Tuesday Jan 12, 2016

JavaScript Extension Toolkit (Oracle JET) – announced at OOW15 by Marcel Oldenkamp

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Javascript is the most popular programming language* and its usage has grown 25% in the past year**. It’s widely used and so it stands to reason that Oracle now released a brand new JavaScript toolkit called Oracle JET (JavaScript Extension Toolkit).

Oracle says “Oracle JET is targeted at intermediate to advanced JavaScript developers working on client-side applications. It’s a collection of open source JavaScript libraries along with a set of Oracle contributed JavaScript libraries that make it as simple and efficient as possible to build applications that consume and interact with Oracle products and services, especially Oracle Cloud services.”

JET is a toolkit bases on JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML5 design and development principles and offers support for ‘Accessibility’ and ‘Internationalization’. It targets JavaScript developers working on client-side web applications.
JET is based on several open source libraries such as JQuery and Knockout and has a highly modular structure with the purpose of allowing you to pick and choose the functionality that suits your needs.

One may argue that Knockout is not the most modern library choice to include in JET, but Oracle did not make this decision lightly. Instead of going for an all-in-one solution like AngularJS, they really aimed at keeping JET modular. So they chose libraries that are tailor made for their specific propose. In case of Knockout this means a lightweight library that excels at providing a declarative two-way data-binding.

So how does OracleJET fit in with the other frameworks like ADF and MAF? The information released at OOW15 focused/differentiated mainly on the target audience and stated that:

· Oracle ADF is for Java developers looking for a more declarative development approach to build web based applications.

· Oracle JET is for intermediate and advance JavaScript developers looking to build web bases applications.

· Oracle MAF is for developers looking for a more declarative development approach to build on-device mobile applications.

Additional comparison data was mainly tech based as stated in the table below showing JET vs ADF and the slide photo depicting the target audience. Read the complete article here.

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Friday Dec 25, 2015

PaaS free trial accounts MCS and JCS

clip_image002As part of our communities we do offer free PaaS accounts (only for partners in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In case you are not part of EMEA please contact your local partner manager):

· Java Cloud Service & Mobile Cloud Service PaaS Demo Accounts (WebLogic Community membership required)

· Integration Cloud Service & Process Cloud Service PaaS Demo Accounts  (SOA Community membership required)

Watch the GSE Overview Video! Get an overview of what GSE is and how you can use GSE to help you sell. You can also get long running dedicated PaaS instances, therefore please send us details about your use cases.


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Monday Nov 16, 2015

What was the "Mandatory Maintenance for Java Cloud Service" last night? by Simon Haslam

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Had I been working in Operations and on-call at an organisation using Java Cloud Service then it appeared I may well have been rudely woken up last night! At around 2am in the UK this email innocently dropped into my mail box:

This warning of an impending outage to Java Cloud Service was closely followed by one for Database Cloud Service. Judging by the email - "during the maintenance your services will be unavailable" - it seems an hour and a half later the instance failure notifications (from Enterprise Manager or Nagios etc) would have probably started coming in.

Then at 4:36am I had an email to say my JCS was now available again, and 5:11am to say my DBCS was too so, a total outage according to the emails of just under 2 hours. However when it happened all of my Java and Database test instances (test) were down already but as far as I can tell no changes were actually made to them (they were not started up for example) - be sure to read my conclusions at the end of this post!

What's New?

So this evening I've been having a good look round. The most obvious first change is that you can provision new domains with WebLogic 12.1.3.0.4, and existing full JCS ones (i.e. the ones including 'cloud tooling' for patching) have the following patches available: Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Nov 14, 2015

Java Cloud Service now available in EMEA datacenters & updated material

clip_image002We are pleased to announce the availability of Oracle Java Cloud Service (JCS) in EMEA datacenters.
This option can now be selected in WebQuote, for new customers.  Please note that this announcement applies to both the metered and non-metered SKUs of Java Cloud Service and Java Cloud Service Virtual Image. Java Cloud Service SaaS Extenstion has been available for provisioning in EMEA for quite a long time now.

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Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

Get Started With Java Cloud Service Instance Video – free on-demand training

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Learn how to create and manage your Oracle Java Cloud Service instances and deploy your first application to the cloud. For more information, see the documentation.

Attend the free on-demand training here.

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Thursday Sep 24, 2015

Extending the Weblogic console by adding Java classes by Peter van Nes


clip_image002In this video is demonstrated how you can customize the Weblogic console with live monitoring graphs by adding custom Java classes.

The Netbeans projects and source-code shown in this presentation can be downloaded below. The source for bxslider and chart.js can be found here;

· bxslider http://bxslider.com

· chart.js  http://www.chartjs.org

Netbeans projects

· SysStatsMBean

· SysStats-war.zip

· SysStats

Attend a free bootcamp Bootcamp Extending the Weblogic Console On September the 10th and 17th. For more information please visit the registration page here.

Watch the video here.

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Saturday Sep 19, 2015

Monitoring Java Cloud Service instances using the Fusion Middleware Control Console free tutorial!

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This tutorial is an introduction on how to monitor Oracle Java Cloud Service (JCS) instances using the Fusion Middleware Control Console. Get the tutorial here.

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Friday Sep 18, 2015

Java Cloud Service: Cloud Tooling by Stefan Victor

clip_image002A cloud service can dynamically scale to meet the needs of its users. It seems legitimate to have some tools for managing the cloud computing environments. There are tools that provision, tools that monitor and tools that do both of them.

Oracle Cloud Services have their own Cloud Tooling that performs different types of functionalities.

Prerequisites

  • Sign in to the ‘My Services’ application at http://cloud.oracle.com.
  • In the Oracle Java Cloud Service section, click ‘Open Service Console’.
  • Pick up an instance by clicking on its name or create one if the ‘Instances’ list is empty:

You’ll see displayed the ‘Overview’ of the respective instance. Click on the ‘Administration’ tab from the left:

Here we’ll have the ‘Backup’, ‘Patching & Rollback’, ‘Load balancer’ and ‘Scale In/Out’ tools.

Backup

When your service instance is provisioned, weekly full back ups as well as incremental daily backup are already scheduled. Change the day and time of the backup any time or initiate a back-up on demand. Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Sep 17, 2015

Basic Oracle Cloud User Management for Newbs By Radu Lemnaru

clip_image002In this tutorial we will take a quick look at the user management features provided by the Oracle Public Cloud. The cornerstone of proper service security is based on a good user management system, therefore the Oracle Cloud services provide a unified dashboard to handle all types of user and role administration.

The user management tab will be available in the Oracle Cloud Dashboard once you log in with your credentials. In this example we will use the Storage Cloud Service demo as a reference.

The “My Services Users” page is composed of 6 simple tabs: Users, SFTP Users, Roles, Custom Roles, Contacts and My Information as seen below:

Users

This is the main section of the “My Services Users” page, here you will perform most of your administration tasks. Once opened, you will be prompted with a list of all active users that are using one of your services, located on the particular identity domain you accessed. The actions that you can perform on this page are: Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Sep 16, 2015

Lift and Shift Applications WebLogic On Premises to Cloud

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This video provides a preview of a blueprint for seamlessly migrating an existing on-premise enterprise WebLogic application to the Oracle Cloud.

Watch the video here.

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Tuesday Sep 15, 2015

Fasten your seat belts: Flying the Java Development Cloud Service

clip_image001I’ll begin new a series about my findings on working with the Java Development Cloud Service. I’m not sure how many post will finally be part of this series, but I guess you’ll see a couple. Before we begin lets ask the big question:

What is the Oracle Java Development Cloud Service and what do you get from it?
The Oracle Java Development Could Service is one of the offerings around a whole bunch of other cloud services Oracle put out lately. It is one of the ‘Platform as a Service’ (PaaS) offerings which consists of a ready to use Weblogic Server, a ready to use CI Server (Hudson), a source code repository (Git, Ant, Maven), issue tracking, wiki and a ready to use Oracle DB. All this services can be provisioned in two different versions 11g (11.1.1.7.0) and 12c (12.1.3). All components or services are configured and ready to use, even the right ADF Runtime is installed on hte Weblogic Server.
In summary you get a development environment for the enterprise. No need to download tons of software, searching for the versions which play well together. No time consuming installation of the software (I most often need multiple tries until I get what I think works best for myself). So you save a lot of time you normally need to get up and running.

You should download the small E-Book available from the Developers Cloud Service landing page which gives a more comprehensive overview.
All this you get with a nice and fancy Web-UI which looks like Alta but seems to be Skyros. Sometimes it’s a bit confusing where the services can be reached from (which button or icon), but I guess with more experience this won’t be an issue. Read the complete article here

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Saturday Sep 12, 2015

FlexDeploy on Oracle Cloud Marketplace (PaaS – Java Cloud) – and Your offerings & services?

clip_image002Oracle Cloud Marketplace offers a platform for system integrators and independent software vendors to showcase their services and applications that interoperate with Oracle Applications Cloud Services.

Discover the difference Oracle Cloud Marketplace can make for your business by reaching thousands of Oracle customers and growing your business.

Oracle Cloud Marketplace is an online store dedicated to marketing cloud business apps and professional services offered by Oracle partners. Partners can publish to a dedicated distribution channel to market innovative solutions directly to Oracle's +400,000 worldwide customer base.

Publish your offerings and cloud consulting services at Cloud Marketplace today, for more information please visit the OPN page here.

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Monday Sep 07, 2015

Java Cloud Service and Oracle OpenWorld Highlights Webcast Wednesday, September 9th

Build better apps - faster, smarter, and more efficiently with
Java Cloud Service

Java Cloud Service and Oracle OpenWorld Highlights
Wednesday, September 9th @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Challenge

As customers look to new opportunities to increase agility and improve efficiencies by adopting public cloud infrastructures, one thing that is common about their existing and planned applications is the use of Java as a foundational platform. With cloud growing exponentially there is a natural question businesses are asking: what is the solution that businesses can depend on for a reliable, scalable, agile Java cloud solution for their applications? Can it scale and handle mission critical workloads? Will it work with enterprise class database cloud software?

Opportunity

Oracle Cloud Platform has invested deeply in the area of Java applications and has built out a full solution in the Java Cloud Service which includes enterprise class Java capabilities that enables easy onboarding of existing applications and a fast agile platform for new applications. Built in integration with the Oracle Database Cloud Service and a full continuous integration and deployment solution with the Oracle Developer Cloud Service, means real business critical applications can be easily brought to or built on this platform.

Benefits

· Openness and Portability Across the Board

· Cloud Environments Ready in Minutes

· Performance, Scalability and Reliability at your Fingertips

· Enterprise - Grade Cloud for Any Business

Oracle OpenWorld

We will wrap up this webcast with an overview of Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Fusion Middleware at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. We will highlight key messages and announcements, and review the keynote, general sessions and session tracks. Don't miss this update to help you make the most of your time at the biggest Oracle event of the year!

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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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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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