Monday Sep 22, 2014

2014 Annual Bloggers Meetup

The Annual Oracle Bloggers Meetup, one of our favorite events of OpenWorld, is happening at usual place and time thanks to Oracle Technology Network and Pythian.

What: Oracle Bloggers Meetup 2014

When: Wed, 1-Oct-2014, 5:30pm

Where: Main Dining Room, Jillian’s Billiards @ Metreon, 101 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (street view). Please comment with “COUNT ME IN” if coming — we need to know the attendance numbers.

Read more are at Alex Gorbachev's latest blog post. 

Friday Sep 19, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of September 14th

Architect Community

The Top 3 most popular videos on the OTN ArchBeat YouTube Channel for the last seven days:

  1. 2 Minute Tech Tip: Vagrant, Puppet, Docker, and Packer
    by Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema
  2. 2 Minute Tech Tip: Middleware as a Service
    by Kelly Goestch, Product Director, Oracle Cloud Application Foundation
  3. 2 Minute Tech Tip: Understanding IP Ports
    Oracle ACE Director Simon Haslam

Click here for the entire 2 Minute Tech Tip series.

Friday Fun from OTN Architect Community Director Bob Rhubart:
If the original version of Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass doesn't quite mesh with your musical tastes, mix yourself a nice martini (up, with a lemon twist, please) and cool out with this brilliant, jazzy cover by the marvelous Kate Davis.

Database Community-

w00t! OOW 2014 RAC ATTACK Set Up Instructions- Going to the RAC ATTACK at OOW 2014? We're meeting on Sunday 9/28 starting at 9:00 am at the Oracle Technology Lounge in the Moscone South Lobby. Here's the FIRST, NEXT and FINALLY information you need to be ready to learn more about Oracle 12c and Real Application Clusters.

Java Community-

Java's New Console Management Tool -  Great for sysadmins - Learn More!

Tech Article: Why another MVC? - The recent filing of a new JSR for an MVC 1.0 framework in Java EE 8 [1] calls for some clarification on how that JSR relates to JSF.

Friday Funny from OTN Java Community Manager, Tori Wieldt - What Programmers Say vs. What They Mean

Strategy, Technical and Community Keynotes - Start JavaOne with the Strategy and Technical keynotes to learn about the strategy and roadmaps as well as technical insights. The keynotes will be Sunday, September 28 from 12:45p.m. to 3:00p.m., at Moscone North, Hall D

Systems Community-

Oracle ZS3 Series has the capability to boot directly out of memory 16,000 VMs in under seven minutes. Read more in Steve Zivanic’s interview for the CUBE at VMworld. 

Latest Lab by Orgad: How to Set Up a Hadoop 2 Cluster with Oracle Solaris - How to set up an Apache Hadoop 2 (YARN) cluster using Oracle Solaris Zones, Oracle Solaris ZFS, and Unified Archive. Presented at Oracle OpenWorld, but I'll try to convince him to publish it on OTN at a later date.

Making Sure Your Exadata Is Running Right -  Rick uses another motorcycle analogy and connects it to Oracle. 

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

So many choices! 149 Oracle ACE-led sessions at Oracle OpenWorld

Have you been searching the Oracle OpenWorld content catalog trying to decide which sessions to add to your schedule? We suggest you spend some time looking over the Oracle ACE session Focus On Document that lists all 149 sessions that will be presented by an Oracle ACE, ACE Associate or ACE Director.

Participants of the Oracle ACE Program are recognized for frequently sharing their technical insight, knowledge, and real world experience with the Oracle Community. We hope this handy list saves you some time preparing your session schedule and gives you some more time to think about what kind of cool t-shirt you are going to design while you're hanging out in the OTN Lounge. ;-)

Friday Sep 12, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of September 7th

Database Community - Laura Ramsey, OTN Database Community Manager

Here are a few round ups of session that will be at Oracle OpenWorld in just a few weeks!  

Database Developer Hands-On-Labs
Oracle Database Service sessions,  from good friend Chris Warticki - @cwarticki

OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler Blog- What do you know about the Oracle RAC Stack? It's a compelling approach to Virtualization. Read on to see what you need to know.

Java Community - Tori Wieldt, OTN Java Community Manager

LAST CHANCE: Use code DDD4 to save $75 off a JavaOne Discover Pass.

JCP Activities at JavaOne 2014 - Read this blog to learn what's happening with the JCP program, JCP.Next, Adopt-a-JSR, meet the 12th Annual JCP Award nominees and potential new JCP Executive Committee (EC) members.

Driverless Cars and Java - Paul Perrone is a regular fixture at JavaOne, and this year's conference is no exception. He will give a session called "Automated Vehicle Testing with Java." Read the full story, "Java Takes the Wheel.

Friday Funny: “Whats the object-oriented way to become wealthy?”
A: Inheritance

Systems Community  -

SPARC M7 - A good read about “the forthcoming SPARC M7, the biggest and baddest SPARC processor that either Sun Microsystems or Oracle has ever created.”

Interesting Q&A on the OTN Solaris Community:
"I've imported a service, using inetconv, into the smf repository with a typo. The service is now MASKED so I can't remove it using svcadm delcust. Can a service be un-MASKED ? - Turns out the behavior of "svccfg import" and "svccfg delete fmri" has changed in Oracle Solaris 11. Go to the conversation to learn more.

Oracle's SPARC T5-4 Server Processor Upgrade Animation  - This animation shows you how to upgrade a SPARC T5-4 server from a one-processor to a two-processor configuration and much more.

Get involved in community conversations on the following OTN channels...

Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

Check Out the ACE Book Signings in the Oracle OpenWorld Bookstore!

Make sure to leave room in your suitcase for a signed copy of a book written by one of our amazing Oracle ACEs and Oracle ACE Directors! You can find the Oracle OpenWorld Bookstore in the Moscone South Upper Lobby (right next to the OTN Lounge). Here is a list of ACEs and the times when they will be doing a book signing in the Oracle OpenWorld Bookstore:

Monday, September 29th, 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm - Meet and Greet Session with Oracle Press Authors

  • Luc Bors, Oracle ACE - Oracle Mobile Application Framework Developer Guide
  • Gustavo Gonzalez, ACE Director - Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Handbook, 3rd Ed.
  • Michelle Malcher, ACE Director - Oracle Database 12c: Install, Configure & Maintain Like a Professional
  • Michael McLaughlin, Oracle ACE - Oracle Database 12c PL/SQL Programming
  • Harshad Oak - ACE Director - Java EE Applications on Oracle Java Cloud

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm

  • Matjaz B. Juric, ACE Director - WS BPEL Beginner's Guide - Packt Publishing

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm - Meet and Greet Session with Oracle Press Authors

  • Ian Abramson, Oracle ACE - Oracle Database 12c: Install, Configure & Maintain Like a Professional 
  • Arun Gupta, Java Champion - Java EE and HTML5 Enterprise Application Development
  • Micael Rosenblum, Oracle ACE - Oracle PL/SQL Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques
  • Brendan Tierney, ACE Director - Predictive Analytics Using Oracle Data Miner

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm - Meet and Greet Session with Oracle Press Authors

  • Michelle Malcher, ACE Director - Oracle Database 12c: Install, Configure & Maintain Like a Professional

Friday Sep 05, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of August 31st

Architect Community

Over the past seven days the following OTN technical articles were the most popular on the topic of Identity and Security:

  1. 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.
  2. Working with Oracle Security Token Service in an Architecture Involving Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Service Bus [January 2014]
    by Ronaldo Fernandes
    A step by step guide to creating a single sign-on between Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Service Bus using Oracle Security Token Service (OSTS) to generate SAML tokens.
  3. Oracle Identity Manager UI Customizations [February 2014]
    by Gaurav Singh
    Tips, tricks, and technical insight into customizations for the Oracle Identity Manager user interface.

Click here for more Identity and Security articles.

Friday Fun from OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart:
You will be forgiven for jumping out of your chair and dancing along to this fantastic performance by my guitar hero, Ry Cooder, along Louisiana accordion great with Buckwheat Zydeco and rocker Lenny Kravitz: Click here for the video.

Database Community -

Oracle Key Vault Option is Here - Finally, a centralized way to manage all the encryption keys and credential files in the data center.    learn more!.

Java Community -

Listen to Greg Wilkins talk about his Jetty/Servlet sessions at JavaOne 2014  - Want another good reason to go to JavaOne this year?  What this!

Tech Article: Understanding Java JIT Compilation with JITWatch - Java expert Ben Evans provide a primer on Just-In-Time compilation with JITWatch

Interview with Nikita Salnikov-Tarnovski
- Another sneak peek of what is in store for JavaOne sessions!

Systems Community -

New Articles for Oracle Solaris Developers - Rick Ramsey point us to three NEW articles for Oracle Solaris Developers. 

Brendan Gregg's Quick Reference Page for Linux Performance - Brendan Gregg is a regular contributor to DTrace and other Oracle Solaris technologies. Recently, Brendan turned his high-performance spectacles on Linux.

Tech Article: How to Get the Best Networking Performance from OVM for SPARC  -
Oracle VM lets you assign I/O networking resources to domains with a lot of flexibility. With this flexibility comes a wide range of performance possibilities. This article provides guidance regarding the most suitable configuration for certain workloads.


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 | 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 and how developers can actively participate in product development through Coherence Community open projects. Visit the Coherence Community at:

  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

-- 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

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 is Here! ..with the long awaited In-Memory option, plus 21 new features. Oracle Database 12c Release 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