Thursday May 21, 2015

OTN Needs a New Manager of Systems Communities

After 5 years of managing BigAdmin (under the watchful eye of Robert Weeks) and almost as much time managing the Systems Communities of OTN, I'm getting back with my ex. No, not her. I'm not that crazy. I'm returning to writing. A coupla novels, a little technical writing, maybe a blog or two.

I asked for a parade in honor of my departure, but my boss's response was unequivocal:

"Um. No."
Parade or no parade, this means you get a chance to select the new head honcho (or honchess) of OTN's Systems Communities. There are several of them, and they will eventually encompass these topics and technologies:

  • Application Development in C, C++, and Fortran
  • Systems Management Tools
  • Oracle Solaris
  • Linux
  • Virtualization
  • OpenStack
  • Systems Configuration Support
  • Engineered Systems
  • Optimized Solutions
  • Servers
  • Storage
  • Networking

If you know someone who is comfortable with these technologies, loves to hang out with system admins and developers, and is comfortable writing about, interviewing technical experts about, and generally horsing around with these technologies and the technical trends surrounding them, point them to:

Most Excellent Job Posting for Manager of Systems Communities

Our system admins and developers in the community, and our Oracle technical experts, are a fun and fascinating bunch of people. The best part of the job is rubbing elbows with them. Give the job a try. Or tell a friend about it. If you do nothing, you might end up with someone who doesn't know how to use grep.

- Rick

P.S. My last day at Oracle will be May 31. If you'd like to stay in touch, use the links on the left, below:

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Tuesday May 19, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - Now Available OnDemand

Now Available OnDemand - OTN Virtual Technology Summit

In case you missed our live day event, the latest OTN Virtual Technology Summit is now available OnDemand.   Learn first hand from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts, as they share their insight and expertise on using Oracle technologies to meet today’s IT challenges. Learn through Hands on Labs and Technical Presentations / Demo’s. 

Register Now to view the following sessions in each track:

Java: 20 Year Anniversary!
Java technologies are celebrating 20 years of innovation delivering the next generation of application development. Integrate Java Embedded with vehicles, optimize Java EE applications, and discover how parallel programming with Java is the new norm.


Database: Delivering on Big Data Promise and New Generation Application Development
Oracle Database 12c delivers market-leading security, high performance, availability and scalability for OLTP, data warehousing and big data deployments. Join us to explore the Big Data strategy and learn the latest capabilities of popular application development tools and technologies including APEX, PL/SQL tips, node.js and restful data services.


Middleware: Spotlight on Service-Oriented Architecture and Oracle SOA Suite 12c:
The Middleware Track for the next Oracle Technology Network Virtual Technology Summit puts the spotlight on service-oriented architecture and Oracle SOA Suite 12c. Each of the deeply technical how-to sessions in this track focuses on a different aspect of Oracle SOA Suite 12c. Other technologies covered in these sessions include Oracle Service Bus, Event Processing, StreamExplorer,  API Catalog, API Manager and more.


Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies, and Hardware: Oracle Linux application optimization for Oracle stack
The main benefits of deploying Oracle Linux are its optimizations for the Oracle stack and the newer capabilities such as Docker that you can access long before they are released in the major Red Hat distributions. Did you know, however, that you can also optimize your applications to run better on the Oracle stack using Oracle Solaris Studio? In spite of the name, it is designed to help your Oracle Linux applications take advantage of performance, security, and reliability advances across the entire Oracle stack, particularly Oracle Database. The first two sessions will show you how to migrate from Red Hat Linux to Oracle Linux and give you an overview of the Oracle Solaris Studio IDE capabilities. And just in case you'd like to practice a little, the third session will show some advanced techniques for deploying applications using Oracle Virtual Box. 

Cheers,

OTN Team 


Monday May 04, 2015

NEWS: Oracle REST Enables Oracle Database and Oracle NoSQL

Today the Oracle Database Application Development Tools team released an update to Oracle REST Data Services.  This guest post from Jeff Smith, Senior Principal Product Manager at Oracle, provides the full story.


Oracle REST Enables Oracle Database and Oracle NoSQL

by Jeff Smith

Oracle REST Data Services version 3.0 is now generally available. Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) enables a consistent RESTful interface to Oracle Database's relational tables, JSON document store, and also enables access to Oracle NoSQL Database tables.

“Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) 3.0 dramatically reduces the complexity of building service based access to an Oracle Database,” said Michael J. Hichwa, Vice President of Oracle Database Tools.  “ORDS has been gaining momentum since first released in 2010, and release 3.0 is by far our most significant. Prior to release 3.0, ORDS required you use Oracle Application Express (APEX) to define your RESTful web services, now with ORDS 3.0 you can alternatively or additionally define RESTful web services from SQL Developer.  I urge everyone to see how elegant it is to define RESTful web services based on SQL that return JSON results.”

Oracle REST Data Services version 3.0


Representational State Transfer (REST) is today’s dominant software architectural style for creating modern, scalable web services. JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) is the most popular data-interchange format for RESTful web services. Oracle is committed to supporting both RESTful services and JSON, and has made storing native JSON in the database a key feature of Oracle Database 12c.

Oracle Database 12c is now a JSON document store that can be accessed using the Simple Oracle Document Access (SODA) API. Access to the JSON Document Store is seamless when provided by ORDS, whether the store is Database 12c or NoSQL 3.0.

Oracle REST Data Services accepts RESTful Web Service URIs and directs them to the appropriate SQL statement or PL/SQL block, returning the output in either JSON or CSV formats. ORDS version 3.0 is now easier to install and configure, empowers auto generated REST endpoints for tables and views, and has 100% IDE support in Oracle SQL Developer version 4.1.

As an example, a developer simply enables an Oracle Database table for REST Service in SQL Developer and all RESTful operations on that entity (GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, etc.) are made available via ORDS.

Deploying Oracle REST Data Services is now easier than ever. Via Oracle SQL Developer, administrators will now be able to install, configure, and run Oracle REST Data Services version 3.0 without any additional downloads.

Oracle REST Data Services version 3.0 also no longer requires an existing Oracle Application Express installation to define and use RESTful Services, as it now has its own dedicated database schema. During the installation process, administrators can additionally migrate RESTful Services defined in Oracle Application Express to Oracle REST Data Services.

Additional Information

NEWS: Oracle Updates Development Tools For Public Cloud Services

Today the Oracle Database Application Development Tools team released two important updates to the development tools line up.  This guest post from Jeff Smith, Senior Principal Product Manager at Oracle, provides the full story.


Oracle Updates Development Tools for Public Cloud Services

by Jeff Smith

Oracle SQL Developer version 4.1 and Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.1 are now generally available. The two products empower customers to design, develop, and deploy best-of-breed applications running on-premises or in Oracle Database Cloud Services.

We are very pleased with the strong adoption of Oracle SQL Developer,” said Michael J. Hichwa, Vice President of Oracle Database Tools.  “SQL Developer has been embraced by the developer community as the de-facto standard database IDE for designing, developing, and DBA activities.  Don’t let the dot 1 version fool you, this release is packed full of good stuff.”

Oracle SQL Developer version 4.1

Oracle SQL Developer, with its 4,000,000+ active users, serves as the IDE for Oracle SQL and PL/SQL and as the GUI for Oracle Database. In our latest release we have introduced several new features as well as enhanced some of the more popular ones to be easier to use and to provide additional value.

Perhaps the most noteworthy new feature is our one-button-click solution for copying on-premises Oracle Databases to the Oracle Database Cloud Service.

A database administrator simply right-clicks on a 12c Multitenant Pluggable Database and chooses to either move, or copy to their Cloud Service. When the operation is complete, the database is automatically made available in the Oracle Database Cloud Service.

Additionally, Oracle SQL Developer offers tighter integration with Oracle REST Data Services. Starting with the 4.1 release, SQL Developer can now install, configure, and run Oracle REST Data Services version 3.0 without any additional downloads.

SQL Developer will also make automatic RESTful services available for entire schemas or selected tables when connected to an Oracle Database being serviced by Oracle REST Data Services.

Database Administrators can also enjoy a new interface for checking on the activity in their database using SQL Developer’s DB Instance page. All in a single view, administrators can observe critical metrics in real-time around IO, networking, wait events, storage, and more. Each activity graph can be drilled down into a detailed report so that immediate action can be taken to address any problems.

Figure 1: DB Status Page in Version 4.1 of Oracle SQL Developer

Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler version 4.1

Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler provides a no-cost solution for designing and deploying both Oracle Database and Oracle Big Data Appliance data models. Version 4.1 continues to add additional support for taking advantage of new Oracle Database 12c features.

Support for comparing physical data mode elements such as storage properties for tables, PL/SQL code objects, and security around users, roles, and their permissions is now available. In addition, users are able to define user defined properties or import them from existing Oracle Designer or ERWin data models.


Additional Information




Wednesday Apr 29, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne Registration is Open!

Register Now and Save!

Now through May 31, 2015 get Super Saver registration pricing for both Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne - San Francisco, October 25th to 29th, 2015. Read on for a bit more about what each conference offers -

  • Oracle OpenWorld is where you can discover new ways to optimize your systems, new solutions that will help you take your business to the next level, and new practices that will make you more successful in your job and in your industry.
  • JavaOne is the largest technology conference that brings Java developers, luminaries, and experts together for a week of education, networking, community, and fun.

The OTN team is looking forward to seeing you at both events! 

Monday Apr 27, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - Still Time to Register

Register Now - New Agenda for May!

OTN's next Virtual Technology Summit is almost here.  Register now to view live sessions with Oracle ACEs, Product Experts, and Java Champions.  Four main tracks provide deep dives into four technical content areas: Java, Database, Systems, Middleware.  There is something for everyone!

May 5, 2015 - Americas (9:00 am PT - 12:30 pm PT)

May 12, 2015 - EMEA (09:00 am - 12:00 pm BST / 10:00 am - 13:00 pm CEST / 12:00 pm - 15:00 pm GST)

May 19, 2015 (2:00 pm to 5:30 pm AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm SGT / 9:30 am to 1:00 pm IST)

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use same email address for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Thursday Apr 23, 2015

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2015 Oracle Excellence Award: Sustainability Innovation

Is your organization using an Oracle product to help with a sustainability initiative while reducing costs? Saving energy? Saving gas? Saving paper? For example, you may use Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management to design more eco-friendly products, Oracle Cloud Solutions to help drive down power consumption, Oracle Transportation Management to reduce fleet emissions, Oracle Exadata Database Machine to decrease power and cooling needs while increasing database performance, Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting to measure environmental impacts, or one of many other Oracle products. Your organization may be eligible for the 2015 Oracle Excellence Award: Sustainability Innovation.

Submit a nomination form located here by Friday June 19 if your company is using any Oracle product to take an environmental lead as well as to reduce costs and improve business efficiencies using green business practices. These awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2015 (October 25-29) in San Francisco.

About the Award

  • Winners will be selected from the customer and/or partner nominations. Either a customer, their partner, or Oracle representative can submit the nomination form on behalf of the customer.
  • Winners will be selected based on the extent of the environmental impact they have had as well as the business efficiencies they have achieved through their combined use of Oracle products. 

Nomination Eligibility

  • Your company uses at least one component of Oracle products, whether it's the Oracle database, business applications, Fusion Middleware, or Oracle Sun servers/storage.
  • This solution should be in production or in active development.
  • Nomination deadline: Friday June 19, 2015.

Benefits to Award Winners

  • Award presented to winners during Oracle OpenWorld by Jeff Henley, Oracle Executive Vice Chairman of the Board 2015 Oracle
  • Sustainability Innovation Award logo for inclusion on your own website and/or other marketing materials
  • Possible placement in Oracle Profit Magazine and/or Oracle Magazine

See last year's winners here.

Questions? Send an email to: green-awards_us@oracle.com

Follow Oracle’s Sustainability Solutions on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and the Sustainability Matters blog

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Middleware

Reuse in Oracle SOA Suite 12c: Templates, libraries or services?

Few would argue the value of reuse, and choosing the right type of reuse can greatly speed development, decrease maintenance efforts, and reduce the number of errors by eliminating redundant code. Oracle SOA Suite 12c offers several ways to reuse code, implement patterns, and quickly start your project. These options vary from project skeletons using Maven poms, to composite templates, and creating services. This session will explain the differences between a pattern, a library, and a (micro)service, and will present real-life examples of how you can use SOA Suite 12c to work with Maven, BPEL and OSB templates, BPEL subprocesses, and services. You'll learn how to avoid common pitfalls, you'll understand the facilities that SOA Suite offers to create consistent quality in projects, and you'll be better equipped to choose the appropriate reuse method (library, pattern, or service) for any situation.

Register today to view this session as well as other all the other sessions offered in our next upcoming summit:

May 5, 2015 (9:00 am PT to 12:30pm PT)

May 12, 2015 (09:00 – 12:00 BST / 10:00 – 13:00 CEST / 12:00 – 15:00 GST)

May 19, 2015 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SGT / 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. IST)

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use same email address for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Friday Apr 17, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Database

OTN's Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Database Session - Oracle Application Express 5.0

Oracle Application Express 5.0 introduces the world's most powerful browser-based IDE.  This session will demonstrate the ease with which you can develop and maintain Web based applications. There are a broad range of well-thought out features built into Application Express Page Designer, so this session will outline the top features that will transform you from highly productive developer to super ninja!

Register today to view this session as well as other all the other sessions offered in our next upcoming summit:

May 5, 2015 (9:00 am PT to 12:30pm PT

May 12, 2015 (09:00 – 12:00 BST / 10:00 – 13:00 CEST / 12:00 – 15:00 GST

May 19, 2015 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SGT / 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. IST

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use same email address for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Monday Apr 13, 2015

OTN's Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Java Session

OTN's Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Java Session - Reactive Java EE. Let Me Count the Ways!

As our industry matures there is an increasing demand for high-throughput, low-latency systems heavily utilizing event-driven programming and asynchronous processing. This trend is rapidly converging on the somewhat well established but so-far not well understood term "Reactive". This session explores how Java EE as a whole aligns with this movement via features and APIs like JMS, MDB, EJB @Asynchronous, JAX-RS/Servlet/WebSocket async, CDI events, Java EE concurrency utilities and so on. We will also see how these robust facilities can be made digestible even in the most complex cases for mere mortal developers through Java SE 8 Lambdas and Completable Futures.

Register today to view this session as well as other all the other sessions offered in our next upcoming summit:

May 5, 2015 (9:00 am PT to 12:30pm PT*)

May 12, 2015 (09:00 – 12:00 BST / 10:00 – 13:00 CEST / 12:00 – 15:00 GST*)

May 19, 2015 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SGT / 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. IST*)

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use same email address for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

*Middleware track lasts an extra hour