visual Builder Platform - used by Oracle to develop the next generation of Oracle Cloud Apps – to develop your own solutions and to extend Oracle’s Apps too. In this session we’ll explain the new platform architecture, show a full development lifecycle demo, and discuss the new features added in the latest release. See the platform that Oracle relies on for our own business and learn how it can benefit your business.   Speaker: Shay Shmeltzer Schedule: June 29th 2021 10:00 – 11:00 CET (Berlin time) For details please visit the registration page here.     Take the opportunity to watch our community webcasts on-demand: · Accelerate your chatbot projects with Oracle Digital Assistant Templates · Cloud Native and Serverless SaaS Extensions · Innovate Service Cloud with Chatbots · Chatbot Design best practices for Conversational UX · Connect, Innovate, Extend SaaS KickOff Webcast 2020 · Cloud Platform KickOff Webcast 2020 · Innovate HCM with Chatbots · Extend SaaS with Visual Builder Cloud Service · Digital Assistant Update · Functions and Cloud Native · Blockchain · API Platform Cloud Service part 2 · 3rd Generation API Gateways part1 · Oracle JET · Oracle Visual Builder Cloud Service · Container Native Application Development Platform     Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Learn how you can leverage the Visual Builder Platform - used by Oracle to develop the next generation of Oracle Cloud Apps – to develop your own solutions and to extend Oracle’s Apps too. In this...

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Establish a Conversational Parent-Child Relationship Using Value List Entities in Oracle Digital Assistant by Frank Nimphius

Parent-child relationships are a common pattern in software development. The relationship usually describes a one-to-many dependency between two sets of data, one of which (the child) depends on the choice of the other (the parent). For example, a chatbot that handles expenses may prompt a user for providing the type of an expense, which could be accommodation, transportation, parking fees, office supplies and many others. Then, if a user selects transportation as the type of expense, the system may prompts with a dependent list of options, that may include flight, rental car, train, taxi, bus, others  as selectable values. This article explains how to define parent-child relationships in Oracle Digital Assistant using the System.CommonResponse component and a composite bag entity. It's one more article on the topic of model-driven conversations (see:  TechExchange: Model Driven Conversations in Oracle Digital Assistant – Build Better User Interfaces By Using Entities For Everything ) Example The example you can download for this article is a skill that shows car manufacturers and their dependent car types. As shown in the image below, a use could type a message like "show a list of cars" for the chatbot to display a list of manufacturers. When the use selects a manufacturer from the list, then the dependent list contains the available car types for this selection. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Parent-child relationships are a common pattern in software development. The relationship usually describes a one-to-many dependency between two sets of data, one of which (the child) depends on the...

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Using the RAW command in Apache FreeMarker Expressions As A Life Saver by Frank Nimphius

Often the unexpected is the best teacher. While participating in a team effort to build a digital assistant, one of my skills failed after adding a component developed by one of my peer developers. The error message was pretty clear and reported my standard error handler as the dialog flow state the error happens. Apparently, the user message my standard error handler passes to a custom component contained invalid characters. If you look at the error message, you can see that the last user message is actually a JSON payload, not a string. The JSON payload actually contained a lot of double quotes, which actually seems to confuse the BotML. Don't ask me how the JSON payload got in, but this also is what made it unexpected. On my journey to find a fix, I came a cross a specific Apache FreeMarker expression that does not try to understand the message it passes but treat it as a raw payload. The dialog flow state below shows the original dialog flow definition. As you see for the Last user message property, it accessed the last user input and passed it to the custom component. Read the complete article here.     Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Often the unexpected is the best teacher. While participating in a team effort to build a digital assistant, one of my skills failed after adding a component developed by one of my peer developers. The...

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Critical Success Factors for PeopleSoft Chatbot Deployments by Logesh Balasubramaniam

In a short time, Oracle has delivered several chatbots for PeopleSoft HCM and Finance applications that leverages the AI powered Oracle Digital Assistant (ODA) PaaS cloud. By subscribing to ODA service, PeopleSoft customers can easily deploy and extend these pre-built chatbots. In these early days of adoption, many customers are still evaluating the business value offered by chatbots for back office application like PeopleSoft, to justify their investment in ODA PaaS cloud. Chatbots offer an intuitive, conversational user experience compared to a traditional web UI. A well designed and integrated chatbot can offer rich user experience, high efficiency, and significantly lower customer support cost. In this article, I discuss the 3 aspects of chatbots that are critical success factors and when executed well, can provide a transformative deployment that offers business value and enriched user experience. Channels In chatbot lingo, “Channel” refers to “How” the chatbot is accessed by users. PeopleSoft delivered chatbots are accessed using a “Web Channel” from within the PeopleSoft application. This supports a straightforward scenario where users, instead of navigating to multiple pages, can get the information and perform the tasks from a single chat window.  However, this only barely scratches the surface of possibilities of deploying chatbots. Oracle Digital Assistant provides AI-powered voice recognition and native multilingual support across multiple channels that can far expand the reaches of PeopleSoft chatbots. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

In a short time, Oracle has delivered several chatbots for PeopleSoft HCM and Finance applications that leverages the AI powered Oracle Digital Assistant (ODA) PaaS cloud. By subscribing to ODA...

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Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp

The Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp series provides insights and good coding practices so anyone can create better bots. The focus is not on individual product features, but on the overall design: · Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp: Conversation Design Experience (CDX) Workshop · Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp: Conversational UX · Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp: Train Your Model · Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp: Integrating Frequently Asked Questions · Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp: Adaptive Bot Response Design (Building Bots For Multiple Channels) · Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp: Custom Component Service Design & Development · Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp: Model Driven Conversations Using Entities · Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp: Art of Navigation in Digital Assistants and Skills · Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp: Learn to love the System.CommonResponse component · Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp: Unleash The Power of OCI for ODA Part 1 - Custom Component Enterprise Deployment   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

The Oracle Digital Assistant Design Camp series provides insights and good coding practices so anyone can create better bots. The focus is not on individual product features, but on the overall...

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How Hermes had a (digital) helping hand making millions of deliveries by By Gemma Dunning

Throughout lockdown, deliveries were a lifeline to millions. From groceries and everyday supplies, to workout equipment and board games, we delivered it all. It’s been an honour to play a big role in keeping the country happy. From March to June, we handled around 2.5 million parcels a day – a volume that we only usually see during seasonal peaks at Black Friday and Christmas. And with these key calendar dates still to come, we don’t expect this level of business to stop any time soon – in fact, we’re predicting that we’ll deliver 3.5 million parcels a day during these periods. In just five months, we have experienced five years of growth. But the bigger picture has only served to remind us that to see success, we should focus on the little things. It’s the little things that make sure our big delivery machine can run day in, day out, even through these challenging times. A helping hand For us, every customer interaction is important. But with millions of deliveries a day, we need a helping hand. That is where Holly, our chatbot – and colleague – comes in. Holly has become an even more valuable member of the team during Covid. As deliveries surged – even our app reached 2.5 million downloads – having the right technology in place allowed us to remain open and communicating with customers as much as possible. Holly’s presence has meant millions of customers’ needs have been met in a relatively speedy and stress-free way –meaning less people put on hold, less pressure on customer support, and less frustration for everyone. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Throughout lockdown, deliveries were a lifeline to millions. From groceries and everyday supplies, to workout equipment and board games, we delivered it all. It’s been an honour to play a big role in...

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Additional new material Developer Community

Open Source Projects at Oracle Oracle contributes as a leader and as a worker bee to open source communities. Oracle is a supporting member of the Linux Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, and the Java Community Process. And Oracle employees contribute to efforts ranging from Java and Linux to Kubernetes and Fn in various GitHub organizations. This is a consolidated view of those efforts. Java 15 tips convenient list of essential Java 15 resources to help you get the most from the new and upgraded capabilities of Java, which was released a few weeks ago. The Arrival of Java 15 — Sharat Chander, Director, Java Platform Product Management, Oracle Sessions from Oracle Developer Live — Java and JDK 16 Early-Access Builds Cloud-agnostic serverless Java with the Fn project and GraalVM Anton Epple Introduction to Machine Learning and Neural Networks for Java Developers using Deep Netts framework Micronaut Launch support for GraalVM Native Image for Oracle Functions Oracle Labs | Micronaut Framework | Graeme Rocher Automate deployment to Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Oracle WebLogic Server for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Container Engine for Kubernetes Coherence JavaScript Client Workshop: Oracle WebLogic Server Kubernetes Operator   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Open Source Projects at Oracle Oracle contributes as a leader and as a worker bee to open source communities. Oracle is a supporting member of the Linux Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation,...

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What are solutions for running Oracle WebLogic Server on the Azure Kubernetes Service?

This page describes the solutions for running Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) on the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). These solutions are jointly developed and supported by Oracle and Microsoft. It's also possible to run WebLogic Server on Azure Virtual Machines. The solutions to do so are described in this Microsoft article. WebLogic Server is a leading Java application server running some of the most mission critical enterprise Java applications across the globe. WebLogic Server forms the middleware foundation for the Oracle software suite. Oracle and Microsoft are committed to empowering WebLogic Server customers with choice and flexibility to run workloads on Azure as a leading cloud platform. WLS on AKS certified and supported WebLogic Server is certified by Oracle and Microsoft to run well on AKS. The WebLogic Server on AKS solutions are aimed at making it as easy as possible to run your containerized and orchestrated Java EE applications on Docker and Kubernetes infrastructure. The solutions are focused on reliability, scalability, manageability, and enterprise support. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

This page describes the solutions for running Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) on the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). These solutions are jointly developed and supported by Oracle and Microsoft. It's also...

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OpenAPI Support in Oracle API Gateway by Lucas Jellema

Today I read the announcement of OpenAPI (fka Swagger) support in API Gateway on OCI. I was wondering what that entailed and I decided to try it out. In short, this support means that an API definition can be uploaded to API Gateway, is validated for correctness and can be shared among people accessing the OCI API Gateway definition on OCI. Furthermore, an API Deployment can be created from the imported OpenAPI definition, with routes (of type Stock Response) for the paths in OpenAPI definition. I will demonstrate this in this article. Robert Wunderlich in his announcement wrote: Faster prototyping: A stock response API can be automatically created for developers and their consumers to test the APIs ahead of the implementation. A developer can add policy configurations around the stock response for deeper prototyping. I have not seen this automated creation of the actual stock response content. I am not sure if that is what he means, but that certainly would be nice. The documentation on this specific feature is pretty limited. So let’s quickly get going, with the simplest of OpenAPI definitions: I copied and pasted the definition to a file called open-api-3-0-simple.yaml. Then I opened the OCI Console and went to the API Gateway menu entry. On this page I clicked on APIs and on Create API Resource. I typed the name simple-api and up0loaded the very simple API definition. Read the complete article here.     Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Today I read the announcement of OpenAPI (fka Swagger) support in API Gateway on OCI. I was wondering what that entailed and I decided to try it out. In short, this support means that an API...

Subscribing to Fusion Custom Business Events in OIC by Kishore Katta

We’re pleased to announce that API Gateway now supports the OpenAPI Specification! Overview OpenAPI is a description format for RESTful APIs that you can use to describe the capabilities and expectations of the API. An API description helps developers understand how to interact with the API. And for those who implement the API, the description is an agreed-upon understanding of the functionality. The API description helps teams implement APIs much faster and with confidence that the requirements are being met. There are numerous tools for designing APIs, including Oracle Apiary, Stoplight, SmartBear, and Postman, just to name a few. You can use whatever tool you want and add your API description into API Gateway for use throughout the API management lifecycle. Use case: Create an API deployment from the description The API deployment specification is the configuration of the API on the gateway. You can create the deployment directly by using the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console, CLI, SDK, API, or Terraform. However, much of the required information, such as paths and methods, are already defined in the API description. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

We’re pleased to announce that API Gateway now supports the OpenAPI Specification! Overview OpenAPI is a description format for RESTful APIs that you can use to describe the capabilities and...

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Helidon 2.1.0 by Dmitry Kornilov

I am proud to announce the Helidon 2.1.0 release. It’s a new minor release which introduces new features such as MicroProfile 3.3 support, new FaultTolerance implementation and @HelidonTest annotation, as well as bug fixes and performance improvements. The new version is available in Maven Central. See the full list of changes in the release notes. MicroProfile 3.3 Supporting Microprofile is one of main project Helidon priorities. In version 2.1.0 we bring full MicroProfile 3.3 support. MicroProfile 3.3 contains updated versions of the following specifications: Config 1.4 Fault Tolerance 2.1 Health 2.2 Metrics 2.3 Rest Client 1.4 It’s a minor release with no backwards incompatible changes. New FaultTolerance implementation In this release we also introduced a new Helidon SE Fault Tolerance feature. This not only provides Helidon SE users a fault tolerance implementation, but it also replaces Hystrix in Helidon’s MicroProfile Fault Tolerance implementation. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

I am proud to announce the Helidon 2.1.0 release. It’s a new minor release which introduces new features such as MicroProfile 3.3 support, new FaultTolerance implementation and @HelidonTest annotation...

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Developer Partner Community Newsletter May 2021

Dear Developer Partner Community, This month’s we focus on Oracle Digital Assistant: Get started with the free online training including introduction, hands-on training and best practices. Tune in our community webcast to understand how Oracle Digital Assistant templates can accelerate your project and watch the YouTube Partner Update for a short summery. With 1550 attendees the Chatbot introduction and hands-on workshop series with Oracle Digital Assistant was a huge success. Your feedback was excellent: • “Oracle is The Best always..” Supraja Velidi, Hitachi • “Have more trainings of this sort. Good platform to explore what's new.” Vaibhav Gupta, Infosys • “Excellent initiative by Oracle.” Ravichander Gambhiraopeta, Vigilant Thanks for taking the time to get started with Oracle Digital Assistant. You missed this opportunity? All training material, free cloud trial and the videos are available on-demand here! Special thanks to the trainer team: Ruben Rodrigues from Avanttic, Martin Jaris, Martijn de Grunt and Grant Ronald. Thanks to the community for all the excellent chatbot & development tool articles: Fast-Evolving Digital Assistants are Getting More Attention from Manufacturers & Good Listeners: Why conversational AI interfaces are now a must have & Oracle Helps Organizations Enhance the Employee Experience with Oracle Journeys & Digital Assistant for CX Partner Boot Camp on-demand & How to Debug Entity Event Handler in Oracle Digital Assistant & Accessing Remote Rest Services from Custom Event Handler & Simple Example Of How To Upload Files From Oracle Digital Assistant To Content Experience Cloud & How To Gracefully Handle Unwanted Attachments In A Bot Conversation Without Interrupting The Conversation & Automate Code Audit for Visual Builder During Merge Requests & Export And Import Entity Event Handler For Editing In External IDE Or For Installing Additional Node Modules. In the Application Development section Robert announced the SDK generation for APIs on OCI API Gateway. WebLogic the leading J2EE server and run polyglot apps with GraalVM. And Helidon can utilize WebLogic JMS for messaging. For a short summery of our monthly key information watch the PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The May edition highlights an on-demand training to become a chatbot expert and Artie a digital assistant. In this month’s community webcast Martin Jarvis and Martijn de Grunt will present hot to accelerate a chatbot project with Oracle Digital Assistant Templates. Please join the Partner Community Webcast May 18th 2021. On-demand webcast recordings are available at the Oracle Video Hub. Want to publish your best practice article & news in the next community newsletter? Please feel free to send it via Twitter @wlsCommunity #OracleDeveloperCommunity! To read the complete newsletter please visit https://bit.ly/DeveloperNewsMay2021 Please like and share the newsletter at LinkedIn and Twitter Jürgen Kress PaaS Partner Adoption Oracle HQ Tel. +49 89 1430 1479 E-Mail: juergen.kress@oracle.com Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Technorati Tags: WebLogic Community newsletter,newsletter,WebLogic,WebLogic Community,Oracle,OPN,Jürgen Kress, Developer Community, Developer Community newsletter

Dear Developer Partner Community, This month’s we focus on Oracle Digital Assistant: Get started with the free online training including introduction, hands-on training and best practices. Tune in our c...

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Longer-running functions, increased limits, improved logging, and log triggers for Oracle Functions by Sachin Pikle

Oracle Functions is a serverless platform that lets you create, run, and scale business logic without managing any infrastructure. Today, we’re pleased to announce some key enhancements to Functions to make it easy for you to use it in more use cases: Longer-running functions, up to 5 minutes Increased maximum number of functions and applications Improved logging with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Logging Log-triggered functions using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Service Connector Hub Longer-running functions, up to 5 minutes You can now run workloads that need up to 5 minutes of function run time. Previously, this time was limited to 2 minutes. This increase will help customers who need the extra processing time for use cases such as: Fetching more data from databases, APIs, and third-party systems Importing more data with extract, transform, load (ETL) functions Running synthetic monitoring tests Performing memory heap analysis Processing batches of log data To use this feature, you can set the maximum function timeout value up to 300 seconds. We recommend that you use a timeout value as close to your actual need as possible. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Oracle Functions is a serverless platform that lets you create, run, and scale business logic without managing any infrastructure. Today, we’re pleased to announce some key enhancements to...

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Use your Universal Credits with Oracle WebLogic Server for OKE by Adrian Padilla Duarte

Overview We’re excited to announce the availability of new consumption-based pricing options for Oracle WebLogic Server for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Container Engine for Kubernetes (Oracle WebLogic Server for OKE). See my earlier blog post describing Oracle WebLogic Server for OKE, and the functionality provided.  We have created new Oracle WebLogic Server for OKE listings in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace that enable you to quickly provision an Oracle WebLogic Server domain on Kubernetes, and to use preconfigured CI/CD pipelines to develop and deploy WebLogic Server applications using Oracle’s Universal Credits model (UCM). The listings we are announcing today are the following: Oracle WebLogic Server Enterprise Edition for OKE (UCM) Includes clustering for high availability, and Oracle Java SE Advanced (Java Mission Control and Java Flight Recorder) for diagnosing problems. Create a JRF-enabled domain if you want to build applications with Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF).   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Overview We’re excited to announce the availability of new consumption-based pricing options for Oracle WebLogic Server for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Container Engine for Kubernetes (Oracle WebLogic...

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Announcing The Visual Builder Cookbook by Shay Shmeltzer

The Visual Builder team is excited to announce the release of the new Visual Builder Cookbook - a key educational resource that will help you implement a variety of techniques with Visual Builder. The cookbook provides a collection of step-by-step recipes that teach you how to implement common usecases with Visual Builder. Not only do you get the instructions, you also get the full code for all the solutions - so you can further inspect and learn from it. The cookbook is provided as a Visual Builder application hosted at - https://vbcookbook.oracle.com. Furthermore, you can create your own copy of the application on your server. Simply create a new application and choose the "Oracle Visual Builder Cookbook" template for the app - this will install a complete copy of the cookbook in your environment. The app has everything you need to run the samples - including the backend business objects - and the code for all the samples is right there at your fingertips. Read the complete article here. Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

The Visual Builder team is excited to announce the release of the new Visual Builder Cookbook - a key educational resource that will help you implement a variety of techniques with Visual Builder. The...

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Accelerate your chatbot projects with Oracle Digital Assistant Templates – Partner Community Webcast May 18th 2021

Digital Assistant Templates provide you with a solid foundation on which to deliver awesome conversational experiences. · Fast track your first release · Solid foundation to extend more · Learn from best practice examples · Simple to tailor to your needs Management / ERP, Oracle TALEO, Oracle PeopleSoft, Oracle OBDX (Financial Services GBU), Oracle Field Service, Oracle EPM, CX Service, Frequently Asked Questions and IT Helpdesk. Join this webcast to learn more about the templates available and see live demos of them in action. Speakers: Martin Jarvis and Martijn de Grunt Schedule: May 18th 16:30 – 17:30 CET (Berlin time) For details please visit the registration page here. Take the opportunity to watch our community webcasts on-demand: · Identity Propagation call from Integration Cloud to Oracle SaaS Applications · Connect Opera with Oracle SaaS · Extreme Scalability and Enhanced Resilience for OIC · SOA Modernization · Cloud Native and Serverless SaaS Extensions · How Process Workflow can extend the role of Integration · Innovate Service Cloud with Chatbots · Integration Update & New Features · Chatbot Design best practices for Conversational UX · Connect, Innovate, Extend SaaS KickOff Webcast 2020 · Cloud Platform KickOff Webcast 2020 · Netsuite Integration · Integration Insight · Innovate HCM with Chatbots · ERP Integration with Application Adapters · HCM Integration with Application Adapters · Extend SaaS with Visual Builder Cloud Service · Integration Adapters · Integrate SaaS · Digital Assistant Update · SOA Cloud Service · PaaS Overview Webcast · Process Cloud Service Update · Integrate ERP Cloud · Integrate HCM Cloud · Functions and Cloud Native · Blockchain · API Platform Cloud Service part 2 · 3rd Generation API Gateways part1 · Oracle JET · Oracle Visual Builder Cloud Service · Container Native Application Development Platform   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Digital Assistant Templates provide you with a solid foundation on which to deliver awesome conversational experiences. · Fast track your first release · Solid foundation to extend more · Learn from best...

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New Oracle Cloud SCM Capabilities Help Organizations Address Today’s Biggest Supply Chain Challenges

To help organizations build resilient and agile supply chains that drive innovation and growth, Oracle today announced the latest updates to Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing (Oracle Cloud SCM). The updates help customers increase collaboration across supply networks, proactively manage supply chain assets, and implement long-term supply chain planning. “The last 12 months have stretched supply chains to the limit as organizations wrestle with the disruptions of COVID-19, shifting global trade agreements, rapidly changing customer expectations, and numerous other unforeseen circumstances,” said Rick Jewell, senior vice president, Oracle Applications development. “With the new capabilities within Oracle Cloud SCM, we are helping our customers navigate this complexity and build more adaptable businesses that can respond to today’s challenges and whatever comes next.” With Oracle Cloud SCM, organizations can identify new opportunities, rethink processes, and plan and execute across the entire business. The latest features and capabilities within Oracle Cloud SCM include: Oracle Logistics Digital Assistant: Provides on-the-go access to real-time supply chain information through a conversational interface that responds quickly, improves user satisfaction, and increases business efficiencies. In addition, users can now easily access order status and shipment tracking remotely without having to navigate through the Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) application or understand complicated data mappings. As a result, a supply chain manager can be informed of all in-transit orders and receive timely updates on shipments from anywhere, on any mobile device. Read the complete article here.     Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

To help organizations build resilient and agile supply chains that drive innovation and growth, Oracle today announced the latest updates to Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing (Oracle...

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Pros and Cons of Chatbots by John Rampton

Chatbots are becoming mainstream as both consumers and businesses become more accustomed to the idea of interacting with a machine. With growing acceptance and the focus on automation, customer experience, and enhanced communication, this may be the right time to consider incorporating a chatbot into both your business and marketing. Before jumping in and investing in this technology for your marketing strategy, it is important to understand both the pros and cons of chatbots. Pros of chatbots Let’s start with what makes chatbots so attractive and beneficial. As humans, we are good at improving when focused on a goal. We can become smarter, more productive, and increasingly efficient. To a certain point, we can also multitask. Scalable and consistent The problem is that we eventually hit a limit. A chatbot doesn’t. They can simultaneously handle every inquiry without hesitation–they are incredibly productive. So, the first advantage is helping a company handle a growing scale of customers and prospects without needing to add more staff. Doing so provides a consistent service experience that customers can rely on to be there when needed. Read the complete article here. Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Chatbots are becoming mainstream as both consumers and businesses become more accustomed to the idea of interacting with a machine. With growing acceptance and the focus on automation, customer...

Azure Virtual Machines for WebLogic Major Release Available by Reza Rahman

We are delighted to announce the availability of a major release for solutions to run Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) on Azure Linux Virtual Machines. The release is jointly developed with the WebLogic team as part of the broad-ranging partnership between Microsoft and Oracle. The partnership also covers joint support from Oracle/Microsoft and a range of Oracle software running on Azure.  Software available under the partnership includes Oracle WebLogic, Oracle Linux and Oracle Database as well as interoperability between Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and Azure. This major release covers various common use cases for WLS on Azure, such as base image, single working instance, clustering, load balancing via App Gateway, database connectivity and integration with Azure Active Directory. WLS is a key component in enabling enterprise Java workloads on Azure. Customers are encouraged to evaluate these solutions for full production usage and reach out to collaborate on migration cases. Use Cases and Roadmap The partnership between Oracle and Microsoft was announced in June of 2019. Under the partnership, we announced the initial release of the WLS on Azure Linux Virtual Machines solutions at Oracle OpenWorld 2019. The solutions facilitate easy lift-and-shift migration by automating boilerplate operations such as provisioning virtual networks/storage, installing Linux/Java resources, setting up WLS as well as configuring security with a network security group. The initial release supported a basic set of use cases such as single working instance and clustering. In addition, the release supported a limited set of WLS and Java versions. Read the complete article here. Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

We are delighted to announce the availability of a major release for solutions to run Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) on Azure Linux Virtual Machines. The release is jointly developed with the WebLogic...

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6 powerful reasons why Oracle Digital Assistant is a must-have by Emma Hitzke

The days of rudimentary chatbots are fading as organizations leverage more advanced digital assistants instead to drive efficiency and productivity, and improve the customer and employee experience. Chatbots are built with a single purpose and need users to start conversations, but digital assistants can initiate conversations, complete tasks, and use AI to better understand requests while making advanced predictions and recommendations. Recent work-from-home mandates have led organizations across industries to rethink how they operate, and many are experimenting with digital assistants to fill new needs. They’re deploying digital assistants to help remote employees with policy questions, health and safety concerns, and self-service requests. Government organizations also are using digital assistants to help constituents. The Hammersmith and Fulham Council, which serves a west London borough, has been in regular contact with nearly 9,000 residents during the pandemic lockdown. This AI-powered robot identifies hundreds of households in need of extra support by contacting residents every two weeks via mobile phones and landlines to ask if they need help with medication, food, or mental health. The promise of digital assistants is too great for organizations to ignore or dismiss. Here’s how using digital assistants can support finance and supply chain teams so your organization can unlock that promise. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

The days of rudimentary chatbots are fading as organizations leverage more advanced digital assistants instead to drive efficiency and productivity, and improve the customer and employee experience....

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Best practices in building an AWESOME digital assistant experience - Webcast on April 29th 2021 17:00 CET (Berlin time)

"How do you build an awesome digital assistant experience when all you have are words? In this session digital assistant expert Grant Ronald takes you through the full lifecycle of a successful digital assistant project. From project planning and goals, conversation design, best practices in building intents, error handling strategies and how to deal with ambiguity; right through to testing, deployment and retraining. Come and learn from his experience of working on over 100 digital assistant projects. Anyone can built a bot, but only a few can build an AWESOME bot! Oracle Digital Assistant Workshop series: Digital Assistant Overview & start your free cloud service watch on-demand Hands-on Digital Assistant part 1 watch on-demand Hands-on Digital Assistant part 2 watch on-demand Best practices in building an AWESOME digital assistant experience April 29th 2021 register here Schedule: April 29, 2021 17:00 – 19:00 CET (Berlin time) For details please visit the registration page here. Our trainer team Ruben Rodriguez Santiago, Martin Jarvis, Grant Ronald and Martijn de Grunt is looking forward to welcome you to part 4! Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

"How do you build an awesome digital assistant experience when all you have are words? In this session digital assistant expert Grant Ronald takes you through the full lifecycle of a successful...

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Project Verrazzano Now on GitHub by David Cabelus

  I’m happy to announce that we have put the source code for project Verrazzano on GitHub at https://github.com/verrazzano. This is a big milestone for the Verrazzano team, with many more milestones to come! Why Verrazzano? We continue to see container adoption for both new cloud-native applications and existing traditional applications. And we continue to see adoption of Kubernetes as the container orchestrator of choice. Beyond that, there are some common needs, especially for enterprise users: · Ability to drive deployments from a CI/CD system, and optionally support GitOps workflows. · Ability to monitor all apps in a cloud-native way. This includes metrics, logs, and traces. · Simplicity around traffic routing and discovery – when customers deploy their application, routing to the application should be automatic, and routing from their application to other applications and to cloud services should be simple. · Everything must be secure – the application and the environment needs to be protected. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

  I’m happy to announce that we have put the source code for project Verrazzano on GitHub at https://github.com/verrazzano. This is a big milestone for the Verrazzano team, with many more milestones to...

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Tribuo, a Java Machine Learning library by Adam Pocock

Introduction Today we are pleased to announce the availability of Tribuo, a Java Machine Learning (ML) library, as open source. We’re releasing it under an Apache 2.0 license on Github for the wider ML community to use. In Oracle Labs' Machine Learning Research Group, we've been working on deploying Machine Learning (ML) models into large production systems for years. During this time we've noticed a crucial gap between the expectations of an enterprise system, and the features provided by most ML libraries. Large software systems want to use building blocks which describe themselves and know when their inputs or outputs are invalid. In contrast, most ML libraries expect a pile of float arrays to train a model. Then at deployment time, they expect the input to be a float array, and they produce yet another float array as the predicted output. The description of what any of these arrays mean, or what the input/output floats should look like, is left to another system, either a wiki, a bug tracker, or written as a code comment. We don’t think developers want to add yet another database table per ML model just to explain what that array of output floats means. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Introduction Today we are pleased to announce the availability of Tribuo, a Java Machine Learning (ML) library, as open source. We’re releasing it under an Apache 2.0 license on Githubfor the wider ML...

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Oracle WebLogic Sever Kubernetes Operator Self-Service Workshop Now Available!

About this Workshop This lab shows you how to deploy and run a WebLogic domain container-packaged web application on a Kubernetes cluster using Oracle WebLogic Server Kubernetes Operator 3.0.0 (the "operator"). The sample web application is a simple JSP page which shows WebLogic Server domain MBean attributes to demonstrate operator features. About Product/Technology A WebLogic domain can be located either in a persistent volume (PV) or in a Docker image. There are advantages to both approaches, and sometimes there are technical limitations of various cloud providers that may make one approach better suited to your needs. See Choose a model. This tutorial uses the Docker image with the WebLogic domain inside the image deployment. This means that all the artifacts and domain-related files are stored within the image. There is no central, shared domain folder from the pods. This is similar to the standard installation topology where you distribute your domain to different hosts to scale out Managed Servers. The main difference is that by using a container-packaged WebLogic domain, you don't need to use the pack/unpack mechanism to distribute domain binaries and configuration files between multiple hosts. Attend the workshop here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

About this Workshop This lab shows you how to deploy and run a WebLogic domain container-packaged web application on a Kubernetes cluster using Oracle WebLogic Server Kubernetes Operator 3.0.0 (the...

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Developer Partner Community Newsletter April 2021

Dear Developer Partner Community, Bots are the future? In fact, if you're wondering whether your business should create a bot, you're asking the wrong question. Bot-powered commerce is the future. This technology is still in its infancy, so most bots follow a set of rules programmed by a human via a bot-building platform, and one of them is Oracle Digital Assistant. In April we offer Chatbot introduction and hands-on training’s. In these 4 sessions you will learn what is Oracle Digital Assistant and what features are provided to build machine learning powered chatbots. Moreover, we will demonstrate how to create code-free a conversation in a matter of minutes. The series completes with best practices to create an awesome digital assistant experience. In case you can’t attend these live training’s, access the football chatbot blog series. How to make your chatbot project successful? Scott Wall describes the 4 success factors. Thanks to the community for all the excellent chatbot & development tool articles: Three Ways Oracle Digital Assistant Creates Customer Service Success & Build a Football Chatbot with Oracle Digital Assistant Series & How can a chatbot help increase employee engagement and productivity? & HCM Skill Learning Path & With Oracle, Yokeru calls thousands of households during COVID & Sharing A Skill With Sample Code For Using The ICU Message Format In Oracle Digital Assistant & Building A Frequently Asked Question Skill Using A Programming By Convention Approach & Effortless App Development with Oracle Visual Builder: Boost productivity by building web and mobile applications efficiently using the drag-and-drop approach & Monitoring Visual Builder Apps with Oracle Application Performance Monitoring & Performance Optimization for Visual Builder Apps & Working with Action Cards in Visual Builder. The latest release of the WebLogic for OCI / OKE and WLSDM offerings are available in Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Want to promote Your services and apps? Submit your offering here and see the documentation here. In the Application Development section we published articles about: The NEW WebLogic Server Remote Console & Kotlin + Helidon & Build a Kafka Cluster on an Oracle Kubernetes Engine & WLSDM Operation Center. For a short summery of our monthly key information watch the PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The April edition highlights the hands-on Chatbot training and a brand new Integration newsletter for customers. In this month’s community webcast Greg Mally & Deepak Arora will present Identity Propagation call from Integration Cloud to Oracle SaaS Applications. Please join the Partner Community Webcast April 27th 2021. On-demand webcast recordings are available at the Oracle Video Hub. Want to publish your best practice article & news in the next community newsletter? Please feel free to send it via Twitter @wlsCommunity #OracleDeveloperCommunity! To read the complete newsletter please visit https://bit.ly/DeveloperNewsApril2021 Please like and share the newsletter at LinkedIn and Twitter   Jürgen Kress PaaS Partner Adoption Oracle HQ Tel. +49 89 1430 1479 E-Mail: juergen.kress@oracle.com Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Technorati Tags: WebLogic Community newsletter,newsletter,WebLogic,WebLogic Community,Oracle,OPN,Jürgen Kress, Developer Community, Developer Community newsletter

Dear Developer Partner Community, Bots are the future? In fact, if you're wondering whether your business should create a bot, you're asking the wrong question. Bot-powered commerce is the future. This...

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Using cURL to Export Oracle Digital Assistant Insights Data by Viraj Purang

If you need to view the Insights data for a Digital Assistant and at the same time also view the events for its constituent skills, you can export the data to a CSV file and create your own reports from there. You also can automate the export, which gives you a way to monitor how well an ODA is functioning at certain time intervals, for example. You do this making by REST calls to the Insights for Skills API from a script, as described in this topic. The section below is an essential read before you jump into the API usage documentation. The API endpoint (/api/v1/bots/insights/dataExports) that has been used in the accompanying text below, creates and starts an asynchronous task to export a digital assistant's or skill’s insights data into a ZIP file that's stored in the instance. The response includes a jobId, which a user can utilize for the task's ID in other Insights Data Management Export operations. This data can be filtered by a digital assistant's ID, a skill's bot name and optional version, or a bot ID. In addition to the options presented above, the data to be exported can be filtered by a date range. Read the complete article here.     Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

If you need to view the Insights data for a Digital Assistant and at the same time also view the events for its constituent skills, you can export the data to a CSV file and create your own reports...

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Displaying Multiple Answers for Frequently Asked Questions Using Regular Intents and NLP by Abhay Bhavsar

Answer intent uses machine learning to understand a user question and return a single answer. The QnA framework used earlier used elastic search instead, which didn't offer the same level of confidence as NLP. For this reason, the QnA framework always showed several possible question / answer pairs that would match a user message. Although the answer to a question that is returned by answer intents has a high confidence, some customers have expressed their preference for the "old" user interface, which lists multiple question-answer pairs if the runner-up answers resolve in a configurable range of confidence. This article explains how to use NLP and regular intents to resolve answers the "new way" while displaying it the "old way". The target audience for this article are Oracle Digital Assistant developers who used the QnA feature available in 19.x version of Oracle Digital Assistant and who now move to using answer intents in Oracle Digital Assistant on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (ODA 20.x and later). Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Answer intent uses machine learning to understand a user question and return a single answer. The QnA framework used earlier used elastic search instead, which didn't offer the same level...

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Using BotML in Oracle Digital Assistant to provide a feedback functionality for answers given by a bot by Frank Nimphius

In an earlier article on Oracle TechExchange, I explained how to implement a feedback feature for answers to frequently asked questions. In the article I used a custom component that actually handled the feedback interaction with a user. In this article I explain the same use case using BotML for handling the feedback conversation (or any other follow-up conversation needed). A benefit of the approach explained in the article is that it is easier to implement for developers that are new to Oracle Digital Assistant and custom components. Where the previous solution required a complex - though interesting - custom component to be developed, this solution goes with pure BotML. As with many article on Oracle techExchange, there are a couple of things you will learn · Formatting messages using an Apache FreeMarker array · Defining answers as regular intents · Adding icons to Common Response component actions · Using a delegate object on the Oracle Web SDK · Using CSS to customize the Oracle Web SDK rendering · Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

In an earlier article on Oracle TechExchange, I explained how to implement a feedback feature for answers to frequently asked questions. In the article I used a custom component that actually handled...

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Why Chatbots are the Future of Customer Service? Webcast April 21st 2021 10:00 a.m. PT/ 12:00 p.m. CT

Join us to learn how you can bring those gains to life for your team and customers in less than 90 days. Suhas Uliyar of Oracle and Danny Asnani and Vivek Ahuja of Sofbang will present how Sofbang’s prebuilt AI accelerators can streamline, simplify, and accelerate Oracle Digital Assistant (ODA) deployment to maximize returns for utilities. Digital Assistants the Future of Customer Service. We will present both the core value proposition of ODA for utilities and the accelerated path to deployment and ROI Sofbang offers. Vivek will provide a full demonstration of an ODA chatbot powered by Sofbang accelerators, including a variety of general FAQ and authenticated account management use cases. Discover the potential of Oracle Digital Assistant and visualize a path forward for your customer service team! Schedule: April 21, 2021 10:00 a.m. PT/ 12:00 p.m. CT For details please visit the registration page here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Join us to learn how you can bring those gains to life for your team and customers in less than 90 days. Suhas Uliyar of Oracle and Danny Asnani and Vivek Ahuja of Sofbang will present how Sofbang’s...

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Pre-empting User Choices for A Better User Experience by David Callaghan

Users fail because designs fail. Conversational design skills are an important asset for any bot developer, regardless of the development platform used. With chatbots you always build for two types of users: 1. new users that use a bot for the first time 2. expert users that did use the bot before This article explains a solution that allows experienced users to skip a dialog in a bot-user interaction Problem Statement Consider a simple question, asking a user if they have a particular input and then following up with gathering that input. Rather than simply providing an endless loop of menus, actually validating the input and if the user enters an expected response continuing in the flow. A simple journey, but how should the bot react when the user answers the question (expert user) rather than clicking the list button. One way, is to simply repeat the menu option until they click the right button, for example: Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Users fail because designs fail. Conversational design skills are an important asset for any bot developer, regardless of the development platform used. With chatbots you always build for two types of...

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Requeue expired JMS-AQ messages by Martien van den Akker

At my current customer we use JMS queues that are implemented with AQ queues based on sys.aq$_jms_text_message. In Weblogic you can create a so-called Foreign server that is able to interact with these queues over a datasource. For a Weblogic application, like SOA Suite or OSB, it is as if it is a regular Weblogic JMS queue. Pretty smart, because unlike a JDBC based Weblogic JMS Server, you can not only use the sys.aq$_jms_text_message type to query the aq table, as I described earlier. Not only that, you can also use the AQ PL/Sql api's to enqueue and dequeue these messages. This can come in handy when you need to purge the tables, to remove the expired messages. But this morning there was a hickup in OSB, so that it couldn't process these messages succesfully. Because of the persisting rollbacks the messages are moved to the exception queue by AQ with the reason 'MAX_RETRY_EXCEEDED'. After I investigated the issue and some interaction with our admins the OSB was restarted which solved the problem. But the earlier expired messages were still in the exception queue and processes were waiting for the response. So I thought it would be fun to have my own script to re-enqueue the expired messages. Although the admins turned out to have scripts for this, I would like to have my own. Theirs maybe smarter or at least they had more time to develop. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

At my current customer we use JMS queues that are implemented with AQ queues based on sys.aq$_jms_text_message. In Weblogic you can create a so-called Foreign server that is able to interact...

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Automated Unit Testing of Node Fn Functions using Jest by Lucas Jellema

Crucial pieces of functionality in cloud native applications is implemented in Functions. In the case of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure specifically, the Functions framework is typically Project Fn and the implementation language of choice is … up to the DevOps team. Popular languages for implementing Functions include Go, Python, Java and JavaScript. Automated code level tests are essential to describe and prove the behavior of the software and to allow rapid and safe refactoring of the code. These tests should be executable in a fully automated way, run against the code as it is without special provisions in the code for running the test, without requiring deployment of the code to a central environment and focus on the core: not the external dependencies used by the code at runtime and not the frameworks that wrap the code at runtime. In the case of Fn Functions, automated code level unit tests should not include the Fn libraries — but only deal with the code the developers in the DevOps team have written to implement the required functionality in the code. Read the complete article here.     Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Crucial pieces of functionality in cloud native applications is implemented in Functions. In the case of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure specifically, the Functions framework is typically Project Fn and...

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Developer Partner Community Newsletter March 2021

Dear Developer Partner Community, In the last 6 month we offered eighteen Oracle Digital Assistant Bootcamps for Partners. 968 persons attended these hands-on trainings. More than 2800 persons are on the waiting list, therefor we offer three additional workshops, please see below registration details, in the next months. Thanks for spending your valuable time to become trained and certified. What is the impact of this huge investment by our partners? 6 of the top 10 Oracle Digital Assistant customers are implemented by partners! Congratulations and thanks for your success. Trained and certified consultants implement successful customer projects. For Peoplesoft customer we offer pre-build chatbot templates. Your smart online assistant for daily tasks and frequent queries. PeopleSoft delivers setup pages which can be used to develop and deploy chatbots on PeopleSoft systems. Oracle Digital Assistant (ODA) is leveraged to enable chatbots on PeopleSoft systems. Chatbots can be configured as Tiles or as a Widget to PeopleSoft Application pages. It can also be accessed through external messaging client buy sending a message directly to the Twilio number of the skill. Chatbot skills functionality include HR services like benefits, payroll, absence, recruit, expenses and employee directory. Thanks to the community for all the excellent chatbot & development tool articles: Implement Adaptive Bot Design Using Message Bundles In Oracle Digital Assistant & Deciding how to partition your digital assistant into multiple skills & The MS Excel Challenge Of Curating Utterances And Resource Bundles For Oracle Digital Assistant & Visual Builder Cookbook - February Update & Visual Builder Office Hours March 15th 2021 & Business Rules in Visual Builder Cloud Service. Oracle Marketplace offers a streamlined way to get started with a publisher's software, and through the Marketplace UI you can simply spin up any of these solutions through a simple wizard using Terraform and Images of WebLogic. It’s a great opportunity to shift Java applications to the Oracle Cloud platform. In the Application Development section we published articles about: Helidon Messaging with JMS & How to push a Coherence CE application out to a Kubernetes cluster, and then scale and manage that cluster & Peek Inside Coherence with OpenTracing, Part 3 & Access Coherence using GraphQL & Get insight into API Gateway logs using OCI Logging Analytics & Migrating from Generic Data Source to Active GridLink. For a short summery of our monthly key information watch the PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The March edition highlights the hands-on Integration Bootcamps and the Oracle Hospitality Innovation Week. In this month’s community webcast Luis Weir and Niall Commiskey will present how to combine OHIP and Oracle Integration to connect Opera with Oracle SaaS. Please join the Partner Community Webcast March 30th 2021. On-demand webcast recordings are available at the Oracle Video Hub. Want to publish your best practice article & news in the next community newsletter? Please feel free to send it via Twitter @wlsCommunity #OracleDeveloperCommunity! To read the complete newsletter please visit https://bit.ly/DeveloperNewsMarch2021 Please like and share the newsletter at LinkedIn and Twitter   Jürgen Kress PaaS Partner Adoption Oracle HQ Tel. +49 89 1430 1479 E-Mail: juergen.kress@oracle.com Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Technorati Tags: WebLogic Community newsletter,newsletter,WebLogic,WebLogic Community,Oracle,OPN,Jürgen Kress, Developer Community, Developer

Dear Developer Partner Community, In the last 6 month we offered eighteen Oracle Digital Assistant Bootcamps for Partners. 968 persons attended these hands-on trainings. More than 2800 persons are on...

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Automate Visual Application’s CI/CD with Visual Builder Studio by Shay Shmeltzer

Oracle Visual Builder Studio offers an improved experience for packaging and deploying Visual Applications. We now offer declarative built-in tasks that let you package and optimize your app, deploy it (either stage or live version), and manage the data stored in the app. These declarative tasks are based on an updated set of Grunt tasks available for Visual Builder, which can also be leveraged in other CI/CD platforms. One of the nice features of Visual Builder Studio is that it automatically creates a CI/CD pipeline for your app when you create a workspace for a new or imported app. In this blog we explain what is actually being created, so you can implement additional CI/CD flows either in VBStudio or outside. Packaging the App The first build step we use is the package option for Visual Application - this step processes the code from your git repository, and creates zip files that contain an optimized version of your app ready to be deployed. Under the hood we are using the vb-process-local grunt task to achieve this. We then archive the resulting artifact so they can be picked up by the next build step - the deploy step. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Oracle Visual Builder Studio offers an improved experience for packaging and deploying Visual Applications. We now offer declarative built-in tasks that let you package and optimize your app, deploy...

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Adding Pull to Refresh Behavior in Mobile Apps by Shay Shmeltzer

Pull to Refresh is a common touch interaction pattern in mobile apps where by placing your finger on the device and dragging down you get an updated set of data onto your device. In this blog we show how to add this user interaction to your mobile Visual Builder app using a component from the Visual Builder component exchange. The component exchange in Visual Builder contains various components that you can add to your development environment and apps. To add a component simply click the "Get Component" in the component palette, find the component your are after and choose "Install". The component will be added to your visual editor's component palette. In the demo below we are adding a "Pull to Refresh" component - this is a component that implement the user interaction. Inside the component, you place other UI component that you want to refresh. In our example we place a listView component into the default container of the pull to refresh component. The component exposes an ojRefresh event, which we use to hook an action chain to. In the action chain we can execute the logic that will implement the refresh. In the demo we simply use the fire data provider event of type refresh on the ServiceDataProvider that populates our list component. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Pull to Refresh is a common touch interaction pattern in mobile apps where by placing your finger on the device and dragging down you get an updated set of data onto your device. In this blog we show...

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How To Display Or Work With User Local Date And Time In Oracle Digital Assistant Using The Oracle Web SDK by Frank Nimphius

Oracle Digital Assistant lives in the cloud where it uses universal time (UTC) for all date operations. Dependent on where you live in this world, the timezone offset of your local time compared to UTC varies. For Germany, where I am based in, the timezone offset is 2 hours that Germany is ahead of UTC (or 7200000 ms). UTC is a common date and time reference used in many applications and software products. However, the user local time is often needed, for example if there are deadlines like opening hours to enforce and check. This article explains how you can obtain the local time in Oracle Digital Assistant using the Oracle Web SDK. Oracle Digital Assistant chatbots (digital assistants) communicate with users through a conversation channel that is connected to a messenger on the user device. Because Oracle Digital Assistant does not have direct access to the user device, it cannot query the user local time. This means that the local time information needs to be passed by the messenger as part of an initial message sent to the digital assistant. 3rd party messengers like Facebook send the timezoneOffset information that then becomes accessible in Oracle Digital Assistant through the ${profile.timezoneOffset} expression in BotML. The image below shows what gets printed when you run the Oracle Web channel (Oracle Web SDK) and print the Oracle Digital Assistant cloud tie, the timezoneOffset and the calculated local time. As you can see, the timezoneOffset is not available and thus the local time calculated in the sample is the same as the UTC time. Read the complete article here.     Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Oracle Digital Assistant lives in the cloud where it uses universal time (UTC) for all date operations. Dependent on where you live in this world, the timezone offset of your local time compared to...

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What Is Best for Frequently Asked Questions In Oracle Digital Assistant? Regular or Answer Intents? By Frank Nimphius

Answer intent in Oracle Digital Assistant uses Trainer Tm, a machine learning model, to understand how users ask for a particular answer. Unlike other systems that map an answer to one or more questions in order to retrieve the answer, the machine learning based system learns from examples (utterances) allowing it to produce answer with high confidence. Also, by using Trainer Tm as the machine learning model in Oracle Digital Assistant, answer intents use the same optimized algorithm as regular intents, which leads to the question of what is better to use for FAQ, answer intents or regular intents. Before going into any details, let me share the answer: "Use both!" Answer Intents Answer intents in Oracle Digital Assistant retrieve answers from resource bundles. The resource bundles key is determined by the name of the resolved intent. The image below shows how the intent is mapped to a resource bundle . Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Answer intent in Oracle Digital Assistant uses Trainer Tm, a machine learning model, to understand how users ask for a particular answer. Unlike other systems that map an answer to one or more...

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Oracle Gives Voice Assistant Multilingual Learning Capability by Eric Hal Schwartz

Oracle rolled out a major update for its voice assistant this week. The Oracle Digital Assistant now includes native multilingual natural language understanding and customizable vocabulary. The updates may help Oracle stand out as a voice-enabled enterprise service as new rivals appear. ORACLE SPEAKS The Oracle Digital Assistant has been around since 2016. At first purely a chatbot, Oracle added voice capability to the assistant last autumn. Vocal communications opened up new dimensions of interaction for Oracle’s clients to connect with sales and other software, streamlining a lot of administrative duties along the way. Now, that communication can be run in a variety of languages using the native multilingual NLU feature. The AI can be taught with data in a client’s native language and respond in whatever language best suits the client at that time. That means there’s no longer a need for a company using Oracle’s software to translate everything into English and back again to be able to use the voice assistant. Oracle also integrated its own software architecture into the learning models to improve the performance of the AI when it comes to differentiating and understanding sentences that may seem similar, or that use metaphor, intuiting what it is being asked using context. Read the complete article here.   Developer Partner Community For regular information become a member in the Developer Partner Community please register here. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Meetups Technorati Tags: PaaS,Cloud,Middleware Update,WebLogic, WebLogic

Oracle rolled out a major update for its voice assistant this week. The Oracle Digital Assistant now includes native multilingual natural language understanding and customizable vocabulary. The...