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 Sep 20, 2013

Stay on top of all things OTN during OpenWorld and JavaOne

We're in the final countdown to showtime and there's already a flurry of activity on social. In this post, I'll share a quick summary of how to stay on top of all things OTN during OpenWorld and JavaOne. But first, get excited about how AMAZING this week is going to be:

One of the best ways to in touch is simply to follow some key event Twitter handles:

  • @Oracletechnet - This is the primary channel to stay in touch with OTN activities in real time. If you discover that you've got an empty hour on your schedule, check out this handle to see what we're up to. Or, just ask us via twitter what to check out!
  • @OracleACE - Follow the most influential developers at the conference through this handle. We'll be watching what the Oracle ACEs are posting about and retweeting the best of the best.
  • @OTNArchbeat - If you're an architect or interested in architect related content, this is the feed for you. It will showcase events, activities, and interviews on the ground. Come meet Bob Rhubart who publishes this feed at the OTN Lounge.
  • @OTN_Garage - For those interested in systems content this is a one feed to follow. It will bubble up all things systems related at OpenWorld in a single feed. Come meet Rick Ramsey who publishes this feed at the OTN Lounge.
  • @Java - Tori Wieldt will be serving up a constant feed of content from JavaOne so that you won't miss any of the action. Meet Tori at the OTN Lounge at JavaOne.

Finally, if you're an advanced user on social add this Twitter List to your mobile app: Oracle ACE List. This will give you access to the full feed of Oracle ACE tweets. This will keep you on the inside track with respect to announcements and real-time feedback.

Finally, all our work on social is to help facilitate in-person connections on the ground at OpenWorld and JavaOne. So the best way to be social at OpenWorld and JavaOne is to come by our OTN Lounges! I'll be there for much of the week and look forward to meeting you in person!

Best,

Roland Smart
VP of Social & Community Marketing


Wednesday Sep 18, 2013

Be There: OTN Community Meet-up at OOW13 - Tues Sept 24 - 4:30pm

If you'll be part of the annual migration to San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld and/or JavaOne, be sure to set aside time in what we're sure is an already jam-packed schedule to attend the OTN Community Meet-up.

When: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Where: OTN Lounge
Moscone South (in the lobby)
Special Password: "I Love OTN."
Give the password to the person at the OTN Lounge information desk to receive a special Furkin.

You'll have a chance to engage in elbow-rubbing and brain-picking with colleagues, members of the Oracle ACE community, members of Oracle product teams, and members of the OTN team, including your friendly neighborhood OTN community managers.

The OTN team has expanded recently with the addition of new community managers Laura Ramsey and Valerie Simpson. Laura will manage the Database Developer/DBA community, and Valerie will manage the communities for those working with Oracle WebLogic, Oracle Coherence, and other products that are part of the Cloud Application Foundation.

It will be easier for you to pick all of the community managers out of the crowd if you take a moment to familiarize yourself with these mug shots...

(Listed alphabetically)


Laura Ramsey
Manager, OTN Database and Developer Community
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I started my career marketing IPX/SPX networking software, then figured out TCP/ip was where it was at. Joined Sun and played on the Solaris team and later the Java team. Then I read ClueTrain Manifesto. Immediately joined the OpenSolaris community team and learned Community is King. So I've been there, done that, but I still want a t-shirt. Ladies SM please.

Rick Ramsey
Manager, OTN SysAdmin Community
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I managed BigAdmin at Sun Microsystems. Before that, I was information architect, writer, product manager for developer and sysadmin tools and technologies in both large and small high tech companies. Born in Chile, raised in Peru. Married, two kids, live in Colorado, ride motorcycles.

Bob Rhubart
Manager, OTN Architect Community
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I'm the host/producer of the OTN ArchBeat Podcast, editor of Oracle's Architect Community Newsletter, and a columnist for Oracle Magazine. I started my career in 1997 as a staff editor for Bookstacks Unlimited, the very first online bookstore. In 1999 I went on to manage the community for Flashline, Inc. (the company that created the product now known as Oracle Enterprise Repository). Flashline was acquired by BEA Systems in 2006, and I joined the AquaLogic team. When Oracle acquired BEA in 2008 I joined the OTN team. Further acquisitions are unlikely.

Valerie Simpson
Manager, OTN WebLogic and Coherence Communities
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I've managed community sites for Actuate, Eclipse, and WebGain, with a focus on Java developers. I was born in New Zealand, so y'all know who I want to win the America's cup. I love coffee, hate spiders, and think my OTN colleague Cassandra Clark has the best laugh I have ever heard.

Tori Wieldt
Manager, Java Community
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Most enthusiastic Community Manager for the best technical group: Java Developers!

Thursday Sep 12, 2013

Architecture, Architects and Java

Architects get plenty of attention at JavaOne! The content for JavaOne 2013 in San Francisco is organized into eight tracks, and   cover eight different roles, including software architects.    Here's just a small sampling of the nearly 220 sessions available for architects:[Read More]

Wednesday Jul 31, 2013

The Most Popular Java Tech Articles

Here is a list of the most popular articles, in terms of traffic, on OTN/java in the last 12 months. It's, as usual, a rich mix of Java and Java-related technologies, types of articles and variety of authors.

Check out any that you might have missed and vote with your visit.


1.  “Getting Started with Java® SE Embedded on the Raspberry Pi" by Bill Courington and Gary Collins August 2012

2. “How to Get Started (FAST!) with JavaFX 2 and Scene Builder”  by Mark Heckler  November 2012

3. “Arun Gupta on Higher Productivity from Embracing HTML5 with Java EE 7”  by Janice J. Heiss  February 2013

4. “Java Experts on the State of Java” by Janice J. Heiss   January 2013

5. “Java EE 7 and JAX-RS 2.0” by Adam Bien  April 2013

6. “Coding on Crete: An Interview with Java Specialist Heinz Kabutz” by Janice J. Heiss     January 2013  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/articles/java/heinzkabutz-1899134.html

7. “Why, Where, and How JavaFX Makes Sense”  by Björn Müller  March 2013

8. “The Advent of Kotlin: A Conversation with JetBrains' Andrey Breslav”  by Janice J. Heiss  April 2013

9. “The Enterprise Side of JavaFX”  by Adam Bien   June 2012

10. “JSR 356, Java API for WebSocket”  by Johan Vos  April 2013

And here are five runners up.

11. “Introducing Groovy”  by Jim Driscoll  July 2012

12. “The Enterprise Side of JavaFX: Part Two”  by Adam Bien  June 2012

13. “Expressing the UI for Enterprise Applications with JavaFX 2.0 FXML” by James L. Weaver  June 2012

14. “JavaOne 2012 Review: Make the Future Java” by Steve Meloan  October 2012

15. “Expressing the UI for Enterprise Applications with JavaFX 2.0 FXML - Part Two”  By James L. Weaver  September 2012

Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

Oracle Cloud Webcast Smorgasbord!

Join Oracle experts Rick Greenwald and Anand Kothari as they dive into hands-on development sessions with Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Java Cloud Service.

Watch this technical webcast 4 part series to learn how Oracle Platform Services can help you:

  • Enjoy all the productivity of Java, without the IT
  • Quickly extend your Oracle Database experience to the cloud
  • Jump-start your mobile app development efforts
  • Discover new tips and tricks for enhancing your current projects

Register and Watch at your leisure HERE

Wednesday Jul 10, 2013

Upcoming Virtual Events From Oracle Technology Network

The Oracle Technology Network has been busy in the virtual event world lately.  Below is a list of Virtual Events that are either OnDemand or are about to take place.  Register to take part today!

Virtual Developer Day: Java - OnDemand NOW - View Videos and download presentations and lab materials.

Virtual Sysadmin Day: Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM July 15th from 9a.m. to 1p.m. PDT - Register to View Content and chat with moderators.

Virtual  Developer Day: MySQL - July 31st, 2013 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. IST - Register to View Content and chat with moderators.

Virtual Developer Day - Mobile Development for Android and iOSAugust 7th from 9a.m. to 1p.m. PDT - Register to View Content and chat with moderators.