Friday Dec 19, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of December 15th

From Team OTN - We wish you a very joyous holiday season.

Here is the best of OTN for the week as we head into the holiday season:

Architect Community - From Community Manager Bob Rhubart


This month the OTN Archbeat Blog has featured a year-end series of posts listing some of the most popular content covering topics of interest to software architects and those in the larger Oracle Fusion Middleware community. This week's Best Of OTN post draws from those posts to feature the #1 most popular articles (based on unique visits) from three different categories. If you know any of the authors, buy them a congratulatory egg nog.

#1 Business Intelligence Article: Cookbook: Installing and Configuring Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 [August 2014] - by Mark Rittman and Kevin McGinley - A step-by-step guide to installing, configuring, and loading an initial set of tables within Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1, using data sourced from Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3

#1 Identity Mgmt / Security Article: How To Configure Browser-based SSO with Kerberos/SPNEGO and Oracle WebLogic Server [May 2013] - by Abhijit Patil - Oracle WebLogic Server offers a complete solution for single sign-on with Microsoft clients using Kerberos.

#1 SOA Article: Enterprise Service Bus [July 2013] - by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmeidel, Guido Schmut, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg - Answers to some of the most important questions surrounding the term "enterprise service bus" using concrete examples, so that the areas of application that can be deemed "correct" for ESBs can be clarified.

Friday Funny

For your holiday entertainment, a very short video: The Stupid Christmas Hat

Systems Community - From Community Manager Rick Ramsey


1. Blog: Three New Dev Tips for C++ Developers

Darryl Gove and Ivan Soleimanpour walk you through a few simple ways to get better performance and troubleshooting information for your Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux applications using the Oracle Solaris Studio IDE.

2.  Tech Article: Configuring ZFS SMB Sharing in Oracle Solaris 11

How to share a ZFS file system using Microsoft's Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, and configure its access controls. Part 7 of a series on ZFS by Oracle ACE Alexandre Borges

Friday Dec 12, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of December 8th

We have some really good highlights this week, check them out.

Architect Community

For this week's Best Of, let's take a look at the Top 3 most popular videos on the OTN ArchBeat YouTube channel for the past week.

Best Practices in Oracle ADF Development | Frank Nimphius
Frank Nimphius summarizes best practices for the "fantastic four:" ADFbc, Task Flow, ADF Binding and ADF Faces. He also makes recommendations for when and how to use JavaScript in ADF and what you should do to break out of your "am I the only one" isolation.

2 Minute Tech Tip: Using Oracle ADF Libraries
| Sten Vesteri
Oracle ACE Director Sten Vesterli, author of Oracle ADF Enterprise Application Development – Made Simple: Second Edition (Packt Publishing) shares a quick tip on using ADF libraries and building a solid foundation for ADF applications.

2 Minute Tech Tip: Just Say No to Spaghetti Code
| Steven Feuerstein
Oracle architect and PL/SQL expert Steven Feuerstein fills 120 seconds with tasty advice on how to write code that doesn't resemble a big plate of pasta.
Friday Fun from OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart

We're deep in the holiday season, so this week I want to share some of my favorite Christmas music: The Ventures' Christmas Album. Originally released in 1965, this collection features brilliant instrumental surf-style arrangements of Christmas standards. But rather than just straight-up instrumental covers, these arrangements incorporate hooks and guitar licks from some of the hit songs of the day. You'll hear elements of the some of the Ventures hits, plus the Beatles and other British Invasion tunes. Listen!

On Spotify

On Rhapsody

Java Community

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

New Java Champion: Marc Hoffmann

Congratulations to the new Java Champions Marc Hoffmann!

Software Development in Turkey

What technologies are hot in Turkey? How do you get more women to speak at conferences. Turkish Project Manager Nilay Yener discusses GDG Fest Istanbul and GDG Fest Women.

Friday Funny: Titanic  Thanks, @paddyforan !

Systems Community

Brian Bream, USA's 1st ACE for Systems Technologies

Brian Bream, USA's First Oracle ACE for Systems - Chief Technology Officer for Collier IT, an Oracle Platinum Partner, certified in over 20 industry technologies, Instructor of the Year 3 times, and much more. A terrific addition to the Oracle ACE program.

Update to My Personal Crib Sheet for the ZFS Storage Appliance


In March of 2012 I posted a blog with some resources to help a sysadmin understand the ZFS Storage Appliance. A lot has changed since then, so this is an addendum to that blog. It reflects the latest information in preparation for the release of the ZS4-4.

Friday Dec 05, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of December 1st

OnDemand now available - OTN Virtual Technology Summit: Hands-On Learning With Oracle & Community Experts

OTN's  successful Live day Virtual Technology Summit is now available OnDemand.  Register now to view highly technical presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on-labs. Developers, Sysadmins, Architects, and DBA's take advantage of these presentations by Oracle Ace's, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts.

http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/OracleVTS


Tracks include technical dives in the following areas:

Database: Learn about Oracle database platforms that are optimized for developing more sophisticated and integrated applications with both relational and non-relational data for the enterprise.

Java: Java keeps getting more functionality! How do you keep up? VTS! We’ll provide code-laden sessions that will show you: how to migrate your code to Java SE 8, how to implement solutions using of the latest features of Java EE, and how to tune your Java applications for high performance.

Middleware: The explosive evolution in mobile computing leaves little doubt about the future of enterprise IT. This track is divided into two sub-tracks, one focused on Mobile Application Development, and the other on Mobile Architectures. Participants will learn from members of the Oracle ACE program and Oracle’s own experts about how to use essential tools and technologies for developing a successful mobile solution.  Products to be covered include the Oracle Mobile Application Framework, Oracle Mobile Suite, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, Oracle JDeveloper, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus, and more

SysAdmins: Provisioning has always been a deployment challenge. How do you accomplish that rapidly and reliably without losing the flexibility to accommodate changing needs in your datacenter? This track will feature hands-on labs to help you become familiar with two provisioning models that fit those requirement; Oracle VM Templates and OpenStack cloud management platform.
Register now! http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/OracleVTS

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of November 16th

For this Best of we'll focus on a core benefit of being an OTN Member - Oracle Technology Network Community.  Have you taken part in in the Community lately?  Have you asked a question?  Answered a questions?  Engaged in a technical discussion?  If not, make sure to get involved today!  

If you have specific product/technology interest see below -
Don't see your interest area listed?  Go to, https://community.oracle.com/welcome, for full list. 

Friday Nov 14, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of November 9th

Reminder!  OTN's Virtual Technology Summit Series Kicks off next Week! Register below and don't forget to check what the pre-event work might be based on the track you are attending in the Event Resource Space.

*Please note Middleware track ends an hour later

Architect Community

Managing WebLogic Server and Deployed Applications in DMZ and Other Complicated Network Setups
by Martin Heinzl
The author of Advanced WebLogic Server Automation with WLST and JMX (Rampant TechPress, 2014) shares his insight on DMZ and other special environments that require additional WebLogic configuration, communication and security considerations.

Podcast: ODI and the Evolution of Data Integration
This is what happens when you cram five business intelligence experts into a small hotel room and hand them a microphone. Organized by guest producer and Oracle ACE Director Gurcan Orhan, this podcast also features fellow ACE Directors Stewart Bryson and Cameron Lackpour, Oracle ACE Michael Rainey, and Fusion Middleware A-Team director Christophe Dupupet.

Designing Your Business for the Digital Economy
This summary of the 2014 Oracle Enterprise Architecture Summit presentation by Jeanne Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist at MIT Sloan, examines the confluence of Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, and the Internet of Things as key to the success of today's digital businesses.

Friday Fun from OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart
Get your weekend off to a good start with these three tune from two of my favorite singer/songwriters:
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert --

Database Community

Oracle Linux images for Docker released  - Avi Miller lets us know about a recent Oracle Linux announcement about an update to Docker on Oracle Linux, along with the release of official Docker images for Oracle Linux 6 and 7.

Oracle Database 12c Global Data Services: Part 1 – Automated Workload Management for Replicated Databases - DBAs: Look what you can do with Oracle GoldenGate and Active Data Guard.

Java Community

Tori Wieldt and Yolande Poirier Highlight Devoxx Belgium 2014 - See what they where up to this week!

Devoxx Playlist soon to be filled with tons more content from the OTN and other Oracle Java experts!

Friday Funny: Only god can decipher this #code ! http://ow.ly/DEuwH Thanks @JavaCodeGeeks! Shared by
Tori Wieldt, OTN Java Community Manager

Systems Community

Posted: Lab Instructions for November Virtual Technology Summit
Instructions for the six Systems labs that will be presented at November's
Virtual Technology Summit are now available on the OTN Community Platform.

Friday Oct 31, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of October 26th

Java Community -

Your spooky pirate, Tori Wieldt, OTN SR. Java Community Manager

JavaOne sessions available - This year at JavaOne we captured video of some of the biggest sessions. For the rest of the sessions we captured the audio and synched it with the presentation deck. We'll be rolling out sessions every couple of weeks, so check back often for the latest content and follow the JavaOneConf twitter handle for announcements.

Java SE 8 on Java.com - With the release of Java SE 8 Update 25, the Java SE 8 runtime is now available on java.com as the default JRE for end-users.

New Java Champions: Mario Torre and Anton Arhipov - Learn more about him!

Friday Funny: Why is it that programmers always confuse Halloween with Christmas?
Because 31 OCT = 25 DEC.

Systems Community

Your friendly biker, Rick Ramsey, OTN Systems Community Manager

How Do Linux Containers Compare to Oracle Solaris Zones?
  VP of Engineering for Oracle Linux Wim Coekaerts explains Linux containers to Oracle ACE Ed Whale, and compares them to Oracle Solaris zones.\


Will Cloud EOL System Administration Part 2
   - CTO of Collier IT Brian Bream and Oracle ACE Seth Miller continue their conversation about the impact of cloud on system administration, comparing it to the adoption of virtualization technologies over a decade ago. Taped at OOW14.



You Can Make Java Apps Run Faster on Your Hardware - How do you pick the right data structure to, for instance, sort through a list of data? Understanding the hardware can help you make the right choice. Darryl Gove talks about the Java Performance session he and Charly Hunt presented at Oracle OpenWorld.

Database Community

Your horse wrangler, Laura Ramsey, OTN DB Community Manager

It's here: The OTN Database Developer Newsletter. Get it! 

Friday Oct 24, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of October 19th

Systems  Community Video

Will Cloud EOL System Administration? Part 1

Oracle ACE Seth Miller and CTO of Collier IT Brian Bream discuss the impacts of cloud adoption on system administration and how sysadmins can adapt.

Will Cloud EOL System Administration? Part 2

CTO of Collier IT Brian Bream and Oracle ACE Seth Miller continue their conversation about the impact of cloud on system  administration, comparing it to the adoption of virtualization technologies over a decade ago.  Taped at OOW14

What is Application-Aware SDN?  Sunay Tripathy Explains

Sunay Tripathi, CTO of Pluribus Networks, explains what application-aware SDN is, and how it can be used to, for instance, dynamically re-provision virtual network services to improve performance.  Taped at Oracle OpenWorld 2014.

More Oracle OpenWorld Videos can be found on the OTN Garage YouTube Channel in the coming weeks.

Database Community

Oracle Critical Patch Advisory is out - Urgent patches for BASH here.

Register for Virtual Technology Summit - Database Track with two Sub Tracks; One for DBA and One for DB Devs!  Learn More.


Architect Community

Given the frequency with which stories about black-hat hackers hit the news, it's little wonder that Security is a consistently hot topic within the community. Here are the top three most popular security-related OTN tech articles for the past week.

  1. How To Configure Browser-based SSO with Kerberos/SPNEGO and Oracle WebLogic Server [May 2013]
    by Abhijit Patil
    This article describes how to enable Microsoft clients (browsers in this case), authenticated in a Windows domain, using Kerberos, to be transparently authenticated in a Oracle WebLogic Server domain, based on the same credentials, and without the need to type in a password again.
  2. Diagnosing Intermittent Authentication Failures and User Lock-Outs in Oracle WebLogic [February 2014]
    by Shailesh K. Mishrah
    This article was inspired by a customer situation in which Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) APIs started failing intermittently due to authentication failures in WebLogic. It assumes that the reader has good understanding of WebLogic security concepts and authentication mechanisms.
  3. Flexible Manipulation of Session Timeout for Oracle Identity Manager Web Applications[January 2014]
    by Firdaus Fraz
    This article discusses the session timeout configuration for OIM web applications using a WebLogic deployment plan.

Friday Fun from OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart
In this video the brilliantly funny Key and Peele take on one of the issues plaguing American football.
Key & Peele - Quarterback Concussion

Friday Oct 17, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of October 12th

It Doesn't Get Better Than This

According to a post on his DBA On Tap blog, Oracle ACE Associate Danny Bryant reports that he is frequently asked, "What do you get for being an ACE?"

He provides an answer, but then goes on to explain that maybe that's the wrong question. He suggests that those people ask, "What's in it for me?"

Danny then goes on to give three terrific examples of what the Oracle ACE program can mean to an individual, to a private sector business, or to a public sector organization.

So for this week's edition of Best of OTN, we think it doesn't get any better than Danny's post -- and his attitude.

Take a moment to read his post and see for yourself. Oracle ACE: What's in it for Me?

Systems Community - 

New Cookbook:  Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced Administration
In-depth on IPS repository and packages, boot environments, and ZFS frameworks and shadowing. Implementing zones, creating SMF services, reviewing SMF operations, and using the Automated Installer. Role-based access control (RBAC) and least privileges, how to configure and administer resource manager, and an introduction to performance tuning

Will Cloud EOL System Administration? Part 1
Oracle ACE Seth Miller and CTO of Collier IT Brian Bream discuss the impacts of cloud adoption on system administration and how sysadmins can adapt.

Java Community -

Enjoy the JavaOne Community Keynote - Jim Weaver, Consulting Member of Technical Staff for Oracle, shares his keynote celebrating the thriving global ecosystem of Java developers and enthusiasts, including more than 275 Java user groups at JavaOne 2014.

New Releases: Java SE 8 Update 25 and Java SE 7 Update 71 and 72  - Oracle has released Java SE 8 Update 25 and Java SE 7 Update 71 and 72. Developers can download the latest Java SE JDK and JRE at the Oracle Technology Network.

Top 10 NetBeans features according to its users: NetBeans community members share their all-time top ten reasons they’re glad they work with this NetBeans.

Database Community -

How PL/SQL can help improve your application design, and a lot more - Read about PL/SQL and building beautiful applications - By Lasse Jenssen.

Adding Oracle Big Data SQL to ODI12c to Enhance Hive Data Transformations -  More Big Data goodness from Mark Rittman.

Tuesday Oct 14, 2014

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - New Content coming in November!

How can you use Oracle technology to meet today’s IT challenges? Find out at the Virtual Technology Summit (VTS). Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts as they share their insight and experience in meeting those challenges.  We are offering three chances to watch and interact with Oracle and community experts.  Register Now by clicking one of the links below!



This interactive, online event, sponsored by the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips:  

The Database Track

In this new data-driven world, database administrators have the opportunity to evolve and enhance their IT service delivery models. Database developers can harness new sources of data to build more-sophisticated applications. This track will offer two focus areas—advanced database administration techniques and data-driven application development for database developers. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Develop database services more efficiently
  • Facilitate the development of data-driven applications

Products covered will include Oracle Database, Oracle Multitenant, Oracle Database In-Memory, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle NoSQL Database, MySQL, and database development tools.

The Java Track

Java continues to offer more functionality. How can you keep up? Attend this event. We’ll provide code-laden training on how to:


  • Implement solutions using the latest Java EE features
  • Use lambdas and the new streams library API 
  • Tune your Java applications for high performance

The Middleware Track

Mobile device sales continue to increase, and smartphones and tablets are quickly replacing desktop and laptop computers. This track has two focus areas—mobile application development and mobile architecture. Participants will learn how to use essential tools and technologies for developing a successful mobile solution. Products covered will include the Oracle Mobile Application Framework, Oracle Mobile Suite, Oracle Mobile Cloud, Oracle JDeveloper, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, Oracle SOA Suite, and Oracle Service Bus.

The Systems Track

Provisioning has always been a deployment challenge. How do you accomplish that rapidly and reliably without losing the flexibility to accommodate changing needs in your datacenter? This track will feature hands-on labs to help you become familiar with two provisioning models that fit those requirements:

  • Oracle VM Templates
  • OpenStack cloud management platform


View the full agenda, abstracts, and participation instructions on the VTS Event Resources Community Space.


*Middleware Track last an extra hour

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne OTN Interviews - Part 1

Oracle OpenWrold and JavaOne 2014 are over and the OTN Community Managers are busy editing TONS of video they took with Oracle experts and community members at the events. This week's best of will focus on the Java and Architect Community videos posted so far. Next Friday we will focus on the Database and Systems Communities.

Architect Community

From OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart

During Oracle OpenWorld 2014 I spent most of my time in the OTN Lounge recording 2 Minute Tech Tips, as presented by a small army of architects and developers. The premise is simple: each person has to beat the clock to deliver an interesting tech tip before the countdown timer runs down. All of the participants were great sports, and putting these videos together involved a lot of laughter. The three videos below are just a sample of the more than 28 Tech Tip videos now available -- and more are on the way!

Click here for more 2 Minute Tech Tip Videos.

Java Community

From OTN Java Sr. Community Manager Tori Wieldt

JavaOne 2014 I spent most of my time in the Java Hub recording video. Below is just a sample of what is to come, more is on the way!
  • Java ME and ProSyst Software
    Dr. Dimitar Valtchev, CTO of ProSyst Software, discusses Java ME and working with small devices with Java ME. Live from JavaOne, by Tori Wieldt of the Oracle Technology Network..
  • IoT Dev Challenge Student Winners: ePot
    JavaOne interview with the student winners of the OTN IoT Developer Challenge.
  • JavaFX and ObjectWheel
    Mike Tallent, CEO of ObjectWheel, discusses using drag-and-drop to create UIs with ObjectWheel. Live from JavaOne, by Tori Wieldt of the Oracle Technology Network..

Click here for more OTN JavaOne Videos.