Friday Feb 28, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of February 23rd

OTN is always finding GREAT content to share!  Here is just a sampling from this past week...

Java Community -

Vert.x: A Project to Watch
Vert.x is one of the most popular Java projects on GitHub. Sometimes called "Node.js for the JVM," it is a ployglot event-drive app platform. It is 100% open source.

10 Examples of HotSpot JVM Options in Java
Developer Javin Paul provides examples of 10 different categories of JVM parameter which he finds useful and uses more frequently than others.

Learn about Lambdas at the Java 8 Day at EclipseCon
Alex Buckley, spec lead for Java and the JVM, is one of the many great speakers at Java 8 Day at EclipseCon. He'll speak about the Java SE 8 language changes and will take a detailed look at their use by the parallel streams libraries.

Friday Funny: List of Animals with Fraudulent Diplomas

Database Community

Big news: 3 new releases for Oracle Developers - Oracle APEX Listener is now Oracle REST Data Services.

Hey Big Data Fans: Got slides? Mark Hornick gives an overview of how to use Oracle R to unlock the value of Big Data, and the advantages of using R for Data Loading, Discovery and Data Prep.

Friday Funny from Laura Ramsey, OTN Developer community Manager:  Roland Smart, VP of OTN and LMGTFY expert, promotes his presentation at SXSW:

Architect Community

Simplifying Enterprise Mobile Integration | Mala Ramakrishnan
"There are two ways to developing an enterprise mobile strategy with SOA -- controlling the end-to-end integration experience from the enterprise to the hand held, or exposing enterprise assets through APIs for third parties to build out mobile solutions," says Mala Ramakrishnan. This post kicks off a three-part series that looks at the role Oracle SOA Suite can play in Mobile Service Enablement and API Management.

Why use Groovy with WebCenter Sites? | Michael Sullivan
"Leveraging a Groovy element gives the developer all the advantages of cleanly packaging business logic in a JAVA syntax scripting language while maintaining the ability to publish and reload code changes dynamically," says solution architect MichealSullivan. Read his detailed post to learn how.

Podcast: Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Disruptive Tech - Part 1
In part one of this three-part program, Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra, Basheer Khan, and Floyd Teter discuss the importance of understanding the difference between technologies that disrupt and technologies that sustain innovation, and acting on that knowledge.

Friday Funny from OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart: A Brief History of Husbands

Thursday Feb 27, 2014

Oracle @ EclipseCon 2014

EclipseCon 2014 is March 17-24 and Oracle is once again a sponsor.  Check out the GREAT content Oracle is organizing below and register today if you haven't already!

Java 8 Day
The Eclipse Foundation and Oracle are hosting a Java 8 Day at EclipseCon 2014. This will be a great opportunity for Java developers to learn about the new Java 8 features and share in the excitement of the Java 8 launch.

Developing On-Device Java Mobile Apps for iOS ... and Android too!

Now you can leverage your Java development skills to build mobile applications that install and run on both iOS and Android phones and tablets. Build HTML5 user interfaces, integrate with native device feature (camera, GPS, etc.) and use Java for the business logic - then deploy to multiple platforms from the same code base. This demo focused session.

Java Application Development Lifecycle in the Cloud

This demo-driven session, explores how to quickly provision a development environments, manage application source code with GIT and Maven, track development Tasks using Mylyn-based issue tracking system, collaborate with teammates on code changes with Code Review, document development processes with hosted Wikis, and implement Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery with Eclipse Hudson with Oracle’s Developer Cloud Service.

Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

Worldwide APEX Theming Competition - ODTUG - Kscope14

Our Friends at ODTUG are hosting the Worldwide APEX Theming Competition. 

This is your opportunity to create APEX themes and have them viewed by the entire international APEX community. The winner will be crowned 2014 ODTUG APEX Theme Developer of the Year at Kscope14 during the Sunday APEX Symposium on June 22, 2014.

Here's what you need to know:

Submissions are now open.

Submissions close on May 15, 2014.

Winners will be announced on June 22, 2014 

Each submission will be examined for technical quality. All submitted themes must be validated successfully against current web standards. Participants should ensure their applications are compatible across all major web browsers, e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer. Technical correctness is essential. 

We all know a well-designed web application must adapt to a wide variety of screen sizes and user interfaces. So Usability and responsiveness is a highly valued criteria, as is Aesthetic appeal. The technical difficulty of how the theme was conceptualized and the design/development process will also be evaluated, with extra points being awarded to submissions that demonstrate use of tools and frameworks, accessibility and reusability for themes that are compatible with at least 2 other packaged applications.

Head over here to get the full story on how to submit.

And the contest rules are here.

Thank you Dimitri Gielis for the great blog presenting Advanced Responsive Design in APEX. A must read to Get Started With Your APEX Theming Competition submission.    

Good Luck!

Ciao for now,


Friday Feb 21, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of February 16th

See what this week's Best of OTN has in store for you : ). If the picture doesn't get you to read I don't know what will...

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Tuesday Feb 18, 2014

New Recognition Opportunity for Oracle Community Members

Oracle ACE Program Announces: Oracle ACE Associate

The Oracle ACE program recognizes individuals in the community for sharing their insight and real-world experience. It has over 400 participants in 50+ countries worldwide. The program is now comprised of 3 tiers:

  • Oracle ACE Associate
  • Oracle ACE
  • Oracle ACE Director

The Oracle ACE Associate tier is the baseline entry for community members who are just getting started with their community activism and are working on building their network and community profile. ACE Associates aspire to contribute at higher levels. The addition of this new tier will provide opportunities for further growth and activity.

The Oracle ACE and ACE Director tiers are designed for community members who have proven their dedication to the Oracle community and have a long history of sharing their technical knowledge and experience through various channels: blogs, discussion forums, social networks, event presentations, book authorship.

Participation in the program is by nomination and all levels have a set criteria that must be met to qualify. To learn more about the Oracle ACE Program visit: or these quick links:

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of February 9th

OTN Loves its Members!   Here is even more Best of Content from our Architect and Java Community Managers. 

Architect Community -

Oracle ADF Development: Web, Mobile and Beyond - Video Presentations Now Available
A lot of people have spent a lot of time watching this collection of video presentations from the OTN Virtual Develop Day event Oracle ADF Development: Web, Mobile and Beyond since the videos were made available on the OTN ArchBeat YouTube channel last month. If you missed the original event, no worries. The sessions are all here, and you can watch them as often as you like. Make some popcorn!

Video: Invoking OSB and EDN using C++ and Web Services | Sebastian Lik Kueng Ma
Sebastian Lik Kueng Ma, Software Applications Development Manager at Sembcorp Marine Limited in Singapore, recently published his first article for Oracle Technology Network, A Real-World Guide to Invoking OSB and EDN using C++ and Web Services. In this video Sebastian discusses how his day-to-day experience and the technical environment in which he works provided the basis for the article, and shares his perspective on working with events and biometrics.

Article Series: Industrial SOA
This 13-part article series was written by a collaborative team of eight SOA experts, including four Oracle ACE Directors. We've been adding a chapter each month, and the series will soon wrap up with the addition of the final chapter. The articles are short, concise, and loaded with the level of expertise you'd expect from busload of experienced SOA architects. Catch up to the series one article at a time, or do the whole series at once in a binge read.

Friday Funny: Tools of Guy Power
A morsel of mirth from the Interwebs actually written by OTN Architect Community manager Bob Rhubart.

Java Community

Internet of Things Training
Oracle's MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on creating a Java Embedded applications using a Raspberry Pi starts March 31st. Register now!

Learn How to Program A Robot
NightHacking will feature the NAO robot and lab to learn how to program it.

Java 8
Learn about Java 8 performance improvements and LongAddr vs AtomicLong

Friday Funny
The James Brown school of Git: git down && git onup  Thanks @the_zenspider

Keep up with the conversation on the following OTN channels...

Monday Feb 10, 2014

APEX 5.0 Early Access--Get it here!

Big Week for APEX.

First, APEX celebrated it's 10th anniversary.   

And then, the team launched the APEX 5.0 EA1 program.  

Probably the coolest page for an Oracle EA program I've ever seen.  Watch the video tutorials...and get your APEX moving. 

Major Enhancements include :

  • A new "Page Designer": a completely new IDE designed to greatly improve developer's productivity, allowing you to very quickly enhance and maintain pages within Application Express.
  • Modal Dialogs: Now you can easily define modal (and non-modal) pages complete with the ability to utilize standard page processes.
  • Navigation Lists: The Application Builder has used navigation lists for years.. and now you can, too!
  • Interactive Report Enhancements: In Early Adopter 1, end users can now define a pivot report at runtime, which is similar to defining a group report.
  • All New Calendar: The new calendar component comes with built in support for Month, Week, Day, and Agenda views and is much easier to customize.
  • Shared Components File Upload: Files uploaded into shared components can be cached by your browser and are now referenced using relative file urls.
  • Reimagined User Interface: A competely reimagined user interface for Application Express which is focused on simplicity and removing clutter.

You can find more information and videos on Enhancements and Request a Workspace to test. Visit

And here are a couple of excellent Blogs that will keep you up to date on APEX tips and tricks:

Dimitri Gielis (Oracle Application Express)

(YABAOAE) Yet Another Blog About Oracle Application Express -Joel Kallman

Ciao for Now!


Friday Feb 07, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of February 2nd

The past two weeks has been very busy with virtual events for our team.  We have some GREAT OnDemand content available for the Database and Systems Communities -

We also have our first Virtual Developer Conference event coming up February 20th -  Creating a Foundation for Cloud Applications using Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence .  Register today!

Architect Community

SOA and Business Processes: You are the Process!
by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmeidel, Guido Schmutz, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
Part of the Industrial SOA series, this article looks at best practices for modeling and managing effective business processes.

Making the Move from Oracle Warehouse Builder to Oracle Data Integrator 12c
by Stewart Bryson
Oracle ACE Stewart Bryson's detailed guide to a phased migration to Oracle Data Integrator 12c that makes use of the integration and migration capabilities in ODI 12c.

Video: SOA Transformation (with Lonneke Dikmans)
Oracle ACE Director Lonneke Dikmans shares the details on a Dutch government agency's transition from an Oracle Forms-based environment to a service-oriented environment using Oracle SOA Suite in this interview recorded at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.

Friday Funny from OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart:
This one's fun, rather than funny. Fifty years ago this Sunday the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, and popular music changed forever. Here's "I Want to Hold Your Hand" from that set.

Keep up with the conversation on the following OTN channels...