Tuesday Feb 26, 2013

Embedded Development: It's Not Just a Good Idea, It's the Law

Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona is a gathering of over 70,000 people to discuss the state of mobile communications. As the MWC brochure says, "The mobile ecosystem is expanding at lightning speed, with endless innovation and new applications of mobile technology." Mobile World Congress used to just be about mobile phones and the industry surrounding them, but now "mobile" has redefined itself and is about sensors everywhere: cars, scooters, buildings, people, etc. The M2M (or "Internet of Everything") revolution is here, with mobile phones as just one of the many components that create an intelligent, connected world. The opportunities for developers in embedded and remote systems is almost endless.

embedded carThere are several cars on display at Mobile World Congress. They have infotainment systems, GPS maps, and sensors recording everything from temperature to tire pressure. Embedded systems for cars is so pervasive that the European Union has started the process of requiring embedded technologies in all new cars by 2015.  It wants the life-saving eCall system to be fitted to all new models of cars and light vehicles. eCall is activated automatically as soon as in-vehicle sensors detect a serious crash. Once set off, the system dials the European emergency number 112, establishes a telephone link to the appropriate emergency call center and sends details of the accident to the rescue services, including the time of incident, the accurate position of the crashed vehicle and the direction of travel (most important on motorways and in tunnels).

Who is going to develop the apps for these innovative, embedded systems? You? If you want to get started, you should check out Java. Java has been on devices for a long time: smart cards, cars, ATMs, phones, underwater probes, and more. Java enables devices to be intelligent, scalable and supportable. Already know Java? Great, you can easily develop for sensors of any size. Learn more at OTN/Java

Thursday Feb 21, 2013

Enhance Your MySQL Skills with Virtual Developer Day: MySQL - March 12th

MySQL is the world’s most popular open-source database, and powers websites and applications of numerous leading and fast-growing organizations.

On March 12, we’re hosting the first Virtual Developer Day: MySQL at 9am PST to give you a one-stop shop to learn all the essential MySQL skills and the latest features in MySQL 5.6 GA. With a combination of presentations and hands-on lab experience, you’ll have the opportunity to practice in your own environment and gain more in-depth knowledge to successfully design, develop, and manage your MySQL databases.  Besides the great content you'll also be able to ask questions of Oracle’s MySQL engineering, support, product management, and sales consulting teams.  

This FREE virtual event has two tracks tailored for both fresh and experienced MySQL users. Attend the live sessions and sharpen your skills to:

  • Develop your new applications cost-effectively using MySQL
  • Improve performance of your existing MySQL databases
  • Manage your MySQL environment more efficiently
If you’re in Europe, Middle East or Africa, don’t worry! We have another live event for you on March 19 at 9:00 GMT so you can join the sessions and get better with MySQL during your business hours. Don’t miss this opportunity so reserve your spot today for either event!

Monday Feb 18, 2013

What's Driving the Cloud for Developers

At the OTN Cloud Developer day, developers got a chance to try out the Oracle Cloud. I sat down with Diby Malakar, Director of Product Management, Oracle Cloud, to find out what's driving the cloud for developers. Diby discussed the pressures on software development organizations, and the problems that the cloud can solve.  

Diby described trends that are putting more and more pressure on development teams. With the need for cutting-edge infrastructures, enterprises are facing pressure to modernize to achieve the flexibility, scalability, and responsiveness that will help them remain competitive. But companies can rarely afford to increase the size of their staff. The difference between the increasing demand and the size of development resources is known as the "development gap." 

Diby explained that every passing year, we draw closer and closer to achieving the vision of the ubiquitously connected global village. The number of internet users today exceeds 2 billion worldwide, with global internet penetration estimated to grow from 35% at the end of 2012 to 42% by the end of 2016. The cloud provides opportunities to improve development costs, productivity and throughput by utilizing geographically dispersed teams and processes. At the same time, this flatter and more connect world is having a number of other effects. Data production will be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009, reaching a worldwide total of 7.9 zettabytes (or eight trillion gigabytes) by 2015. As developers are pressured to utilize that data to create more compelling applications and enable actionable business insights, companies are searching for solutions that will provide the unprecedented capacity, scalability, and speed to keep pace with that explosive growth.

Diby Malakar of Oracle Product Management explains how the cloud can close the "development gap" and describes features of the Oracle cloud.

Also, mobility is untethering individuals from needing to be at any particular place in order to be productive. In 2011, 420 million smartphones and 14 million tablets shipped. In 2016, those numbers will balloon to one billion and 96 million, respectively. Now project teams can be more global than ever, code sharing and collaborating from anywhere in the world as seamlessly as possible. The cloud is an infrastructure to help them do that.

Another trend is the impact of social interaction on applications and end-user expectations. Social platform adoption is such an integral part of our lives that 90% of all internet users now have an account on at least one social service. There are more than 13 million business pages on Facebook. As social behaviors continue to increase, modern development environments must keep pace and offer similar levels of seamless and frequent interaction.

Using cloud can help companies close the "development gap." The adoption of a standards-based cloud infrastructure enables companies to modernize at a gradual pace as modern and legacy element coexist, training both IT staff and end-users as they go along. Individual developers have their own set of reasons for embracing the cloud. Using the cloud can dramatically reduce provisioning, deployment and management time, and increase throughput and quality with more efficient construction and testing. You can learn more and get a free trial at cloud.oracle.com

Tuesday Feb 12, 2013

OTN Video: What You're Watching

As of this moment there are 49 videos on the Oracle Technology Network YouTube Channel, featuring conversations with the people who build Oracle technologies and the people who use those technologies. Here's the current list of the Top 10 most popular OTN videos.

  1. Dr. Frank Munz: Distinctive Recipes for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c
    Dr. Frank Munz, the author of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes, talks about his new book, the companion series of videos, and upcoming speaking engagements.
  2. Marc Sewtz: Oracle APEX 4.2 Mobile App Development
    Marc Sewtz from the core Oracle Application Express Development talks about new features built into APEX4.2 to support Mobile App Development and demonstrates an iPhone app built with the technology.
  3. David Peake: Oracle APEX 4.2 New Features
    David Peake, PM for Oracle Application Express, offers a quick overview of some of the upcoming features in the new release, tells you where you can try it out for free.
  4. Dimitri Gielis: Oracle Apex 4.2 and Responsive Web Design
    Oracle Ace Director Dimitri Gielis, one of the winners of the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francsicso, talks about new features in Oracle Application Express 4.2.
  5. Wim Coekearts: SunRay Hardware
    Wim Coekaerts, SVP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, talks about some of the new SunRay Hardware he gets to play with.
  6. Arup Nanda: Engineered Systems
    Oracle ACE Director Arup Nanda, winner of the 2012 Oracle Magazine Technologist of the Year award in the Enterprise Architect category, discusses Oracle Exadata, engineered systems, and the changing role of the database administrator.
  7. Panel Discussion: Are You Future Proof? - Evolving Skills for Architects and Developers
    Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra (AT&T), Basheer Khan (Innowave Technology), and Ronald van Luttikhuizen (Vennster) discuss the evolution in the skills needed for success as a software architect or developer.
  8. Greg Marsden: Hugepages = Huge Performance on Linux
    Greg Marsden of Oracle's Linux Kernel Engineering Team talks about some common customer performance questions and making the most of Oracle Linux 6 and Transparent HugePages.
  9. Oracle ACEs Like...
    This video montage created by OTN's Todd Trichler begins with a conversation with Vikki Lira and Lilian Buziak, the people behing the ORacle ACE program, and then introduces several members of that program.
  10. Alex Gorbachev: Social Software Engineering
    Oracle ACE Director and Pythian CTO Alex Gorbachev talks his role as the organizer of the Oracle OpenWorld Blogger Meet-up and about the role of social media at Pythian.

Monday Feb 04, 2013

OTN Yathra Tour 2013

What has six conferences in six cities across India and features presentations by thirteen experts in Oracle technologies? If your answer was OTN Yathra 2013, give yourself a round of applause.

OTN Yathra 2013, organized by Oracle ACE Director Murali Vallath, begins in Delhi on Saturday, 16 February 2013, and then makes its way to Mumbai (Monday,18 Feb), Pune (Wednesday, 20 Feb), Bangalore (Friday, 22 Feb), Hyderabad (Monday, 25 Feb), and concludes in Chennai on Wednesday 27 February. Among the thirteen speakers for the event are eight members of the Oracle ACE Program.

The goal of OTN Yathra 2013 is to reach out to the 400,000-member Oracle user community in India to "bring the Oracle community together, giving them awareness,improving the level of knowledge, and increasing the networking opportunities in the region."

Click here for registration and more information

Friday Feb 01, 2013

OTN Developer Day: Cloud Application Development - Feb 12th, 2013

Are you considering the Cloud for rapid, flexible, and cost-effective development of enterprise applications?

You are invited to attend OTN Developer Day: Cloud Application Development, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., a workshop of hands on labs and sessions. At this event, you will be able to network with peers and Oracle experts while you learn about Oracle Cloud's Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings and the speed, flexibility, and productivity they offer. In addition to getting hands-on experience with Oracle Cloud, you will learn about:
  • How to leverage Oracle Database Cloud Service to quickly develop and access Application Express applications
  • How to use Oracle Java Cloud Service to deploy, test, manage, and monitor Java applications
  • How Oracle Java Cloud Service integrates seamlessly with popular development tools like Maven, Ant, Eclipse, NetBeans, and JDeveloper
  • How Oracle Developer Cloud Service helps manage development lifecycles effectively through integration with Hudson, Git and GitHub, and tasks and wikis
  • How Oracle Messaging Cloud Service enables communication between software components to provide a dynamic, automated business workflow environment
  • How Oracle Storage Cloud Service enables businesses to store and manage digital content in the cloud

Attendees will come away from OTN Developer Day: Cloud Application Development with detailed information about how Oracle Cloud can help you be a more productive Cloud application developer.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Oracle Conference Center
350 Oracle Parkway
Redwood Shores, CA 94065

Register online now for this FREE event.