Friday May 23, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of May 18th

Java Community

It was week rich with JavaFX!

JavaFX SceneBuilder 2.0 Release
JavaFX provides a set of graphics and media packages that enables developers to design, create, test, debug, and deploy rich client applications that operate consistently across diverse platforms. New features include Support for new JavaFX 8 UI components, 3D Support, and the ability to add custom GUI components to the Library. Download now Scenebuilder 2.0 (look under Additional Resources). 

JavaFX 8: Combining New Language Features
This Dr. Dobb's article uses the latest Java EE concepts to build an "Enterprise JavaFX" application to illustrate the power of Java 8 end-to-end. 

Solving the Rubik's Cube with JavaFX 3D
Happy 40th Rubik's Cube anniversary! Have you tried this JavaFX version? Professor José Pereda shows you how to use Java to create and solve your own Rubic's Cube.

Friday Funny: A million guys walk into a Silicon Valley bar.
No one buys anything.
Bar declared massive success.

Thanks @Stammy !

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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 18, 2014

Best Of OTN - Week of April 13th

Systems Community

Interview- Which Type of Virtualization Should I Use? - I routinely ask techies which type of virtualization they'd recommend for which type of job. I seldom get an answer as crystal clear as Brian Bream's.

Database Community

Hot: Check out the Oracle Critical Patch Update for April 15, 2014 - Over a hundred patches for Oracle products and technologies...including Oracle Database 12c. Get it here: http://ora.cl/6G6

Got Big Data?  Here's a new collection of Technology Deep Dives on the OTN Database Youtube channel, organized in a handy playlist - Subscribe today.

Oracle Support publishes the Oracle Enterprise Manager Bundle Patch Master Note. Updates apply to: 
Enterprise Manager for Cloud
Enterprise Manager Base Platform - Version 12.1.0.3.0 and later
Enterprise Manager for Fusion Applications - Version 12.1.0.4.0 and later
Enterprise Manager for Oracle Database - Version 12.1.0.4.0 and later
Enterprise Manager for Fusion Middleware - Version 12.1.0.4.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.   Get it here: http://ora.cl/1f8

Friday Funny from OTN Database Community Manager, Laura Ramsey - Famous Oracle ACE Selfie  :)  Taken at Collaborate 2014.

Java Community 

Video: Board Buffet - IoT, Java and Raspberry Pi - Java expert Vinicius Senger and Oracle engineer Gary Collins, discuss IoT and show a bunch of different types of boards, single board computers, and plug computers. 

Free Java Virtual Developer Day - Next month, Oracle will host a Virtual Developer Day covering Java SE 8, Java EE 7 and Java Embedded. The VDD is free to attend, just make sure to register. The complete agenda and the registration details can be found here

A classic video: How To Design A Good API and Why it Matters by Josh Bloch 

Friday Funny - with apologies to experts everywhere

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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Thursday Mar 06, 2014

Java 8 Launch Webcast on Tuesday March 25, 2014

Oh yeah, Java 8 is coming...

The single-largest upgrade ever to the programming model, Java 8 gives developers the power to extend innovation through the largest, open, standards-based, community-driven platform, spanning small devices to cloud-based development. That's why you don't want to miss the Java 8 Launch Webcast on Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 5pm GMT.

The event is hosted by Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of Oracle's Java Platform Group, and features:

  • A live Twitter Q&A on Java SE 8 new features and enhancement with a panel of Java luminaries (use #Java8).
  • A live chat with Twitter CIO Adam Messinger
  • A panel discussion on Java 8 and the Internet of Things (IoT) with Peter Utzschneider (VP Product Management, Oracle), Geoff Lees (Sr VP, Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd.), Charlene Marini (VP Marketing, ARM), and Matt Eichenberger (Dir. Business Development, Qualcomm)

Register now for the Java 8 keynote address and more than 35 deep-dive technical sessions.

Tweet us now: Use #Java8 to tweet questions for the Oracle Java Architect Team in advance of and during the event.

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 Jan 31, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of January 26th

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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 10, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of January 5th

As we kick off 2014 many of us are making resolutions.  Maybe one of yours should be to join the The Oracle ACE Program.  Oracle ACEs and Oracle ACE Directors are known for their technical expertise and strong credentials as Oracle community advocates. ACE nominations can be submitted by anyone in the Oracle Technology and Applications communities. Does this sound like you?  If so, read the FAQ for details or reach out to one of the community managers listed below in our Best Of OTN for the Week of Jan 5th. 

Java Community  -

Getting Started with Java Expression Language 3
Most folks in the Java ecosystem are just beginning to realize the full significance of  EL 3. See how it opens up the possibility of using the power of a standard expression language in new and innovative ways.

Why didn’t my app throw an OutOfMemoryError?
Performance expert Kirk Pepperdine explains that your JVM is running a Ponzi scheme on you.

Coder Radio Podcast: It's Java's Year
Engineer Mark Heckler talks about Java, IoT, Java Embedded, and the Java community.

Friday Funny from Tori Wieldt, Java Community Manager: Why do programmers mix up Halloween and Christmas?
A: Because Oct 31 == Dec 25  Thanks @chad3814

Architect Community -


2013 Top 10 OTN Articles for Architects
OTN's articles for architects cover SOA, middleware, business intelligence, security, identity management, enterprise management, and more. Check out this list of 2013's Top 10 most popular articles for architects.

Winter 2014 edition of free OTech Magazine
The winter 2014 edition of the free, independent OTech Magazine is now available, offering insight from an impressive collection of experts in Oracle technologies.

Design Patterns: Magic or Myth? | David Budgen

Durham University professor of software engineering David Budgen draws on surveys and mapping studies in this examination of "the effectiveness of the usage of design patterns in software development."

Friday Funny from Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager: "Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company." -- Mark Twain

Systems Community

Tips for Using Linux Huge Pages
Ed Whalen is the Chief Technologist at Performance Tuning Corp. He knows an awful lot about making databases run faster, including the use of Linux Huge Pages. Here are two of his very helpful resources.

Blog: Why Are So Many People Smarter Than Me?
You know how when you take your car to the mechanic because it's making a strange noise, but when the mechanic drives it, the noise disappears?  That's called a Heisenbug.  Find out what the Ksplice team did about it.

Friday Funny from Rick Ramsey, Systems Community Managers - It's Friday, Ask Your Boss to Dance

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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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