Thursday Jan 07, 2016

Running WebLogic 12.2.1 on Docker by Craig Barr


clip_image001It’s a sign of the times when Oracle mention that the latest version (12.2.1) of their Oracle WebLogic Java EE Application Server was released last week on Docker shortly before it was released as a plain old executable installer.

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But before you get too excited, let me just say one thing. If you were hoping to run something like this:

docker run -d oracle/weblogic:12.2.1

…and then, voilà! …you might be a tad bit underwhelmed.

Now don’t get me wrong, you can run WebLogic 12.2.1 on Docker containers and it works well, some might say very well. All of the WebLogic Server features are available in the container AND… you’ve got the added portability and flexibility that Docker brings. There is however, dare I say, more hoops to jump through then you’ve come to expect from the Docker experience. Let me explain.

As anyone who is familiar with Docker knows, running a container is as simple as “docker run “. Basically, this one command will search locally for the docker machine image and if not found, it will securely pull it down from the internet. Then, it will start it up in seconds (or less), ready for accepting requests. Simple right?!

The user experience built by Docker around the existing linux container technology is basically one of the many reasons Docker containers are becoming increasingly popular. But more so, if DevOps and Continuous Delivery is about eliminating wasteful activities in order to innovate faster, Docker-based containers is the epitome of this. When it comes to Docker, the value-added time is almost equal to the elapsed-time. An actual realisation of the speed to market promises from the DevOps movement. Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Jan 06, 2016

Mobile and Mobile Cloud Service hands-on workshop at Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum March 20116

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you can attend Mobile and Mobile Cloud Service hands-on workshop.

For details please visit our registration page here.

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Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

WebLogic 12.2.1 is available for download

clip_image004Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1 (12cR2) is now generally available:

At the WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required) we posted:

For more presentations please visit the WebLogic 12.2.1 tag at our community workspace.

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Monday Jan 04, 2016

Coherence 12cR2 Offers Major New Innovations by Craig Blitz

clip_image001We are very happy to announce major new innovations with the release of Oracle Coherence 12.2.1 This release is one of the largest we have done and delivers several major features aimed at both developers and operations that improve developer productivity, support infrastructure consolidation, provide better security, and simplify multi-datacenter solutions. We are also announcing a new licensing option for low-cost deployment of small-to-medium sized deployments.

New Features

Coherence 12.2.1 is packed with major new features and capabilities:

  • The new Persistence feature enables Coherence to be a system-of-record and improves time-to-recovery from planned or unplanned, partial or total, cluster outage. Persistence can be configured to work in an on-line mode persisting changes as they are made to the cluster, or to take a snapshot of a data grid. Local disk configuration maximizes scalability, while network-attached storage maximizes availability.   Both data and metadata (indexes, listeners, expiry, locks, etc.) are stored, and recovery is completely automatic.
  • Federated Caching provides support for Active-Active, Active-Passive, Hub and Spoke, and custom multi-datacenter topologies. Implemented at the lowest level of Coherence, Federated Caching takes advantage of Message Bus, Elastic Data, and our new Persistence feature to improve scalability, durability, latency, and configurability of data replication over prior solutions. 
  • Coherence Multitenancy allows WebLogic Server Multitenant applications to share a cluster across a set of tenants and applications, consolidating infrastructure requirements. Multitenancy provides tenant-specific caches as well as shared caches for hosting reference data.  It is fully integrated with Oracle Traffic Director, WebLogic Server, and the Oracle Database to provide an end-to-end multitenant solution.
  • One of our most exciting new features is the integration we have done with Java 8 to provide Distributed Lambdas and Streams. We now provide the ability to execute Lambdas and Streams remotely, using standard Java 8, distributed across cluster members, without the need to deploy code on cluster servers. This provides the ability to do distributed, parallelized stream-based functional programming.  By reducing the need to deploy classes to servers, we have also greatly simplified application upgrade.
  • New Security Features include the ability to do fine-grained Authorization and Auditing of all cache access and updates.   We have also improved our SSL support. Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Dec 31, 2015

Using Ansible to install WebLogic 12c R2 (12.2.1) and Fusion Middleware Infastructure on Oracle Linux 7.1 by Christos Vezalis

clip_image002Before a couple of days Oracle release WebLogic 12c R2 (12.2.1). There are a lot of cool features like Java EE 7 support and Multitenancy Support for WebLogic domains. Installation of WebLogic server along with ADF runtime (Fusion Middleware Infrastructure) are not hard but requires a lot of parameters to be configured and a significant time when you need to repeat the actions in multiple virtual machines. Also Infrastructure updates are time consuming. Ansible is a great tool that help us automate this things. This article will demonstrate the creation of a WebLogic domain using Ansible. You can download code in my git hub account:

https://github.com/cvezalis/ansible-weblogic-fmw-infra-12c-R2

Fusion Middleware needs a Database repository for storing the required schemas. If you don't have a database already you can use an Ansible playbook i have create to install an Oracle Database 12c automatically. You can download the code here:

https://github.com/cvezalis/oracledb-ansible
You can configure your infrastructure variables in infa-vars.yml
You can test the playbook from the extracted folder using:
vagrant up a virtual machine will be ready in a few minutes with no other interaction. You can access the Enterprise Manager at http://192.168.56.14:7001/em if you use the default settings.

The playbook contains several roles for do the job in a modular way:

Linux-wls Role:

This role install the required libraries on Oracle Linux, disables the Security Enhanced Linux and firewall and configures some kernel parameters required for WebLogic to run smoothly. Read the complete article here.

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Friday Dec 18, 2015

Master-Detail Pattern Implementation in ADF 12c Alta UI by Andrejus Baranovskis

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ADF 12c and Alta UI change the way how we used to implement UI in ADF. Let's take a look into Master-Detail. Before Alta UI usual implementation for Master-Detail would be based on vertical layout with master on the top and details below. Alta UI provides different patterns like left-right, bottom-top for Master-Detail implementation - Oracle Alta UI Patterns. I would recommend to watch a demo from Shay Shmeltzer, he explains how to build left-right Master-Detail - Developing Your First Oracle Alta UI page with Oracle ADF Faces. In my post I'm taking a step further and explaining how to manage Master-Detail relationship between different regions.
Here you can watch a demo of sample application developed for today post: Watch the video here.

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Tuesday Dec 01, 2015

WebLogic on ODA: Final release and new partner supported model by Tshepo Madigage

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A new version of the WebLogic installation wizard for WebLogic on ODA is now available on OTN for download, and supports the latest release of ODA hardware and software.
With the latest release of WebLogic on ODA, which now supports the X5-2 hardware, we have come to a new chapter. Oracle partners around the world have been developing customized solutions using WebLogic on ODA for years now. Many of them started with the wizard-driven templates produced by the Oracle WebLogic engineering team, and then went on to design their own customized solutions by expanding on and embellishing these templates for their customers' unique needs. A great new value proposition is also being part of this new released version:

solution-based support by experienced Oracle partners, who are ready and able to assist Oracle customers worldwide with new or existing solutions.

Release News: WLS on ODA 12.1.2.2.0 on X5-2 Hardware

  • Certified on X5-2 ODA hardware / ODA 12.1.2.2.0 SW
  • Templates for WebLogic 12.1.3, 12.1.2, 10.3.6
  • Oracle Traffic Director 11.1.1.7
  • Support for Infiniband
    • All templates are HVM; required for IB support for PCI passthrough
  • Critical bug fixes
    • CPUpool - default and ODAbase order agnostic
    • Parsing error for prechecks - WLS repo does not exist

New! Installation Model for WebLogic on ODA

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Wednesday Nov 25, 2015

#OOW15 Wrap by Frank Munz

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Oracle Open World is finished and IMHO it was great! What I particularly enjoyed was that Oracle this year delivered a lot of what was announced last year. The cloud offerings seem to be heading the right way (Oracle uses industry accepted terms now when talking about cloud, concludes to my definitions and delivers across IaaS, PaaS and SaaS). In addition Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.2.1, in particular WebLogic 12.2.1 is out with multi tenancy micro containers, exportable partitions, a brand new REST management interface, new JDK support, new Java EE 7 support, policies, actions and true elasticity.

WebLogic Server 12.2.1 new features slides Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Nov 21, 2015

Video: Error Handling and Recovery in Oracle BPM12c | Antonis Antoniou by Bob Rhubart

clip_image002Oracle ACE Associate and eProseed Technical Director Antonis Antoniou puts the pedal to the metal with this tip on two new developer-centric error handling and recovery features in Oracle BPM12c. Watch the video here.

Antonis's tip is based on his OTN technical article series:

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Wednesday Nov 18, 2015

WebLogic 12.2.1 is available for download including partner resource kit

WebLogic Server 12.2.1 (12cR2) is now generally available:

At the WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required) we posted:

For more presentations please visit the WebLogic 12.2.1 tag at our community workspace.

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Saturday Oct 17, 2015

New Partner Solutions on WebLogic and the Oracle Database Appliance by Alexandra Huff

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With the latest release of WebLogic on ODA, which now supports the X5-2 hardware, we have come to a new chapter. Oracle partners around the world have been developing customized solutions using WebLogic on ODA for years now. Many of them started with the wizard-driven templates produced by the Oracle WebLogic engineering team, and then went on to design their own customized solutions by expanding on and embellishing these templates for their customers' unique needs.

It became obvious that, to best support our existing users, and to give new customers more immediate access to the tools and resources they need for success, we would formalize this direction by shifting resources to enable Oracle WebLogic 12c specialized partners to rapidly gain expertise and traction in this arena.

To this end, we are publishing a new whitepaper how-to guide, Running Middleware Applications on ODA Machines, that can be used by partners or end users to speedily deploy a highly available platform on which to run Java applications. We are also announcing that this latest release of the WebLogic templates is also our final release. However, we will continue to encourage and support customer and partner led development efforts Read the complete article here.

Watch the webcast on-demand here

Additional we posted the presentation WebLogic on ODA-Partner Update.pdf at our WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required).

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Wednesday Sep 23, 2015

Overview of WebLogic 12c RESTful Management Services By Maarten Smeets


clip_image002Inspired by a presentation given by Shukie Ganguly on the free Oracle Virtual Technology Summit in July (see here); “New APIs and Tools for Application Development in WebLogic 12c”, I decided to take a look at an interesting new feature in WebLogic Server 12c: the RESTful Management Services. You can see here how to enable them. In this post I will provide an overview of my short study on the topic.

RESTful management services consist of two sets of resources. tenant-monitoring resources and ‘wls’ resources. The first is more flexible in response format (JSON, XML, HTML) and more suitable for monitoring. With the latter you can for example update datasource properties and create entire servers. It however only supports JSON as return format. The ‘wls’ resources also provide links so you can automagically traverse the resource tree which is very useful. I’ve provided a Python script to do just that at the end of this post.

Monitoring

In the past I have already created all kinds of tools to do remote monitoring of WebLogic Server 11g. See for example http://javaoraclesoa.blogspot.nl/2012/09/monitoring-datasources-on-weblogic.html for some code to monitor datasources and for the state of the SOA Infrastructure; http://javaoraclesoa.blogspot.nl/2012/11/soa-suite-cluster-deployments-and.html and also for BPEL: http://javaoraclesoa.blogspot.nl/2013/03/monitoring-oracle-soa-suite-11g.html.

With the 12c RESTful Management Services this becomes a lot easier and does not require any custom code, which is of course a major improvement!

It is possible to let the RESTful Management Services return HTML, JSON or XML by using the Accept HTTP header (application/json or application/xml. HTML is the default). See here.

What can you monitor?

Available resources under http(s)://host:port/management/tenant-monitoring are (WLS 12.1.1):

  • servers
  • clusters
  • applications
  • datasources

You can also go to the level of an individual resource like for example datasources/datasourcename.

SOA Suite

The tenant-monitoring resources of the RESTful Management Services are not specific for SOA Suite. They do not allow you to obtain much information about the inner workings of applications like the SOA infrastructure application or the BPEL process manager. Thus my SOA infrastructure monitoring tool and BPEL process state monitoring tool could still be useful. You can potentially replace this functionality however with for example Jolokia. See below.

Monitoring a lot of resources

Because the Management Services allow monitoring of many resources, they would be ideal to use in a monitoring tool like Nagios. Mark Otting beat me to this however Read the complete article here.

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Monday Sep 21, 2015

WebLogic Server 12.1.3 Developer Guide: Continuous Integration with Hudson – free on-demand tutorial

clip_image002Installing, configuring and running a continuous integration environment with WebLogic Server, Git and Hudson provides benefits that include quick testing of committed code changes to identify defects early in the development lifecycle.

This tutorial supplies an existing application, actionbazaar, which has Apache Maven integrated and goals with tests defined. Using NetBeans, the tutorial scenario configures Git as the source code repository as well as Hudson for continuous integration. Also, the environment is exercised using a code change that does not cause the tests to fail - and a code change that does cause the tests to fail. Get the tutorial here.

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Monday Sep 14, 2015

WebLogic Win Workshop 2.0 – generate more consulting business

clip_image002The WebLogic Win workshop is designed to upsell your customers additional consulting services. For example to update your customers to the latest release WebLogic 12.1.3 – a great service opportunity. This workshop also contains material to showcase new functionality like Hudson, Maven, JMS and Coherence. We want to highly encourage you to run this workshop for all your customers!

For more information about GSE please:

· Get your GSE credentials here (both cloud and on-premises)

· GSE tips and help at PaaS Demo Accounts

· Community webcast on-demand with GSE details

· You can also watch our short video here

Global Sales Engineering (GSE) is pleased to announce the availability of the CAF 12c WebLogic Innovation Seminars (WInS) v2.0 demo. This popular demo was originally on Retriever but has now been implemented as a GSE hosted demo. This demo image hosts several example scenarios which showcase the key capabilities of the Cloud Application Foundation products, primarily WebLogic Server and Coherence 12c with focus on technical innovation, operational readiness and developer productivity.

Highlights

  • Apache Maven integration with WebLogic to showcase domain creation, stopping & starting of the WebLogic server, and application deployments with Maven
  • Showcase Java Messaging Service (JMS) features in WebLogic 12c, which includes JMS distributed destinations, JMS store & forward, JMS unit of work, JMS unit of order and JMS service migration
  • Showcase Developer Productivity features like Coherence (Grid Archives) deployment, WebLogic Side-by Side Deployment, Hudson Integration with WebLogic Server, and more

Call to Action

  • Go to the GSE Demo Store to see this 2 minute video, demo scripts, and other useful material
    • Note: The video streaming works best in Firefox, while Chrome users will need to click the download button to download then play the video directly from your PC.
  • Register a new demo or environment from the GSE website by searching for “CAF 12c WebLogic Innovation Seminars (WInS)”
    • CAF 12c WebLogic Innovation Seminars (WInS) is available as an Instant Canned demo (for a few hours) and as a Deal Server (days or longer for customized demos)
  • This is also available as a customer Workshop, so you can also register a CAF12c WInS Workshop on the GSE Workshop Requests syste by searching for “CAF 12c WebLogic Innovation Seminars (WInS) Workshop”

For feedback or questions about this demo release, please contact srinivas.ramarao@oracle.com in GSE.

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