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.

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

Oracle Technology Network Wednesday in Review / Thursday Preview - Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

Annual Blogger Meetup was a hoot!  Thanks for joining us.

OTN Lounge activities come to a close today last chance to learn more about the Oracle ACE Program and the Oracle Community from the program leads.  See more below -

Oracle ACE Program – 11:30 to 1:30 - Oracle ACE Program Recognizes prominent advocates. Learn how to become an Oracle ACE, Gain community recognition for sharing your knowledge and expertise, Advance your career and network with like-minded peers

Oracle Community - 11:30 to 3:30 - Learn about the Oracle Technology Network Community Platform, and get a preview of the new badges that are coming soon! Get answers to questions, network with peers, and be rewarded for your expertise in the Oracle Community

Don't forget the OTN team has been busy shooting video and attending sessions.  See what they've been up to so far -

Blogs -
The Java Source Blog
OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler

YouTube Channels -
OTN
Java
OTN Garage
OTN ArchBeat

Follow @JavaOneConf for conference-specific announcements

See you next year!

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Oracle Technology Network Tuesday in Review / Wednesday Preview - Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne


Another Day of Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne comes to a close.  The OTN Wearable Meetup was great thanks to the Oracle Usable Apps team and the folks who came and showed us their wearable tech. 

Special Activity in the OTN lounge, Moscone South Upper Lobby for Wednesday October 1st -

Oracle Spatial and Graph users Meetup – 4 to 5pm
Meet the product managers, developers, and other users of Oracle's Spatial, Graph, and Multimedia Database technologies in these informal meetups. Share your questions, experiences, and ideas. Experts will listen to your product feedback and answer questions about
•    Spatial and MapViewer features for location-enabled business apps and GIS systems. Hosted by the IOUG Oracle Spatial Special Interest Group
•    RDF Graph for social network, semantic, and linked data applications
•    Multimedia for image archives, medical image applications, and other media-related applications

Out of the OTN Lounge -

Annual Blogger Meetup - 5:30pm to 7pm - Jillian @ Metreon

Monday Sep 29, 2014

Oracle Technology Network Monday in Review / Tuesday Preview - Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

OTN's Tech Fest was AWESOME!  Thanks for joining us!  We had fun, and we hope you did, too!


The OTN team have been busy shooting video and attending sessions.  See what they've been up to so far -

Blogs -
The Java Source Blog
OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler

YouTube Channels -
OTN
Java
OTN Garage
OTN ArchBeat

Follow @JavaOneConf for conference-specific announcements

Hacking sessions and interviews on NightHacktingTV - LIVE from the Java Hub, 9am-4pm PT.


Special Activity in the OTN lounge, Moscone South Upper Lobby on Tuesday, September 30th -  OTN Wearable Meetup – 4 to 6pm  - See live demos of Oracle ideation and proof of concept wearable technology.  Show us your own wearables and discuss the finer points of use cases, APIs, integrations, UX design, and fashion and style considerations for wearable tech development, and lots more!

Oracle Technology Network Sunday in Review / Monday Preview - Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

Sunday OTN Kick Off Event was a BIG success and the RAC ATTACK was awesome. Thanks for joining us!

Here is a listing of OTN activities at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne for Monday, September 29th. Be sure to double check the schedule at the when you visit the OTN Lounge for any changes.  


OTN Lounge - Upper Lobby, Moscone South -

Monday, September 29th to Wednesday October 1st-

  • Oracle ACE Program –11:30 to 3:30 - The Oracle ACE Program Recognizes prominent advocates.  Stop by to learn how to become an Oracle ACE, Gain community recognition for sharing your knowledge and expertise, Advance your career and network with like-minded peers
  • Oracle Community  - 11:30 to 3:30 - Learn about the Oracle Technology Network Community Platform, and get a preview of the new badges that are coming soon! Get answers to questions, network with peers, and be rewarded for your expertise/activity in the Oracle Community
  • MAF Developer Challenge Office Hours – 12pm to 1pm - Taking the challenge?  Stop by and talk to a MAF product expert.  Not signed up? There is still time to register for the MAF Developer Challenge.  Go here to register: (XXX)
  • Relax and Make Your Own Shirt or Origami with us in the Lounge. 

Monday September 29th Only -

  • SQL Live - Monday, September 29th, 2:00pm – 4:00 pm - Come learn about this Dynamic leaning environment featuring code libraries, tutorials, schemas and worksheets for improving your SQL and PL/SQL knowledge and skills. 
  • Delphix and DbVisit –Monday, September 29th, 3:30pm to 5pm  - Enter the worlds of database replication and virtualization fast and hassle free. Meet with experts that will help you get up and running with tools and labs that will help you grok how replication and virtualization really work.
  • Oracle Technology Network’s TechFest with Tweet for a Beer–Monday September, 29th 7pm to 9pm – Howard Street Plaza - OTN's Tech Fest is the place hang with your techie peers, sip wine or drink beer, dance to the DJ. Be sure to keep your eyes out for the blinking OTN team they will be walking around the event handing out "goodies" while they last.  This event is open to Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne full conference pass attendees. Don't forget your badge!
  • The Yes SQL session hosted by Steven Feuerstein for 6:00 PM this evening is "sold out" but not to worry, Steven will be in the OTN Lounge all week with SQL and PL/SQL books and ready to answer any questions.  


OTN Activities @ Java Hub / Hilton - Monday, September 29th to Wednesday, October 1st -

  • Hackergarten
  •     3D Modeling 
  •     Meet The Experts
  •     Get Your NEW OTN Java Shirt! Find out how onsite @ the OTN Desk in the Java Hub


Friday Sep 26, 2014

Oracle Technology Network Team Ramping up to Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

Normally on Fridays we accumulate the Best of Content for that week, but this time around we are going to look at what OTN has in store for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne attendees — starting with what is lined up for September 28th in the OTN Lounge located in Upper Lobby, Moscone South.

RAC Attack - 9am to 2pm - Learn how to configure and clone virtual machines, create and set up internal and external virtual networks, create different storage types, and set up a local DNS server and other challenging components.

OTN Kick Off Meetup - 3 to 5pm -  A perfect way to start the week!  Join us for a beverage, grab a community ‘band’ to help find like-minded folks, and network! You'll also be able to make origami, use our photo booth to share how much fun you are having, and Tweet for a beer.

The OTN Community Managers will be posting videos and blogs all week long so make sure to check them out often:

Blogs -
The Java Source Blog
OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler

YouTube Channels -
OTN
Java
OTN Garage
OTN ArchBeat

Follow @JavaOneConf for conference-specific announcements

Hacking sessions and interviews on NightHacktingTV - LIVE from the Java Hub, 9am-4pm PT.