Thursday Oct 29, 2015

What’s Inside Oracle Cloud for You

By Roger Smith

Cloud Services for Developers

“Time is the greatest savings that you get from moving your development environment to the cloud,” said Oracle’s Bruno Borges, in his JavaOne presentation “Cloud Services for Developers: What’s Inside Oracle Cloud for You?” “If you have had to set up an on-premise Oracle database, or any other database, you know that it takes time to do that and you always ask yourself ‘Is these production-ready?’”

In his fast-paced, hands-on demo, Borges showed how developers can quickly get up to speed using Oracle’s pooled, shared, and elastically scalable software development platform, which gives organizations the ability to develop new applications in a quick and cost-effective way. He explained how developers can use their favorite IDE (Oracle JDeveloper, Eclipse, NetBeans) and build systems like Maven and Gradle to develop and deploy applications to the cloud.

Target different JDK Versions

Developers also have the option of choosing either Java SE 7 or 8 to leverage the particular language and JVM features their applications need. Since Oracle Java Cloud is an open platform, developers can also use any available open source or commercial Java library or framework in their applications.

Database Integration

Borges next walked through how to connect to Oracle Database Cloud Service to persist and manage application data as well as how to use Oracle Messaging Service to message between Java Cloud applications, on-premises applications, and Java EE and Node.js applications deployed in the Oracle Cloud. He then demonstrated how you can profile Java applications using Java SE Mission Control and Flight Recorder, in addition to the Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service.

He also announced a new Docker Container Service that will soon be available from Oracle to help developers deploy applications into Docker containers.

In response to an audience question about Oracle Cloud scalability, Borges said that you can choose to run your application on your choice of compute size (i.e. the number of cores), and it will scale out dynamically on demand. He said they were also working on giving developers the capability to add scale programmatically using business logic, for example, in an e-commerce application that needs to scale up during the holiday season.

Tuesday Sep 15, 2015

Connecting Devices in the Cloud for Healthcare

Want to know how to create a useful IoT application using cutting edge technologies?  Join Gerrit Grunwald in our next VTS. He will walk you through a multi-faceted application designed for the elderly. Gerrit Grunwald takes a detailed look at use cases for the daily activities and schedules of the elderly to monitor any irregularities remotely and identify emergencies. Living in remote areas, many aging relatives are isolated and far away from medical facilities and doctors. 

He uses a mobile phone and a smart watch with a Java based gateway, iBeacons and other sensors to monitor their activity. He explains in great detail how the data is collected, aggregated, analyzed and visualized using the latest in technology.  With the help of an IoT cloud service this data can be analyzed to detect situations that are critical. 

VTS is a series of interactive online events with hands-on sessions and presenters answering technical questions. The events are sponsored by the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). They are free events but you must register. Join the next exclusive events near you: 

  • Americas - September 16th- 9:30am to 12:30 PST - Register 
  • EMEA - September 23rd - 9:30am to 12:30pm BST - Register
  • APAC - September 30th- 3pm to 6:30pm AU/SYD - Register

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

JavaOne Registration Now Open

The JavaOne conference brings together Java experts and enthusiasts for an exceptional week of learning and networking focused entirely on all things Java. With more than 500 sessions, you will learn from the most innovative and diverse Java content. You can't afford to miss it! October 25-29, 2015, San Francisco. Register now!

With a full conference pass, you get:
Access to more than 500 JavaOne sessions, Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions and JavaOne Hands-on Labs (HOLs)
Keynote sessions for JavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld
Scene and Be Heard presentations
Java User Group Forum
Exhibition Halls at JavaOne and OpenWorld
 • Access to the Java Hub 
JavaOne Welcome Reception
Oracle Appreciation Event
Specials at the JavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld Bookstores
Access to the It’s a Wrap! party

The call for proposals is open until April 29. If your session is accepted, you will receive a full pass
You will save $600 with the Super Saver rate, if you register before May 31
Register between 5 to 13 attendees and receive a savings of up to 20 percent off the price of each registration. Register 14 or more attendees and receive a savings of up to 28 percent off.
Employees of a national/federal, state, provincial, or local government entity, including public higher education institutions can benefit from government rate

Wednesday Mar 18, 2015

Join JavaOne in Brazil

The premier Java conference in Latin America will bring together Java experts and enthusiasts for three days from June 23 to 25, 2015. Register before May 4 and you will save R$900 off the onsite price. 

Visionaries and world-renowned speakers will present conference and hands-on sessions covering five tracks, which include clients and user interface; core Java platform; Java and the Internet of Things; server side Java and the new track about Java, DevOps and the cloud.

Don’t wait, register now!

Thursday Feb 05, 2015

Java Magazine: Platform for Innovation

Tools make the cloud. To support modern development, today’s cloud development environments must support the full software development lifecycle. Developers working in the cloud need tools for builds, continuous integration, source control, and team collaboration. With those tools at the
ready, they can take advantage of the cloud as a platform for innovation.

In our interview with Mike Lehmann, vice president of product management for Oracle Cloud Application Foundation, we explore Oracle’s Java-based cloud services for developers, and the benefits they offer. “Taking a new business idea and building an application to support it can be done much more quickly and with lower risk than in the past,” says Lehmann. Read the interview for his insights on Oracle Java Cloud Service, Oracle Developer Cloud Service, and other services that give developers an end-to-end Java development and deployment environment.

Ready to test out these services? Don’t miss Hardshad Oak’s article, “Get Started with Oracle Developer Cloud Service.” Plus, Bert Ertman shows you how to build modular cloud applications in Java.

It’s a new year, and a time when people traditionally think about self-improvement. If you are looking to raise your job prospects and expand your network, Bruno Souza and Edson Yanaga have just the plan for you, and it includes code, community, and— yes—cloud. Their action items will help you to raise your possibilities for the future.

Read all about it in the current issue of Java Magazine!

Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

Wearables in Action

In this interview, Java Evangelist Angela Caicedo demonstrates her new jacket designed with wearable technologies. She can listen music from her favorite playlists, monitor her heart beat, and get her emails. All of it powered by a Raspberry Pi. 

Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

Voxxed, a New Java Portal!

In this interview, Mark Hazel and Lucy Carey discuss a new Java knowledge sharing platform called Voxxed. The website is a “concentration of outstanding content from conferences. It includes tutorials, articles, blogs, and interviews” explains Mark. The topics cover the entire Java ecosystem: JVM, methodology, cloud, future, and mobile.Visit

Tuesday Nov 11, 2014

Devoxx 2014 Highlights

In this video, Devoxx managing director Stephan Janssen talks about the new additions to this year’s conference. Discover the Ignite sessions, Hackergarten, Playground and Devoxx Hunt

Friday Sep 26, 2014

Strategy, Technical and Community Keynotes

Start JavaOne with the Strategy and Technical keynotes to learn about the strategy and roadmaps as well as technical insights. The keynotes will be on Sunday, September 28 from 12:45p.m. to 3:00p.m., at Moscone North, Hall D. If you can't make it to JavaOne, Watch them live online

In Strategy keynote, you will learn how to create the future with Java from leading Oracle experts in the Java development organization. They will showcase how Java is driving developer innovation, revolutionizing application development, and improving application services for IoT, enterprise architectures, and cloud computing.

In the Technical keynote, the architects of Java 8 will give you their insights into this revolutionary release, and start to reveal what is coming in Java 9, Java 10, and beyond.

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Monday Jul 21, 2014

OSCON Shocker: The Cloud is Not All Rainbows and Unicorns!

It's called the NetFlix Effect, and it has nothing to do binge consumption of your favorite TV series. Many CIOs have read about NetFlix on AWS, how wonderful it is, and want all that cloud goodness for their enterprise. At Oscon's Open Cloud Day, David Nailey ("recovering SysAdmin" and commiter to Apache CloudStack) argued that that hope is something like the imaginary animals in a Bestiary -- descriptions by people who don't have a lot of experience, and illustrations by people even further removed from the original source. 

Nailey went on to say that the cloud can be great for certain things (you should have your application testbed in the cloud now!), but thinking the cloud will solve all your problems is a little like believing in unicorns. Here are some of the things Nailey offered for you to consider when moving enterprise apps to the cloud: 

1) Value
Businesses are about value, so be clear about how moving your app to the cloud will make it cheaper/better/faster.

2) Pay for Use
Is your enterprise app ready to work in a provisioning model? (E.g. Are you ever going to shut off your ERP app?) You aren't saving any money if the provisioning isn't happening.

3) Fiefdoms
Consider how your apps reflect the org structure. What cultural shifts are required to have a different architecture of your apps?

4) Fragility
The cloud is a fault-friendly environment, and most cloud providers that say "Plan for failure." Worse yet, they provide a 99.9999% uptime SLA, and the give you back $100 for your outtage. How is your app architected to deal with downtime? 

This doesn't mean the cloud is bad or wrong, but be clear about what enterprise applications are good candidates to move to the cloud.

The cloud is also having a big impact on internal IT. The cloud (AKA availability of free public services), is forcing enterprises to rethink their IT services. "People are really more empowered at home than at work," explained Chris Launey, Director of Cloud Services at Disney. Launey doesn't want Disney developers to come up with an idea over the weekend, begin developing it using free services they can access at home, and then run into a brick wall when they try to implement it at work on Monday. The expectation is that things need to be much, much faster. Fast is the new cheaper. Fast is the new better, and fast must be even faster. He said, "I challenge my team to "do things 'cloudly.' " That means we need to: make requests stupidly easy, provide fast delivery, allow for painless management, provide data transparency and granular billing. 

The Open Cloud Day at OSCON was look at the “state of cloud” in 2014, where industry practitioners provided their take on the state of public and private cloud, IaaS, and PaaS platforms. The day was inspirational and cautionary, just like a unicorn.


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