Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Oracle Technology Network at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne SF 2014

It is September again! The OTN team is working hard to provide an excellent experience for the OTN Members once again at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne in San Francisco, September 28th through October 2nd 2014. OTN events to put on your calender right away!

  • OTN Kick Off Event –  Sunday, September 28th, 3 to 5pm - Perfect way to start the week!  Join us for a beverage, grab a community ‘band’ to help find like minded folks, and to network! In OTN Lounge Moscone South Upper Lobby.  
  • OTN Wearable Meetup Tuesday, September 30th, 4 to 6pm - Get your best wearables technology gear on and come hang out with the OTN Team and the Oracle Applications User Experience team.  Inexpensive yet tasteful gifts for attendees sporting wearable tech, while supplies last!

Once again the OTN team can be found in two locations; OTN Lounge in Moscone South and in Java Hub in Hilton. Stay tuned to this blog to learn more details, but here are some of the highlights so far for both locations.  

OTN Lounge Moscone South Upper Lobby Activities and Meetups-

Community Meetups -

  • RAC Attack – Sunday September 28th, 9am to 2pm
  • Delphix and DbVisit – Monday September 29th, 3:30pm to 5pm
  • Oracle Spatial and Graph users Meetup– Wednesday October 1st, 4 to 5pm

Daily Activities in OTN Lounge-

  • Make Your Own Shirt - some of the design options are below.

  • Origami
  • Photo Booth
  • Kiosks featuring Oracle Community, ACE program and other community initiatives.

OTN Activities @ Java Hub / Hilton

Daily Activities -

  • Hackergarten
  • 3D Modeling 
  • Meet The Experts
  • Get Your OTN Java Shirt Find out how onsite!

* Watch for schedules on JavaOne Blog.

Friday Aug 22, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of August 17th

Architect Community

The Top 3 most popular OTN ArchBeat video interviews of all time:
  1. Oracle Coherence Community on Java.net | Brian Oliver and Randy Stafford [October 24, 2013]
    Brian Oliver (Senior Principal Solutions Architect, Oracle Coherence) and Randy Stafford (Architect At-Large, Oracle Coherence Product Development) discuss the evolution of the Oracle Coherence Community on Java.net and how developers can actively participate in product development through Coherence Community open projects. Visit the Coherence Community at: https://java.net/projects/coherence.

  2. The Raspberry Pi Java Carputer and Other Wonders | Simon Ritter [February 13, 2014]
    Oracle lead Java evangelist Simon Ritter talks about his Raspberry Pi-based Java Carputer IoT project and other topics he presented at QCon London 2014.

  3. Hot Features in Oracle APEX 5.0 | Joel Kallman [May 14, 2014]
    Joel Kallman (Director, Software Development, Oracle) shares key points from his Great Lakes Oracle Conference 2014 session on new features in Oracle APEX 5.0.

Friday Funny from OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart:
Comedy legend Steve Martin entertains dogs in this 1976 clip from the Carol Burnette show.

Database Community

OTN Database Community Home Page - See all tech articles, downloads etc. related to Oracle Database for DBA's and Developers.

Java Community

JavaOne Blog - JRuby and JVM Languages at JavaOne!  In this video interview, Charles shared the JRuby features he presented at the JVM Language Summit. He'll be at JavaOne read the blog to see all the sessions.

Java Source Blog - IoT: Wearables! Wearables are a subset of the Internet of Things that has gained a lot of attention. Learn More.

I love Java FaceBook - Java Advanced Management Console demo - Watch as Jim Weaver, Java Technology Ambassador at Oracle, walks through a demonstration of the new Java Advanced Management Console (AMC) tool.

Systems Community

OTN Garage Blog - Why Wouldn't Root Be Able to Change a Zone's IP Address in Oracle Solaris 11? - Read and learn the answer.

OTN Garage FaceBook - Securing Your Cloud-Based Data Center with Oracle Solaris 11 - Overview of the security precautions a sysadmin needs to take to secure data in a cloud infrastructure, and how to implement them with the security features in Oracle Solaris 11.


Friday Aug 15, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of August 10th

Brief public service announcement before we get into the OTN community best of content for the week.... Four Bands. Three Epic Nights. Join Oracle for three evenings of entertainment and fun, all during Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, September 28-October 2, San Francisco. Learn More

Architect Community

Any discussion of the best of OTN must include the OTN ArchBeat Podcast. Consistently among the top 3 most popular Oracle podcasts, Archbeat focuses on real conversations with community members. Normally I pick the topics and the guest panelists for each program, but now you have a chance to take over that role and become a Guest Producer. In that role you'll pick the discussion topic and the panelists, while I do the all of the grunt work, allowing you to bask in the glory

Want to know how to become an OTN ArchBeat Podcast Guest Producer? You'll find the details here: Yes, you can take over the OTN ArchBeat Podcast!

And here are two examples of OTN ArchBeat Podcasts produced by community members:

-- OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart

Database Community

OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler Blog - Did You Say "JSON Support" in Oracle 12.1.0.2?.

-- OTN Database Community Manager Laura Ramsey

Java Community

The Java Source Blog - walkmod : A Tool to Apply Coding Conventions .

Friday Funny: I was worried the #NSA might be spying on me Thanks, @pacohope.

-- OTN Java Community Manager Tori Weildt

Systems Community

The OTN Systems Community HomePage- Find Great Resources for System Admins and Developers.

-- OTN Systems Community Manager Rick Ramsey

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of July 27th

Systems Community - Rick Ramsey, OTN Systems Community Manager -

Tech Article -  Playing with ZFS Snapshots, by ACE Alexandre Borges -
Alexandre creates a ZFS pool, loads it with files, takes a snapshot, verifies that the snapshot worked, removes files from the pool, and finally reverts back to the snapshot file. Then he shows you how to work with snapshot streams. Great way to do backups

From OTN Garage FB - Recently a DBA at an IOUG event complained to Tales from the Data Center that they were unable to install from the Solaris 11.2 ISO. They had seen an Openstack a few weeks ago, and wanted to know how to install Solaris 11.2 in a VM. So guys… here is a step by step for you - Tales from the Datacenter.

Java Community - Tori Wieldt, OTN Java Community Manager

Tech Article: Learning Java Programming with BlueJ IDE https://blogs.oracle.com/java/entry/tech_article_learning_java_programming

The Java Source Blog - The Java Hub at JavaOne! Come see the Oracle Technology Network team and see cool demo's, interviews, etc.

Friday Funny : "An int and an int sometimes love each other very much and decide to make a long." @asz #jvmls Thanks @stuartmarks !

Database Community - Laura Ramsey, OTN Database Community Manager

OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler BlogOracle Database 12c Release 12.1.0.2 is Here! ..with the long awaited In-Memory option, plus 21 new features. Oracle Database 12c Release 12.1.0.2 supports Linux and Oracle Solaris (SPARC and x86 64 bit).  Read More!

Architect Community - Bob Rhubart, OTN Architect Community Manager

Top 3 Playlists on the OTN ArchBeat YouTube Channel

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Vamos to the OTN Latin America Tour!

Rick Ramsey, OTN Systems Community Manager, just wrote a GREAT blog post about the upcoming OTN Latin America Tour! A brief excerpt is below - go to his blog post to see the full schedule and register for this series of events which kicks off August 2nd.

"Oracle User Groups in Latin America, our friends in the Oracle product teams, Oracle ACES, and the Oracle Technology Network have put together a terrific agenda for the 2014 Tour. Hands-on labs, demos, and presentations for developers and deployers of the technologies in the Oracle stack, from applications all the way to systems, including Oracle Database and trending topics such as Big Data. Presenters will be product experts drawn from the Oracle ACE Community and Oracle product teams."


Friday Jul 18, 2014

Best Of OTN - Week of July 13th

Systems Community-

Blog - Get Your ZFS On
Five articles explaining how to use ZFS in the real world, by Oracle ACE Alexandre Borges.

Tech Article: Playing with ZFS Encryption -
Oracle Solaris 11 supports native encryption on ZFS so that it can protect critical data without depending on external programs. It's also integrated with the Cryptographic Framework. Alexandre explains the benefits of these and other Oracle Solaris encryption capabilities, and the different methods for encrypting and decrypting files, file systems, and pools.

Article - Building Bridges - Accept the existence of silos in large organizations, but build bridges between them and, incentives to use those bridges, by my colleague Bob Rhubart, manager of OTN's Architect Community.
Organizational silos thwarting IT architecture goals? Put away the sledgehammer.

Java Community-

Blog - Oracle releases #JavaSE 8 Update 11 and Java SE 7 Update 65 - Developers can download the latest Java SE JDK and JRE the Oracle Technology Network.

Java Magazine: The July/August issue of Java Magazine explores the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and includes a JavaOne preview.

RT @OracleAcademy: Where Are the #Women in Makerspaces? #WomeninSTEM #gendergap #tech - Read more here.

Database Community -

Hey Hey! Oracle has published it's Critical Patch Advisory for July 2014. Get it Here. Send to Your Friends!

Web Launch Replay- Oracle Big Data SQL - Bringing Structured Queries to an Unstructured World.  Oracle has just launched Oracle Big Data SQL.  


Pre-Built Developer VMs (for Oracle VM VirtualBox) -

Learning your way around a new software stack is challenging enough without having to spend multiple cycles on the install process. Instead, we have packaged such stacks into pre-built Oracle VM VirtualBox appliances that you can download, install, and experience as a single unit. Just downloaded/assemble the files, import into VirtualBox (available for free), import, and go (but not for production use or redistribution)!

Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne SF 2014 - Early Bird Ends July 18th!

Get the most. Save the most.

There are things to do at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne you can't do anywhere else. One of them is scoring Early Bird savings, which end on July 18, THIS FRIDAY!

Register for Oracle OpenWorld

Register for JavaOne

OTN will be posting it's list of 'can't do anywhere else' activities that we will be hosting at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne soon. 

Friday Jul 11, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of July 6th

Virtual Technology Summit - Content is now OnDemand!

In this four track virtual event attendees had the opportunity to learn firsthand from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts, as they shared their insight and expertise on Java, systems, database and middleware. A replay of the sessions is now available for your viewing.

Architect Community

In addition to interviews with tech experts and community leaders, the OTN ArchBeat YouTube Channel also features technical videos, most pulled from various OTN online technical events. The following are the three most popular of those tech videos for the past seven days.

Debugging and Logging for Oracle ADF Applications
We're only human. Regardless how much work Oracle ADF does for us, or how powerful the JDeveloper IDE is, the inescapable truth is that as developers we will still make mistakes and introduce bugs into our ADF applications. In this video Oracle ADF Product Manager Chris Muir explores the sophisticated debugging tooling JDeveloper provides.

Developer Preview: Oracle WebLogic 12.1.3
Oracle WebLogic 12.1.3 includes some exciting developer-centric enhancements. IN this video Steve Button focuses on some of the more interesting updates around Java EE 7 features and examines how they will affect your development process.

Best Practices in Oracle ADF Development
In this video Frank Nimphius presents a brown-bag of ideas, hints and best practices that will help you to build better ADF applications.

Friday Funny
"I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific." - Lily Tomlin

Java Community 

Codename One & Java Code Geeks are giving away free JavaOne Tickets (worth $3,300)! Read More!

@Java RT @JDeveloper: Running Oracle ADF application High availability (HA)

Tech Article: Leap Motion and JavaFX

Database Community

OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler Blog - Database Application Development VM--Get It Now

Oracle DB Dev FaceBook Posts -

Systems Community

New Tech Article - Playing with ZFS Shadow Migration

New - Hangout: Which Virtualization Should I Use for What? with Brian Bream


Friday Jul 04, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of June 29th

Java -

Congratulations to the Winners #IoTDevchallenge -
Oracle Technology Network and Oracle Academy are proud to announce the winners of the IoT Developer Challenge. All of them making the Internet of Things come true. And, of course, built with the Java platform at the center of Things. See who the winners are in this blog post - https://blogs.oracle.com/java/entry/announcing_the_iot_developer_challenge.


JavaEE 8 Roadmap? It's right here.

Forum discussion: Would you use an IDE on a tablet? Join in now!

Systems Community -

OS Tips and Tricks for Sysadmins  - This three-session track, part of the Global OTN Virtual Technology Summits; Americas July 9th, EMEA July 10th and APAC July 16th, will show you how to configure Oracle Linux to run Oracle Database 11g and 12c, how to use the latest networking capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11, and how to troubleshoot networking problems in Unix and Linux systems.  Experts will be on hand to answer your questions live. Register now.

Database -

Disaster Recovery with Oracle Data Guard and Oracle GoldenGate -
The best part about preparing for the upcoming OTN Virtual Technology Summit is reading up on the technology we'll be presenting. Today's reading: Disaster recovery with Oracle Data Guard... it's an essential capability that every Oracle DBA should master.

Architect Community

Community blogs and social networks have been buzzing about the recent release of Oracle SOA Suite 12c, Oracle Mobile Application Foundation, and other new stuff. I've shared links to several such posts over the past several days on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page. The three items below drew the most attention.

SOA Suite 12c: Exploring Dependencies - Visualizing dependencies between SOA artifacts | Lucas Jellema
Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema explores the use of the Dependency Explorer in JDeveloper 12c for tracking and visualizing dependencies in artifacts in SOA composites or Service Bus projects.

Managing Files for the Hybrid Cloud Use Cases, Challenges and Requirements | Dave Berry
This paper by Dave Berry, Vikas Anand, and Mala Ramakrishnan discusses Oracle Managed File transfer and best practices for sharing files within your enterprise and externally for partners and cloud services.

Say hello to the new Oracle Mobile Application Framework | Shay Shmeltzer
What's the Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF)? Oracle MAF, available as an extension to both JDeveloper and Eclipse, lets you develop a single application that will run on both iOS and Android devices. MAF is based on Oracle ADF Mobile, but adds many new features. Want more information? Click the link to read a post by product manager Shay Shmeltzer.

Funny Stuff

On July 4th Americans will celebrate the US victory over the British in the Revolutionary War by grilling mountains of meat, consuming mass quantities of beer, and making trips to the emergency room to reattach fingers blown off with poorly-handled fireworks. This hilarious video featuring comic actor Stephen Merchant offers a UK perspective on the outcome of that war.

A tip of a three-cornered hat to Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman and Oracle Enterprise Architect Andrew Bond for bringing this video to my attention.

Friday Jun 27, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of June 22nd

Happy Friday!  You've probably seen some notices, but can't forget to remind you to register for the the upcoming Virtual Technology Summits coming up July 9th, 10th and 16th.  Something for everyone!  Learn more here

Java Community

Join FishCAT, GlassFish 4.0.1 Community Acceptance Testing
Learn about JavaOne content from the speakers. In an interview, Java Champion and Rock Star speaker Arun Gupta talks about his sessions. Check it out Now!
Parleys Presentation of the day: "What’s New in the Java EE 7 Platform" by David Delabassee

Architect Community 

Kscope 2014 is now history. So can you think of a better time to watch the three most popular Kscope14 preview interviews from the OTN ArchBeat YouTube channel? Ah, the memories...

Stewart Bryson on OBIEE, ODI
Oracle ACE Director RedPill Analytics co-founder Stewart Bryson and talks about Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Data Integrator, and Oracle GoldenGate.

Tim Tow on Java Essbase API and ODTUG Community Service Day
Tim Tow, an Oracle ACE Director, founder and president of Applied OLAP, and an ODTUB board member, previews his four Kscope 2014 sessions and talks about ODTUG Community Service Day.

Shay Shmeltzer on Mobile App Development with Oracle ADF Mobile
Oracle Development Tools Director of Product Management Shay Shmeltzer talks about mobile application development and Oracle ADF, the core subjects of his presentations as part of the ADF and Fusion Development track at ODTUG KScope.

Friday Funny
For you World Cup fans, here's a little something of questionable taste from Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

Systems Community 

Helping Your Compiler Handle the Size of Your Constants - If you type the constants in your code incorrectly, your compiler will return an error. Darryl Gove explains why, and how to avoid the problem.

Playing with ZFS Shadow Migration- If you need to migrate data from a server running Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 to one running Oracle Solaris 11.1, use Shadow Migration. It's easy, and allows you to migrate shared ZFS, UFS, or VxFS (Symantec) file systems through NFS or even through a local file system. Alexandre shows how.

Database Community-

Register for the Virtual Technology Summits taking place July 9th (Americas 9am to 1pm PT), 10th (EMEA 9am to 1pm BST) and 16th (APAC 10am to 2pm IST) and be blown away by the Database - Mastering Oracle Database Management & Development Techniques track content - In this track Oracle ACEs and product team experts will present advanced features and management methods that will help you master your Oracle Database capabilities and drive greater performance, agility and manageability of your IT implementation. This track will build upon your skills with data management, migration, and performance.