Friday Dec 12, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of December 8th

We have some really good highlights this week, check them out.

Architect Community

For this week's Best Of, let's take a look at the Top 3 most popular videos on the OTN ArchBeat YouTube channel for the past week.

Best Practices in Oracle ADF Development | Frank Nimphius
Frank Nimphius summarizes best practices for the "fantastic four:" ADFbc, Task Flow, ADF Binding and ADF Faces. He also makes recommendations for when and how to use JavaScript in ADF and what you should do to break out of your "am I the only one" isolation.

2 Minute Tech Tip: Using Oracle ADF Libraries
| Sten Vesteri
Oracle ACE Director Sten Vesterli, author of Oracle ADF Enterprise Application Development – Made Simple: Second Edition (Packt Publishing) shares a quick tip on using ADF libraries and building a solid foundation for ADF applications.

2 Minute Tech Tip: Just Say No to Spaghetti Code
| Steven Feuerstein
Oracle architect and PL/SQL expert Steven Feuerstein fills 120 seconds with tasty advice on how to write code that doesn't resemble a big plate of pasta.
Friday Fun from OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart

We're deep in the holiday season, so this week I want to share some of my favorite Christmas music: The Ventures' Christmas Album. Originally released in 1965, this collection features brilliant instrumental surf-style arrangements of Christmas standards. But rather than just straight-up instrumental covers, these arrangements incorporate hooks and guitar licks from some of the hit songs of the day. You'll hear elements of the some of the Ventures hits, plus the Beatles and other British Invasion tunes. Listen!

On Spotify

On Rhapsody

Java Community

Wearables in Action

In this interview, Java Evangelist Angela Caicedo demonstrates her new jacket designed with wearable technologies. She can listen music from her favorite playlists, monitor her heart beat, and get her emails. All of it powered by a Raspberry Pi

New Java Champion: Marc Hoffmann

Congratulations to the new Java Champions Marc Hoffmann!

Software Development in Turkey

What technologies are hot in Turkey? How do you get more women to speak at conferences. Turkish Project Manager Nilay Yener discusses GDG Fest Istanbul and GDG Fest Women.

Friday Funny: Titanic  Thanks, @paddyforan !

Systems Community

Brian Bream, USA's 1st ACE for Systems Technologies

Brian Bream, USA's First Oracle ACE for Systems - Chief Technology Officer for Collier IT, an Oracle Platinum Partner, certified in over 20 industry technologies, Instructor of the Year 3 times, and much more. A terrific addition to the Oracle ACE program.

Update to My Personal Crib Sheet for the ZFS Storage Appliance


In March of 2012 I posted a blog with some resources to help a sysadmin understand the ZFS Storage Appliance. A lot has changed since then, so this is an addendum to that blog. It reflects the latest information in preparation for the release of the ZS4-4.

Friday Sep 12, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of September 7th

Database Community - Laura Ramsey, OTN Database Community Manager

Here are a few round ups of session that will be at Oracle OpenWorld in just a few weeks!  

Database Developer Hands-On-Labs
Oracle Database Service sessions,  from good friend Chris Warticki - @cwarticki

OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler Blog- What do you know about the Oracle RAC Stack? It's a compelling approach to Virtualization. Read on to see what you need to know.

Java Community - Tori Wieldt, OTN Java Community Manager

LAST CHANCE: Use code DDD4 to save $75 off a JavaOne Discover Pass.

JCP Activities at JavaOne 2014 - Read this blog to learn what's happening with the JCP program, JCP.Next, Adopt-a-JSR, meet the 12th Annual JCP Award nominees and potential new JCP Executive Committee (EC) members.

Driverless Cars and Java - Paul Perrone is a regular fixture at JavaOne, and this year's conference is no exception. He will give a session called "Automated Vehicle Testing with Java." Read the full oracle.com story, "Java Takes the Wheel.

Friday Funny: “Whats the object-oriented way to become wealthy?”
A: Inheritance

Systems Community  -

SPARC M7 - A good read about “the forthcoming SPARC M7, the biggest and baddest SPARC processor that either Sun Microsystems or Oracle has ever created.”

Interesting Q&A on the OTN Solaris Community:
"I've imported a service, using inetconv, into the smf repository with a typo. The service is now MASKED so I can't remove it using svcadm delcust. Can a service be un-MASKED ? - Turns out the behavior of "svccfg import" and "svccfg delete fmri" has changed in Oracle Solaris 11. Go to the conversation to learn more.

Oracle's SPARC T5-4 Server Processor Upgrade Animation  - This animation shows you how to upgrade a SPARC T5-4 server from a one-processor to a two-processor configuration and much more.

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Friday Jul 04, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of June 29th

Java -

Congratulations to the Winners #IoTDevchallenge -
Oracle Technology Network and Oracle Academy are proud to announce the winners of the IoT Developer Challenge. All of them making the Internet of Things come true. And, of course, built with the Java platform at the center of Things. See who the winners are in this blog post - https://blogs.oracle.com/java/entry/announcing_the_iot_developer_challenge.


JavaEE 8 Roadmap? It's right here.

Forum discussion: Would you use an IDE on a tablet? Join in now!

Systems Community -

OS Tips and Tricks for Sysadmins  - This three-session track, part of the Global OTN Virtual Technology Summits; Americas July 9th, EMEA July 10th and APAC July 16th, will show you how to configure Oracle Linux to run Oracle Database 11g and 12c, how to use the latest networking capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11, and how to troubleshoot networking problems in Unix and Linux systems.  Experts will be on hand to answer your questions live. Register now.

Database -

Disaster Recovery with Oracle Data Guard and Oracle GoldenGate -
The best part about preparing for the upcoming OTN Virtual Technology Summit is reading up on the technology we'll be presenting. Today's reading: Disaster recovery with Oracle Data Guard... it's an essential capability that every Oracle DBA should master.

Architect Community

Community blogs and social networks have been buzzing about the recent release of Oracle SOA Suite 12c, Oracle Mobile Application Foundation, and other new stuff. I've shared links to several such posts over the past several days on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page. The three items below drew the most attention.

SOA Suite 12c: Exploring Dependencies - Visualizing dependencies between SOA artifacts | Lucas Jellema
Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema explores the use of the Dependency Explorer in JDeveloper 12c for tracking and visualizing dependencies in artifacts in SOA composites or Service Bus projects.

Managing Files for the Hybrid Cloud Use Cases, Challenges and Requirements | Dave Berry
This paper by Dave Berry, Vikas Anand, and Mala Ramakrishnan discusses Oracle Managed File transfer and best practices for sharing files within your enterprise and externally for partners and cloud services.

Say hello to the new Oracle Mobile Application Framework | Shay Shmeltzer
What's the Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF)? Oracle MAF, available as an extension to both JDeveloper and Eclipse, lets you develop a single application that will run on both iOS and Android devices. MAF is based on Oracle ADF Mobile, but adds many new features. Want more information? Click the link to read a post by product manager Shay Shmeltzer.

Funny Stuff

On July 4th Americans will celebrate the US victory over the British in the Revolutionary War by grilling mountains of meat, consuming mass quantities of beer, and making trips to the emergency room to reattach fingers blown off with poorly-handled fireworks. This hilarious video featuring comic actor Stephen Merchant offers a UK perspective on the outcome of that war.

A tip of a three-cornered hat to Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman and Oracle Enterprise Architect Andrew Bond for bringing this video to my attention.

Thursday Jun 19, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne SF 2014 Content Catalogs are Available!

Session abstracts are now available to view for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco 2014!  The sessions catalog will help you:

  • Discover content targeted to you by searching on programs, tracks, keywords, and session types
  • Find sessions from your favorite speakers
  • See the full range of products, technologies, and solutions that will be showcased by Oracle experts and partners in the exhibition halls this year

Start planning your Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne week, and check back often—new content will be added over the following weeks and months.

The OTN team is looking forward to seeing you to Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco 2014!

Friday Jun 13, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of June 8th

Architect Community

The week's most popular interviews on the OTN ArchBeat YouTube channel.

Things to Keep In Memory About Oracle Database In-Memory | Tom Kyte
What do you know about Oracle Database In-Memory? Tom Kyte recaps his Great Lakes Oracle Conference keynote with a couple of key points to keep in your own memory.

Kscope 2014: Mobile App Development with Oracle ADF Mobile| Shay Shmeltzer
Oracle Development Tools Director of Product Management Shay Shmeltzer talks about mobile application development and Oracle ADF, the core subjects of his presentations as part of the ADF and Fusion Development track at ODTUG KScope, June 22-26, 2014 in Seattle, WA.

Adaptive Case Management | Danilo Schmiedel
Oracle ACE Director Danilo Schmiedel, SOA/BPM solution architect with Opitz Consulting in Germany, talks about Adaptive Case Management, Predictive Analytics, and Process Mining.

To download the Adaptive Case Management poster mentioned in this interview, please visit: http://bit.ly/1hUHPoF

Monday Jun 09, 2014

Virtual Technology Summit Series

The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) is excited to invite you to our first Virtual Technology Summit Series.   Learn first hand from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts, as they share their insight and expertise on using Oracle technologies to meet today’s IT challenges.

We are offering three chances to watch and interact with Oracle and community experts.  Register Now by clicking one of the links below!

Americas - Wednesday July 9th - 9am to 1pm PT / 12pm to 4pm  ET / 1 to 5 pm BRT

EMEA – Thursday July 10th / 9am to 1pm BST / 10am – 2pm CET / 12pm to 4pm MSK / GST

APAC English – July 16th / IST – 10:00am / SG – 12:30pm / AEST – 2:30pm



These interactive, online events offer four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips in these focus areas:

  • Java - Big Trends and Technologies - Java lets you mine Big Data, build robust apps with HTML5, JavaScript and Java EE, and expand into the Internet of Things. Experts will present and you’ll be able to chat with them live online. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in the Java community.


  • SystemsOS Tips and Tricks for Sysadmins – Learn first hand how to configure Oracle Linux to run Oracle Database 11g and 12c, how to use the latest networking capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11, and how to troubleshoot networking problems in Unix and Linux systems.


  • Database - Mastering Oracle Database Management & Development Techniques – Oracle ACEs and product team experts will present advanced features and management methods that will help you master your Oracle Database capabilities and drive greater performance, agility and manageability of your IT implementation. This track will build upon your skills with data management, migration, and performance.


  • Middleware - The Architecture of Analytics: Big Time Big Data and Business Intelligence – This track will present a solution architect’s perspective on how business intelligence products in Oracle’s Fusion Middleware family and beyond fit into an effective big data architecture, and present insight and expertise from Oracle ACEs specializing in business Intelligence to help you meet your big data business intelligence challenges.


Friday May 16, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of May 11th

Java Community

Java Magazine Article: How to Become an Embedded Developer in Minutes

Jump into programming the next big thing using embedded Java.

Developer Challenge: Crack a Raspberry Pi
Submit a Java embedded project by May 30th for a chance to win a trip to JavaOne (passes, air, and hotel!).

Batch is not a Dirty Word
This OTN tech article provides an overview of batch processing in Java EE.

Friday Funny: There is no SingletonFactory. But apparently there is a SingletonDistillery!
Thanks @mgerdin! 

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Friday Apr 04, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of March 31st

Java Community

Java 8 is Revolutionary! 
The Java SE 8 launch event is available for replay, plus 30+ videos covering the technical features of this revolutionary release. Download Java SE 8 and watch the videos.

Updated Java Tutorials
Find out where the tech docs have been updated for the Java 8 release.

For the Business Set: 8 Reasons to Love Java 8
Yes, Java 8 is a developer's dream. Find out from Forbes the business-level view of Java 8.

Friday Funny from OTN Java Community Manager Tori Wieldt -
Dentist: "Do you floss regularly?"
Me: "Do you back up your computer data regularly?"
Thanks, @scott4arrow !

Architect Community

The top 3 most popular OTN articles written by members of the architect community for the month of March 2014.

Cookbook: Installing and Configuring Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1
by Mark Rittman and Kevin McGinley
A step-by-step guide to installing, configuring, and loading an initial set of tables within Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1, using data sourced from Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.

Enterprise Service Bus
by Juergen Kress, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmiedel, Guido Schmutz, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg, and Bernd Trops
Answers to some of the most important questions surrounding the use of an enterprise service bus, using concrete examples to clarify correct areas of application. Part of the Industrial SOA article series.

Starting and Stopping a Java EE Environment when using Oracle WebLogic
by René van Wijk
Oracle ACE Director and Fusion Middleware specialist René van Wijk explores ways to simplify the life-cycle management of a Java EE environment through the use of scripts developed with WebLogic Scripting Tool and Linux Bash.

Friday fun from OTN Architect Community manager Bob Rhubart:
Check out this live concert video from the Ben Miller Band out of Joplin, Missouri. Can you say "Wah-wah washboard"?

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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...

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...