Thursday May 30, 2013

Feedback Wanted: Java SE 8

Oracle releases periodic early access snapshots of the binaries and documentation for JDK 8 snapshots on These raw snapshots let you review and contribute to the Java SE platform as it is being developed. Please download the latest preview updates JDK 8, the next generation of the Java Development Kit.  Kick the tires, give it a test drive and share your feedback. You can get the source code through the OpenJDK jdk8 project. The JDK 8 Features page lists the JEPs currently funded and targeted to JDK 8.

Please use the Project Feedback forum if you have suggestions for or encounter issues using JDK 8.

If you find bugs in a release, please submit them using the usual Java SE bug reporting channels, not with the Issue tracker accompanying this project. Be sure to include the complete version information from the output of the  java -version  command.    

The Java community is an integral part in continuing to improve the quality of Java releases.  We're looking forward to your participation!

Download the latest JDK 8 Early Access snapshots at

Monday May 20, 2013

Introducing Java EE 7: June 12 Kickoff

Java EE 7 has been approved, and the final bits with be available soon. We'll have a live webcast on June 12 to kickoff Java EE 7in style. The Java EE team will provide an overview of the release, and lots of technical details from the experts. 

Register here to join us for a live webcast introducing Java EE 7! The Java EE 7 platform JSR has been approved, and we are now counting down the days to begin developing with many new Java EE features.

The online web event, hosted by Java EE evangelist and expert Arun Gupta, includes:

  • Business Keynote (Hasan Rizvi and Cameron Purdy)
  • Technical Keynote (Linda DeMichiel)
  • Java EE partner and community member interviews
  • Fifteen 20-minute technical breakout sessions
    • Technical overview of features in new and updated JSRs
    • Delivered by the JSR specification leads
    • Live Chat
    • Split into three tracks
      • Scalable, dynamic HTML 5
      • Increasing developer productivity
      • Meeting enterprise demands
    • Demonstrations on developing with Java EE 7

The event will run with live chat at two times:

      Wednesday, June 12, 2013 / Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. London
  • 9 p.m. PT / 12 a.m. ET (Thursday) / 2 p.m. Sydney (Thursday) 

Register now for the best seats. ;-)

Wednesday May 15, 2013

Virtual Developer Day - Java - June 19th

“Take Java to the Edge”

You know Java, now really know Java. Learn about the latest technical improvements in Java from the source. Watch informative tutorials (that you can repeat at your own pace) to improve your Java programming expertise and engage in live chat sessions with the preeminent Java experts.

Register NOW!

Join this FREE virtual event where you will learn about:

  • Improved developer productivity and HTML5 applications
  • Language improvements in Java SE to accelerate application development
  • Features in Java that help you begin programming on a wide range of embedded devices
  • Don't miss this opportunity. Register NOW!

AMERICAS/CANADA – June 19th, 2013

09:00 a.m. - 01:00 p.m. PDT
12:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m. EDT
01:00 p.m. - 05:00 p.m. BRT

Register NOW!

Monday May 13, 2013

Submit Oracle Excellence Award Nominations Now!

With Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco on the horizon you may have already seen some mention of the Oracle Excellence Awards. But do you know what these awards are all about?

The Oracle Excellence Awards recognize the achievements of members of the Oracle community in eleven award categories across the spectrum of roles involved in making things happen in enterprise IT. Several categories will be of particular interest to Oracle Technology Network members. These include:

Data Warehouse Leader of the Year

Database Administrator of the Year

Java Business Innovation

Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation
This category recognizes accomplishments in the following sub-categories:

  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • Oracle Cloud Application Foundation
  • Oracle Service-Oriented Architecture & Business Process Management
  • Oracle WebCenter
  • Oracle Identity Management
  • Oracle Data Integration
  • Oracle Application Development Framework and Fusion Development
  • Business Analytics (Oracle BI, Oracle EPM, and Oracle Exalytics)

Oracle Magazine Technologist of the Year
Recognizes individual accomplishment in the following categories:

  • Big Data Architect
  • Cloud Architect
  • Database Developer
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Mobile Architect
  • Social Architect

Winners in each category in the Oracle Excellence Awards get complimentary passes to Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco, along with other benefits. This is a big deal!

Nominations for the categories listed above close June 21, 2013. So if you or someone you know is worthy of this recognition, what are you waiting for?

 Click the links above for more information.

Thursday May 02, 2013

OTN Discussion Forums Update

A guest post from:

Sonya Barry
Director of Community Infrastructure
Community Manager and Oracle Technology Network

The OTN Discussion Forums are about to get a major overhaul. More than a simple upgrade, we're doing a complete content migration to a brand new platform for the Oracle Technology Network Community. The new Community space will have vastly improved search and performance out of the box and the ability for users to configure their own dashboards. Over the next few months we'll be adding other features like reply by email and direct messaging between users. We're also doing a lot of cleanup - many of the existing forums are for older product versions so we're moving them to the archives, which will be searchable. The biggest makeover will be in the Java space, with new forums for several products and merging some content areas together where it makes more sense to simplify them.

We'll be taking the forums offline at 9pm Pacific on Friday May 3 for a few hours, and then they will be back a few hours later with read-only access while we do the data migration. We expect to switch over to the new platform in production on Monday morning.


August 12, 2015 

The Forums overhaul described in the original blog post has long since been completed. The new forums are available here:

The new site has been expanded to include technical articles and other content, organized by product and technology. Technical questions about any Oracle product should be posted in the relevant product space.