Friday Dec 05, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of December 1st

OnDemand now available - OTN Virtual Technology Summit: Hands-On Learning With Oracle & Community Experts

OTN's  successful Live day Virtual Technology Summit is now available OnDemand.  Register now to view highly technical presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on-labs. Developers, Sysadmins, Architects, and DBA's take advantage of these presentations by Oracle Ace's, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts.

Tracks include technical dives in the following areas:

Database: Learn about Oracle database platforms that are optimized for developing more sophisticated and integrated applications with both relational and non-relational data for the enterprise.

Java: Java keeps getting more functionality! How do you keep up? VTS! We’ll provide code-laden sessions that will show you: how to migrate your code to Java SE 8, how to implement solutions using of the latest features of Java EE, and how to tune your Java applications for high performance.

Middleware: The explosive evolution in mobile computing leaves little doubt about the future of enterprise IT. This track is divided into two sub-tracks, one focused on Mobile Application Development, and the other on Mobile Architectures. Participants will learn from members of the Oracle ACE program and Oracle’s own experts about how to use essential tools and technologies for developing a successful mobile solution.  Products to be covered include the Oracle Mobile Application Framework, Oracle Mobile Suite, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, Oracle JDeveloper, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus, and more

SysAdmins: Provisioning has always been a deployment challenge. How do you accomplish that rapidly and reliably without losing the flexibility to accommodate changing needs in your datacenter? This track will feature hands-on labs to help you become familiar with two provisioning models that fit those requirement; Oracle VM Templates and OpenStack cloud management platform.
Register now!

Friday Sep 12, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of September 7th

Database Community - Laura Ramsey, OTN Database Community Manager

Here are a few round ups of session that will be at Oracle OpenWorld in just a few weeks!  

Database Developer Hands-On-Labs
Oracle Database Service sessions,  from good friend Chris Warticki - @cwarticki

OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler Blog- What do you know about the Oracle RAC Stack? It's a compelling approach to Virtualization. Read on to see what you need to know.

Java Community - Tori Wieldt, OTN Java Community Manager

LAST CHANCE: Use code DDD4 to save $75 off a JavaOne Discover Pass.

JCP Activities at JavaOne 2014 - Read this blog to learn what's happening with the JCP program, JCP.Next, Adopt-a-JSR, meet the 12th Annual JCP Award nominees and potential new JCP Executive Committee (EC) members.

Driverless Cars and Java - Paul Perrone is a regular fixture at JavaOne, and this year's conference is no exception. He will give a session called "Automated Vehicle Testing with Java." Read the full story, "Java Takes the Wheel.

Friday Funny: “Whats the object-oriented way to become wealthy?”
A: Inheritance

Systems Community  -

SPARC M7 - A good read about “the forthcoming SPARC M7, the biggest and baddest SPARC processor that either Sun Microsystems or Oracle has ever created.”

Interesting Q&A on the OTN Solaris Community:
"I've imported a service, using inetconv, into the smf repository with a typo. The service is now MASKED so I can't remove it using svcadm delcust. Can a service be un-MASKED ? - Turns out the behavior of "svccfg import" and "svccfg delete fmri" has changed in Oracle Solaris 11. Go to the conversation to learn more.

Oracle's SPARC T5-4 Server Processor Upgrade Animation  - This animation shows you how to upgrade a SPARC T5-4 server from a one-processor to a two-processor configuration and much more.

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Friday Jul 04, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of June 29th

Java -

Congratulations to the Winners #IoTDevchallenge -
Oracle Technology Network and Oracle Academy are proud to announce the winners of the IoT Developer Challenge. All of them making the Internet of Things come true. And, of course, built with the Java platform at the center of Things. See who the winners are in this blog post -

JavaEE 8 Roadmap? It's right here.

Forum discussion: Would you use an IDE on a tablet? Join in now!

Systems Community -

OS Tips and Tricks for Sysadmins  - This three-session track, part of the Global OTN Virtual Technology Summits; Americas July 9th, EMEA July 10th and APAC July 16th, will show you how to configure Oracle Linux to run Oracle Database 11g and 12c, how to use the latest networking capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11, and how to troubleshoot networking problems in Unix and Linux systems.  Experts will be on hand to answer your questions live. Register now.

Database -

Disaster Recovery with Oracle Data Guard and Oracle GoldenGate -
The best part about preparing for the upcoming OTN Virtual Technology Summit is reading up on the technology we'll be presenting. Today's reading: Disaster recovery with Oracle Data Guard... it's an essential capability that every Oracle DBA should master.

Architect Community

Community blogs and social networks have been buzzing about the recent release of Oracle SOA Suite 12c, Oracle Mobile Application Foundation, and other new stuff. I've shared links to several such posts over the past several days on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page. The three items below drew the most attention.

SOA Suite 12c: Exploring Dependencies - Visualizing dependencies between SOA artifacts | Lucas Jellema
Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema explores the use of the Dependency Explorer in JDeveloper 12c for tracking and visualizing dependencies in artifacts in SOA composites or Service Bus projects.

Managing Files for the Hybrid Cloud Use Cases, Challenges and Requirements | Dave Berry
This paper by Dave Berry, Vikas Anand, and Mala Ramakrishnan discusses Oracle Managed File transfer and best practices for sharing files within your enterprise and externally for partners and cloud services.

Say hello to the new Oracle Mobile Application Framework | Shay Shmeltzer
What's the Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF)? Oracle MAF, available as an extension to both JDeveloper and Eclipse, lets you develop a single application that will run on both iOS and Android devices. MAF is based on Oracle ADF Mobile, but adds many new features. Want more information? Click the link to read a post by product manager Shay Shmeltzer.

Funny Stuff

On July 4th Americans will celebrate the US victory over the British in the Revolutionary War by grilling mountains of meat, consuming mass quantities of beer, and making trips to the emergency room to reattach fingers blown off with poorly-handled fireworks. This hilarious video featuring comic actor Stephen Merchant offers a UK perspective on the outcome of that war.

A tip of a three-cornered hat to Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman and Oracle Enterprise Architect Andrew Bond for bringing this video to my attention.

Friday Jun 27, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of June 22nd

Happy Friday!  You've probably seen some notices, but can't forget to remind you to register for the the upcoming Virtual Technology Summits coming up July 9th, 10th and 16th.  Something for everyone!  Learn more here

Java Community

Join FishCAT, GlassFish 4.0.1 Community Acceptance Testing
Learn about JavaOne content from the speakers. In an interview, Java Champion and Rock Star speaker Arun Gupta talks about his sessions. Check it out Now!
Parleys Presentation of the day: "What’s New in the Java EE 7 Platform" by David Delabassee

Architect Community 

Kscope 2014 is now history. So can you think of a better time to watch the three most popular Kscope14 preview interviews from the OTN ArchBeat YouTube channel? Ah, the memories...

Stewart Bryson on OBIEE, ODI
Oracle ACE Director RedPill Analytics co-founder Stewart Bryson and talks about Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Data Integrator, and Oracle GoldenGate.

Tim Tow on Java Essbase API and ODTUG Community Service Day
Tim Tow, an Oracle ACE Director, founder and president of Applied OLAP, and an ODTUB board member, previews his four Kscope 2014 sessions and talks about ODTUG Community Service Day.

Shay Shmeltzer on Mobile App Development with Oracle ADF Mobile
Oracle Development Tools Director of Product Management Shay Shmeltzer talks about mobile application development and Oracle ADF, the core subjects of his presentations as part of the ADF and Fusion Development track at ODTUG KScope.

Friday Funny
For you World Cup fans, here's a little something of questionable taste from Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

Systems Community 

Helping Your Compiler Handle the Size of Your Constants - If you type the constants in your code incorrectly, your compiler will return an error. Darryl Gove explains why, and how to avoid the problem.

Playing with ZFS Shadow Migration- If you need to migrate data from a server running Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 to one running Oracle Solaris 11.1, use Shadow Migration. It's easy, and allows you to migrate shared ZFS, UFS, or VxFS (Symantec) file systems through NFS or even through a local file system. Alexandre shows how.

Database Community-

Register for the Virtual Technology Summits taking place July 9th (Americas 9am to 1pm PT), 10th (EMEA 9am to 1pm BST) and 16th (APAC 10am to 2pm IST) and be blown away by the Database - Mastering Oracle Database Management & Development Techniques track content - In this track Oracle ACEs and product team experts will present advanced features and management methods that will help you master your Oracle Database capabilities and drive greater performance, agility and manageability of your IT implementation. This track will build upon your skills with data management, migration, and performance.

Thursday Jun 19, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne SF 2014 Content Catalogs are Available!

Session abstracts are now available to view for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco 2014!  The sessions catalog will help you:

  • Discover content targeted to you by searching on programs, tracks, keywords, and session types
  • Find sessions from your favorite speakers
  • See the full range of products, technologies, and solutions that will be showcased by Oracle experts and partners in the exhibition halls this year

Start planning your Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne week, and check back often—new content will be added over the following weeks and months.

The OTN team is looking forward to seeing you to Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco 2014!

Monday Jun 09, 2014

Virtual Technology Summit Series

The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) is excited to invite you to our first Virtual Technology Summit Series.   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.

We are offering three chances to watch and interact with Oracle and community experts.  Register Now by clicking one of the links below!

Americas - Wednesday July 9th - 9am to 1pm PT / 12pm to 4pm  ET / 1 to 5 pm BRT

EMEA – Thursday July 10th / 9am to 1pm BST / 10am – 2pm CET / 12pm to 4pm MSK / GST

APAC English – July 16th / IST – 10:00am / SG – 12:30pm / AEST – 2:30pm

These interactive, online events offer four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips in these focus areas:

  • Java - Big Trends and Technologies - Java lets you mine Big Data, build robust apps with HTML5, JavaScript and Java EE, and expand into the Internet of Things. Experts will present and you’ll be able to chat with them live online. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in the Java community.

  • SystemsOS Tips and Tricks for Sysadmins – Learn first hand how to configure Oracle Linux to run Oracle Database 11g and 12c, how to use the latest networking capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11, and how to troubleshoot networking problems in Unix and Linux systems.

  • Database - Mastering Oracle Database Management & Development Techniques – Oracle ACEs and product team experts will present advanced features and management methods that will help you master your Oracle Database capabilities and drive greater performance, agility and manageability of your IT implementation. This track will build upon your skills with data management, migration, and performance.

  • Middleware - The Architecture of Analytics: Big Time Big Data and Business Intelligence – This track will present a solution architect’s perspective on how business intelligence products in Oracle’s Fusion Middleware family and beyond fit into an effective big data architecture, and present insight and expertise from Oracle ACEs specializing in business Intelligence to help you meet your big data business intelligence challenges.

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:

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 and later
Enterprise Manager for Fusion Applications - Version and later
Enterprise Manager for Oracle Database - Version and later
Enterprise Manager for Fusion Middleware - Version and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.   Get it here:

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
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, 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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