Monday Mar 03, 2014

IoT Developer Challenge - Chance to win a trip to JavaOne SF 2014


Team OTN Java Community, Yolande Poirier and Tori Wieldt, are proud to be bringing to you the IoT Developer Challenge.  Read on to learn more (from the Java Source blog). 

Show the world your embedded Java + Internet of Things (IoT) application for a chance to win a trip to JavaOne 2014! 12 winners will receive a trip to JavaOne 2014, the #1 place to meet world-renowned Java experts. In addition, six students will receive laptops and certification vouchers. Team up and submit the video and code of your project  by May 30, 2014.  Official rules can be found here.

Don't know how to start? We are providing eight free online training sessions in March and April. They will introduce you to embedded Java Embedded, IoT, Raspberry Pi and more. Everyone who registers gets a chance to win a Raspberry Pi starter kit.  

Need just a little bit of help? We will provide experts along the way -- regular "office hours." Ask questions on the Challenge forums and check the online resources. There may be some source code and solutions you can use for your project.  

At previous developer challenges, we've had developers:

  • Connect a doorbell to a camera, taking a picture and sending it to a cell phone when someone rings the doorbell.
  • Help blind people figure out which recycling container to use ("put it in the blue can" doesn't help!)
  •  Control a toy monster truck from a phone (Monster Truck As A Service!) 
  •  Connect a heart monitor to Google glass so your doctor or trainer can see your heart rate.

This short video shows them in action: 

Entries will be judged based on their implementation, innovation and usefulness:

  • Quality: a well-implemented project that uses Oracle Java Embedded with computer boards, devices or IoT Technologies
  • Innovation: a new and innovative way of using Java Embedded.
  • Usefulness: a project that meets a business need.

Learn more and register for the IoT Developer Challenge at www.java.net/challenge

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...

Friday Jan 31, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of January 26th

Best of OTN - Week of January 26th


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Friday Jun 07, 2013

Forums Update

This is a quick reminder that the discussion forums at forums.oracle.com will be offline for a few hours starting at 9pm PT today and then read-only through the weekend while we migrate our content to the new community space. Please come take a look on Monday! forums.oracle.com

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!"

    Thursday May 02, 2013

    OTN Discussion Forums Update

    A guest post from:

    Sonya Barry
    Director of Community Infrastructure
    Community Manager Java.net 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.

    More information here: https://wikis.oracle.com/display/Forums/OTN+Forums+Migration+and+Upgrade

    Wednesday Jul 11, 2012

    Help Jake Plan a Developer Event for Oracle OpenWorld

    It's July - which means we are now in the early stages of creating a new OTN Lounge @ OracleOpenWorld experience for you.

    This year, that new experience will include a hack-a-thon of some kind - and to help design it, we've partnered with Oracle WebCenter evangelist Jake Kuramoto, of @theappslab fame. Here's Jake:

    It’s not to early to start thinking about Oracle OpenWorld 2012 (@oracleopenworld), which will be September 30 through October 4. Actually, if you want to get the Early Bird pricing, you’d better act fast, since it ends this Friday. If you want more, Kellsey has a great rundown of the event and the WebCenter activities.

    I’ll be attending this year, after missing last year, and I’m in the planning stages of a developer challenge. Without giving too much away, it’s looking like a hybrid hackathon. Given that this challenge will run during a conference, I need to bend the concept a bit to fit attendee’s schedules. Very few will want to spend 24 or even 12 hours in a room hacking during Oracle OpenWorld.

    So, it’s a work in progress.

    Anyway, I’m interested to hear your thoughts. Generally, what makes a hackathon (codefest, hack day, etc.) fun and engaging? What would motivate you to join one during a larger conference, e.g. prizes, exposure to a specific product, camaraderie, whatever? What do you think about running smaller, daily challenges vs. a longer, conference-running challenge?

    And finally, what do you expect to gain from any hackathon event in which you participate?

    Leave comments for Jake here, or at the source.

    Friday May 04, 2012

    Diversity in Practice

    Oracle's Jessica McKellar and developer Asheesh Laroia recently led a session at PyCon 2012 on the subject of creating more diversity in the programmer community. The case study in question was The Boston Python User Group, which has worked diligently to create a membership composition that is 15% women - quite uncharacteristic for a user group.

    Here's the session itself:

    And here are the slides. This session is worth exploring by anyone interested in tactics for increasing programming community diversity.

    Tuesday Dec 13, 2011

    Oracle OpenWorld Latin America: Focus on JavaOne

    Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne Latin America was last week and there were lots of videos and podcasts recorded there. Here are some of the highlights (add your favorites in the comments, please):

    The JavaOne Community Keynote

    The JavaOne Community Keynote was informative and funny. (Thanks to Loiane Groner for taping it!) The discussion ranged from the top 5 developments in Java in 2012, to women in technology, to how to brew coffee with Java (done on stage), to the announcement of jDuchessBR for Brazilian women using Java, to what developers do when they aren't coding. (in Brazilian Portuguese). Don't miss  the video used to conclude the keynote, an improvement of the "Code Hard" video entitled "The Real Java Developers."

    OTN Interviews
    I interviewed Java Experts, including Fabiane Nardon (Java EE), Loiane Groner (Java and Javascript), Jim Weaver (JavaFX) and Geertjan Weilenga (NetBeans). Yara Senger also interviewed her 80 year-old grandmother about her use of Java as a physicist. Those videos are now on Youtube/Java (look under Recent Activity). Another nice video from the OTN Lounge is this short discussion on why and how Juliano Viana works on Java EE 6 with LogicStyle's customers and how he uses GlassFish.

    Java Spotlight Podcasts

    The Java Spotlight Podcast Episode 60: Live from JavaOne Latin America includes an interview with Yara and Vinicius Senger on Global Code's 10th Anniversary, and with Mike Lehmann, Oracle senior director of product management, providing insight on the Weblogic 12c release. If you like your podcasts deeply technical, listen to this Java Spotlight Podcast with Alan Bateman on NIO2 APIs in JDK 7. There's nothing like the engineer working on a project to get into the technical details.

    Thanks to all the developers in Latin America that made JavaOne Latin America such a success!