Friday Sep 02, 2011

The Return of "Easy": Oracle Database 11g Express Edition

We don't usually make a big deal about new product releases. But this one is an exception.

Oracle Database XE, which was initially based on Oracle Database 10g Release 2 code when it was released in 2007, was a major success in introducing Oracle Database technology to new users. It was easy to install, easy to manage, and easy to build lightweight Web apps with. And, no small thing, it was free (gratis) - to use or distribute.

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Express Edition, now available, picks up where the previous release left off. For a quick summary, see this TechCast we recently recorded during the Beta period with Kris Rice, XE's chief architect:

We think you'll enjoy the "easy" ethos of this new release as much as you did with the previous one. Plus, you'll get an introduction to Oracle Database 11g Release 2 features such as Universal Connection pooling - see here for a full list.  Note that the storage limit has increased to 11GB (from 4 GB) as well.

Wednesday Jun 08, 2011

June Oracle Technology Network Member Benefits

Summer is here in Redwood Shores and so are some new Oracle Technology Network Member discounts!  Get Discount codes now!

Oracle Store Discount -

Oracle Technology Network Member get an exclusive 15% off Oracle Java Development Tools Support at Oracle Store Receive expert guidance when you need it for NetBeans, Oracle JDeveloper, and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse products.

Book Discounts -


Packt has come through yet again with a long list of NEW titles.  Get 20% off print and 45% off ebook of the following titles until the end of this month -
  • New - Oracle 11g R1/R2 Real Application Clusters Essentials
  • New - Oracle Siebel CRM 8 Developer’s Handbook
  • New - Oracle Warehouse Builder 11gR2: Getting Started 2011
  • New - Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 11gR1: Business Service Management
  • Oracle JRockit: The Definitive Guide

Apress has extended their discount on Beginning Oracle Application Express 4.0 eBook.  There is a new code for June.

Event Discount -
JAXconf is the premier Java, Architecture & Agile Experience, June 20-23, San Jose.  All of the latest action and solutions from across the Java Ecosystem!  Oracle Technology Network Members get 25% off.

Get more information and the discount codes on the Oracle Technology Network Member discount page

Friday Apr 01, 2011

Oracle Database 11g Express Edition Beta - Feedback Needed!

Generally speaking we do not post product-oriented news here, but this particular news is so closely tied to the OTN community that we can't resist.

You've waited patiently, and now that patience pays off: the Oracle Database 11g Express Edition (XE) Beta release is here. Download it and give us your feedback today!

Just as you expect, Oracle Database 11g XE brings you an entry-level, small-footprint RDBMS based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 code base that's free to develop on, deploy, and distribute. It's a great way to get started with 11g Release 2 features like Edition-Based Redefinition!

If you want to revisit what those features are, Arup Nanda's "Top Features" series is a great way to go!