Thursday Oct 10, 2013

Java EE 7 Certification Survey - Participants Needed

Help us define how to serve your training and certification needs for Java EE 7.

Oracle Certification and Server Technologies Curriculum Development are working to build two new Java EE 7 Certification exams and surrounding courses.  We are looking to you to help validate our definition of the job roles identified for the Java EE 7 certification.

Our preliminary investigation shows that programmers and developers working with Java EE technology design and create applications using front-end technologies and/or server-side enterprise technologies.

With EE 7, Certified Java Programmers can pursue the Oracle University training courses they need to become either a front-end or server-side developer and then pass a single comprehensive exam that covers all the skills needed for their role.

Earning the new Oracle Certified Expert (OCE) credential distinguishes a Java developer as having the full suite of skills needed in today's marketplace:

- In the Web Application (front-end role), candidates become proficient in building customer-facing applications and designing for the end user.

- In the Enterprise Application (server-side role), candidates master the complexities of designing and building enterprise applications and scalable solutions.

We need your help! We are asking Java practitioners, hiring managers and recruiters to spend 10-15 minutes to complete this survey to help define the scope of the new certification. 

NOTE: Your answers will remain anonymous, and you will not be contacted by Oracle as a result of answering this survey.

This survey will remain open through November 30, 2013.


Tuesday Oct 08, 2013

JCertif Express Tour in Africa

By Guest Blogger Max Bonbhel, JUG Africa President, JUG Congo Leader, JCertif Founder and Managing Director and more!

Three months ago, I made a long trip to speak for the JCertif Express Tour hosted by Africa JUG and GDG. I was touring Africa visiting JUG Leaders in Casablanca, Abidjan, Yaounde, Douala, and Brazzaville.  

* JCertif Express Abidjan (Ivory Coast) pictures

* JCertif Express Brazzaville (Congo) pictures

* JCertif Express Douala  (Cameroon) pictures

*  JCertif Express Yaounde (Cameroon) pictures

All of these events were a great success so the community decided to have  Certif 2014 Events in these countries.

Planned events in Africa:
  • JCertif Abidjan (500 attendees expected) : Jun, 2014 (2 days training for Dev and 1 day for the Business) 
  • JCertif Cameroon (500 attendees expected) : Jul, 2014 (2 days training for Dev and 1 day Android for the Business)
  • JCertif Brazzaville (2000 attendees expected) : Sept, 2014 (5 days training for Dev and 2 days for the Business)
  • JCertif Chad (?? attendees expected) :  Can we do this???

Contact me if you want to learn some tech, have some fun, and get connected to the Africa Java developer community!

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Max Bonbhel - http://www.bonbhel.com/
Congo JUG Leader - http://www.congojug.com/
JCertif Founder and Managing Director  - http://www.jcertif.com
JUG-AFRICA President - http://java.net/projects/jug-africa/pages/Home
Java.net Blogger : http://weblogs.java.net/blog/bonbhel/
LinkedIn : http://ca.linkedin.com/in/bonbhel
Twitter : http://twitter.com/bonbhel
Google+ : gplus.to/maxbonbhel

Thursday Oct 03, 2013

Hands on with Oracle Java Cloud Service in Java Magazine

The latest issue of Java Magazine, which takes as its theme “Seize the Cloud,” has an article by IndicThreads founder Harshad Oak, titled “Hands on with Oracle Java Cloud Service, Part One,” that provides an introduction to Oracle’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) Java offerings. PaaS is about renting a software platform and running a custom business application on it, thus enabling developers to focus on the business application and not have to worry about the hardware or core software platform, according to Oak.

Oak points out that, “Java EE has been the primary software platform for enterprise and server-side development for more than a decade, and it is increasingly the platform of choice even on the cloud.”

He explains that Oracle’s cloud push began in 2011, and has subsequently launched several cloud solutions that support more than 25 million cloud users worldwide. “Oracle Java Cloud Service and Oracle Database Cloud Service have been Oracle’s most visible PaaS solutions so far,” comments Oak. “Oracle’s other PaaS offerings are Oracle  Developer Cloud Service, Oracle Storage Cloud Service, and Oracle Messaging Cloud Service. Oracle Developer Cloud Service simplifies development with an automatically provisioned development platform that supports the complete development lifecycle. Oracle Storage Cloud Service enables businesses to store and manage digital content in the cloud. Oracle Messaging Cloud Service provides an infrastructure that enables communication between software components by sending and receiving messages via a single messaging API, establishing a dynamic, automated business workflow environment.”

All in all, the article examines the Java PaaS space and presents guidelines in selecting a Java PaaS service. It offers a basic description of Oracle’s Java PaaS solution—Oracle Java Cloud Service—and its capabilities. Looking ahead, Part 2 will go deeper into Oracle Java Cloud Service by showing how to develop and deploy a Java EE application on it.

Check out the latest issue of Java Magazine.

Video: Spec Leads of Java Caching Standard, JSR-107

In this video, Brian Oliver (Oracle) and Greg Luck (Terracotta) share news on the progress of the long-awaited Java Caching Standard, to be finalized early in 2014, and discuss the decade-long JCP process behind this emerging Java specification. More information on the Java Caching Standard is available at JCP.org and https://github.com/jsr107.

Thanks to Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart. You can view more OTN videos on the YouTube OracleTechNet Channel

Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

Video: Java Powers the Smart Home

How much control do you want to have over everything in your home? With Java, you can control lights, cameras and appliances easily. You can even determine when to run the washing machine based on the cost of power! In this video, Engineer Volker Bauche shows Java powering sensors around a smart home. From the DEMOgrounds of JavaOne 2013, by Tori Wieldt.

Learn more about the Java and the Internet of Things on the Oracle Technology Network.

Tuesday Oct 01, 2013

At the Java Demogrounds: What’s Happening with Java SE?

Over at the Java SE demo booth, Oracle’s Aurelio Garcia-Ribeyro, Senior Group Product Manager, briefly discussed JDK 7 and  JDK 8.

“People may not realize that we’ve recently added new functionality to JDK 7,” he said. “So with JDK 7 u40, we added Mission Control and Flight Recorder to the JDK, something we're very proud of. Flight recorder is a feature that works a little like the flight recorder on a plane; you leave it on and it doesn’t really impact your production. It simply runs, and if you encounter an issue, you can go back and discover what triggered it after the fact. It’s quite useful in debugging horrible problems that occur only in production that you cannot really catch when you’re developing because you need it to be going for 15 days with a slow memory leak, but you don’t want to have to reproduce that because it’s costly and you don’t know when it happens. With flight recorder you just leave it on, set a trigger, and when something goes bad, it helps you figure out what triggered that event.”

I asked him about Java SE 8, which is scheduled for release in March of 2014.

“If you want to play with it, go to https://jdk8.java.net/ and download the developer preview. We’d like you to first try your existing projects, which should work just fine. Then after that, you should start playing with the new features like lambda and JSR 310, the Date and Time API. Lambda is the biggest change to the developer programming model. We are very excited about this.”
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