Friday Jan 17, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of January 12th

All the OTN Community Managers have given us their Best Of content this week so lets get right to it!


Java Community -
Java Update - Java SE 7 Update 51 Released, important changes included

Top Java Technical Articles of 2013 - The most popular technical articles published on OTN in 2013 shows the variety in Java technologies.

Using the action based prototype in Mojarra - Use Mojarra as an action based web framework.

Friday Funny from OTN Java Community Manager, Tori Wieldt : Developers love indirection

Systems Community


Hands-On Lab: How to Deploy Oracle Software in Minutes Using Oracle VM Templates - This lab demonstrates how easy it is to deploy software environments with Oracle VM Templates. It uses a single-instance, Oracle Restart (Single-Instance High Availability [SIHA]), and Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) for Oracle Database as an example. During this lab, you are going to deploy a four-node Flex Cluster (three hubs and one leaf) with a dedicated network for Oracle Flex ASM traffic.

Hands-On Lab: Oracle Solaris Packaging for System Administrators
- This lab explores what's required to create a new software package in Oracle Solaris 11 for Nagios. We will publish the new package to a package repository and install it on our system. In addition, we will also explore other methods to integrate this application into the operating system and take advantage of unique service availability and security features to make it a first-class citizen in Oracle Solaris 11.

Database Community -

Big news from the Oracle 12c Downloads center - Oracle 12c now available for HP-UX, AIX and zLinux. Get it Now!

What are you planning to read this weekend? - Get this Free E-Book: Securing Oracle Database 12c--A Technical Primer. Good Read.

Hey Oracle DBAs: Getting started with Hadoop? 
- Oracle Ace Director Gwen Shapira (from Oracle Big Data partner Cloudera) gives Oracle DBAs answers to many common questions. Thank you @gwenshap!

Ready for 4 hours intense Oracle Database 12c and Big Data tech updates?

Register NOW for the upcoming OTN Virtual Developer Day: Building and Deploying Database Apps Using Modern Techniques.  
When: February 4, 2014, 9am to 1pm PT
Where: Everywhere.

Friday Funny from OTN Database Manager, Laura Ramsey - An extraordinary reflection of Vienna...from an ornament hanging high above the square (top Photo again this week). Thank you Tim Boudreau. (visit http://www.timboudreau.com)

Architect Community - 

Podcast: Finding a Shorter Path to SOA
Lack of time, experience, and expertise can force some organizations to cut corners when implementing SOA. Meet a group of experts who have an idea for making it easier to get to SOA, right out of the box.

A Real-World Guide to Invoking OSB and EDN using C++ and Web Services
In his first article for OTN, Sebastian Lik-Keung Ma demonstrates a complete, end-to-end, working example of how a C++ application can produce an event to the SOA infrastructure, and how a JDeveloper application can consume that event.

Back Up a Thousand Databases Using Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
Porus Homi Havewala shows you how to use Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c as a faster and more efficient alternative to Unix shell scripting and cron jobs for backing up multiple databases.

Friday Funny from OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart: Oscar Picks by a Dumb Man with a Bad Memory - From Funny or Die

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Friday Jan 03, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of December 29th


Happy New Year from the OTN team and the New Years Rooster!  Now on to the Best of OTN for this week...

Architect -

Sample Chapter: Integration with Fusion Applications
This 54-page sample chapter (PDF, 1.71MB) from the Oracle Fusion Applications Development and Extensibility Handbook (2013, Oracle Press) examines the role SOA plays in the process of integrating with Fusion Applications.

Tech Article: MDM and SOA: Be Warned!
This article, part of the "Industrial SOA" series, offers a motive for using MDM, presents typical variants for possible MDM architecture concepts, and illustrates the interplay of MDM and SOA.

Podcast: Oracle SOA B2B Integration - Part 3
EDI remains in wide use among old-guard companies, but newer companies are embracing ebXML and other alternatives. Listen to the final segment in this series as panelists Krishnaprem Bhatia, Alan Perlovsky, and Scott Haaland discuss the future of SOA B2B integration.

Friday Funny from Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager: "If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'" - Dave Barry

Database -

Sophisticated Call Stack Analysis - This is a great way to start 2014!  Check out the DBMS_UTILITY functions in Oracle Database 12c that answer questions programmers ask as they develop, debug, and maintain their code. Thank you Steven Feuerstein!

Top Trends in 2014 for Data Security - Two of the most important questions to be asking about your data: Where is all the sensitive data? Who has access to that data? Hit this article to read more about the Top Trends in 2014 for Data Security.

What Makes Oracle Linux the Best Platform for Oracle Database 12c - Learn how Oracle Linux is the cost-effective and high-performance choice when modernizing infrastructure or consolidating database instances on Oracle Database 12c in this whitepaper.

Want more? Follow the OTN Database Community on FB at https://www.facebook.com/oracledbdevelopers

Friday Funny for Laura Ramsey, Database Community Manager: New Year's Rooster. Picture at top of post : ).

Friday Dec 06, 2013

Best of OTN - Week Of December 1st

The OTN team is finally out of our food coma from Thanksgiving.  Without further delay here is our roll up of the Best content we've seen so far this week...if we missed something please share in the comments section below. 

Java Community -


Friday Funny from Tori Wieldt, Java Community Manager -  I heard jQuery launched a credit card called "technical debt". Thanks @hipsterhacker !

Architect Community -

Friday Funny: Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager, found this quote from Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966): "I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known."


Database Community -

Friday Funny from Laura Ramsey, Database Community Manager - TEAMWORK. Picture at Top of post : ).

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Friday Nov 22, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of November 18th

Many of the OTN staffers will be celebrating Thanksgiving next week so the idea of thankfulness is fresh in all our our hearts and minds.  We want to say thank you to the OTN members for dropping by when we are at events, reading our articles and interacting with us on our various social media channels. OTN would be nothing without you! To show our thanks here is another Best of OTN:

System Community -

Video Interview: Who Should Manage an Oracle Exadata Database Machine? - The Database Admin? The Systems Admin? What about the storage admin? Brian Bream, CTO of Collier IT, gives us his opinion on the matter, as well as other reactions about the Exadata that he gets from the students of his Oracle University classes.

Blog: How to Limit Upgrades Beyond a Prescribed Version of Oracle Solaris - How to control an Oracle Solaris 11 upgrade so that a system cannot be upgraded beyond a prescribed version, even though the package publisher provides newer versions.

Architect Community -

Small Steps to Becoming a Better Architect - Want to be a better architect? Working architects share tips on steps you can take today.

Internet of Things - The Oracle platform - Oracle ACE Director Torsten Winterberg (one of the authors of the Industrial SOA article series available on OTN) shares an informative summary of an Oracle Openworld presentation on the Internet of Things (IoT).

Podcast: Old Habits Die Hard in the New SOA World - Part 3 - Do SOA stakeholders recognize the problems caused by poor communication among siloed service development teams? In this third and final segment of the series a panel of experts, including several Oracle ACE Directors, shares their insight.

Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager, quote of the week: “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.” -- Gautama Buddha

Database Community -

Oracle 12c Multitenant/PDBs Tutorial - A few folks have asked for a quick tutorial on Oracle 12c Multitenant/PDB installation...Found one! Enjoy!

PHP PECL OCI8 2.0 Production Release Announcement - This just in from Chris Jones, member of Oracle's Linux engineering team: The PHP OCI8 2.0.6 extension for Oracle Database is now "production" status...including DB12c IRS support and Dtrace static probes that can be enabled with PHPs.

Membership has its rewards:  Kscope13 presentations are now available for download for ALL ODTUG members.
Browse and download more than 250 sessions from experts covering Oracle Technologies--from Database administration and management to advanced developer methods and techniques.

Laura Ramsey, Database Community Manager, random act of cuteness:

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Friday Nov 15, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of November 11th

It's been another busy week here at OTN.  We have some of our team over at Devoxx, others wrapped up our participation at QCon SF, and yet others prepped for our upcoming Virtual Developer Day - Oracle ADF Development - Web, Mobile and Beyond (Americas Nov 19th, APAC Nov 21st, EMEA Nov 26th).

Here is the BEST of OTN for this week....

Architect Community -

Video: Coherence Community on Java.net - 4 Projects available under CDDL-1.0

Community Video Profile: Kevin McGinley - OBIEE, Business Intelligence, and Advanced Analytics

Do SOA stakeholders recognize the problems caused by poor communication among siloed service development teams? In this third and final segment of the series a panel of experts, including several Oracle ACE Directors, shares their insight.

Virtual Developer Day - Harnessing Oracle WebLogic and Coherence EMEA live day December 3rd - This virtual developer day will guide you through tooling updates and best practices around developing applications with Oracle WebLogic and Coherence. We'll also explore advances in how you can manage your build, deploy and ongoing management processes to streamline your application's life cycle.

Friday Funny from Valerie Simpson, Oracle WebLogic Community Manager - "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." — Will Rogers, American humorist
(November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935)

Java Community -

Video: Richard Bair on Java and the Internet of Things, Lambdas and more - Richard Bair, Client Java Architect, discusses Java and the Internet of Things,JavaFX, Lambdas and more. From the Devoxx conference in Antwerp

Java SE 7 Update 45 Technical Topics - This blog offers useful how-to’s, best practices, and advice on Java SE, Java Security and Usability. With the Java SE 7 Update 45, Java Platform team explains 7u45 caller-allowable-codebase and trusted-library as well as updated security baseline (7u45).

GlassFish and JavaEE Roadmap Update - Oracle has announced updates to the GlassFish roadmap.

Friday Funny form Tori Wieldt, Java Community Manager: Thank God we nipped that in the bud!

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Friday Nov 08, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of November 4th

It was another exciting week at OTN!  Lots of GREAT content to share.  If you had a favorite that you don't see listed let us know in the comment section below. 

Java Community -

JavaOne Sessions Online - We've posted 60 of the JavaOne sessions online, and we'll be rolling out more sessions every few weeks. This content is free, courtesy of Oracle.

NetBeans 7.4 Released  - NetBeans 7.4 features HTML5 integration for Java EE and PHP development; support for Apache Cordova and JDK 8 preview features; enhancements to Maven, C/C++, and more.

vJUG: Worldwide Virtual JUG Created - London Java Community leader and technical evangelist Simon Maple has created a Meetup called vJUG, with aim toward connecting Java Developers in the virtual world.

Tori Wieldt, Java Community Manager Friday Funny: This is what REALLY happens when you give someone your business card ow.ly/q6aKU

Architect Community -

Don't forget to register for the free Virtual Developer Day - Harnessing the Power of Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence.  December 3rd, 2013 - Two great tracks, Design & Develop and Build, Deploy & Manage.   Why wait, register now! 

Multi-Factor Authentication in Oracle WebLogic - Shailesh K. Mishra - Really good technical article on using multi-factor authentication to protect web applications deployed on Oracle WebLogic.

Coherence*Web: Sharing an httpSessions Among Applications in Different Oracle WebLogic Clusters - Jordi Villena
Understanding when and how to select session attributes that must be stored in the local storage of the Oracle WebLogic instances and which should be leveraged to an Oracle Coherence distributed cache. 

Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager Friday Funny - "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900) Irish writer and poet.

Friday Oct 25, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of Oct 21st

This week's Best of OTN, for you, the best devs, dba's, sysadmins and architects out there!  In these weekly posts the OTN team will highlight the top content from each community; Architect, Database, Systems and Java.  Since we'll be publishing this on Fridays, we'll also mix in a little fun!

Architect Community Top Content-

The Road Ahead for WebLogic 12c | Edwin Biemond
Oracle ACE Edwin Biemond shares his thoughts on announced new features in Oracle WebLogic 12.1.3 & 12.1.4 and compares those upcoming releases to Oracle WebLogic 12.1.2.

A Roadmap for SOA Development and Delivery | Mark Nelson
Do you know the way to S-O-A? Mark Nelson does. His latest blog post, part of an ongoing series, will help to keep you from getting lost along the way.

Updated ODI Statement of Direction | Robert Schweighardt
Heads up Oracle Data Integrator fans! A new statement of product direction document is available, offering an overview of the strategic product plans for Oracle’s data integration products for bulk data movement and transformation, specifically Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and Oracle Warehouse Builder (OWB).

Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager Friday Funny - "Some people approach every problem with an open mouth." — Adlai E. Stevenson (October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) 23rd Vice President of the United States

Database Community Top Content -

Pre-Built Developer VMs (for Oracle VM VirtualBox)
Heard all the chatter about Oracle VirtualBox? Over 1 million downloads per week and look: pre-built virtual appliances designed specifically for developers.

Video: Big Data, or BIG DATA?
Oracle Ace Director Ben Prusinski explains the differences.



Webcast Series - Developing Applications in Oracle's Public Cloud
Time to get started on developing and deploying cloud applications by moving to the cloud. Good friend Gene Eun from Oracle's Cloud team posted this two-part Webcast series that has an overview and demonstration of the Oracle Database Cloud Service. Check out the demos on how to migrate your data to the cloud, extend your application with interactive reporting, and create and access RESTful Web services. Registration required, but so worth it!

Laura Ramsey, Database Community Manager Friday Funny -


Systems Community Top Content -

Video: What Kind of Scalability is Better, Horizontal or Vertical?
Rick Ramsey asks the question "Is Oracle's approach to large vertically scaled servers at odds with today's trend of combining lots and lots of small, low-cost servers systems with networking to build a cloud, or is it a better approach?" Michael Palmeter, Director of Solaris Product Management, and Renato Ribeiro, Director Product Management for SPARC Servers, discuss.

Video: An Engineer Takes a Minute to Explain Cloud

Bart Smaalders, long-time Oracle Solaris core engineer, takes a minute to explain cloud from a sysadmin point of view.


Hands-On Lab: How to Deploy and Manage a Private IaaS Cloud

Soup to nuts. This lab shows you how to set up and manage a private cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c in an Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model. You will first configure the IaaS cloud as the cloud administrator and then deploy guest virtual machines (VMs) as a self-service user.

Rick Ramsey, Systems Community Manager Friday Funny - Video: Drunk Airline Pilot - Dean Martin - Foster Brooks

Java Community Top Content -

Video: NightHacking Interview with James Gosling
James Gosling, the Father of Java, discusses robotics, Java and how to keep his autonomous WaveGliders in the ocean for weeks at a time. Live from Hawaii. 

Video: Raspberry Pi Developer Challenge: Remote Controller 
A developer who knew nothing about Java Embedded or Raspberry Pi shows how he can now control a robot with his phone. The project was built during the Java Embedded Challenge for Raspberry Pi at JavaOne 2013.

Java EE 7 Certification Survey - Participants Needed
Help us define how to server your training and certification needs for Java EE 7.

Tori Wieldt, Java Community Manager Friday Funny - Programmers have a strong sensitivity to Yak's pheromone. Causes irresistible desire to shave said Yak. Thanks, @rickasaurus!

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Friday Oct 04, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 - A Community Perspective

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 enters the history books as another fantastic event. Between Oracle Team USA winning the America's Cup (on a boat stuffed full of Oracle technology), Oracle unveiling new technologies that support greater innovation, and all the action at JavaOne, it will be hard to beat. See Ace Director Danny Bryant's perspective on the event, and his experience connecting with Oracle DBAs and experts. Jason Arneil also reports on his 5th outing to OOW. If there is any event you must have on the calendar, it has to be Oracle OpenWorld, and Jeff Smith gives a great overview of why. 

Over the coming weeks, keep checking back to the Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog where the presentations and additional content will be posted for attendees to access.  

Finally, a note of thanks for hanging out at the OTN Lounge. We had a great time meeting you all and hosting the developer challenges, presentations and meetups. Be sure to keep those Tweets and Comments coming!  

- The OTN Team 

Wednesday Sep 18, 2013

Get it at the OTN Lounge: Oracle 12c Multitenant Pluggable Database App Stick

Oracle Multitenant, new with Oracle Database 12c, is a new architecture for consolidating databases and simplifying operations in the cloud. Your friends at the OTN Lounge are hosting Multitenant Installfests on Monday and Tuesday at 10:00 am where you will receive your very own Pluggable Database that contains the full set of Oracle Database Sample Schemas as well as APEX, which is pre-configured with both the APEX Demo application and a simple Sales Forecasting application. We've got this puppy set up to easily plug in to your environment of choice:  Windows, Oracle Linux, or if you'd prefer, you can use VBox VM.  

Jean-Francois Verrier will be in the OTN Lounge to walk you through the pluggable database process, and to tell you more about how the Multitenant features are a game changer.

We'll be talking a lot about Multitenant during Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Get your pluggable DB, load it, try it out...and be the first on your block to have a handle on it.

So drop by the OTN Lounge Monday or Tuesday at 10:00 AM ...we'll have your app stick waiting for you. (and maybe coffee and a doughnut too.)

- LKR 

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Ready, Set, Go Mobile! Oracle APEX Challenge -- OOW13 @ OTN Lounge

Wait! Wait! Before you lock in your schedule for OOW13, make sure you reserve time on Monday 9/23 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the Oracle APEX Challenge. Showcase your deepest development ingenuity...re-arranging your calendar.

Here's The Deal:

The contest is open to all registered Oracle OpenWorld 2013 attendees. The challenge is to build a "mobile" user interface. We'll open registration on Monday 9/23 but for now, check out the APEX Challenge page for more detail.  

When you register on Monday, we'll give you an Application Express Workspace and everything you need to complete the task. You bring the skills.

Here's what we're looking for:

 Appearance / User Interface Design How visually pleasing is the Entry app when run on a mobile device based on factors such as screen design, sizing, consistency, correct labels, etc.   30%
 Ease of Use How intuitive and easy-to-use is the Entry Application?   30%
 Process How fully developed and implemented is the concept in the submitted Entry? Does the Entry run successfully on different mobile devices? How complete is it?  30%
 Innovation / Novelty To what degree does the Entry illustrate new and innovative ways of presenting and/or processing information on a mobile device.  10%

You already know that Oracle APEX is a declarative, rapid web application development tool for the Oracle Database. Using only a web browser, you can develop and deploy applications that are fast and secure. It's fully loaded with mobile application development features and templates, and it's available with all versions of Oracle Database. (Yes, Oracle 12c.)  

Come show us what you can do with it.

  • Contest Location:  OTN Lounge (Moscone South, across from registration)
  • Contest Office Hours: Monday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Prizes: *** 1st prize:  $300   *** 2nd prize: $200 *** 3rd prize: $100 *** Amazon Gift Cards

I'm rooting for you. Make me proud.

- LKR