Thursday Aug 27, 2015

Want to become a certified Mobile Expert? free training material available

clip_image001Enterprise Mobility delivers the most advanced solution for developing and securing mobile applications, data and cloud-based services. It is critical for enterprises to ensure that users are connected via any device to enterprise applications. Oracle Enterprise Mobility addresses this challenge by allowing developers to create more compelling user experiences and deliver them securely to mobile devices.

Free training material and free online training is available at our WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required);

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Wednesday Aug 26, 2015

9 tools to help you with Java Performance Tuning by Alex Marshall

clip_image001Previously I wrote an article about 5 tools to help you write better java code which helped to improve our code but also our productivity. At IDR Solutions we are always looking at ways to improve our code and lately we have been looking at improving our java code in our PDF to HTML5 Converter and Java PDF Library and I noticed that recently one of the areas of focus as been on improving and Java Performance.

In this article I will be taking a look at 9 tools to help you with Java Performance Tuning, some are used by us at IDR Solutions and others that we may use for personal projects.

NetBeans Profiler

The NetBeans profiler is a modular add on which is used to provide the profiling functionality for the NetBeans IDE, which is an open-source integrated development environment. NetBeans IDE supports development of all Java application types (Java SE (including JavaFX), Java ME, web, EJB and mobile applications) out of the box.

This profiler includes functions such as CPU, memory and threads profiling but also provides additional tools and functionality for basic JVM monitoring, which is extremely useful for developers who need to solve memory or performance-related issues. Read the complete article here.

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Tuesday Aug 25, 2015

IoT Hackathon by eProseed September 15th & 16th Utrecht Netherlands

clip_image002[4]The Internet of Things (IoT) is all the buzz in the consumer space. Whether your clock tells your coffee maker to start, an alert that a meeting is delayed automatically figures out a new time to adjust your alarm, or your phone controlling both access and the temperature of your house, the idea of everything being connected is here to stay. But, what does it mean for the enterprise?

Whether you are new to IoT or been working in the space for years, come to the hackathon in Utrecht this September and prove an Enterprise IoT concept. If you've been thinking about how IoT will affect your product or domain, this is the time to act on it. You just need to bring the ideas and do a little bit of homework. We'll provide some experienced mentors to help you as you realize your concept in a few short days.

Luc’s latest articles on IoT:

IoT Hackathon Part I : Setting up your Raspberry Pi
IoT Hackathon Part II : Overview of Grove Pi sensors

For details please visit the registration page here

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Monday Aug 24, 2015

FlexDeploy 2.1 Released – Oracle Cloud, Built-in CI, Dashboards, and more! By Dan Goerdt

clip_image002We are happy to announce the availability of FlexDeploy 2.1, extending an already robust DevOps solution for automating the build, deploy, test, and release lifecycle for Oracle and non-Oracle software.  This new release offers additional features which help speed the delivery of high quality software, including Cloud, Continuous Integration, and Dashboards. 

FlexDeploy 2.1 Summary of Enhancements

  • Supports FlexDeploy running on the Oracle Java Cloud Service
  • Perform Build, Deploy, and Test operations to Oracle Java & Database Cloud Services
  • Oracle Java Cloud Service Plugin provides flexible management of capacity
  • Built-in Continuous Integration Server eliminates requirement for 3rd party CI Server
  • Plugin for Groovy, a popular Java scripting language
  • Dashboards for enhanced visualization of real time and historical information
  • Improved User Experience (UX)

Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Aug 23, 2015

Extending the Weblogic Console by adding Books, Pages and Portlets by Peter van Nes

In this video is demonstrated how you can customize the weblogic console by adding Books, Pages and Porlets displaying SLA Information related to the domain.

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Watch the video here.

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Saturday Aug 22, 2015

Enterprise Manager (EM), WebLogic 12c Demo at GSE

clip_image002First please request access to our middleware GSE demo systems here

Global Sales Engineering (GSE) is proud to announce the availability of both the EM Cloud Control 12c Framework Administration SV2 (Sales Version 2) demo and the EM Cloud Control 12c WLS (WebLogic Server) Provisioning and Patching SV2 demo. These two related product demos showcase the latest 12.1.0.7 plug-in releases for Database & Fusion Middleware.

Highlights of each demo

Framework Administration Demo

  • Overview of the Cloud Control Super Administrator to show the capabilities and limitations of users with different privileges
  • Use of groups, systems, admin groups, monitoring templates, and template collections
  • Use of metric extensions and the Incident Management & Deployment plug-ins
  • Overview of enterprise reports through BI Publisher
  • Flow of the EM Job System to create multi-task jobs and replace conventional jobs

WebLogic Server Provisioning and Patching Demo

  • Show the value of the Oracle EM Cloud Control 12c release with the Fusion Middleware plug-in release 12.1.0.7
  • Provide know-how to create a WebLogic domain provisioning profile and clone a WebLogic domain from the provisioning profile
  • Show the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) Diagnostics and Cross Tier Integration

Call to Action

Register a new demo or environment from the GSE website by searching for “EM Cloud Control 12c Framework Administration SV2” and “EM Cloud Control 12c WLS Provisioning and Patching SV2


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Thursday Aug 20, 2015

Podcast Show Notes: Docker and Virtualization

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The latest OTN ArchBeat Podcast series features a four-part discussion of Docker and Virtualization.

The genesis for this program was a blog post about Docker on Oracle Fusion Middleware architect Mark Nelson’s RedStack blog, a post Mark co-wrote with fellow Fusion Middleware architects Edwin Biemond and Joel Nation.

Mark and Edwin are panelists for this discussion, as are Fusion Middleware architect Jim Clark, Oracle ACE Director and Fusion Middleware expert Lucas Jellema, CTO of AMIS Services, and Rubicon Red co-founder and CTO Matt Wright, a recognized expert in Oracle SOA and BPM.

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Wednesday Aug 19, 2015

WebLogic Partner Community Newsletter August 2015

Demos are key as part of the sales process. You as a partner can use the same demo systems that Oracle pre-sales experts use every day. Demos for both PaaS and on-premises are available including sample applications and demo scripts. Some demo highlights include JCS, MCS or WebLogic 12c. Therefore a GSE demo credentials are mandatory for all community members.

Once again EMEA is leading the global OPN Specialization program with more than 50% of the Middleware Specialized partners based in our region. Specialized and realize the benefits of Specialization e.g. promote your service offerings in the Solutions Catalog. A great example of the solutions catalog is the FlexDeploy JCS solution when do you publish your services and apps? Oracle promotes Specialized partners to the middleware customer base see for example the Fusion Middleware July Newsletter 2015.

Are you trained in the latest WebLogic 12.1.3 features like Hudson, Maven, JMS and Coherence? Don’t miss the attend the Virtual Technology Summit -Now available OnDemand free online training. Featuring debugging Weblogic authentication and new APIs and Tools for Application Development in WebLogic 12c. You can showcase this solutions based on the WebLogic Win Workshop 2.0 to generate consulting business with your Middleware customers.

Hybrid Cloud computing is the unique selling point for Oracle PaaS and Middleware solutions. Customers can choice the point of installation, from public cloud to private cloud in a data center of their choice. You as a partner can secure and leverage your investment in skills and Specialization to generate new service revenue. The WebLogic partner community supports you to develop and publish your hybrid cloud consulting service offerings. This month we feature again a long list of cloud articles including Five Best Practices for Platform as a Service Success, Fasten your seat belts: Flying the Java Development Cloud Service, Lift and Shift Applications WebLogic On Premises to Cloud, Basic Cloud User Management for Newbs, Java Cloud Service: Cloud Tooling and Monitoring Java Cloud Service instances using the Fusion Middleware Control Console.

Thanks to the community for all the excellent WebLogic articles: July 2015 Fusion Middleware (FMW) Proactive Patches & Continuous delivery culture & WebLogic Server 12.1.3 Developer Guide & WebLogic 12c RESTful Management Services & Accessing WebLogic Logs via REST & How to retrieve the current stack information from a WebLogic server & Using Cloud Control 12C to Analyse a Memory Leak Problem & 5 best practices for middleware operations teams.

The highlight of our developer section is the Mobile Cloud Service (MCS). At our WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required) we posted a complete MCS partner kit which includes MCS ppt Presentation, MCS Click Through, MCS Videos, MCS Data sheet, and a MCS eBook. To get MCS hands-on trained watch the Mobile Platform YouTube Channel and get your fee GSE MCS demo system. Thanks to Andrejus and Andreas for their first MCS impressions Getting Started with Oracle MCS and MCS First Hands-On Experience. Thanks to the community for all the excellent development tool articles: New Enterprise Mobility Specializations! & Create shortcut of page on a button click in ADF & Using Shared AM to Cache and Display Table Data & Get selected row (single/multiple) from POJO based table in ADF & ADF BC Session Cached LOV - Understanding Expire Time.

Jürgen Kress

To read the complete newsletter please visit http://tinyurl.com/weblogicNewsAugust2015 (OPN Account required)

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Monday Aug 17, 2015

Native WebLogic Monitoring WLSDM


clip_image002WLSDM is an enterprise “WebLogic console extension” which enables monitoring for WebLogic JMX MBean metrics and all the WebLogic domain assets (Health, Servers, Applications, Data Sources, JMS… etc.). It is very easy to create alarm and notification definitions by using WLSDM metric browser. WLSDM can store any WebLogic metric values historically and also can generate graphical reports.

Key features

 Deploy just in minutes with zero configuration: Agentless monitoring

 Configure WebLogic domain monitoring by using WLSDM setup wizard

 Responsive user interface: Creating unlimited dasbhoards and charts

 Responsive HEALTH dashboard page for WebLogic domain assets

 Robust alarm generation infrastructure (Parametric alarm counter support)

 Fancy and responsive ALERT and CLEAR emails (HTML)

 Customize email templates according to your organization. Localize (language) and customize HTML emails’ content, subject, header… etc.

 Get CLEAR emails and notifications when problem disappears

 Monitor applications' response times

 Monitor WebLogic logs by using WLSDM log inspector

 Store WebLogic JMX metric values historically and generate reports

 Thread dump viewer and analyzer

 Generate JVM thread dump, heap dump, Java Flight Recorder (JFR), WLDF Diagnostic Image when a defined case occurs

For details and download please visit the website here.

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Sunday Aug 16, 2015

Accessing DMS Metrics via MBeans in Fusion Middleware 12c by Markus Lohn

clip_image002DMS means Oracle Dynamic Monitoring Service and it is an integral part of Fusion Middleware to collect performance data. Every Oracle Fusion Middleware component uses DMS for this important task. Oracle Enterprise Manager provides a comprehend view about performance data for WebLogic Server and any other Fusion Middleware components, like SOA Suite etc, based on DMS. The performance data from DMS can also be retrieved by a standard JMX interface through MBeans. A possible use case can be the automation of performance tests and reporting. The performance data can be retrieved to generated reports about a rest run. It is also possible to integrate DMS in your own application with an available Java API. But this will be shown in another blog post.

This blog post will explain how to access the DMS MBeans to get access to performance data. As example the performance metrics for SOA Suite composite’s will be used. But first two possibilities will be introduced to display performance data from DMS. This helps to identify the right DMS metrics for the corresponding use case.

DMS Spy Servlet

DMS Spy is a simple graphical interface to display DMS metrics. It gives an overview about all available DMS metrics currently available. Use the following URL to access DMS Spy Servlet Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Aug 15, 2015

Java Cloud Service: Scheduling – Cron4j by Jani Rautiainen

clip_image002The Java Cloud Service (JCS) provides a platform to develop and deploy business applications in the cloud. In Fusion Applications Cloud deployments customers do not have the option to deploy custom applications developed with JDeveloper to ensure the integrity and supportability of the hosted application service. Instead the custom applications can be deployed to the JCS and integrated to the Fusion Application Cloud instance.

This series of articles will go through the features of JCS, provide end-to-end examples on how to develop and deploy applications on JCS and how to integrate them with the Fusion Applications instance.
Previous articles covered ADF web application; next we cover options to implement scheduling in JCS. Sometimes there are requirements for the ability to schedule large transactions to run at a future time or automate the running of an application based on a defined schedule. In Fusion Applications these types of requirements are met with Oracle Enterprise Scheduler (ESS), unfortunately ESS is not available in JCS.
In previous article we covered Timer and Worker API, Timer Service and Quartz, this article covers popular scheduler library Cron4j.

Pre-requisites

Access to Cloud instance

In order to deploy the application access to a JCS instance is needed, a free trial JCS instance can be obtained from Oracle Cloud site. To register you will need a credit card even if the credit card will not be charged. To register simply click "Try it" and choose the "Java" option. The confirmation email will contain the connection details. See this video for example of the registration.

Once the request is processed you will be assigned 2 service instances; Java and Database. Applications deployed to the JCS must use Oracle Database Cloud Service as their underlying database. So when JCS instance is created a database instance is associated with it using a JDBC data source.

The cloud services can be monitored and managed through the web UI. For details refer to Getting Started with Oracle Cloud.

JDeveloper

JDeveloper contains Cloud specific features related to e.g. connection and deployment. To use these features download the JDeveloper from JDeveloper download site by clicking the “Download JDeveloper 11.1.1.7.1 for ADF deployment on Oracle Cloud” link, this version of JDeveloper will have the JCS integration features that will be used in this article. For versions that do not include the Cloud integration features the Oracle Java Cloud Service SDK or the JCS Java Console can be used for deployment. Read the complete article here.

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Friday Aug 14, 2015

WebLogic: Past, Present and Future by Michel Schildmeijer

clip_image002Oracle WebLogic is for quite some years the key platform for Enterprise Java Applications. Through its long history of development and building, it has become the most complete, mature and stable application server platform, ready to serve old technology but more than ready for the coming new technologies which are following up each other in a speed that no one would ever thought of. This article will give you an overview of how WebLogic started, how it became the platform as it now is, and what to expect in the future. Enjoy reading!

WebLogic: Ancient History

If you browse on the internet and enter “weblogic” (Myself, I prefer, as a WebLogic geek, always to type its original Camel Case written name WebLogic) you will find some Wikipedia pages with a timeline and history about the versions that has passed, up to the latest versions ( if the Wikipedia pages are updated).

But how did it all begin? 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. They all had a Master Degree in various areas of expertise, and 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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Thursday Aug 13, 2015

Sneak Peek at What’s Next for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud by Alexandra Huff

clip_image001Last week the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud product management team hosted 19 companies who run on Exalogic in Santa Clara, California to get a sneak preview of the upcoming release of the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS).
A total of 26 people from seven countries attended the Exalogic Beta, and all were unanimously impressed by what they saw and experienced. The PM team provided three days of hands-on-labs, in which participants learned about the powerful new features being incorporated into this release, coming later this calendar year.

All of the hands-on labs were completed on time with 100% success. Nineteen customers (19 IaaS tenants) created almost 100 VMs successfully as part of the JCS and IaaS operations and application deployment labs, and all of the IaaS VM CRUD operations were performed by 19 customers in parallel with 100% success.
“The hands-on labs are what proved that your strategy is "real" and is being executed," reported one attendee, while another remarked, "The biggest benefit we can see is the new Exalogic management user interface which will be available in the Oracle Enterprise Manager application. The fact that we will be able to change the shape (RAM, CPUs, network configuration) of the virtual servers without having to recreate them is priceless!”
Four partner companies and 15 customer companies attended the beta, providing valuable insight and feedback to engineering and product management, and are now eagerly awaiting the new release. "We like the new option to run and manage virtual server backups. We are very impressed with the new API code and the OEM UI development," said one participant, while another customer added, "we believe that the Oracle teams paid attention to us customers and they will take our comments and suggestions seriously, so they are included in coming releases." Read the complete article here.

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