Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

Commercial GlassFish Support Is Back – Adam Bien’s Interview with Steve Millidge

Adam Bien: What is the relation between C2B2 and GlassFish?
Steve Millidge: We've had a long history helping customers to use GlassFish in production environments. In fact my first ever conference speech in California was at Sun's CommunityOne conference on Monitoring and Tuning GlassFish back in 2009, so we go back a long way. We were Sun partners back then, promoting GlassFish, and our now Oracle Gold Partners. We have a number of customers we support on GlassFish and we also run the London GlassFish User group. With the announcement from Oracle we are now gearing up our effort to build up the community of contributors on the core GlassFish source to ensure a good response when bugs and patches are needed.

AB: What is C2B2's Commercial GlassFish support? What will a customer get for the money?
SM: We provide 24/7 operational support to customers deploying GlassFish in production.  Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Apr 10, 2014

WebLogic 12c Does WebSockets – Getting Started by C2B2

With the release of WebLogic 12.1.2 websocket support has come to WebLogic. In this blog post we'll show you how to write a simple websockets echo example just to get you started.
Unfortunately the api released with WebLogic is not the JEE7 JSR356 api, which I suspect will come when WebLogic gets JEE7 compliance. On the plus side it's a pretty simple api.
In this blog I'm using NetBeans 7.4 and I've started off by creating a basic web project and I've called it Echo.

Read the complete article here.

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Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

Fusion Middleware Partner Community Awards 2014

Thanks to all the partners for the excellent contribution and on-going business! You are the key for the joint Fusion Middleware success. Due to all the excellent work and contributions, Every Year it becomes harder to choose the winners.

The awarded partners have proven cutting edge projects with the latest Oracle technology and most important their contribution to the community like blogs, newsletters, conferences, papers, twitter, linkedin and their participation in the partner advisory councils.

THANKS to the whole community and congratulation to the winners:

  • C2B2 Consulting Limited Steve Steve Millidge
    Oracle WebLogic Community Award
  • Timo Hahn - virtual7 GmbH
    ADF Community Award
  • Oracle Internal Award to Ritu Chhibber
    Oracle Partner Community Award - Oracle Contribution 2014

The Oracle internal award also acknowledges the special contribution to the community. Ritu Chhibber publishes since years every month the newsletter you read. Ritu, as you could not come to Malta to receive it in person, when you read these lines THANKS for your great work!

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Monday Mar 17, 2014

Common WebLogic Problems by Steve Millidge

Oracle WebLogic was originally developed by BEA Systems, a company which was acquired by Oracle in 2008.

Since WebLogic had a much larger user base, Oracle quickly made their intentions to deprecate their own Oracle Application Server (OAS, sometimes referred to as OC4J, the J2EE container component) in favour of WebLogic as their primary offering.

C2B2 have worked with WebLogic since it was owned by BEA and have partnered with both BEA and Oracle. As partners, C2B2 have worked on a wide variety of customer engagements across Oracle’s full middleware portfolio.

Migration from OAS to WebLogic

Oracle Application Server has been deprecated for a number of years now, since Oracle have pushed forward with their plans to offer only WebLogic as their application server of choice. Even so, many businesses are still using OAS or OC4J to run their Java EE applications and are increasingly finding that they need to migrate to WebLogic to avoid being left with legacy infrastructure that they can no longer support effectively.

Fortunately, Oracle has anticipated the need for the process of migration to be as seamless as possible so, for their part, they have put a lot of effort into helping customers migrate their infrastructure. Unfortunately, however much work Oracle might do to help with this migration, there will always be problems or unforeseen circumstances due to the dependencies that applications might have on OC4J which change when moving to WebLogic.

Non-standard technology

A great advantage of buying from a company like Oracle is the ecosystem that you get along with the product. WebLogic, for example, has many other components built by Oracle to improve on the standard Java EE way of doing things. Problems can occur purely down to the vast amount of products and services that Oracle offer. Should you use WebLogic’s JMS implementation, Oracle’s Advanced Queuing (AQ) or Oracle Store-And-Forward for your messaging scenario? How do they differ? Is one better than another, or just better suited to certain applications? It’s clear to see that, although you can be sure that Oracle has a product or component to suit your scenario, it’s a significant task to review even the portfolio of components that come with WebLogic, let alone WebLogic compatible software from Oracle.

Performance Tuning

With considerations like migration and such a range of technologies to use, how can you be sure you’re getting the best performance out of your infrastructure? Consider the scenario – you have a suite of applications, migrated from OC4J which used to use AQ for messaging but now bridge endpoints with Oracle SAF. Are the defaults for the connection pools associated with your data sources optimal for persistent messaging?

It’s very common for users who are not familiar with performance concepts to get completely lost when trying to tune every aspect of their application and server. Should you buy more hardware? Do you need to? Performance issues can get very expensive, whether in terms of buying additional hardware, man-hours to maintain responsiveness or just in terms of your reputation to customers so it should never be an afterthought. Read the complete article here.

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Monday Mar 03, 2014

Virtual Event: London GlassFish User Group with Adam Bien March 6th 2014

GlassFish comes with useful management API, which allows you to manipulate the GlassFish application server's configuration, including its monitoring capabilities. In this session I will introduce you to GlassFish’ monitoring and management API and how I use them in my Java EE 7 projects.

Thursday 6th of March 2014 4:30pm GMT/ 5:30pm CET
Details and registration here.

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Wednesday Jan 08, 2014

WebLogic 12c Does WebSockets – Getting Started by Steve Millidge

With the release of W ebLogic 12.1.2 websocket support has come to WebLogic. In this blog post we'll show you how to write a simple websockets echo example just to get you started.
Unfortunately the api released with WebLogic is not the JEE7 JSR356 api, which I suspect will come when WebLogic gets JEE7 compliance. On the plus side it's a pretty simple api.
In this blog I'm using NetBeans 7.4 and I've started off by creating a basic web project and I've called it Echo. . Read the complete article here.

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WebLogic 12c Does WebSockets – Getting Started by Steve Millidge

With the release of W ebLogic 12.1.2 websocket support has come to WebLogic. In this blog post we'll show you how to write a simple websockets echo example just to get you started.
Unfortunately the api released with WebLogic is not the JEE7 JSR356 api, which I suspect will come when WebLogic gets JEE7 compliance. On the plus side it's a pretty simple api.
In this blog I'm using NetBeans 7.4 and I've started off by creating a basic web project and I've called it Echo. . Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

C2B2 offers Glassfish support by Steve Millidge

Oracle have just announced that commercial support for GlassFish 4 will not be available from Oracle. In light of this announcement I thought I would put together some thoughts about how I see this development.
I think the key word in this announcement is "commercial", nowhere does Oracle announce the "death of GlassFish" in contrary Oracle reaffirm;

GlassFish Server Open Source Edition continues to be the strategic foundation for Java EE reference implementation going forward. And for developers, updates will be delivered as needed to continue to deliver a great developer experience for GlassFish Server Open Source Edition so GlassFish is not about to go away soon. In a similar fashion RedHat do not provide commercial support for WildFly and only provide commercial support for JBoss EAP. Admittedly JBoss EAP and WildFly are much closer together than GlassFish and WebLogic but WildFly and JBoss EAP are absolutely NOT the same thing.
The key going forward to the viability of GlassFish as a production platform is how the GlassFish community develops;

  • How often does the community release binary builds?
  • How open is the community to bug fixes?
  • How much engineering resource does Oracle commit to GlassFish?

At this stage we just don't know the answers to these questions.

If the GlassFish open source project continues on it's current trajectory without a commercial support offering then I don't see much of a problem. Oracle just have to work harder to sell migration paths to WebLogic in the same way as RedHat have to sell migration paths from WildFly to JBoss EAP.

In the meantime  C2B2 continues to offer support for your operational JEE applications running on GlassFish and we will endeavour to work with the community to get any bugs fixed. The key difference is we can no longer back our Expert Support with a support contract from Oracle for patches and fixes for any release greater than 3.x. Read the complete article here.

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Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

What’s new in Weblogic 12.1.2 by C2B2 Consulting

Oracle recently released Oracle Weblogic Server 12.1.2. Here we look at some of the new features and enhancements.

Support for new Web App protocols Weblogic 12.1.2 supports HTML 5 and Web Sockets along with new support for JSON-REST services with two types of input and output formats: XML and JSON.

Better Oracle Database 12c support Weblogic 12.1.2 now fully supports Oracle Database 12c including support for the new database's advanced features such as application continuity and multi-tenancy. Application continuity allows an application to continue running even when the database is down. Multi-tenancy allows your applications to choose which specific tenant databases they can connect to.

Enhanced support for Maven Updated plug-ins, POMs and archetypes make it easier to build WebLogic, Coherence, TopLink, and Fusion Middleware applications with Maven-based repositories and build systems.

Dynamic Scaling Weblogic 12.1.2 adds a dynamic clustering capability whereby new managed servers can be spun up and added to an existing cluster to react to increased load or performance issues. It includes a set of diagnostic tools that watch memory and processor usage, which the administrator can monitor to see if the cluster needs to change in size. With the continued popularity of cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service, this sort of elastic scalability is a natural progression for Oracle.

JMS Another new feature which goes hand in hand with dynamic scaling is the ability to target JMS servers and file stores to an entire cluster, rather than a single managed server instance. This capability promises to simplify the HA configuration of JMS, since the old method of making JMS highly available was to use Weblogic’s service migration features. Administration for JMS has been streamlined and the new JMS can speed data rates on Oracle Exalogic by up to three times (according to Oracle).

New developer tools Read the full article here


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Tuesday Jun 25, 2013

Oracle Coherence-Free Hands On Technical Workshop –July 11th 2013 London

Oracle Coherence-Free Hands On Technical Workshop

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Thursday
11th of July 2013
9:30am- 4pm

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd.
One South Place, London
EC2M 2RB

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For details and registration please visit the C2B2 website

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Tuesday Jul 10, 2012

‘Unleash the Power of Oracle WebLogic 12c: Architect, Deploy, Monitor and Tune JEE6’: Free Hands On Technical Workshop

Come to our Workshop and get bootstrapped in the use of Oracle WebLogic 12c for high performance systems. The workshop, organised by Oracle Gold Partners - C2B2 Consulting -  and run by the Oracle Application Grid Certified Specialist Steve Milldge, will start with a simple WebLogic 12c system which will scale up to a distributed, reliable system designed to give zero downtime and support extreme throughput.

When? Wednesday,25th of July

Where? Oracle Corporation UK Ltd.
One South Place, London
EC2M 2RB

Visit www.c2b2.co.uk/weblogic and join us for this unique technical event to learn, network and play with some cool technology!

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Wednesday Jul 04, 2012

ADF @ Virtual Developer Day: Oracle Fusion Development;July 10th 2012

Virtual Developer Day: Oracle Fusion Development

Register now for this FREE hands-on online workshop

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Get up to date and learn everything you wanted to know about Oracle ADF & Fusion Development plus live Q&A chats with Oracle technical staff
Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) is the standards based, strategic framework for Oracle Fusion Applications and Oracle Fusion Middleware. Oracle ADF’s integration with the Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BI creates a complete productive development platform for your custom applications.

Join us at this FREE virtual event and learn the latest in Fusion Development including:

  • Is Oracle ADF development faster and simpler than Forms, Apex or .Net?
  • Mobile Application Development with ADF Mobile
  • Oracle ADF development with Eclipse
  • Oracle WebCenter Portal and ADF Development
  • Application Lifecycle Management with ADF
  • Building Process Centric Applications with ADF and BPM
  • Oracle Business Intelligence and ADF Integration
  • Live Q&A chats with Oracle technical staff

Developer lead, manager or architect – this event has something for everyone. Don’t miss this opportunity.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
9:00 a.m. PT. – 1:00 p.m. PT
11:00 a.m. CT – 3:00 p.m. CT
12:00 p.m. ET – 4:00 p.m. ET
1:00 p.m. BRT – 5:00 p.m. BRT

Agenda

9:00 a.m. Opening
9:30 a.m. Keynote: Oracle Fusion Development
Track 1
Introduction to Fusion Development
Track 2
What's New in Fusion Development
Track 3
Fusion Development in the Enterprise
10:00 a.m. Is Oracle ADF Development Faster and Simpler than Oracle Forms, APEX or .Net? Mobile Application Development with ADF Mobile Oracle WebCenter Portal and ADF Development
11:00 a.m. Rich Web UI made simple – an ADF Faces Overview Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse - ADF Development Building Process Centric Applications with ADF and BPM
12:00 noon Next Generation Controller for JSF Application Lifecycle Management for ADF Oracle Business Intelligence and ADF Integration

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Register online now! for this FREE event

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Thursday Jun 21, 2012

iAs to WebLogic upgrade marketing campaign

We are very interested to roll out our marketing campaign to additional countries. You can find the updated marketing kit, now including a demo at our WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required) As an great example please see the C2B2 Youtube video If you are interested to run this campaign in your country please contact your local Oracle A&C partner manager or marketing manager or myself Jürgen Kress.

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Monday May 07, 2012

iAS to WebLogic Migration: Increase Performance, Scalability & Reliability – Free Live Webinar by C2B2 Consulting 18th of May

Learn how, by switching to Oracle WebLogic Server, you can reduce costs and risks, increase operational efficiency and gain new rich functionality. Register

With the Release of Fusion Middleware 11g, WebLogic Server became Oracle’s Strategic Appimagelication Server for all future products. Oracle WebLogic Server provides much greater performance, scalability and operational management capabilities and provides a solid foundation on which to build and deploy future JEE applications.

Friday, May 18, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BST – Show in my Time Zone

Register and find out more about C2B2 iAS to WLS Migration approach


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