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Oracle Code 2017 brings modern cloud development to you.

By Alexandra Weber Morales

January/February 2017

There’s another developer conference in town this year—in many towns, actually. And this one is dedicated exclusively to helping developers build modern web, mobile, enterprise, and cloud-native applications.

Stephen Chin, director of Oracle Technology Network (OTN); Bruno Borges, principal product manager for developer engagement on Oracle Cloud; and Gerald Venzl, senior principal product manager for Oracle Server Technologies, spoke with Oracle Magazine about the motivation behind the Oracle Code 2017 event series and what’s in it for attendees.

Oracle Magazine: What is Oracle Code 2017?

Chin: With Oracle Code 2017, we’re doing a 20-city conference across the world, with stops in every continent except Antarctica. It’s an event for developers, produced by technical folks, and we have exciting content, including Oracle keynotes and luminaries. It will be a showcase of some of the latest and greatest modern software development technologies and trends—including the cloud, of course.

This is an opportunity to hear from great community speakers and Oracle engineers about what is shaking the software development world these days.”
–Bruno Borges, Principal Product Manager for Developer Engagement on Oracle Cloud

Folks can get hands-on experience and interactive demos, and as with any good conference, we’re going to have some of the best technical content available. We’re pulling in well-known third-party speakers and developer advocates to talk about topics such as containers, microservices, DevOps, and cloud development and deployment.

Oracle Magazine: Why should developers attend?

Chin: Each event will include at least 20 technical sessions with lots of live coding and live demos in addition to hands-on labs where developers can experience Oracle Cloud. And some cities’ events may include free Oracle University hands-on labs that will provide discount vouchers for any Oracle certification exam.

Borges: But most importantly, developers should attend because this is an opportunity to hear from great community speakers and Oracle engineers about what is shaking the software development world these days. There is so much innovation and there are so many new things to learn that developers are sure to come away with excellent tips and guidance on ways to boost their careers and improve their workdays.

Oracle Magazine: How do developers relate to Oracle technology today?

Borges: Any developer in the world is using at least one Oracle technology, whether it’s the Java platform or Oracle Database or MySQL Database. So Oracle has a huge developer base. Whether these developers realize they are using Oracle technology or not, that’s a different story.

Venzl: Also, some people think Oracle technology is great but too expensive. Well, the game has changed with the cloud, where you pay for what you use—and it’s very inexpensive.

Oracle Magazine: What technologies does Oracle bring to developers, and how might those technologies be demonstrated at Oracle Code 2017?

Borges: Oracle is an open company for any technology, with modern solutions for both cloud and on premises and technology that is easy for developers to use to build their applications.

We want to show developers how many great things they can do—and how much they have already been doing—with our technology.”
–Bruno Borges, Principal Product Manager for Developer Engagement on Oracle Cloud

Oracle is open—not just to Java development but also to Ruby, Python, PHP, JavaScript, and more. And Oracle is open not only to Java EE but also to the Spring Framework, the Dropwizard framework, Node.js, and the technologies that today’s startups are using. In addition to Oracle Cloud platform and infrastructure services, you can use Cassandra, MongoDB, Redis, or any other technologies to host data for developing applications.

Oracle is modern, with solutions for containers, microservices, API development, DevOps, and Agile software development. So Oracle Code 2017 sessions will address technologies such as Apache Spark, Kafka, Vagrant (Chat) and Puppet, Docker containers, and microservices. We’ll also cover machine learning, chatbot development, and artificial intelligence.

Our solutions are easy to use. Oracle Cloud services are easy to try—for free—and easy to sign up for. You can easily set up and use a SQL database on Oracle Cloud, whether that database is Oracle Database, a MySQL database, or a NoSQL database. At Oracle Code 2017, we will demonstrate these things as well as show developers how they can use IDEs and tools of their choice to build applications for Oracle Cloud and on-premises solutions.

Venzl: With Oracle Code 2017, we are going out to developers and showing them what’s in Oracle’s developer toolbox. People tend to forget that great systems are built of lots of different components—which require many different toolkits.

Oracle Magazine: Does this mean Oracle is changing the way it talks to developers?

Borges: A perception in the past was that Oracle did not care about developers. We do care. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be building tools for developers. Oracle recently launched a developer portal. If we came to the portal game late, that’s a fair criticism. But it is also fair to say that we want to build that connection. And that’s why we created the portal, because we want to show developers how many great things they can do—and how much they have already been doing—with our technology.

Oracle Code 2017 aims to go out and show developers, “Hey, Oracle enterprise-grade technology is secure. It’s open, modern, and easy, and it delivers what enterprises are looking for.”

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