Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

Harness the Power of Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence Join our online virtual event on December 3rd

Java Developers and Architects can attend live, moderated sessions and hands-on labs to learn how to leverage existing skills to take advantage of features in Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence, core components of Oracle's Cloud Application Foundation. For details please visit our registration page.

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Wednesday Nov 13, 2013

Do you want to learn about developing Web, Mobile and beyond Oracle based applications? Join our online virtual event on November 26th

Learn about the latest innovations in Oracle ADF. Our virtual event provides sessions that range from introductory to deep dive, covering Oracle’s strategic framework for developing multi-channel enterprise applications for the Oracle platforms. Multiple tracks cover every interest and every level and include live online Q&A chats with Oracle’s technical staff.

For details please visit our registration page.

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Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

New Coherence 12c White Paper: The Advantages of Coherence on Exalogic

This white paper provides you with an overview of both Oracle Coherence and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and how businesses can realize even greater benefits from these technologies when they are used in tandem. Get the white paper here.

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Monday Nov 11, 2013

Do you want to become an Oracle certified Expert in WebLogic & ADF?

Hands-on Bootcamps Training Roadshows FY14 free hands-on training for community members ADF & ADF Mobile Bootcamps & WebLogic Bootcamps.

For all WebLogic & ADF experts, we offer 100 free vouchers worth $195 to become an Oracle certified expert. To receive a WebLogic & ADF voucher please send an e-mail with the screenshot of your WebLogic Server 12c PreSales Specialist or ADF 11g PreSales Specialist certificate to brigitte.felisaz@oracle.com including your Name, Company, e-mail and Country with the e-mail subject free WebLogic & ADF voucher! Or attend a local free "Test-Fest".

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Free vouchers are reserved for partners from Europe, Middle East and Africa. Any other countries please contact your local partner manager! Vouchers are only valid until quarter end!

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Wednesday Oct 30, 2013

OOW 2013 Summary for Fusion Middleware Architects & Administrators by Simon Haslam

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This September during Oracle OpenWorld 2013 the weather in San Francisco, as you see can from the photo, was exceptionally sunny. The dramatic final few days of the Americas Cup sailing competition, being held every day in the bay, coincided with the conference and meant that there was almost a holiday feel to the whole event.

Here's my annual round-up of what I think was most interesting at OpenWorld 2013 for Fusion Middleware architects and administrators; I hope you find it useful and if you think I've missed something please add a comment!

WebLogic and Cloud Application Foundation (CAF)

The big WebLogic release of the year has already happened a few months ago with 12.1.2 so I won't duplicate that here.

Will Lyons discussed the WebLogic and Coherence roadmap which essentially is that 12.1.3 will probably be released to coincide with SOA 12c next year and that 12.1.4, the next feature-rich WebLogic release, is more likely to be in 2015. This latter release will probably include full Java EE 7 support, have enhancements for multi-tenancy and further auto-scaling features to support increased density (i.e. more WebLogic usage for the same amount of hardware). There's a new Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder (OVAB) out already and an Oracle Traffic Director (OTD) 12c release round the corner too.

Also of relevance to administrators is that Oracle has increased the support lifetime for Fusion Middleware 11g (e.g. WebLogic 10.3.6) so that Premier Support will now run to the end of 2018 and Extended Support until 2021 - this should remove any Oracle-driven pressure to upgrade at least.

Java Mission Control

Java Mission Control (JMC) is the HotSpot Java 7 version of JRockit 6 Mission Control, a very nice performance monitoring tool from Oracle's BEA acquisition. Flight Recorder is a feature built into the JVM which records diagnostic events into, typically, a circular buffer which can then be used for historical analysis, particularly in the case of a JVM crash or hang.

It's been available separately for WebLogic only for perhaps a year now but, more significantly, it now includes JVM events and was bundled in with JDK7 Update 40 a few weeks ago. I attended a couple of interesting Java One sessions on JMC/Flight Recorder and have to say it's looking really good - it has all the previous JRMC features except for memory leak detector, plus some enhancements around operative sets and ECID filtering I think.

Marcus also showed how you could add your own events into flight recorder by building your own event class - they are then available for graphing alongside all the other events in JMC. This uses a currently an unsupported/undocumented API, but it's also the same one that WebLogic uses for WLDF events so I imagine it is stable. I'm not sure quite whether this would be useful to custom applications, as opposed to infrastructure services or ISV packaged applications, but it was a very nice demonstration.

I've been testing JMC / FR enabling on several environments recently and my confidence is growing - it feels robust and I think could very soon be part of my standard builds. Read the full article here.

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JavaOne Afterglow by Simon Ritter

Last week was the eighteenth JavaOne conference and I thought it would be a good idea to write up my thoughts about how things went.
Firstly thanks to Yoshio Terada for the photos, I didn't bother bringing a camera with me so it's good to have some pictures to add to the words.
Things kicked off full-throttle on Sunday.  We had the Java Champions and JUG leaders breakfast, which was a great way to meet up with a lot of familiar faces and start talking all things Java.  At midday the show really started with the Strategy and Technical Keynotes.  This was always going to be tougher job than some years because there was no big shiny ball to reveal to the audience.  With the Java EE 7 spec being finalised a few months ago and Java SE 8, Java ME 8 and JDK8 not due until the start of next year there was not going to be any big announcement.  I thought both keynotes worked really well each focusing on the things most important to Java developers:

Strategy

One of the things that is becoming more and more prominent in many companies marketing is the Internet of Things (IoT).  We've moved from the conventional desktop/laptop environment to much more mobile connected computing with smart phones and tablets.  The next wave of the internet is not just billions of people connected, but 10s or 100s of billions of devices connected to the network, all generating data and providing much more precise control of almost any process you can imagine.  This ties into the ideas of Big Data and Cloud Computing, but implementation is certainly not without its challenges.  As Peter Utzschneider explained it's about three Vs: Volume, Velocity and Value.  All these devices will create huge volumes of data at very high speed; to avoid being overloaded these devices will need some sort of processing capabilities that can filter the useful data from the redundant.  The raw data then needs to be turned into useful information that has value.  To make this happen will require applications on devices, at gateways and on the back-end servers, all very tightly integrated.  This is where Java plays a pivotal role, write once, run everywhere becomes essential, having nine million developers fluent in the language makes it the defacto lingua franca of IoT.  There will be lots more information on how this will become a reality, so watch this space.

Technical

How do we make the IoT a reality, technically?  Using the game of chess Mark Reinhold, with the help of people like John Ceccarelli, Jasper Potts and Richard Bair, showed what you could do.  Using Java EE on the back end, Java SE and JavaFX on the desktop and Java ME Embedded and JavaFX on devices they showed a complete end-to-end demo. This was really impressive, using 3D features from JavaFX 8 (that's included with JDK8) to make a 3D animated Duke chess board.  Jasper also unveiled the "DukePad" a home made tablet using a Raspberry Pi, touch screen and accelerometer. Although the Raspberry Pi doesn't have earth shattering CPU performance (about the same level as a mid 1990s Pentium), it does have really quite good GPU performance so the GUI works really well.  The plans are all open sourced and available here.  One small, but very significant announcement was that Java SE will now be included with the NOOB and Raspbian Linux distros provided by the Raspberry Pi foundation (these can be found here).  No more hassle having to download and install the JDK after you've flashed your SD card OS image.  The finale was the Raspberry Pi powered chess playing robot.  Really very, very cool.  I talked to Jasper about this and he told me each of the chess pieces had been 3D printed and then he had to use acetone to give them a glossy finish (not sure what his wife thought of him spending hours in the kitchen in a gas mask!)  The way the robot arm worked was very impressive as it did not have any positioning data (like a potentiometer connected to each motor), but relied purely on carefully calibrated timings to get the arm to the right place.  Having done things like this myself in the past I know how easy it is to find a small error gets magnified into very big mistakes.
Here's some pictures from the keynote:

Dukepad1

The "Dukepad" architecture
Dukepad2
Nice clear perspex case so you can see the innards.

3Dchess
The very nice 3D chess set.  Maya's obviously a great tool. Read the full article here.

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Tuesday Oct 29, 2013

EMEA Engineered Systems Partner Update Call–October 30th 2013

EMEA Engineered Systems Partner Update Call: Engineered Systems (Including Exalogic) updates from Oracle OpenWorld on 30th October, 2013 at 15:00 CET (UTC/GMT +1 Hour)

We are pleased to invite you to the next Webcast from our Engineered Systems Partner Update Series. This time it will be all around "Engineered Systems updates from Oracle OpenWorld – all the news from Exalogic included" on Wednesday 30th October, 2013 at 15:00 CET (UTC/GMT +1 Hour).

One more year, San Francisco hosted the Oracle OpenWorld, in the month of September. Every year, thousands of partners and customers attend this event to discover new products and solutions, improve their technical proficiency and knowledge, learn tips and tricks for currently installed products and understand where the industry is headed.
In case you could not make it to San Francisco this time, we want to provide you with the key updates announced at Oracle OpenWorld around Engineered Systems.

Please mark your diaries. You can also attend Larry’s keynote around the Oracle Database 12c In-Memory Database and M6 Big Memory Machine and many more on the Oracle OpenWorld On Demand website.
Agenda:

  • Overview of latest Engineered Systems including Exalogic and how Oracle Fusion Middleware performs on the machine
  • How to articulate their value to customers

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Friday Oct 25, 2013

JavaOne 2013: (Key) Notes of a conference – State of the Java platform and all the roadmaps by Amis

Last week’s JavaOne conference provided insights in the roadmap of the Java platform as well as in the current state of things in the Java community. The close relationship between Oracle and IBM concerning Java, the (continuing) lack of such a relationship with Google, the support from Microsoft for Java applications on its Azure cloud and the vibrant developer community – with over 200 different Java User Groups in many countries of the world.

There were no major surprises or stunning announcements. Java EE 7 (release in June) was celebrated, the progress of Java 8 SE explained as well as the progress on Java Embedded and ME. The availability of NetBeans 7.4 RC1 and JDK 8 Early Adopters release as well as the open sourcing of project Avatar probably were the only real news stories. The convergence of JavaFX and Java SE is almost complete; the upcoming alignment of Java SE Embedded and Java ME is the next big consolidation step that will lead to a unified platform where developers can use the same skills, development tools and APIs on EE, SE, SE Embedded and ME development. This means that anything that runs on ME will run on SE (Embedded) and EE – not necessarily the reverse because not all SE APIs are part of the compact profile or the ME environment.

However, the trimming down of the SE libraries and the increased capabilities of devices mean that a pretty rich JVM runs on many devices – such as JavaFX 8 on the Raspberry PI.

The major theme of the conference was Internet of Things. A world of things that are smart and connected, devices like sensors, cameras and equipment from cars, fridges and television sets to printers, security gates and kiosks that all run Java and are all capable of sending data over local network connections or directly over the internet.

The number of devices that has these capabilities is rapidly growing. This means that the number of places where Java programs can help program the behavior of devices is growing too. It also means that the volume of data generated is expanding and that we have to find ways to harvest that data, possibly do a local pre-processing (filter, aggregate) and channel the data to back end systems.

Terms typically used are edge devices (small, simple, publishing data), gateways (receiving data from many devices, collecting and consolidating, pre-processing, sending onwards to back end – typically using real time event processing) and enterprise services – receiving the data-turned-information from the gateways to further consolidate, distribute and act upon.

A cheap device like the Raspberry PI is a perfect way to get started as a Java developer with what embedded (device) programming means and how interaction with physical input and output takes place.

Roadmaps

The over all progress on Java is visualized in this overview: Read the full article here.

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Wednesday Oct 23, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Summary

Did you miss the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 – here are the key information from Thomas Kurian’s middleware presentation, our partners presentations and the first impressions on SOA Suite 12c. Thanks to all partners for the excellent presentations and the product management team for the superb demo ground!

Oracle OpenWorld General Session 2013: Middleware

Watch Full-Length Keynote

JavaOne keynote

At our WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required): you can download the presentation slides from Thomas Kurian’s presentation FMWGeneralSessionTKv22.pptx.
Download all session slides here.

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Thursday Mar 14, 2013

Who wants to speak at OOW 2013? Submit your middleware partners success!

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We want that you present your Fusion Middleware Partner success at Oracle Open World 2013! Make sure you submit your papers:

- Call-for-Papers Oracle OpenWorld & JavaOne & MySQL Connect

We recommend to submit best practice session of leading edge products like WebLogic 12c, Glassfish or ADF mobile. Also highly welcome are joint presentations with your customers. Let us know if you like to get a nice quote from Oracle.

See you in San Francisco

Jürgen Kress

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