Monday Jun 03, 2013

A Cloudy Webcast on the Horizon for Application Developers

Just got wind of this from the Oracle Cloud Solutions blog and thought it might be of interest to the Oracle Technology Network Members.  Gene Eun wrote "I'm sure many of you who follow this blog have heard a lot about Oracle Cloud and may have even been able to attend one of our recent Oracle CloudWorld events. Chances are that you’ve heard a great deal about Oracle Cloud’s application services (SaaS) and the different lines of business (LOBs) that leverage them.  Let’s not forget that Oracle Cloud also offers platform as a service (PaaS) that enable developers to quickly and easily build new applications or custom extensions to Oracle Cloud’s SaaS applications. Oracle Cloud platform services are based on the world’s leading platform, open standards to prevent lock-in, and offer simple subscription pricing.

In our continuing efforts to spread the word to application developers that are keen to move their projects to the cloud, the Oracle Cloud team will be hosting a webcast series called Developing Applications in Oracle's Public Cloud. These LIVE webcasts will begin with quick overviews of our PaaS offerings, then spend most of the time on hands-on demonstrations of common tasks like building a simple app, loading data, and using the integrated tools. The first of two 2-part webcasts will focus on the Oracle Database Cloud Service and will be particularly interesting to developers familiar with Oracle Application Express. The second 2-part webcast is targeted at Java developers and will focus on the Oracle Java Cloud Service. I've listed the webcast series schedule below.

Each webcast will have LIVE Q&A so you’ll have an opportunity to ask the Oracle Cloud Product Managers any questions you have about these services. 

  • Developing Applications with the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Part 1 - June 18, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Developing Applications with the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Part 2 - June 20, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Improving Developer Productivity with Oracle Java Cloud Service and Cloud-Based IDE Plug-Ins - June 25, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Improving Developer Productivity with Oracle Java Cloud Service and Maven - June 27, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Click here to register for the webcasts today!"

    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.

    Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

    Two OTN Events in NYC: Cloud Computing and Big Data

    Two Oracle Technology Network events coming up next week in New York City will answer several critical questions for architects and developers. One question is, "Where can I get a couple of free meals?" Another question is, "Where can I learn more about Cloud Computing and Big Data and sharpen my skills in hands-on labs focused on relevant Oracle technologies?"

    OTN has the solution for both your belly and your brain.

    On Tuesday May 7 OTN Developer Day: Cloud Application Development will bring you up to speed on Oracle Cloud services for developers with an agenda that includes intensive hands-on labs in two parallel tracks, one for those interested in developing with the Oracle Database Cloud Service, and one for those interested in developing with the Oracle Java Cloud Service. Seating for this free event is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register now.

    Two days later, on Thursday May 9, OTN Developer Day: Big Data will offer yet another opportunity for free breakfast and lunch along and a schedule that includes four hands-on labs focused on Oracle NoSQL Database, MapReduce, Hadoop, Oracle Database, and Oracle Advanced Analytics. Seating for this event is also limited, but you can register now to insure your spot.

    Visit the registration pages for each event for session abstracts and other important information.

    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

    Tuesday May 01, 2012

    Virtual Developer Day: Hands-on Database App Development (May 15) - with Big Data and Cloud Sessions

    We have just opened registration for the newest edition of Virtual Developer Day: Hands-on Oracle Database 11g Application Development. This experience comes to you online on May 15, in the Americas TZ-friendly time of 9am-1pm PT.

    In this workshop you'll learn the key tools, frameworks, techniques, and best practices for building database-backed applications through presentations and hands-on labs (which you can download and save) demonstrating innovative and performance-enhancing methods - all from your desk! Oracle experts will be on hand to answer your questions via real-time chat. 

    As you can see from the agenda below, the day will include sessions on using Oracle NoSQL Database, using Oracle Database alongside Hadoop, as well as the forthcoming Database Cloud Service. Something for everyone!

    Get on board, time is tight! 

    Friday Dec 09, 2011

    Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Look Ma, No Installer!

    So as you may have learned in the recent developer deep-dive Webcast for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (see replay - reg required), WebLogic Server is now available in the form of a 164MB zip file distribution - no installer, just unzip and go (download it here)!

    For people who prefer a bundle experience however, regular-old installers are also available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS and contain Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse and Oracle Coherence, in addition to the server.

    Who knew Oracle WebLogic Server 12c would be such a lightweight? Watch for yourself below.

    Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

    Inside the Oracle Database Cloud Service

    (Courtesy of Rick Greenwald, Oracle Database Cloud Service PM)

    One of the biggest announcements at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 was the introduction of the Oracle Public Cloud. The Oracle Public Cloud includes a number of different components, including applications, such as Fusion Apps, and platform services, including a Java Cloud Service and a Database Cloud Service. The components of the Oracle Public Cloud share some characteristics – simple pricing, rapid provisioning, and universal access in the Cloud.

    The Oracle Database Service gives you a slice of an Oracle Database 11g Release 2. You can store data in the database and access it through the three basic components. The first component is the ability to create RESTful Web services to access data in your Database Service. A RESTful Web service uses a URL to interact with data – all the basic data services, such as SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE or DELETE. The URL points to either an SQL statement or a PL/SQL anonymous block, so the full power of the Oracle Database is completely available to you through RESTful Web services. The Database Cloud Service includes a RESTful Web service wizard which makes it very easy to define your Web service. You can even include automatic links to detail records with a simple format selection.

    By default, a RESTful Web service returns data in JSON format, but you can format the return any way you like if you choose to use PL/SQL to produce the results.

    RESTful Web services give you stateless access to data in your Database Cloud Service, but that’s just the beginning. Each Database Cloud Service includes a complete Application Express (APEX) development and deployment environment. APEX has been a part of the Oracle environment for more than 7 years, with more than 150,000 developers. All the power of APEX version 4.1 is part of the Database Cloud Service – including wizards, interactive reports, websheets and far too many features to list. You know it, you love it, you can’t live without it – APEX gives you the power of productivity in the Oracle Public Cloud.

    The rapid application development capabilities of APEX open up a whole new way to develop applications, which I refer to as interactive development. With APEX, you can quickly create an application, usually in a few days. Once you get your working version done, you can work with your end users to refine the look, feel and functionality of the application. With instant deployment, you can even do many modifications in real time, leading to a finished product that is qualitatively better at addressing the needs of your user community.

    The final piece of the Database Cloud Service is composed of a set of business productivity applications. These applications will be available for all Database Cloud Service customers to install with just a few clicks. You will be able to do things like track events on a shared calendar or manage projects, all in the cloud. In addition, third party vendors will be creating a broad range of additional applications to install and run.

    The Database Cloud Service includes some utilities to help with activities like moving data in and out of your Oracle Database Cloud Service with Data Pump. A version of SQL Developer comes with the service to provide a client-based management tool to supplement the utilities in APEX.

    There’s a lot to be excited about – a whole new platform in the cloud. If you are interested in learning more about the Oracle Database Cloud Service, sign up at to receive updates on the upcoming availability of the Service.