Friday Dec 06, 2013

Best of OTN - Week Of December 1st

The OTN team is finally out of our food coma from Thanksgiving.  Without further delay here is our roll up of the Best content we've seen so far this week...if we missed something please share in the comments section below. 

Java Community -


Friday Funny from Tori Wieldt, Java Community Manager -  I heard jQuery launched a credit card called "technical debt". Thanks @hipsterhacker !

Architect Community -

Friday Funny: Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager, found this quote from Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966): "I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known."


Database Community -

Friday Funny from Laura Ramsey, Database Community Manager - TEAMWORK. Picture at Top of post : ).

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Friday Nov 22, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of November 18th

Many of the OTN staffers will be celebrating Thanksgiving next week so the idea of thankfulness is fresh in all our our hearts and minds.  We want to say thank you to the OTN members for dropping by when we are at events, reading our articles and interacting with us on our various social media channels. OTN would be nothing without you! To show our thanks here is another Best of OTN:

System Community -

Video Interview: Who Should Manage an Oracle Exadata Database Machine? - The Database Admin? The Systems Admin? What about the storage admin? Brian Bream, CTO of Collier IT, gives us his opinion on the matter, as well as other reactions about the Exadata that he gets from the students of his Oracle University classes.

Blog: How to Limit Upgrades Beyond a Prescribed Version of Oracle Solaris - How to control an Oracle Solaris 11 upgrade so that a system cannot be upgraded beyond a prescribed version, even though the package publisher provides newer versions.

Architect Community -

Small Steps to Becoming a Better Architect - Want to be a better architect? Working architects share tips on steps you can take today.

Internet of Things - The Oracle platform - Oracle ACE Director Torsten Winterberg (one of the authors of the Industrial SOA article series available on OTN) shares an informative summary of an Oracle Openworld presentation on the Internet of Things (IoT).

Podcast: Old Habits Die Hard in the New SOA World - Part 3 - Do SOA stakeholders recognize the problems caused by poor communication among siloed service development teams? In this third and final segment of the series a panel of experts, including several Oracle ACE Directors, shares their insight.

Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager, quote of the week: “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.” -- Gautama Buddha

Database Community -

Oracle 12c Multitenant/PDBs Tutorial - A few folks have asked for a quick tutorial on Oracle 12c Multitenant/PDB installation...Found one! Enjoy!

PHP PECL OCI8 2.0 Production Release Announcement - This just in from Chris Jones, member of Oracle's Linux engineering team: The PHP OCI8 2.0.6 extension for Oracle Database is now "production" status...including DB12c IRS support and Dtrace static probes that can be enabled with PHPs.

Membership has its rewards:  Kscope13 presentations are now available for download for ALL ODTUG members.
Browse and download more than 250 sessions from experts covering Oracle Technologies--from Database administration and management to advanced developer methods and techniques.

Laura Ramsey, Database Community Manager, random act of cuteness:

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Friday Nov 15, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of November 11th

It's been another busy week here at OTN.  We have some of our team over at Devoxx, others wrapped up our participation at QCon SF, and yet others prepped for our upcoming Virtual Developer Day - Oracle ADF Development - Web, Mobile and Beyond (Americas Nov 19th, APAC Nov 21st, EMEA Nov 26th).

Here is the BEST of OTN for this week....

Architect Community -

Video: Coherence Community on Java.net - 4 Projects available under CDDL-1.0

Community Video Profile: Kevin McGinley - OBIEE, Business Intelligence, and Advanced Analytics

Do SOA stakeholders recognize the problems caused by poor communication among siloed service development teams? In this third and final segment of the series a panel of experts, including several Oracle ACE Directors, shares their insight.

Virtual Developer Day - Harnessing Oracle WebLogic and Coherence EMEA live day December 3rd - This virtual developer day will guide you through tooling updates and best practices around developing applications with Oracle WebLogic and Coherence. We'll also explore advances in how you can manage your build, deploy and ongoing management processes to streamline your application's life cycle.

Friday Funny from Valerie Simpson, Oracle WebLogic Community Manager - "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." — Will Rogers, American humorist
(November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935)

Java Community -

Video: Richard Bair on Java and the Internet of Things, Lambdas and more - Richard Bair, Client Java Architect, discusses Java and the Internet of Things,JavaFX, Lambdas and more. From the Devoxx conference in Antwerp

Java SE 7 Update 45 Technical Topics - This blog offers useful how-to’s, best practices, and advice on Java SE, Java Security and Usability. With the Java SE 7 Update 45, Java Platform team explains 7u45 caller-allowable-codebase and trusted-library as well as updated security baseline (7u45).

GlassFish and JavaEE Roadmap Update - Oracle has announced updates to the GlassFish roadmap.

Friday Funny form Tori Wieldt, Java Community Manager: Thank God we nipped that in the bud!

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Friday Nov 08, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of November 4th

It was another exciting week at OTN!  Lots of GREAT content to share.  If you had a favorite that you don't see listed let us know in the comment section below. 

Java Community -

JavaOne Sessions Online - We've posted 60 of the JavaOne sessions online, and we'll be rolling out more sessions every few weeks. This content is free, courtesy of Oracle.

NetBeans 7.4 Released  - NetBeans 7.4 features HTML5 integration for Java EE and PHP development; support for Apache Cordova and JDK 8 preview features; enhancements to Maven, C/C++, and more.

vJUG: Worldwide Virtual JUG Created - London Java Community leader and technical evangelist Simon Maple has created a Meetup called vJUG, with aim toward connecting Java Developers in the virtual world.

Tori Wieldt, Java Community Manager Friday Funny: This is what REALLY happens when you give someone your business card ow.ly/q6aKU

Architect Community -

Don't forget to register for the free Virtual Developer Day - Harnessing the Power of Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence.  December 3rd, 2013 - Two great tracks, Design & Develop and Build, Deploy & Manage.   Why wait, register now! 

Multi-Factor Authentication in Oracle WebLogic - Shailesh K. Mishra - Really good technical article on using multi-factor authentication to protect web applications deployed on Oracle WebLogic.

Coherence*Web: Sharing an httpSessions Among Applications in Different Oracle WebLogic Clusters - Jordi Villena
Understanding when and how to select session attributes that must be stored in the local storage of the Oracle WebLogic instances and which should be leveraged to an Oracle Coherence distributed cache. 

Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager Friday Funny - "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900) Irish writer and poet.

Friday Oct 25, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of Oct 21st

This week's Best of OTN, for you, the best devs, dba's, sysadmins and architects out there!  In these weekly posts the OTN team will highlight the top content from each community; Architect, Database, Systems and Java.  Since we'll be publishing this on Fridays, we'll also mix in a little fun!

Architect Community Top Content-

The Road Ahead for WebLogic 12c | Edwin Biemond
Oracle ACE Edwin Biemond shares his thoughts on announced new features in Oracle WebLogic 12.1.3 & 12.1.4 and compares those upcoming releases to Oracle WebLogic 12.1.2.

A Roadmap for SOA Development and Delivery | Mark Nelson
Do you know the way to S-O-A? Mark Nelson does. His latest blog post, part of an ongoing series, will help to keep you from getting lost along the way.

Updated ODI Statement of Direction | Robert Schweighardt
Heads up Oracle Data Integrator fans! A new statement of product direction document is available, offering an overview of the strategic product plans for Oracle’s data integration products for bulk data movement and transformation, specifically Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and Oracle Warehouse Builder (OWB).

Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager Friday Funny - "Some people approach every problem with an open mouth." — Adlai E. Stevenson (October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) 23rd Vice President of the United States

Database Community Top Content -

Pre-Built Developer VMs (for Oracle VM VirtualBox)
Heard all the chatter about Oracle VirtualBox? Over 1 million downloads per week and look: pre-built virtual appliances designed specifically for developers.

Video: Big Data, or BIG DATA?
Oracle Ace Director Ben Prusinski explains the differences.



Webcast Series - Developing Applications in Oracle's Public Cloud
Time to get started on developing and deploying cloud applications by moving to the cloud. Good friend Gene Eun from Oracle's Cloud team posted this two-part Webcast series that has an overview and demonstration of the Oracle Database Cloud Service. Check out the demos on how to migrate your data to the cloud, extend your application with interactive reporting, and create and access RESTful Web services. Registration required, but so worth it!

Laura Ramsey, Database Community Manager Friday Funny -


Systems Community Top Content -

Video: What Kind of Scalability is Better, Horizontal or Vertical?
Rick Ramsey asks the question "Is Oracle's approach to large vertically scaled servers at odds with today's trend of combining lots and lots of small, low-cost servers systems with networking to build a cloud, or is it a better approach?" Michael Palmeter, Director of Solaris Product Management, and Renato Ribeiro, Director Product Management for SPARC Servers, discuss.

Video: An Engineer Takes a Minute to Explain Cloud

Bart Smaalders, long-time Oracle Solaris core engineer, takes a minute to explain cloud from a sysadmin point of view.


Hands-On Lab: How to Deploy and Manage a Private IaaS Cloud

Soup to nuts. This lab shows you how to set up and manage a private cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c in an Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model. You will first configure the IaaS cloud as the cloud administrator and then deploy guest virtual machines (VMs) as a self-service user.

Rick Ramsey, Systems Community Manager Friday Funny - Video: Drunk Airline Pilot - Dean Martin - Foster Brooks

Java Community Top Content -

Video: NightHacking Interview with James Gosling
James Gosling, the Father of Java, discusses robotics, Java and how to keep his autonomous WaveGliders in the ocean for weeks at a time. Live from Hawaii. 

Video: Raspberry Pi Developer Challenge: Remote Controller 
A developer who knew nothing about Java Embedded or Raspberry Pi shows how he can now control a robot with his phone. The project was built during the Java Embedded Challenge for Raspberry Pi at JavaOne 2013.

Java EE 7 Certification Survey - Participants Needed
Help us define how to server your training and certification needs for Java EE 7.

Tori Wieldt, Java Community Manager Friday Funny - Programmers have a strong sensitivity to Yak's pheromone. Causes irresistible desire to shave said Yak. Thanks, @rickasaurus!

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Thursday Oct 17, 2013

There's A Virtual Developer Day in Your Future

What are Virtual Developer Days? You really should know this by now.

OTN Virtual Developer Days are online events created specifically for developers and architects, with a focus on no-fluff technical presentations, hands-on labs, and expert Q&A to sharpen your technical skills and bring you up to speed on the latest information on Oracle products and practical best practices for their use.

The best part about OTN Virtual Developer Days is that you don't have to pack a suitcase or stand in line at an airport waiting for someone pat you down. Instead, you stay where you are, flip open your laptop, and prepare your brain for a massive skills injection.

In the next few weeks you'll have two such chances to ramp up your skills.

  • On Tuesday November 5, 2013 Harnessing the Power of Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence will guide you through tooling updates and best practices for developing applications with WebLogic and Coherence as target platforms. This two-track event covers app design and development (Track 1) and building, deploying, and managing applications (Track 2). Each track includes three presentations plus a hands-on lab. [9am-1pm PT / 12pm-4pm ET / 1pm-5pm BRT]

    Register now

    This event will also be available in EMEA on December 3, 2013 {9am-1pm GMT / 1pm-5pm GST / 2:30pm-6:30 PM IST]
  • On Tuesday November 19, 2103 Oracle ADF Development: Web, Mobile, and Beyond offers four tracks covering everything from the basics to advance skills for for application development using Oracle ADF and Oracle ADF Mobile. There are three sessions in each track, followed by hands-on labs in which try out what you've learned. [9am-1pm PT / 12pm-4pm ET/ 1pm-5pm BRT]

    Register now

    This event will also be available in APAC on Thursday November 21, 2013 [10am-1:30pm IST (India) / 12:30pm-4pm SGT (Singapore) / 3:30pm-7pm AESDT] and in EMEA on Tuesday November 26, 2013 [9am-1pm GMT / 1pm-5pm GST/ 2:30pm-6:30pm IST]

Registration for both events is absolutely free. So what are you waiting for?

Wednesday Oct 09, 2013

Are you up to speed on Oracle Application Express 4.2?

Here's what to know:

Oracle Application Express (aka: APEX) release 4.2 is installed by default in Oracle Database 12c. When you install Oracle Database 12c Multitenant Architecture, APEX is installed into the multitenant container database by default. 

An interesting bit of trivia to impress your friends:

A single multitenant container database can have up to 252 pluggable databases (PDBs). 

A cool feature of APEX 4.2:

APEX can be removed from the multitenant container database and re-installed locally into a single pluggable database. So a single Oracle Database 12c Multitenant Architecture can run different versions of APEX in each PDB.

What's new:

APEX 4.2.3 was released on September 16th, 2013. It is a cumulative patch set for APEX 4.2, 4.2.1 and 4.2.2.  You can get it here.

Ready to learn more:

Look at this learning path for APEX.  Free tutorials on how to create and run a database using APEX 4.2, manipulate database objects, add security to database applications.  

Ciao for now~

LKR 



Friday Oct 04, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 - A Community Perspective

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 enters the history books as another fantastic event. Between Oracle Team USA winning the America's Cup (on a boat stuffed full of Oracle technology), Oracle unveiling new technologies that support greater innovation, and all the action at JavaOne, it will be hard to beat. See Ace Director Danny Bryant's perspective on the event, and his experience connecting with Oracle DBAs and experts. Jason Arneil also reports on his 5th outing to OOW. If there is any event you must have on the calendar, it has to be Oracle OpenWorld, and Jeff Smith gives a great overview of why. 

Over the coming weeks, keep checking back to the Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog where the presentations and additional content will be posted for attendees to access.  

Finally, a note of thanks for hanging out at the OTN Lounge. We had a great time meeting you all and hosting the developer challenges, presentations and meetups. Be sure to keep those Tweets and Comments coming!  

- The OTN Team 

Tuesday Oct 01, 2013

Virtual Developer Day - Harnessing the Power of Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence

Join us for OTN's Virtual Developer Day - Harnessing the Power of Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence.
Register now - Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 - 9am to 1pm PDT
(Note new Date)

This upcoming virtual developer day will guide you through tooling updates and best practices around developing applications with Oracle WebLogic and Coherence as target platforms. There are two specific tracks featured.  One will focus strictly on development and development tooling.  The second will focus on your build and deployment process and how you manage your application life cycle.  Mike Lehmann will deliver the Keynote, Oracle Cloud Application Foundation, and this will get you prepared for your developer day sessions whichever track you choose.

Click here to view the agenda.
Register now! What are you waiting for?

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

OTN Lounge @ Oracle OpenWorld - Wednesday, September 25th Activities

Thanks to all who came to the GREAT activities taking place in the OTN Lounge today!  Tomorrow promises just as much excitement!   

OTN Lounge @ Oracle OpenWorld (Moscone South Lobby) Activities for  Wednesday, September 25th

  • RAC Attack – 10 am to 2pm
  • Fusion Developer Challenge Office Hours – 10 to 11pm
  • Java Embedded  / Internet of Things – 11 to 12pm
  • Oracle ADF Meetup – 2pm to 3pm
  • SPATIAL AND GRAPH SIG MEETUPS - 2pm to 3pm
  • APEX Dev Challenge Preso and Awards – 3pm to 4pm
  • Fusion Developer Challenge Preso and Award – 4pm to 5pm