Tuesday Mar 01, 2016

Don't Miss HotSOS Symposium 2016--Oracle Performance Experts

Hotsos 2016 Banner

Next week Oracle Database Performance experts will be flying in from around the world to attend the 14th Annual Hotsos Symposium being held at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, TX. This event is exclusively focused on performance aspects and Oracle database optimization.  On the Oracle community calendar, Hotsos sits right between 2 of the biggest regional Oracle User group events:  Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days, and IOUG/AOUG Collaborate 2016.

I had a chance to meet with Ric Van Dyke, Director of Curriculum for Hotsos and Oracle ACE Director,  during RMOUG TD2016, and we had a fantastic time taping an interview about Hotsos.  

Rick Van Dyk Hotsos

[Photo courtesy of @oldmanramsey]

 Alas, the most professional interviewer and the most expert subject with the most advanced video equipment will never be enough if the mic ain't hot. 

So, after sending Ric an email admitting my uncharacteristic technical foible, we came up with this transcript of what we thought we had recorded.


What you need to know about Hotsos Symposium

Q: Tell us about Hotsos...how did this symposium get started, and what makes it so special?

After forming Hotsos, the founders decided to host a 3-day event and bring all of the world's top Oracle performance experts together to speak and network with DBAs who wanted to learn about Oracle optimization. Eventually, they added training day for a deep dive into one or two topics. 

The Hotsos Symposium is different from most other Oracle conferences in that it is completely focused on performance.  All the presentations are about helping you as an oracle professional have a better performing Oracle based application.  If you are a DBA, Developer, Data Architect or Manager of these folks, and you want a faster Oracle based system to support your business, this is the place to be.

Q: What sessions are you most excited about?  Any Hands on Labs that might be fraught with danger and excitement? 

Wow, it’s hard to pin it down.  We have such great ones to choose from...

  • Join Cardinality Estimation Methods by Chinar Aliyev,
  • Controlling Execution Plans Workshop by Kerry Osborne, and
  • Plan Stability – When you don’t want things to change by Finn Jorgensen

...just to mention a few that I’m looking forward to.  And other great presentations by Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Tanel Põder and Bryn Llewellyn too.  We don’t have any Hands on Labs this year, but looking forward to having that in the future!

Q: How do you go about building your agenda for Hotsos?  It must be hard to select from such a great field of submissions.

Yes it is.  A key is to focus on performance.  Generally we shy away from presentations that would be just on installing a product or feature type sessions.  The idea is to help folks use their Oracle system to its full potential. We use past presentations as a guide for repeat presenter but are always looking to bring in new folks.   This year we again have several new folks with interesting topics.

Q:  Tell us about the Special speaker. 

Richard Foote (Mr. Index) will be our training day presenter.  Each year we have 3 days of the conference with 2 tracks and then a one full day training day with a special guest.  This year I think we have a really great opportunity to learn from simply the expert on Oracle indexing.  I’ve very excited about his training day and he is also doing a Q&A session on Tuesday.  If you don’t know Richard he’s from Canberra Australia and has been working with Oracle for over 20 years.  His expertise in index in particular is exceptional.  Personally I know I’ll learn a lot from his session and training and I’m sure everyone there will.

Q: So if I cannot attend the event in person, can I attend any sessions Online?  Where do I go to register ...and what's the best way to be prepared to have a great online experience?

Yes, you can attend virtually.  We’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and it’s working well. Of course you miss out on some of the casual conversation opportunities but if you can’t be there this is an excellent way to participate.   Go to our web site hotsos.com click on the Symposium tab and there is a link there to the virtual symposium.  From there you can register as a virtual attendee.  

Q: What else do we need to know?

Start planning for 2017! The dates aren’t officially set just yet but you can plan on it being about this same time next year, first week or so of March.

Here's where to go to register as a Virtual Attendee for the On Demand sessions this year at Hotsos 2016.

Thanks Ric! Have a great event...and next time I'll remember to turn on the mic~

Ciao for Now!
LKR

Tuesday Dec 15, 2015

Yes, there is MORE...OTN VTS Replay Content to binge on!

As a reminder the Virtual Technology Summit content is highly technical demos, presentations and HOL prepared by both internal and external Oracle product experts.  Below are the latest highlighted sessions from the replay library groups on community.oracle.com.

Now onto the bingeing.... 

Pi on Wheels, Make Your Own Robot 

By Michael Hoffer, computer scientist, Goethe-Center for Scientific Computing in Frankfurt

The Pi on Wheels is an affordable open source DIY robot that is ideal for learning Java-related technologies in the context of the 
Internet of Things. In this session we will talk about how 3D printing works and how it can be utilized to build robots. The most 
fascinating aspect of 3D printing is that it is astonishingly easy to customize the robot. It allows you to build something completely 
new and different. We provide a Java based IDE that allows you to control and program the robot. In addition to that it can be used 
to programmatically design 3D geometries.  


By Alex Barclay, Principal Product Manager, Solaris and Systems Security, Oracle

Learn and understand about the security threats to your public and private cloud and gain insight into how the Oracle Security 
Architecture helps reduce risk. This webcast will provide detailed information on the top 20 cloud security threats and how different 
parts of the Oracle systems stack help eliminate each threat.

By Christian Shay, Principal Product Director, Oracle

This session explores .NET coding and tuning best practices to achieve faster data access performance. It presents techniques 
and trade-offs for optimizing connection pooling, caching, data fetching and updating, statement batching, and Oracle datatype 
usage. We will also explore using Oracle Performance Analyzer from Visual Studio to tune a .NET application's use of the Oracle 
Database end to end.

By Kent Graziano, Oracle ACE Director and Principal of Data Warrior
Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler (SDDM) has been around for a few years now and is up to version 4.1. It really is an industrial 
strength data modeling tool that can be used for any data modeling task you need to tackle. This presentation will demonstrate at 
least five features, tips, and tricks that I rely on to make me more efficient (and agile) in developing my models. 

Get SDDM installed on your device and bring it to the session so you can follow along.

By Shukie Ganguly

WebLogic Server 12.1.3 provides support for innovative APIs and productive Tools for application development, including APIs for 
JAX-RS 2.0, JSON Processing (JSR 353), WebSocket (JSR 356), and JPA 2.1. This session from the July 2015 OTN Virtual 
Technology Summit provides an overview of each of these APIs, and then demonstrate how you can use these capabilities to 
simplify the development of server applications accessed by "rich" clients using lightweight web-based protocols such as REST 
and WebSocket.



Tuesday Aug 18, 2015

Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Database

Register now for OTN's new Virtual Technology Summit - September 16, 2015. Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions and Oracle Product Experts, as they share their insights and expertise through Hands-on-Labs, highly technical presentations and demos that enable you to master the skills you need to meet today's IT challenges. Chat live with folks and ask your questions as you attend sessions.

Database Spotlight: Develop, Deploy and Manage Database Applications in the Oracle Cloud - Oracle has delivered the most comprehensive and powerful platform for deploying Cloud-based applications and services. Starting from the Infrastructure as a Service to the Platform as a Service, Oracle delivers a fully integrated cloud --platform and applications. This track provides an in-depth look at Oracle Database Cloud Services and the enabling technologies for developing, deploying and managing applications in the Oracle Cloud. There are three sessions in the database track:

  • Using Oracle SQL Developer and Oracle REST Data Services to enable the Oracle Cloud - This session presents the latest capabilities in Oracle's popular SQL Developer and ORDS tools for database application development and deployment in the cloud. See how to clone and migrate data between Oracle cloud and on-premise implementations and other powerful techniques for developing applications for the cloud, in the cloud.
  • Developing APEX 5.0 Mobile Applications in the Oracle Cloud - This session will walk through the capabilities for rapidly building and deploying responsive web applications using APEX 5.0 showing Oracle Developer Cloud Services in action.
  • How to Deploy and Monitor Cloud Database Applications Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control - This session provides an overview of Oracle Database Cloud Services and the management capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control. See how to manage Oracle cloud deployment, provisioning, security and application access and monitoring.

Register today!

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are already a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community, you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it: Oracle Community - Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Monday Aug 17, 2015

It’s all about the Cloud!

Register now for OTN's next Virtual Technology Summit:

It's all about the Cloud! Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions and Oracle Product Experts, as they share their insights and expertise through Hands-on-Labs, highly technical presentations and demos that enable you to master the skills you need to meet today's IT challenges. Chat live with folks and ask your questions as you attend sessions.

This interactive, online event offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, best practices and tips:

  • Java: Java 8 in Action - Java 8 has been out for over a year now. But do you really know and use Java 8 to its full potential? In this Virtual Technology Summit, learn about Java SE cloud applications, Cloud-enabled JavaScript stored procedures with Java 8 Nashorn and the Java 8 Date and Time API.
  • Operating Systems: Virtualization Technologies, and Hardware: Implementing Your Cloud - Most IT organizations have roadmaps for cloud infrastructure. Most vendors have some sort of story as to how they can get you to the cloud. Oracle specifically has itself to the idea that you can run your applications identically in our public cloud and your private cloud. The question is: How? In this track we'll roll up our sleeves and show you how to implement your clouds using Oracle hardware, software, and best practices.
  • Database: Develop, Deploy and Manage Database Applications in the Oracle Cloud - Oracle has delivered the most comprehensive and powerful platform for deploying Cloud-based applications and services. Starting from the Infrastructure as a Service to the Platform as a Service, Oracle delivers a fully integrated cloud --platform and applications. This track provides an in-depth look at Oracle Database Cloud Services and the enabling technologies for developing, deploying and managing applications in the Oracle Cloud.
  • Middleware: Middleware in the Cloud: PaaS Gets Real - The middleware track in the Fall 2015 edition of the OTN Virtual Technology Summit puts the spotlight on Oracle's Mobile Cloud Service (MCS), Process Cloud Service (PCS), and Java Cloud Service (JCS), three of the more the two dozen new services available on the Oracle Cloud Platform. In each of the three deep-dive sessions a recognized expert from the OTN community walks you through a technical how-to to demonstrate how you can use these PaaS services, and compares each to its on-premise counterparts. PaaS services loom large in the future for developers and architects, so if you're developing enterprise mobile applications, or working with Oracle BPM or WebLogic, you'll want to make sure these #OTNVTS sessions are on your calendar.

Register today!

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are already a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community, you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it: Oracle Community - Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Friday Jul 10, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit – Spotlight on Database Tracks

The Virtual Technology Summit is a series of interactive online events with hands-on sessions and presenters answering technical questions. The events are sponsored by the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). These are free events but you must register.

Database - Mastering Oracle Database Technologies:

Oracle Database 12c delivers market-leading security, high performance, availability and scalability for Cloud application deployments. The OTN Virtual Technology Summit offers two Database tracks: one focused on Cloud application development and deployment practices and the other on the Developing and deploying .Net applications on the Oracle platform. Sessions focus on Oracle Database Cloud Services, Oracle .Net development tools and technologies and more.

Track One Sessions include:

Best Practices for Migrating On-Premises Databases to the Cloud: Oracle Multitenant is helping organizations reduce IT costs by simplifying database consolidation, provisioning, upgrades, and more. Now you can combine the advantages of multitenant databases with the benefits of the cloud by leveraging Database as a Service (DBaaS). In this session, you’ll learn about key best practices for moving your databases from on-premises environments to the Oracle Database Cloud and back again.

Master Data Management (MDM) Using Oracle Table Access for Hadoop: The new Hadoop 2 architecture leads to a bloom of compute engines including MapReduce v2, Apache Spark, Apache Tez, Apache Storm, Apache Giraph, Cloudera Impala, GraphLab, Splunk Hunk, Microsoft Dryad, SAS HPA/LASR, and Oracle Big Data SQL.Some Hadoop applications such as Master Data Management and Advanced Analytics perform the majority of their processing from Hadoop but need access to data in Oracle database which is the reliable and auditable source of truth. This technical session introduces upcoming Oracle Table Access for Hadoop (OTA4H) which exposes Oracle database tables as Hadoop data sources. It will describe OTA4H architecture, projected features, performance/scalability optimizations, and discuss use cases. A demo of various Hive SQL and Spark SQL queries against Oracle table will be shown.

Hot Tips: Mastering SQL Developer Data Modeler: Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler (SDDM) has been around for a few years now and is up to version 4.1. It really is an industrial strength data modeling tool that can be used for any data modeling task you need to tackle. Over the years I have found quite a few features and utilities in the tool that I rely on to make me more efficient (and agile) in developing my models. This presentation will demonstrate at least five of these features, tips, and tricks for you. I will walk through things like modifying the delivered reporting templates, how to create and applying object naming templates, how to use a table template and transformation script to add audit columns to every table, and using the new meta data export tool and several other cool things you might not know are there. Get SDDM installed on your device and bring it to the session so you can follow along.

Track Two Sessions include:

What's New for Oracle and .NET - (Part 1): With the release of ODAC 12c Release 4 and Oracle Database 12c, .NET developers have many more features to increase productivity and ease development. These sessions explore the following new features introduced in recent releases:

  • Visual Studio 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6
  • Entity Framework Code First and Code First Migrations
  • NuGet installation
  • Schema compare tools
  • ODP.NET, Managed Driver
  • Multitenant container database management
  • ODP.NET application high availability
  • Ease of .NET development features

Oracle product managers will present these sessions with code and tool demonstrations using Visual Studio 2015.

What's New for Oracle and .NET - (Part 2): With the release of ODAC 12c Release 4 and Oracle Database 12c, .NET developers have many more features to increase productivity and ease development. These sessions explore the following new features introduced in recent releases:

  • Visual Studio 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6
  • Entity Framework Code First and Code First Migrations
  • NuGet installation
  • Schema compare tools
  • ODP.NET, Managed Driver
  • Multitenant container database management
  • ODP.NET application high availability
  • Ease of .NET development features

Oracle product managers will present these sessions with code and tool demonstrations using Visual Studio 2015.

Oracle and .NET: Best Practices for Performance: This session explores .NET coding and tuning best practices to achieve faster data access performance. It presents techniques and trade-offs for optimizing connection pooling, caching, data fetching and updating, statement batching, and Oracle datatype usage. We will also explore using Oracle Performance Analyzer from Visual Studio to tune a .NET application's use of the Oracle Database end to end.

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Tuesday May 19, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - Now Available OnDemand

Now Available OnDemand - OTN Virtual Technology Summit

In case you missed our live day event, the latest OTN Virtual Technology Summit is now available OnDemand.   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. Learn through Hands on Labs and Technical Presentations / Demo’s. 

Register Now to view the following sessions in each track:

Java: 20 Year Anniversary!
Java technologies are celebrating 20 years of innovation delivering the next generation of application development. Integrate Java Embedded with vehicles, optimize Java EE applications, and discover how parallel programming with Java is the new norm.


Database: Delivering on Big Data Promise and New Generation Application Development
Oracle Database 12c delivers market-leading security, high performance, availability and scalability for OLTP, data warehousing and big data deployments. Join us to explore the Big Data strategy and learn the latest capabilities of popular application development tools and technologies including APEX, PL/SQL tips, node.js and restful data services.


Middleware: Spotlight on Service-Oriented Architecture and Oracle SOA Suite 12c:
The Middleware Track for the next Oracle Technology Network Virtual Technology Summit puts the spotlight on service-oriented architecture and Oracle SOA Suite 12c. Each of the deeply technical how-to sessions in this track focuses on a different aspect of Oracle SOA Suite 12c. Other technologies covered in these sessions include Oracle Service Bus, Event Processing, StreamExplorer,  API Catalog, API Manager and more.


Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies, and Hardware: Oracle Linux application optimization for Oracle stack
The main benefits of deploying Oracle Linux are its optimizations for the Oracle stack and the newer capabilities such as Docker that you can access long before they are released in the major Red Hat distributions. Did you know, however, that you can also optimize your applications to run better on the Oracle stack using Oracle Solaris Studio? In spite of the name, it is designed to help your Oracle Linux applications take advantage of performance, security, and reliability advances across the entire Oracle stack, particularly Oracle Database. The first two sessions will show you how to migrate from Red Hat Linux to Oracle Linux and give you an overview of the Oracle Solaris Studio IDE capabilities. And just in case you'd like to practice a little, the third session will show some advanced techniques for deploying applications using Oracle Virtual Box. 

Cheers,

OTN Team 


Monday Apr 27, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - Still Time to Register

Register Now - New Agenda for May!

OTN's next Virtual Technology Summit is almost here.  Register now to view live sessions with Oracle ACEs, Product Experts, and Java Champions.  Four main tracks provide deep dives into four technical content areas: Java, Database, Systems, Middleware.  There is something for everyone!

May 5, 2015 - Americas (9:00 am PT - 12:30 pm PT)

May 12, 2015 - EMEA (09:00 am - 12:00 pm BST / 10:00 am - 13:00 pm CEST / 12:00 pm - 15:00 pm GST)

May 19, 2015 (2:00 pm to 5:30 pm AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm SGT / 9:30 am to 1:00 pm IST)

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use same email address for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Middleware

Reuse in Oracle SOA Suite 12c: Templates, libraries or services?

Few would argue the value of reuse, and choosing the right type of reuse can greatly speed development, decrease maintenance efforts, and reduce the number of errors by eliminating redundant code. Oracle SOA Suite 12c offers several ways to reuse code, implement patterns, and quickly start your project. These options vary from project skeletons using Maven poms, to composite templates, and creating services. This session will explain the differences between a pattern, a library, and a (micro)service, and will present real-life examples of how you can use SOA Suite 12c to work with Maven, BPEL and OSB templates, BPEL subprocesses, and services. You'll learn how to avoid common pitfalls, you'll understand the facilities that SOA Suite offers to create consistent quality in projects, and you'll be better equipped to choose the appropriate reuse method (library, pattern, or service) for any situation.

Register today to view this session as well as other all the other sessions offered in our next upcoming summit:

May 5, 2015 (9:00 am PT to 12:30pm PT)

May 12, 2015 (09:00 – 12:00 BST / 10:00 – 13:00 CEST / 12:00 – 15:00 GST)

May 19, 2015 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SGT / 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. IST)

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use same email address for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Friday Apr 17, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Database

OTN's Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Database Session - Oracle Application Express 5.0

Oracle Application Express 5.0 introduces the world's most powerful browser-based IDE.  This session will demonstrate the ease with which you can develop and maintain Web based applications. There are a broad range of well-thought out features built into Application Express Page Designer, so this session will outline the top features that will transform you from highly productive developer to super ninja!

Register today to view this session as well as other all the other sessions offered in our next upcoming summit:

May 5, 2015 (9:00 am PT to 12:30pm PT

May 12, 2015 (09:00 – 12:00 BST / 10:00 – 13:00 CEST / 12:00 – 15:00 GST

May 19, 2015 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SGT / 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. IST

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use same email address for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Monday Apr 13, 2015

OTN's Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Java Session

OTN's Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Java Session - Reactive Java EE. Let Me Count the Ways!

As our industry matures there is an increasing demand for high-throughput, low-latency systems heavily utilizing event-driven programming and asynchronous processing. This trend is rapidly converging on the somewhat well established but so-far not well understood term "Reactive". This session explores how Java EE as a whole aligns with this movement via features and APIs like JMS, MDB, EJB @Asynchronous, JAX-RS/Servlet/WebSocket async, CDI events, Java EE concurrency utilities and so on. We will also see how these robust facilities can be made digestible even in the most complex cases for mere mortal developers through Java SE 8 Lambdas and Completable Futures.

Register today to view this session as well as other all the other sessions offered in our next upcoming summit:

May 5, 2015 (9:00 am PT to 12:30pm PT*)

May 12, 2015 (09:00 – 12:00 BST / 10:00 – 13:00 CEST / 12:00 – 15:00 GST*)

May 19, 2015 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SGT / 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. IST*)

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use same email address for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

*Middleware track lasts an extra hour