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By Roland Smart

July/August 2015


Join the Data Science Bootcamp

Interested in strengthening your knowledge of data science fundamentals? Oracle Academy and Oracle Senior Principal Product Manager Dan McClary, PhD, and Oracle Product Manager Althea Wallop have released an 18-part Data Science Bootcamp, complete with video trainings, sample code, and original exercises for the beginner and seasoned data pro alike.

Topics include big data manipulation, processing complex delimited data, and best practices for employing JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) schemas. The course uses publicly available data sets in order to teach core skills involving data ingestion, quality, analysis, and visualization. Watch the video lessons and download the supporting materials at

Technologists: Start Your Nominations

The Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards recognize technical expertise and contributions in the worldwide Oracle Database community. Nominations for the 2015 Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards are open to you, the community, through August 15, 2015.

And who chooses the winners? You do. The worldwide Oracle technologist community votes on the finalists from September 15 through October 15, 2015. Winners will be announced at the YesSQL! event at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 in San Francisco, California.

Read the Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards rules, check out the FAQ, and nominate—early and often—at

Connect with Oracle Engineers: Visit My Oracle Support Blogs

Powered by, My Oracle Support Blogs allow you to hear directly from Oracle Support engineers. Discover their latest insights on a wide range of Oracle products, platforms, and technologies, including Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, Oracle WebCenter, and Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service. And keep track of the most-recent product releases, documentation, and service announcements with the Support Blogs portal. Subscribe to regular e-mail notifications or receive a weekly or twice-weekly digest of the blog contributions relevant to your area of technical expertise.


Find the My Oracle Support Blogs at

Debating Docker

What is the future of Docker, a nascent open platform for distributed applications? In a four-part podcast series, Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema and Oracle Fusion Middleware architects offer their own prognostications.

Among other threads, the panelists discuss the growth of continuous delivery systems and different methods for automating the “build-test-release” lifecycle. They also explore the pros and cons of Docker’s virtualization technology, which relies on containers that share a host operating system.

Stream and download the full interview series at And for those looking to do some hands-on investigation, check out the available Oracle Linux images for Docker at

Featured Download: Oracle SQL Developer 4.1

Oracle SQL Developer 4.1 provides a host of new tools for designing, developing, and deploying applications on premises or in Oracle Database Cloud Service. Database administrators will find a new, robust reporting interface, enabling them to track the latest metrics on I/O, networking, wait times, storage, and more.

Oracle SQL Developer 4.1 is a free download. Get the latest release and find how-to videos and tutorials at


Learn the Latest in Oracle Database 12c Security

Oracle Database 12c Security (Oracle Press, 2015), written by experts from Oracle’s National Security Group, is a comprehensive primer on building and managing secure Oracle Database systems in a multitenant architecture.

The authors explain practical strategies for enterprise security, based on who gets access to what, from where, when, and how. The guide also presents a checklist of security items, centered on what the writers call the “evolving four A’s”: authentication, authorization, access, and auditing.

Read the first chapter for free and buy the book (paperback and e-book versions are available) at