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 20, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of December 15th

This is our last BEST of OTN for 2013.  We all are so lucky to have such a GREAT group of members that are engaged with us in the Oracle Forums, java.net, and on our social media handles/channels (listed at bottom of post).   Happy Holidays from the Oracle Technology Network team. See you in 2014!

Sysadmin Community -

Next Virtual Sysadmin Day is On Jan 28 - 
OTN's next virtual sysadmin day is on January 28. It's four hours long, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PT. (Time converter here.) This time we have a whole new set of hands-on labs for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. Proctored, of course, which means you can ask questions. The labs in our previous virtual sysadmin day on the basics. These focus on using these technologies in real-world scenarios. Click on the Agenda tab in the registration page to see the labs.

Article: Performance Analysis in a Multinenant Cloud Environment - Performance analysis in a virtualized multitenant cloud environment is difficult because of the abstraction layers. How do you find the physical resources that are overloaded? Explore four examples that overcome that limitation with the built-in Oracle Solaris 11 tools. By Orgad.

Architect Community -
Podcast: Oracle SOA B2B Integration - Part 3 - EDI remains in wide use among old-guard companies, but newer companies are embracing ebXML and other alternatives. Listen to the final segment in this series as panelists Krishnaprem Bhatia, Alan Perlovsky, and Scott Haaland discuss the future of SOA B2B integration.

Video: Matt Brasier on Oracle SOA Suite Performance Tuning  - C2B2 consultant Matt Brasier, co author of the Oracle SOA Suite 11g Performance Tuning Cookbook (2013, Packt Publishing) discusses performance tuning challenges and best practices.

Article: SOA Governance Through Enterprise Architecture
Authors Manuel Rosa and André de Oliveira Sampaio describe a strategy for achieving a global enterprise architecture vision that provides mechanisms and tools to enrich the information required for application, process, and project portfolio management

Friday Funny from Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager: "I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up - they have no holidays." -- Henny Youngman

Java Community -
A Case Study of JVM HotSpot Flags - Java performance expert Kirk Pepperdine encountered an application that used 26 JVM flags! He untangles the mess of JVM options and warns against "jumping blindly into all that configurability."

Tech Article: RESTful GlassFish Monitoring and Management - Java EE expert Adam Bien shows you how to xxploit the built-in monitoring and management capabilities of GlassFish to automate application deployment and gain insight into application performance.

Friday Funny: The Taxonomy of Terrible Programmers, shared by Justin Kestelyn.

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Thursday Jun 27, 2013

It's Not TV- It's OTN: Top 10 Videos on the OTN YouTube Channel

It's been a while since we checked in on what people are watching on the Oracle Technology Network YouTube Channel. Here are the Top 10 video for the last 30 days.

  1. Tom Kyte: Keeping Up with the Latest in Database Technology
    Tom Kyte expands on his keynote presentation at the Great Lakes Oracle Conference with tips for developers, DBAs and others who want to make sure they are prepared to work with the latest database technologies.
  2. That Jeff Smith: Oracle SQL Developer
    Oracle SQL Developer product manager Jeff Smith (yeah, that Jeff Smith) talks about his presentations at the Great Lakes Oracle Conference and shares his reaction to keynote speaker C.J. Date's claim that "SQL dropped the ball."
  3. Gwen Shapira: Hadoop and Oracle Database
    Oracle ACE Director Gwen Shapira @gwenshap talks about the fit between Hadoop and Oracle Database and dives into the details of why Oracle Loader for Hadoop is 5x faster.
  4. Kai Yu: Virtualization and Cloud
    Oracle ACE Director Kai Yu talks about the questions he is most frequently asked when he does presentations on cloud computing and virtualization.
  5. Mark Sewtz: APEX 4.2 Mobile App Development
    Application Express developer Marc Sewtz demos the new features he built into APEX4.2 to support Mobile App Development.
  6. Jeremy Schneider: RAC Attack
    Oracle ACE Jeremy Schneider @jer_s describes what you can expect when you come to a RAC (Real Application Cluster) Attack.
  7. Frits Hoogland: Exadata Under the Hood
    Oracle ACE Director Frits Hoogland (@fritshoogland) talks about the secret sauce under Exadata's hood.
  8. David Peake: APEX 4.2 New Features
    David Peake, PM for Oracle Application Express, gives a quick overview of some of the new APEX features.
  9. Greg Marsden: Hugepages = Huge Performance on Linux
    Greg Marsden of Oracle's Linux Kernel Engineering Team talks about some common customer performance questions and making the most of Oracle Linux 6 and Transparent HugePages.
  10. John Hurley: NEOOUG and GLOC 2013
    Northeast Ohio Oracle User Group president John Hurley talks about the background and success of the 2013 Great Lakes Oracle Conference.

Thursday Jun 20, 2013

Play it Again - Virtual Sysadmin Day - July 15th

Rick, OTN's Systems Community Manager, posted just a bit ago about ANOTHER Virtual Sysadmin day coming up July 15th.  To read his post please go here - he talks about Albert Einstein it is priceless!  But here is some info as well...

When - Monday, July 15 at 9:00 am Pacific Time. (Time converter here.)

Register here

Hope to see you there!

Friday Apr 12, 2013

Hey, I know that person! Top 10 OTN YouTube Videos

The following list represents the Top 10 most popular videos on the OTN YouTube Channel for the past 30 days. Recognize anyone?

  1. The Oracle ACE Cookbook: Lewis Cunningham
    Sometimes a cookbook is just a cookbook! Oracle ACE Director Lewis Cunningham talks about his collection of actual food recipes from members of the Oracle ACE community, and shares his thoughts on how the database world has changed since he first started blogging about it eight years ago.
  2. Lucas Jellema: SOA, Events, BPM, and Oracle ADF
    Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema, CTO for AMIS Systems, talks about his latest OTN article, and about SOA, BPM, Oracle ADF, and his participation in the OTN Yathra Tour in India.
  3. Marc Sewtz: APEX 4.2 Mobile App Development
    Marc Sewtz demonstrates new features he built into APEX4.2 to support Mobile App Development.
  4. Author Interview: SOA Made Simple
    Oracle ACE Directors Lonneke Dikmans and Ronald van Luttikhuizen talk about their latest book, "SOA Made Simple" (Packt Publishing, 2012).
  5. David Peake: APEX 4.2 New Features
    David Peake, PM for Oracle Application Express, gives a quick overview of some of the product's features.
  6. Are You Future Proof? - Evolving Skills for Architects and Developers
    Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra (AT&T), Basheer Khan (Innowave Technology), and Ronald van Luttikhuizen (Vennster) discuss the evolution in the skills needed for success as a software architect or developer.
  7. Dr. Frank Munz: "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distintive Recipes"
    Dr. Frank Munz, the author of "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes," talks about his new book, the companion series of videos, and some of his speaking engagements.
  8. Dimitri Gielis: Apex 4.2 and Responsive Web Design
    Oracle Ace Director Dimitri Gielis talks about features in Oracle Application Express 4.2.
  9. Greg Marsden: Hugepages = Huge Performance on Linux
    Greg Marsden of Oracle's Linux Kernel Engineering Team talks about some common customer performance questions and about making the most of Oracle Linux 6 and Transparent HugePages
  10. Arup Nanda: Engineered Systems
    Oracle ACE Director Arup Nanda discusses Oracle Exadata, engineered systems, and the changing role of the database administrator.

Tuesday Mar 12, 2013

What You're Watching: Top Ten OTN Videos

What are you watching?

Here are the Top 10 most popular videos on the Oracle Technology Network YouTube Channel for the past 30 days.

  1. Interview: Dr. Frank Munz "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distintive Recipes"
    Dr. Frank Munz, the author of "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes," talks about his new book, the companion series of videos, and upcoming speaking engagements.
  2. APEX 4.2 Mobile App Development
    Marc Sewtz, from the core Oracle Application Express Development Team, demos the new features he built into APEX4.2 to support Mobile App Development.
  3. Lucas Jellema: SOA, Events, BPM, and Oracle ADF
    Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema, CTO for AMIS Systems, talks about his latest OTN article, and about SOA, BPM, Oracle ADF, and his participation in the OTN Yathra Tour in India.
  4. APEX 4.2 New Features
    David Peake, PM for Oracle Application Express, shares a quick overview of features in APEX 4.2.
  5. Dimitri Gielis on APEX 4.2 and Responsive Web Design
    Oracle Ace Director Dimitri Gielis talks about cool new features in Oracle Application Express 4.2.
  6. Greg Marsden: Hugepages = Huge Performance on Linux
    Greg Marsden of Oracle's Linux Kernel Engineering Team addresses some common customer performance questions and talks about making the most of Oracle Linux 6 and Transparent HugePages.
  7. Oracle ACEs Like ...
    A video montage created by OTN DBA/Database Developer Community Manager Todd Trichler featuring members of the Oracle ACE Program.
  8. Wim Coekaerts: Fun with SunRay
    Wim Coekaerts, SVP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle talks about some of the new SunRay Hardware he gets to play with.
  9. Arup Nanda: Engineered Systems
    Oracle ACE Director Arup Nanda discusses Oracle Exadata, engineered systems, and the changing role of the database administrator.
  10. Are You Future Proof? - Evolving Skills for Architects and Developers
    Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra (AT&T), Basheer Khan (Innowave Technology), and Ronald van Luttikhuizen (Vennster) share their thoughts on the evolution in the skills needed for success as a software architect or developer.

Tuesday Feb 12, 2013

OTN Video: What You're Watching

As of this moment there are 49 videos on the Oracle Technology Network YouTube Channel, featuring conversations with the people who build Oracle technologies and the people who use those technologies. Here's the current list of the Top 10 most popular OTN videos.

  1. Dr. Frank Munz: Distinctive Recipes for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c
    Dr. Frank Munz, the author of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes, talks about his new book, the companion series of videos, and upcoming speaking engagements.
  2. Marc Sewtz: Oracle APEX 4.2 Mobile App Development
    Marc Sewtz from the core Oracle Application Express Development talks about new features built into APEX4.2 to support Mobile App Development and demonstrates an iPhone app built with the technology.
  3. David Peake: Oracle APEX 4.2 New Features
    David Peake, PM for Oracle Application Express, offers a quick overview of some of the upcoming features in the new release, tells you where you can try it out for free.
  4. Dimitri Gielis: Oracle Apex 4.2 and Responsive Web Design
    Oracle Ace Director Dimitri Gielis, one of the winners of the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francsicso, talks about new features in Oracle Application Express 4.2.
  5. Wim Coekearts: SunRay Hardware
    Wim Coekaerts, SVP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, talks about some of the new SunRay Hardware he gets to play with.
  6. Arup Nanda: Engineered Systems
    Oracle ACE Director Arup Nanda, winner of the 2012 Oracle Magazine Technologist of the Year award in the Enterprise Architect category, discusses Oracle Exadata, engineered systems, and the changing role of the database administrator.
  7. Panel Discussion: Are You Future Proof? - Evolving Skills for Architects and Developers
    Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra (AT&T), Basheer Khan (Innowave Technology), and Ronald van Luttikhuizen (Vennster) discuss the evolution in the skills needed for success as a software architect or developer.
  8. Greg Marsden: Hugepages = Huge Performance on Linux
    Greg Marsden of Oracle's Linux Kernel Engineering Team talks about some common customer performance questions and making the most of Oracle Linux 6 and Transparent HugePages.
  9. Oracle ACEs Like...
    This video montage created by OTN's Todd Trichler begins with a conversation with Vikki Lira and Lilian Buziak, the people behing the ORacle ACE program, and then introduces several members of that program.
  10. Alex Gorbachev: Social Software Engineering
    Oracle ACE Director and Pythian CTO Alex Gorbachev talks his role as the organizer of the Oracle OpenWorld Blogger Meet-up and about the role of social media at Pythian.

Wednesday Dec 19, 2012

Top 10 OTN Tech Articles for 2012

It takes a special kind of IT pro to risk additional carpal tunnel damage to pound out a technical article after spending the day wrestling with a keyboard in dealing with other duties. That kind of dedication is noteworthy, even more so if people actually take the time to read the resulting article. So if you know any of the authors listed below, skip the handshake and give them a congratulatory slap on the back for all that time spent torturing their tendons. Their hard work has earned a place on this list of  the Top 10 most popular OTN articles published in 2012. 

  1. Getting Started with Java SE Embedded on the Raspberry Pi
    by Bill Courington and Gary Collins
  2. How Dell Migrated from SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux
    by Jon Senger, Aik Zu Shyong, and Suzanne Zorn
  3. Exploring Oracle SQL Developer
    by Przemyslaw Piotrowski
  4. Getting Started with Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2
    by Lenz Grimmer
  5. How to Get Started (FAST!) with JavaFX 2 and Scene Builder
    by Mark Heckler
  6. How to Use Oracle VM VirtualBox Templates
    by Yuli Vasiliev
  7. How to Update Oracle Solaris 11 Systems From Oracle Support Repositories
    by Glynn Foster
  8. Tips for Hardening an Oracle Linux Server
    by Lenz Grimmer and James Morris
  9. How To Configure Browser-based SSO with Kerberos/SPNEGO and Oracle WebLogic Server
    by Abhijit Patil
  10. How to Create a Local Yum Repository for Oracle Linux
    by Jared Greenwald

Of course, OTN has a great many articles covering a broad range of topics of interest to Java developers, DBAs, sysadmins, solution architects, and everybody else who works keeping the IT world running. You'll find them here. If you have suggestions for topics or technologies you'd like to see covered, please let us know.

And if you have insight and expertise to share, why not write your own article? Click here to learn how to get published on OTN.

Wednesday Jul 25, 2012

Next OTN Sysadmin Day is on August 23rd



Our previous OTN Sysadmin Day in Santa Clara had almost 100 attendees. The one in Denver will have similar presentations, but we're adding some content on virtualization.

The event is on Thursday, August 23rd.  It's free.  And lunch is included.  See the OTN Garage blog.

- Rick