Thursday Oct 31, 2013

Oracle Weblogic 12c for New Projects–Webcast November 7th 2013

Fast-growing organizations need to stay agile in the face of changing customer, business or market requirements. Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is the industry's best application server platform that allows you to quickly develop and deploy reliable, secure, scalable and manageable enterprise Java EE applications.
WebLogic Server Java EE applications are based on standardized, modular components. WebLogic Server provides a complete set of services for those modules and handles many details of application behavior automatically, without requiring programming.

New project applications are created by Java programmers, Web designers, and application assemblers.

  • Programmers and designers create modules that implement the business and presentation logic for the application.
  • Application assemblers assemble the modules into applications that are ready to deploy on WebLogic Server.

Build and run high-performance enterprise applications and services with Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, available in three editions to meet the needs of traditional and cloud IT environments.
Join us, in this webcast, as we will show you how WebLogic Server 12c helps you building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications with support for new features for lowering cost of operations, improving performance, enhancing scalability.

Agenda
Oracle WebLogic Server Introduction
Application Development on WebLogic Using Java EE
Overview of the Application Deployment Process
Monitoring Application Performance
Q&A

November 07th, 2013   9am UTC/11am EET

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Wednesday Oct 30, 2013

OOW 2013 Summary for Fusion Middleware Architects & Administrators by Simon Haslam

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This September during Oracle OpenWorld 2013 the weather in San Francisco, as you see can from the photo, was exceptionally sunny. The dramatic final few days of the Americas Cup sailing competition, being held every day in the bay, coincided with the conference and meant that there was almost a holiday feel to the whole event.

Here's my annual round-up of what I think was most interesting at OpenWorld 2013 for Fusion Middleware architects and administrators; I hope you find it useful and if you think I've missed something please add a comment!

WebLogic and Cloud Application Foundation (CAF)

The big WebLogic release of the year has already happened a few months ago with 12.1.2 so I won't duplicate that here.

Will Lyons discussed the WebLogic and Coherence roadmap which essentially is that 12.1.3 will probably be released to coincide with SOA 12c next year and that 12.1.4, the next feature-rich WebLogic release, is more likely to be in 2015. This latter release will probably include full Java EE 7 support, have enhancements for multi-tenancy and further auto-scaling features to support increased density (i.e. more WebLogic usage for the same amount of hardware). There's a new Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder (OVAB) out already and an Oracle Traffic Director (OTD) 12c release round the corner too.

Also of relevance to administrators is that Oracle has increased the support lifetime for Fusion Middleware 11g (e.g. WebLogic 10.3.6) so that Premier Support will now run to the end of 2018 and Extended Support until 2021 - this should remove any Oracle-driven pressure to upgrade at least.

Java Mission Control

Java Mission Control (JMC) is the HotSpot Java 7 version of JRockit 6 Mission Control, a very nice performance monitoring tool from Oracle's BEA acquisition. Flight Recorder is a feature built into the JVM which records diagnostic events into, typically, a circular buffer which can then be used for historical analysis, particularly in the case of a JVM crash or hang.

It's been available separately for WebLogic only for perhaps a year now but, more significantly, it now includes JVM events and was bundled in with JDK7 Update 40 a few weeks ago. I attended a couple of interesting Java One sessions on JMC/Flight Recorder and have to say it's looking really good - it has all the previous JRMC features except for memory leak detector, plus some enhancements around operative sets and ECID filtering I think.

Marcus also showed how you could add your own events into flight recorder by building your own event class - they are then available for graphing alongside all the other events in JMC. This uses a currently an unsupported/undocumented API, but it's also the same one that WebLogic uses for WLDF events so I imagine it is stable. I'm not sure quite whether this would be useful to custom applications, as opposed to infrastructure services or ISV packaged applications, but it was a very nice demonstration.

I've been testing JMC / FR enabling on several environments recently and my confidence is growing - it feels robust and I think could very soon be part of my standard builds. Read the full article here.

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JavaOne Afterglow by Simon Ritter

Last week was the eighteenth JavaOne conference and I thought it would be a good idea to write up my thoughts about how things went.
Firstly thanks to Yoshio Terada for the photos, I didn't bother bringing a camera with me so it's good to have some pictures to add to the words.
Things kicked off full-throttle on Sunday.  We had the Java Champions and JUG leaders breakfast, which was a great way to meet up with a lot of familiar faces and start talking all things Java.  At midday the show really started with the Strategy and Technical Keynotes.  This was always going to be tougher job than some years because there was no big shiny ball to reveal to the audience.  With the Java EE 7 spec being finalised a few months ago and Java SE 8, Java ME 8 and JDK8 not due until the start of next year there was not going to be any big announcement.  I thought both keynotes worked really well each focusing on the things most important to Java developers:

Strategy

One of the things that is becoming more and more prominent in many companies marketing is the Internet of Things (IoT).  We've moved from the conventional desktop/laptop environment to much more mobile connected computing with smart phones and tablets.  The next wave of the internet is not just billions of people connected, but 10s or 100s of billions of devices connected to the network, all generating data and providing much more precise control of almost any process you can imagine.  This ties into the ideas of Big Data and Cloud Computing, but implementation is certainly not without its challenges.  As Peter Utzschneider explained it's about three Vs: Volume, Velocity and Value.  All these devices will create huge volumes of data at very high speed; to avoid being overloaded these devices will need some sort of processing capabilities that can filter the useful data from the redundant.  The raw data then needs to be turned into useful information that has value.  To make this happen will require applications on devices, at gateways and on the back-end servers, all very tightly integrated.  This is where Java plays a pivotal role, write once, run everywhere becomes essential, having nine million developers fluent in the language makes it the defacto lingua franca of IoT.  There will be lots more information on how this will become a reality, so watch this space.

Technical

How do we make the IoT a reality, technically?  Using the game of chess Mark Reinhold, with the help of people like John Ceccarelli, Jasper Potts and Richard Bair, showed what you could do.  Using Java EE on the back end, Java SE and JavaFX on the desktop and Java ME Embedded and JavaFX on devices they showed a complete end-to-end demo. This was really impressive, using 3D features from JavaFX 8 (that's included with JDK8) to make a 3D animated Duke chess board.  Jasper also unveiled the "DukePad" a home made tablet using a Raspberry Pi, touch screen and accelerometer. Although the Raspberry Pi doesn't have earth shattering CPU performance (about the same level as a mid 1990s Pentium), it does have really quite good GPU performance so the GUI works really well.  The plans are all open sourced and available here.  One small, but very significant announcement was that Java SE will now be included with the NOOB and Raspbian Linux distros provided by the Raspberry Pi foundation (these can be found here).  No more hassle having to download and install the JDK after you've flashed your SD card OS image.  The finale was the Raspberry Pi powered chess playing robot.  Really very, very cool.  I talked to Jasper about this and he told me each of the chess pieces had been 3D printed and then he had to use acetone to give them a glossy finish (not sure what his wife thought of him spending hours in the kitchen in a gas mask!)  The way the robot arm worked was very impressive as it did not have any positioning data (like a potentiometer connected to each motor), but relied purely on carefully calibrated timings to get the arm to the right place.  Having done things like this myself in the past I know how easy it is to find a small error gets magnified into very big mistakes.
Here's some pictures from the keynote:

Dukepad1

The "Dukepad" architecture
Dukepad2
Nice clear perspex case so you can see the innards.

3Dchess
The very nice 3D chess set.  Maya's obviously a great tool. Read the full article here.

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Tuesday Oct 29, 2013

EMEA Engineered Systems Partner Update Call–October 30th 2013

EMEA Engineered Systems Partner Update Call: Engineered Systems (Including Exalogic) updates from Oracle OpenWorld on 30th October, 2013 at 15:00 CET (UTC/GMT +1 Hour)

We are pleased to invite you to the next Webcast from our Engineered Systems Partner Update Series. This time it will be all around "Engineered Systems updates from Oracle OpenWorld – all the news from Exalogic included" on Wednesday 30th October, 2013 at 15:00 CET (UTC/GMT +1 Hour).

One more year, San Francisco hosted the Oracle OpenWorld, in the month of September. Every year, thousands of partners and customers attend this event to discover new products and solutions, improve their technical proficiency and knowledge, learn tips and tricks for currently installed products and understand where the industry is headed.
In case you could not make it to San Francisco this time, we want to provide you with the key updates announced at Oracle OpenWorld around Engineered Systems.

Please mark your diaries. You can also attend Larry’s keynote around the Oracle Database 12c In-Memory Database and M6 Big Memory Machine and many more on the Oracle OpenWorld On Demand website.
Agenda:

  • Overview of latest Engineered Systems including Exalogic and how Oracle Fusion Middleware performs on the machine
  • How to articulate their value to customers

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WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance updates

  • WLS on Oracle Database Appliance 2.6 is now available for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications in a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, and networking that delivers highly available database and WebLogic services - OTN.
  • Webcast: Oracle WebLogic Server on ODA Updates and HA Demo - Replay.
  • Data Sheet.
  • Whitepaper: Oracle WebLogic Server on ODA - PDF.
  • Installation templates for WebLogic on the latest ODA hardware, X3-2 now available - OTN.

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Monday Oct 28, 2013

Developing geometry-based Web Services for WebLogic | Part 1 by Ronald van Luttikhuizen

In a recent project we developed Web Services that expose geographical data in their operations. This blog explains the use case for the service, gives an overview of the software architecture, and briefly discusses GML as markup language for geographical data. Part 2 of this blog provides pointers on the implementation of the service while part 3 discusses the deployment on Oracle WebLogic Server.

Use Case

The "BAG" (Basisregistratie Adressen en Gebouwen) is a Dutch national database containing information on all addresses and buildings in the Netherlands, and is maintained by Dutch municipalities. For several object types the BAG also maintains the associated geographical location and shape; for example for premises and cities. Read the complete article here.

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Friday Oct 25, 2013

JavaOne 2013: (Key) Notes of a conference – State of the Java platform and all the roadmaps by Amis

Last week’s JavaOne conference provided insights in the roadmap of the Java platform as well as in the current state of things in the Java community. The close relationship between Oracle and IBM concerning Java, the (continuing) lack of such a relationship with Google, the support from Microsoft for Java applications on its Azure cloud and the vibrant developer community – with over 200 different Java User Groups in many countries of the world.

There were no major surprises or stunning announcements. Java EE 7 (release in June) was celebrated, the progress of Java 8 SE explained as well as the progress on Java Embedded and ME. The availability of NetBeans 7.4 RC1 and JDK 8 Early Adopters release as well as the open sourcing of project Avatar probably were the only real news stories. The convergence of JavaFX and Java SE is almost complete; the upcoming alignment of Java SE Embedded and Java ME is the next big consolidation step that will lead to a unified platform where developers can use the same skills, development tools and APIs on EE, SE, SE Embedded and ME development. This means that anything that runs on ME will run on SE (Embedded) and EE – not necessarily the reverse because not all SE APIs are part of the compact profile or the ME environment.

However, the trimming down of the SE libraries and the increased capabilities of devices mean that a pretty rich JVM runs on many devices – such as JavaFX 8 on the Raspberry PI.

The major theme of the conference was Internet of Things. A world of things that are smart and connected, devices like sensors, cameras and equipment from cars, fridges and television sets to printers, security gates and kiosks that all run Java and are all capable of sending data over local network connections or directly over the internet.

The number of devices that has these capabilities is rapidly growing. This means that the number of places where Java programs can help program the behavior of devices is growing too. It also means that the volume of data generated is expanding and that we have to find ways to harvest that data, possibly do a local pre-processing (filter, aggregate) and channel the data to back end systems.

Terms typically used are edge devices (small, simple, publishing data), gateways (receiving data from many devices, collecting and consolidating, pre-processing, sending onwards to back end – typically using real time event processing) and enterprise services – receiving the data-turned-information from the gateways to further consolidate, distribute and act upon.

A cheap device like the Raspberry PI is a perfect way to get started as a Java developer with what embedded (device) programming means and how interaction with physical input and output takes place.

Roadmaps

The over all progress on Java is visualized in this overview: Read the full article here.

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Introducing Dynamic Clusters in Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.2 by Dave Cabelus

You can watch the Dynamic Clustering video at the WebLogic YouTube channel.


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Thursday Oct 24, 2013

WebLogic Partner Community Newsletter October 2013

Dear WebLogic Partner Community member,

Our October newsletter edition focuses on Oracle OpenWorld 2013, highlights, keynotes and all presentations. Thanks to all the partners who made the conference a huge success, if you could not come to San Francisco, you can find all the details in this newsletter.

We added additional locations for the free hands-on ADF & ADF Mobile Bootcamps & WebLogic Bootcamps. As a community member you can also get a free voucher to become a WebLogic Server 12c Certified Implementation Specialist or ADF 11g Certified Implementation Specialist (limited to partners from EMEA!) If you can not make it to a Bootcamp, do not miss the virtual developer days for WebLogic and ADF Mobile.

If you plan to install WebLogic read first the article “Setup a 12c Fusion Middleware Infrastructure from René van Wijk. If you administrate Middleware make sure you read the documentation and support notes Weblogic Server Patching & Maintenance Information Center.

In the ADF section of the newsletter our product management team continues with the ADF Architecture on-demand training. Andrejus released the latest version of the ADF Performance Audit Tool v 2.0.

The summer is over, if you look for a Christmas present, for your kids or yourself maybe you want to run Java on LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3.

Jürgen Kress

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WebLogic history an interview with Laurie Pitman by Qualogy

staff1296-640x559All those years that I am working with WebLogic, the BEA and Oracle era are the most well known about WebLogic evolving into a worldwide Enterprise platform for Java applications, being used by multinationals around the globe.

But how did it all begin? Besides from the spare info you find on some Internet pages, I was eager to hear it in person from one of the founders of WebLogic back in 1995, before the BEA era, Laurie Pitman.

Four young people, Carl Resnikoff, Paul Ambrose, Bob Pasker, and Laurie Pitman, became friends and colleagues about the time of the first release of Java in 1995. Between the four of them, they had an MA in American history, an MA in piano, an MS in library systems, a BS in chemistry, and a BS in computer science. They had come together kind of serendipitously, interested in building some web tools exclusively in Java for the emerging Internet web application market. They found many things to like about each other, some overlap in our interests, but also a lot of well-placed differences which made a partnership particularly interesting. They made it formal in January 1996 by incorporating. Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Oct 23, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Summary

Did you miss the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 – here are the key information from Thomas Kurian’s middleware presentation, our partners presentations and the first impressions on SOA Suite 12c. Thanks to all partners for the excellent presentations and the product management team for the superb demo ground!

Oracle OpenWorld General Session 2013: Middleware

Watch Full-Length Keynote

JavaOne keynote

At our WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required): you can download the presentation slides from Thomas Kurian’s presentation FMWGeneralSessionTKv22.pptx.
Download all session slides here.

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Weblogic - Dynamic Clustering in practice by Andy Overton

The latest version of Weblogic (12.1.2) includes support for Dynamic Clustering. For more details on what else is new in 12.1.2 see my previous blog post. In this blog post I will look at setting up a dynamic cluster on 2 machines with 4 managed servers (2 on each). I will then deploy an application to the cluster and show how to expand the cluster.

What is a dynamic cluster?

A dynamic cluster is any cluster that contains one or more dynamic servers. Each server in the cluster will be based upon a single shared server template. The server template allows you to configure each server the same and ensures that servers do not need to be manually configured before being added to the cluster. This allows you to easily scale up or down the number of servers in your cluster without the need for setting up each server manually. Changes made to the server template are rolled out to all servers that use that template. Read the complete article here.


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Tuesday Oct 22, 2013

New WebLogic Server 12.1.2 Installation and Patching Technology By Monica Riccelli

WebLogic Server 12.1.2 has many new features, but the first new feature you are likely to notice is the change in installer technology. WebLogic Server and Coherence 12.1.2 are installed using Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) installer technology. We have also changed WebLogic Server patching technology from SmartUpdate to OPatch, the patching tool used to patch OUI installations. Note that installation and patching technology used for prior versions of WebLogic Server has not changed.

The primary motivation for this change is to provide consistency across the Oracle stack. Prior to WebLogic Server 12.1.2, Fusion Middleware customers were required to use different technologies to install and patch, for example, Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) with WebLogic Server. Now users can perform installation and patching across products more efficiently by using the same technologies, and by using new installation packages that simplify installation of Fusion Middleware products with WebLogic Server. Check the YouTube video that describes how to install  WebLogic Server 12.1.2 using the  OUI installer.

The following WebLogic Server distributions are now available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN)  under OTN license, and from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (OSDC) for licensed customers:

wls_121200.jar - This OUI installer package includes WebLogic Server and Coherence and is targeted at WebLogic Server users who do not require other Fusion Middleware components such as ADF. This generic installer can be used to install WebLogic Server and Coherence on any supported operating system, and is intended for development or production purposes. This is available on OTN and OSDC. Read the complete article here.

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Monday Oct 21, 2013

WebLogic Server 12c New Features on-demand training

This interactive, self-paced eCourse gives a detailed overview of the latest features and enhancements in WebLogic Server 12.1.2. Watch the on-demand training here.


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