Tuesday May 24, 2016

Patching WebLogic 12c or Oracle Fusion Middleware (OFM) 12c with OPatch by Frank Munz

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Webcast Supporting a Recipe from WebLogic 12c: Distinctive Recipes.
Watch the video here.

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Sunday Jan 31, 2016

ADF Performance Monitor: New Whitepaper Published by Frank Houweling

clip_image002The AMIS ADF Performance Monitor is an application performance management tool (APM) tool that really understands Oracle ADF applications. Web applications often contain frustrating blind spots and mysterious, recurring problems that are often difficult to identify, diagnose, and fix. The ADF Performance Monitor helps enterprises by delivering insight into real end-user experiences. It helps development, QA teams and administrators detect, analyze and resolve common and less common issues in response times and resource usage of ADF applications.
This blog publishes a new whitepaper that gives detailed information about the architecture and implementation of the ADF Performance Monitor.

The first version of this monitor (ADF 10g version) was already released in 2009. Since then many new versions have been released. The monitor supports all ADF versions (ADF 10g, ADF11g R1/R2 , ADF 12C). Last years the monitor has been improved with many new and advanced features. Get the Withepaper here.

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Friday Jan 08, 2016

The Difference: Docker vs. Virtualization by Frank Munz


clip_image002Technical Basics

Docker is an open source container technology that became immensely popular in 2014. Docker itself is written in Google’s programming language Go and supported on all major Linux distributions (RedHat, CentOS, Oracle Linux, Ubuntu etc.). The technical underpinnings are not completely new, Docker leverages Linux kernel features for containers such as cgroups and namespaces. So even though Docker itself is relatively new, the underlying container technology is an established technology.

It is reported that Google starts 2 000 000 000 every week for search, mail, etc.

Virtualization versus Container

It’s important to distinguish Linux containers and Docker from traditional and more common type 1 or type 2 hypervisors. Type 1 hypervisors provide server virtualization on bare metal hardware, whereas Type 2 hypervisors typically provide desktop virtualization based on an existing operating system as shown below. Read the complete article here.

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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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Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

MAF MCS Utility: Accessing Oracle MCS from MAF Made Simple by Frank Nimphius

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With the recent release of Oracle MAF 2.1.3 a new utility becomes available that simplifies access to Oracle Mobile Cloud Services (MCS) from Oracle MAF applications. Oracle MAF MCS Utility (MAF MCS Utility in short) is a Java library for Oracle MAF applications and exposes  MCS client platform REST API calls as native Java calls. This blog post introduces Oracle MAF MCS Utility, explains what it does, how it works and where to find it.

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service client API

Oracle MCS is all about REST! Any mobile client that is capable of sending REST requests and to handle JSON responses can invoke MCS mobile platform functionality exposed on a mobile backend (MBE). This includes calls to Analytics, Notification, Storage, User Information and Custom API.

About MCS client SDK

REST is a good choice for Oracle MCS and ensures an understandable and very easy to use application development interface.

From the perspective of mobile application developers however, accessing REST interfaces from mobile applications is a mental mismatch. To access REST APIs from a mobile application developers need to "think REST" though their comfort zone is within their favorite programming language, which for mobile usually means Objective-C, Java or scripting.

To address this lack of developer comfort and to improve developer productivity, Oracle MCS provides development language specific client SDKs. The MCS client SDK provides a native language abstraction to the underlying REST calls (for Android and Objective-C at current, as well as Xamarin), plus handy infrastructure functionality like offline synchronization and support for push notification registration and handling.

The image below shows the basic architecture pattern implemented by all Oracle MCS SDKs. All in all, using the MCS SDK makes developers more productive, requiring them to write less code. Read the complete article here.

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Saturday May 30, 2015

ADF Performance Monitor: Measuring Network Time to Browser and Browser Load Time by Frank Houweling

clip_image002Recently we added a great new feature to the ADF Performance Monitor: network and browser load time information. Now you know exactly every end-user experience of your ADF application, in real-time. You can quickly resolve any performance bottlenecks with this end-to-end visibility. You can even drill down into an individual user to analyze the experience – to understand the ADF app behavior. The dashboard is improved with several overview and detail graphs that shows the layer (database, webservice, application server, network/browser loadtime) where the time is spent of your application. This is very useful to troubleshoot problems.

The ADF Performance Monitor is an advanced tool specifically build for ADF applications and is aware of the intricacies of the ADF framework. It traces key ADF actions across tiers and services to provide end-to-end visibility and automatically maps each tier to easily visualize the relationship between them. This Tracing provides deep visibility into the cause of application performance issues down to the tiniest detail. Click here for more information.

Network Time and Browser Load Time

Network time is the time that it takes to send a HTTP request from a browser (http request network time) to the application server and from the application server back to the browser (http response network time). The browser loadtime is the time that a browser needs to build up the DOM tree and load the page. Read the complete article here.

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Tuesday May 19, 2015

WebLogic Server Now Running on Docker Containers by Monica Riccelli

clip_image002We are very excited to announce that Oracle WebLogic Server is now certified to run on Docker containers. As part of the certification, we are releasing Dockerfiles and supporting scripts on GitHub to build images for Oracle WebLogic Server.  These images are built as an extension of existing Oracle Linux images Oracle Linux Images. You can use these Oracle WebLogic Server Docker images or create your own. To help you with this, we have posted Dockerfiles and scripts on GitHub as examples for you to get started.

Docker is a platform that enables users to build, package, ship and run distributed applications. Docker users package up their applications, and any dependent libraries or files, into a Docker image. Docker images are portable artifacts that can be distributed across Linux environments. Images that have been distributed can be used to instantiate containers where applications can run in isolation from other applications running in other containers on the same host operating system.

The table below describes the certification provided for various WebLogic Server versions. You can use these combinations of Oracle WebLogic Server, JDK, Linux and Docker versions when building your Docker images. Read the complete article here.

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Monday Mar 09, 2015

Get a free copy of “WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes” by Frank Munz! – build a cloud application on Oracle Java Cloud Service


Our WebLogic Community has more than 1000 members and we continue to grow fast. Key is that you are trained and certified on WebLogic. In this week’s campaign we give away free “WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes” books for an application running on Java Cloud Service (JCS).


Java Cloud Service offers dedicated virtual machines for running your entire WebLogic Server cluster. The environments are pre-configured WebLogic Server software, with your choice of the 11g or 12c version. We offer free online trainings and test accounts to support you:

Java Cloud Service (JCS)

Java Cloud Service Product Tour

Creating an Java Cloud Service Instance

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Deploy an application to an Oracle Java Cloud Service – SaaS Extension

Java Cloud Service: Product Tour – free on-demand training

Java Cloud Service – SaaS Extension

Java Cloud – free test & demo accounts!

Create RESTful Services and deploy to Oracle Java Cloud Service with Netbeans


Contest begins March 9th and contest ends March 14th 2015


To win one of 10WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes” books write a blog post about the Java Cloud Application you have created (including a screenshot of your Cloud Application running on JCS) and send us the link to your blog post via Twitter #WebLogicCommunity or write a comment here on the blog!

Winners: First 10 persons who send us a link to their blog posts with a screenshot of your Java Cloud Application will receive a book.


Note: We can only ship the book to winners in Europe, Middle East and Africa!

Note: In case you win one of the books we ask you to write a book review on Amazon.com

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Sunday Mar 08, 2015

Instrumenting, Analysing, & Tuning the Performance of Oracle ADF Applications By Frank Houweling

clip_image002Last week I presented at the  UKOUG’14 conference on instrumenting, analyzing, & tuning the performance of Oracle ADF applications. Instrumentation refers to an ability to monitor or measure the level of a product’s performance, to diagnose errors and to write trace information. Instrumenting gives visibility and insight of what is happening inside the ADF application and in the ADF framework (what methods and queries are executed, when and how often). These runtime diagnostics can be very effective in identifying and solving performance issues and end-user behavior. This enables developers and operations teams to quickly diagnose and solve performance problems in a test and production environment. This blog posts the slides from this session. It  shows how you can instrument your own ADF application and build your own performance monitor.clip_image003Why is instrumentation important? Read the complete article here.

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Monday Mar 02, 2015

Get a free copy of “WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes” by Frank Munz! – pass the WebLogic 12c Pre-Sales Specialist assessment


clip_image002Our WebLogic Community has more than 1000 members and we continue to grow fast. Key is that you are trained and certified on WebLogic. In this week’s campaign we give away free “WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes” books for WebLogic 12c PreSales Specialist.

You can become a certified WebLogic 12c PreSales Specialist free of charge (OPN membership required). Certified experts are recognized by our customers and partners. Make sure you add your certifications to your resume and company proposals. As part of the WebLogic Community we offer free WebLogic online trainings:

Contest begins March 2nd and contest ends March 7th 2015

To win one of 10WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes” books send us a screenshot of your WebLogic Server 12c PreSales Specialist certificate via Twitter #WebLogicCommunity or write a comment here on the blog!

Winners: First 10 persons who send us a screenshot with the WebLogic PreSales certificate will receive a book.

Note: We can only ship the book to winners in Europe, Middle East and Africa!

Note: In case you win one of the books we ask you to write a book review on Amazon.com

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Thursday Feb 26, 2015

Base64 Encode / Decode with Python (or WebLogic Scripting Tool) by Frank Munz

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Python / WLST

You can easily decode a Base64 message in Python. With WebLogic installed this obviously is working with WLST (also in offline mode). No imports, no nothing, no questions asked:

‘Base64Encoded_String’.decode(‘base64′)

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For a quick I-need-to-get-this-decoded solution try one of the online services such as

https://www.base64decode.org which is working pretty well for me.

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Monday Feb 23, 2015

Get a free copy of “WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes” by Frank Munz! – tell us about your favorite WebLogic implementation!

Our WebLogic Community has more than 1000 members and we continue to grow fast. Key is that you are trained and certified on WebLogic. Therefore we give away 3 times each 10 “WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes” books over the upcoming weeks!

In our first campaign we want to know from what is your favorite WebLogic project you have realized! Some ideas for your favorite WebLogic project could include the oldest most historic version you have implemented, maybe the largest implementation running on a Coherence cluster, maybe the smallest implementation on a Java device or maybe the most remote & isolated installation in the middleware of nowhere, let us know!

To win one of 20WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes” books post a video reply or blog post here on YouTube. You can also send your nomination to via Twitter #WebLogicCommunity or write a comment here on the blog!

Contest begins February 23rd and contest ends February 28th  2015clip_image002Winners: First 10 persons who post a video will receive a book and first 10 people who send us a link to their blog posts.

Note: We can only ship the book to winners in Europe, Middle East and Africa!

Note: In case you win one of the books we ask you to write a book review on Amazon.com

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Saturday Jan 24, 2015

Developing for the Digital Enterprise: Extending your ADF Applications to Mobile at Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum 2015

The Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum takes place March 3rd & 4th in Budapest Hungary. During this annual conference You as an Oracle Partner can get the latest updates on the Fusion Middleware 12c solutions. “The Cloud Platform for Digital Business” will be the theme of the 20th conference. Keynotes will be delivered from Amit Zavery, Andrew Sutherland and SOA, BPM and Mobile product management including live demos. On the second day you can choose between three tracks: SOA, BPM or WebLogic and Mobile. As part of the Mobile & Weblogic track Frank will present:

Developing for the Digital Enterprise: Extending your ADF Applications to Mobile

Cloud computing and mobile are two new horizons showing for Oracle ADF developers. If you like it or not, the world of information technology has started to change, shifting its weight towards mobility everywhere and for everyone with a strong push for public Clouds. This session is not a statement of direction for Oracle ADF but discusses the options you as ADF developers have when travelling towards one or both of the new horizons. Come with pen and paper to learn about what you can change, what you may want to keep and which new skills you need to put onto your skill wish-list."

Frank Nimphius

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Oracle Corporation

Senior Principal Product Manager
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For details please visit our Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum registration page here.

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