Sunday Sep 30, 2012

Today in the OTN Lounge (Sunday September 30, 2012)

Here's a quick rundown of today's activities in the OTN Lounge:

(OTN Lounge hours today: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge Kick-off
Want to learn more about Oracle Social Network? Love working with APIs? Enter the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge and build your dream integration with Oracle's secure, purposeful social network for business. Demonstrate your skills, work with the latest and greatest and compete for $500 in Amazon gift cards. Click here for more information.

The OTN Lounge is located in the Howard St. Tent, between 3rd and 4th, directly between Moscone North and Moscone South. Access to the OTN Lounge requires an Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne conference badge.

Thursday Sep 27, 2012

Follow the action: OTN's YouTube Channel

If you're not one of the 50,000 people participating in Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco next week you can still be a part of the action. Members of the OTN crew will be interviewing various community luminaries and subject matter experts and capturing some of the color and exitement on video. These videos will be posted on the Oracle Technology Network YouTube Channel daily. 

Of course, you can also keep tabs on what's happening through social media via OTN's Facebook and Twitter (@oracletechnet) channels.

Stay tuned...

Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

Music Art Food Drink: Oracle Social Plaza - Tues 10/2

Join Oracle's social media mavens plus hundreds of your closest friends at this all-social social…

What: Oracle Social Plaza
When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Noon to 8:00 pm
Where: Mint Plaza
Fifth Street between Mission and Market
San Francisco

It's a full-on treat for all your senses, featuring music, art, food, and fashion.

Music will be provided by indy favs Golden State and dance-rageous local DJ Brandon Arnovick.

Watch as artists, including Melanie Alveres, create works of art live, then bid on their creations. Want to do a little creating on your own? Try mugging in the Social PhotoBooth.

If you're into fashion, 20 local fashion designers will be on hand with their latest creations. And if you like t-shirts, there'll be live screen printing, with free t-shirts for the first 300 guests.

Food and drink? Starting at 4:30 pm there will be two bars, along with munchies from one of those outrageous San Francisco food trucks.

And don't worry about missing Larry Ellison's keynote. You can watch if from here.

Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

Special Activities in the OTN Lounge

What is the OTN Lounge? It's the place for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne attendees to hang out, get off your feet, rest up between sessions, recharge your laptop, tablet, or phone, connect with other community members, pick the brains of subject matter experts and community leaders, enjoy some refreshments (coffee and soft drinks in the morning, beer in the afternoon), and avoid the crowds by watching keynote presentations on a plasma screen.

But in addition to general chillaxin' the OTN Lounge also hosts several special activities throughout the week…

OTN Lounge Special Activities

  • Sunday

    • Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge Kick-off   (7:00pm - 8:30pm)
      Want to learn more about Oracle Social Network? Love working with APIs? Enter the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge and build your dream integration with Oracle's secure, purposeful social network for business. Demonstrate your skills, work with the latest and greatest and compete for $500 in Amazon gift cards. More information here.

  • Monday (Lounge hours: 8:00am - 7:00pm)

    • RAC Attack (9:00am - 1:00pm)
      Learn about Oracle Real Application Clustering (RAC) in this collaborative event. You'll work with experts from the IOUG RAC SIG to get an Oracle Database 11gR2 RAC cluster running inside a virtual machine. For more information:
    • Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge Office Hours (4:00pm - 8:00pm)
      Meet the people behind Oracle Social Network - learn more here.
  • Tuesday (Lounge hours: 8:00am - 7:00pm)

    • RAC Attack (9:00am - 1:00pm)

    • Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge Office Hours (4:30pm - 8:00pm)

    • Oracle Database / Oracle Fusion Middleware Tweet Meet (4:30pm - 6:00pm)
      Free as in beer! Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware tweeters, gather in the OTN Lounge for refreshments and conversation with fellow tweeters and Oracle Database and Middleware experts.
  • Wednesday (Lounge Hours: 8:00am - 6:00pm)

    • RAC Attack (9:00am - 1:00pm)

    • Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge Judging (4:00pm - 6:00pm)

    • Oracle ADF / Oracle Fusion Middleware Meet-up (4:30pm - 5:30pm)
      Join other Oracle ADF and Oracle Fusion Middleware developers and meet the product managers and engineers behind Oracle ADF, ADF Mobile, and ADF Essentials. Did we mention free beer?
  • Thursday (Lounge Hours: 8:00am - 2:00pm)

    • RAC Attack (9:00am - 1:00pm)

The OTN Lounge is located in the Howard St .tent, located by no small coincidence on Howard St. between 3rd and 4th, directly between Moscone North and Moscone South. An Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne conference badge is required for access to the OTN Lounge.

Special Reminder for Oracle OpenWorld Attendees: Oracle Account Credentials

A special reminder from the event organizers for those attending Oracle OpenWorld:

"Please make sure you have your Oracle.com account log in details with you when you arrive onsite in San Francisco. This is the username and password you used/created for your Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2012 registration. These details will be required to check-in and receive your badge as well as to gain access to My Account and Schedule Builder onsite at the event."

Friday Sep 07, 2012

Bloggers Unite at Annual OpenWorld Blogger Meetup

OTN is pleased to be once again be working with our friends at Pythian to sponsor the 2012 edition of the annual Blogger Meet-up, a grassroots community event that occurs during Oracle OpenWorld.

What: Oracle Bloggers Meetup 2012
When: Wed, 3-Oct-2012, 5:30pm
Where: Main Dining Room,
Jillian’s Billiards @ Metreon
101 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

 (street view).
Please RSVP

The meet-up was started several years ago by Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman as a casual get-together for the community of bloggers who share a common interest in Oracle technologies to gather for shop talk and an adult beverage or two. This was the first opportunity for of many of these bloggers to meet face to face, and the gathering gained momentum.

A few years in Oracle ACE Director Eddie Awad stepped in as organizer, until passing the torch in 2009 to Pythian CTO and Oracle ACE Director Alex Gorbachev , who continues to keep the flame burning. 

Bloggers with expertise in any and all Oracle products and technologies are invited to attend. Please RSVP via the comments section in Alex's blog.

Several blog aggregators are available that make it possible to track the activity of this community of bloggers. You'll find a list here (orafaq.com)

Wednesday Sep 05, 2012

September OTN Member Offers

Oracle OpenWolrd and JavaOne are coming....so the OTN team is knee deep in planning the OTN Lounges that will be at each event this year (more info in another post soon), but we managed to work with our partners to offer a nice BIG list of NEW offers for September.  Visit Oracle Technology Network Member Discount page for codes and links to these great offers!

Oracle Press
Oracle Technology Network members get 40% off the newest Oracle Press title, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Handbook by Tom Plunkett!

Mike Murach & Associates, Inc.

Get 30% off and sample chapter of Murach’s SQL Server 2012 for Developers by Bryan Syverson and Joel Murach

Manning - 41% off titles below and sample chapter of each.

  • Making Java Groovy
  • OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification Guide

Apress -
Get 30% off on apress.com on Java 7 Recipes A Problem-Solution Approach

Safari Books Online -
OTN members get 30 days of free access + 20% off unlimited access to Safari Books Online for 6 months. Safari Books Online offers subscription access to more than 24,000 books and training videos about technology, digital media, business management and professional development from leading publishers such as Oracle Press, O'Reilly Media, Que, Addison-Wesley, Wrox, Cisco Press, Microsoft Press, McGraw Hill, Wiley, Apress, Adobe Press and many others. Already a customer? Come see us at Oracle OpenWorld (booth 537) or JavaOne (5110) and mention this to get a shirt!

Packt Publishing

Get 25% off the print books and get 35% off the eBooks listed below. Offer expires September 30th. Plus get 20% off Oracle Packtlib.

  • Getting Started with Oracle Data Integrator 11g: A Hands-On Tutorial
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g: A Hands-On Tutorial
  • Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer Study Guide