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.

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Friday Jan 31, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of January 26th

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

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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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 - 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

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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