Tuesday Mar 01, 2016

Don't Miss HotSOS Symposium 2016--Oracle Performance Experts

Hotsos 2016 Banner

Next week Oracle Database Performance experts will be flying in from around the world to attend the 14th Annual Hotsos Symposium being held at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, TX. This event is exclusively focused on performance aspects and Oracle database optimization.  On the Oracle community calendar, Hotsos sits right between 2 of the biggest regional Oracle User group events:  Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days, and IOUG/AOUG Collaborate 2016.

I had a chance to meet with Ric Van Dyke, Director of Curriculum for Hotsos and Oracle ACE Director,  during RMOUG TD2016, and we had a fantastic time taping an interview about Hotsos.  

Rick Van Dyk Hotsos

[Photo courtesy of @oldmanramsey]

 Alas, the most professional interviewer and the most expert subject with the most advanced video equipment will never be enough if the mic ain't hot. 

So, after sending Ric an email admitting my uncharacteristic technical foible, we came up with this transcript of what we thought we had recorded.


What you need to know about Hotsos Symposium

Q: Tell us about Hotsos...how did this symposium get started, and what makes it so special?

After forming Hotsos, the founders decided to host a 3-day event and bring all of the world's top Oracle performance experts together to speak and network with DBAs who wanted to learn about Oracle optimization. Eventually, they added training day for a deep dive into one or two topics. 

The Hotsos Symposium is different from most other Oracle conferences in that it is completely focused on performance.  All the presentations are about helping you as an oracle professional have a better performing Oracle based application.  If you are a DBA, Developer, Data Architect or Manager of these folks, and you want a faster Oracle based system to support your business, this is the place to be.

Q: What sessions are you most excited about?  Any Hands on Labs that might be fraught with danger and excitement? 

Wow, it’s hard to pin it down.  We have such great ones to choose from...

  • Join Cardinality Estimation Methods by Chinar Aliyev,
  • Controlling Execution Plans Workshop by Kerry Osborne, and
  • Plan Stability – When you don’t want things to change by Finn Jorgensen

...just to mention a few that I’m looking forward to.  And other great presentations by Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Tanel Põder and Bryn Llewellyn too.  We don’t have any Hands on Labs this year, but looking forward to having that in the future!

Q: How do you go about building your agenda for Hotsos?  It must be hard to select from such a great field of submissions.

Yes it is.  A key is to focus on performance.  Generally we shy away from presentations that would be just on installing a product or feature type sessions.  The idea is to help folks use their Oracle system to its full potential. We use past presentations as a guide for repeat presenter but are always looking to bring in new folks.   This year we again have several new folks with interesting topics.

Q:  Tell us about the Special speaker. 

Richard Foote (Mr. Index) will be our training day presenter.  Each year we have 3 days of the conference with 2 tracks and then a one full day training day with a special guest.  This year I think we have a really great opportunity to learn from simply the expert on Oracle indexing.  I’ve very excited about his training day and he is also doing a Q&A session on Tuesday.  If you don’t know Richard he’s from Canberra Australia and has been working with Oracle for over 20 years.  His expertise in index in particular is exceptional.  Personally I know I’ll learn a lot from his session and training and I’m sure everyone there will.

Q: So if I cannot attend the event in person, can I attend any sessions Online?  Where do I go to register ...and what's the best way to be prepared to have a great online experience?

Yes, you can attend virtually.  We’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and it’s working well. Of course you miss out on some of the casual conversation opportunities but if you can’t be there this is an excellent way to participate.   Go to our web site hotsos.com click on the Symposium tab and there is a link there to the virtual symposium.  From there you can register as a virtual attendee.  

Q: What else do we need to know?

Start planning for 2017! The dates aren’t officially set just yet but you can plan on it being about this same time next year, first week or so of March.

Here's where to go to register as a Virtual Attendee for the On Demand sessions this year at Hotsos 2016.

Thanks Ric! Have a great event...and next time I'll remember to turn on the mic~

Ciao for Now!
LKR

Monday Apr 27, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - Still Time to Register

Register Now - New Agenda for May!

OTN's next Virtual Technology Summit is almost here.  Register now to view live sessions with Oracle ACEs, Product Experts, and Java Champions.  Four main tracks provide deep dives into four technical content areas: Java, Database, Systems, Middleware.  There is something for everyone!

May 5, 2015 - Americas (9:00 am PT - 12:30 pm PT)

May 12, 2015 - EMEA (09:00 am - 12:00 pm BST / 10:00 am - 13:00 pm CEST / 12:00 pm - 15:00 pm GST)

May 19, 2015 (2:00 pm to 5:30 pm AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm SGT / 9:30 am to 1:00 pm IST)

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use same email address for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Middleware

Reuse in Oracle SOA Suite 12c: Templates, libraries or services?

Few would argue the value of reuse, and choosing the right type of reuse can greatly speed development, decrease maintenance efforts, and reduce the number of errors by eliminating redundant code. Oracle SOA Suite 12c offers several ways to reuse code, implement patterns, and quickly start your project. These options vary from project skeletons using Maven poms, to composite templates, and creating services. This session will explain the differences between a pattern, a library, and a (micro)service, and will present real-life examples of how you can use SOA Suite 12c to work with Maven, BPEL and OSB templates, BPEL subprocesses, and services. You'll learn how to avoid common pitfalls, you'll understand the facilities that SOA Suite offers to create consistent quality in projects, and you'll be better equipped to choose the appropriate reuse method (library, pattern, or service) for any situation.

Register today to view this session as well as other all the other sessions offered in our next upcoming summit:

May 5, 2015 (9:00 am PT to 12:30pm PT)

May 12, 2015 (09:00 – 12:00 BST / 10:00 – 13:00 CEST / 12:00 – 15:00 GST)

May 19, 2015 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SGT / 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. IST)

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use same email address for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Friday Apr 17, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Database

OTN's Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Database Session - Oracle Application Express 5.0

Oracle Application Express 5.0 introduces the world's most powerful browser-based IDE.  This session will demonstrate the ease with which you can develop and maintain Web based applications. There are a broad range of well-thought out features built into Application Express Page Designer, so this session will outline the top features that will transform you from highly productive developer to super ninja!

Register today to view this session as well as other all the other sessions offered in our next upcoming summit:

May 5, 2015 (9:00 am PT to 12:30pm PT

May 12, 2015 (09:00 – 12:00 BST / 10:00 – 13:00 CEST / 12:00 – 15:00 GST

May 19, 2015 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SGT / 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. IST

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use same email address for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Friday Apr 03, 2015

The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) is excited to invite you to the next Virtual Technology Summit!

The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) is excited to invite you to the next Virtual Technology Summit coming in May

May 5th, 2015 (9:00 am PT to 12:30pm PT*)

May 12th, 2015 (09:00 – 12:00 BST / 10:00 – 13:00 CEST / 12:00 – 15:00 GST*)

May 19th, 2015 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SGT / 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. IST

As always, this free online event offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips: 

  • Java: 20 Year Anniversary!
    Java technologies are celebrating 20 years of innovation delivering the next generation of application development. Integrate Java Embedded with vehicles, optimize Java EE applications, and discover how parallel programming with Java is the new norm.

  • Database: Delivering on Big Data Promise and New Generation Application Development
    Oracle Database 12c delivers market-leading security, high performance, availability and scalability for OLTP, data warehousing and big data deployments. Join us to explore the Big Data strategy and learn the latest capabilities of popular application development tools and technologies including APEX, PL/SQL tips, node.js and restful data services.

  • Middleware: Spotlight on Service-Oriented Architecture and Oracle SOA Suite 12c
    The Middleware Track for the next Oracle Technology Network Virtual Technology Summit puts the spotlight on service-oriented architecture and Oracle SOA Suite 12c. which includes new features to help increase developer productivity. Each of the deeply technical how-to sessions in this track focus on a different aspect of Oracle SOA Suite 12c. Other technologies covered in these sessions include Oracle Service Bus, Event Processing, StreamExplorer, API Catalog, API Manager and more.

  • Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies, and Hardware: Oracle Linux application optimization for Oracle stack
    The main benefits of deploying Oracle Linux are its optimizations for the Oracle stack and the newer capabilities such as Docker that you can access long before they are released in the major Red Hat distributions. Did you know, however, that you can also optimize your applications to run better on the Oracle stack using Oracle Solaris Studio? In spite of the name, it is designed to help your Oracle Linux applications take advantage of performance, security, and reliability advances across the entire Oracle stack, particularly Oracle Database. The first two sessions will show you how to migrate from Red Hat Linux to Oracle Linux and give you an overview of the Oracle Solaris Studio IDE capabilities. And just in case you'd like to practice a little, the third session will show some advanced techniques for deploying applications using Oracle Virtual Box.

Register Today!


Friday Feb 06, 2015

Still Time to Register for the OTN Virtual Technology Summit

OTN Virtual Technology Summit

There is still time to register for the OTN Virtual Technology Summit.  

Register for February 11th 9am to 12:30pm PT*

Register for February 25th 9am to 12:30pm GMT*

Register for March 4th 2015 (IST - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. / SG - 12:00 p.m. / Austrailia NSW - SYD - 3:00 p.m. / AEDT - 3:00 p.m.


VTS content will include highly technical demonstrations, presentations and Hands-On-Labs delivered by Oracle Product Experts, Oracle ACEs and Java Champions in the following areas: 

Database Track:

  • The Database Development track gives a first look at the new APEX 5.0 development environment, advanced tips and techniques for PL/SQL, plus an in-depth Hands-on-Lab for developing RestFUL Web Services and JSON Support.

Java Track:

  • Find out how to improve the compatibility and security of large applications, how to work with Maven, HTML5, and JavaScript and how to get started with IoT, wearables, and more.

Middleware Track: 

  • The word "integration" means different things to different architects and developers. That's why the Middleware track consists of two completely different sub-tracks. The Open Source and Integration track focuses on WebLogic, Coherence, Maven, and developing Java EE applications. The Data Integration and Warehousing track focuses on Oracle Data Integrator, GoldenGate, and other technologies for meeting the challenges of working with varying data formats (unstructured and structured data) for varying data latencies (real time and bulk movement) for enterprise usage.

Systems: Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies and Hardware Track:

  • Oracle Solaris Studio is a complete suite of tools that help developers of applications for Oracle middleware, Oracle Database, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Tuxedo run with higher performance and fewer errors on Oracle SPARC and x86 systems.  The Studio engineering team will proctor hands on labs to help you learn how to use two of those tools: the Code Analyzer for identifying and correcting errors in the code, and the Performance Analyzer for analyzing and improving the performance of Java, C, C++, and Fortran code.

View the Agenda and Abstracts to get an in-depth look at all of the technical information to be presented at our upcoming Virtual Technology Summit.

REGISTER NOW!

Call for Sessions

We want to make sure the OTN Virtual Technology Summit series provides you with the information you want and need. To that end, we have created "Idea Spaces" in which you can submit suggestions for sessions in future Virtual Technology Summits. If you are also interested in presenting a VTS session, use these spaces to submit your session proposal today! Not the presenter type? Go here and vote on ideas that have been submitted to ensure you get to take part in choosing what future event content will be.

Database Track

Java Track

Middleware Track

View additional resources for developers:


OTN Community—The best place to ask questions and find answers.

Database Innovation Online Forum - March 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. PST
Are you leveraging Oracle's database innovations for Cloud and Big data? Join Tom Kyte, Oracle Database Architect, to learn what’s new in Oracle Database 12c, understand the top reasons why customers choose Oracle. Register Today!

Other ways to get involved:

Submit an article to be published on OTN—We’re always looking for great content to publish on our site. If you’ve got an article, we’d be thrilled to review it.

Become an Oracle ACE—The ACE program is a peer-reviewed community of industry thought leaders and Oracle technology experts.     Event Agenda




Friday Jan 30, 2015

Vote!

OTN's Virtual Technology Summit - Polls Open

What kind of content would you like presented in future OTN Virtual Technology Summits?   Is there a particular topic that interests you?  We want to hear from you.  Click on the links below and vote now.   

Database

Java

Middleware

Don't Forget - OTN's Upcoming Virtual Technology Summit is open for registration.

Register for February 11th 9am to 12:30pm PT*

Register for February 25th 9am to 12:30pm GMT*

Register for March 4th 2015 (IST - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. / SG - 12:00 p.m. / Austrailia NSW - SYD - 3:00 p.m. / AEDT - 3:00 p.m.


VTS content will include highly technical demonstrations, presentations and Hands-On-Labs delivered by Oracle Product Experts, Oracle ACEs and Java Champions in the following areas: 

Database Track:

  • The Database Development track gives a first look at the new APEX 5.0 development environment, advanced tips and techniques for PL/SQL, plus an in-depth Hands-on-Lab for developing RestFUL Web Services and JSON Support.

Java Track:

  • Find out how to improve the compatibility and security of large applications, how to work with Maven, HTML5, and JavaScript and how to get started with IoT, wearables, and more.

Middleware Track: 

  • The word "integration" means different things to different architects and developers. That's why the Middleware track consists of two completely different sub-tracks. The Open Source and Integration track focuses on WebLogic, Coherence, Maven, and developing Java EE applications. The Data Integration and Warehousing track focuses on Oracle Data Integrator, GoldenGate, and other technologies for meeting the challenges of working with varying data formats (unstructured and structured data) for varying data latencies (real time and bulk movement) for enterprise usage.

Systems: Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies and Hardware Track:

  • Oracle Solaris Studio is a complete suite of tools that help developers of applications for Oracle middleware, Oracle Database, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Tuxedo run with higher performance and fewer errors on Oracle SPARC and x86 systems.  The Studio engineering team will proctor hands on labs to help you learn how to use two of those tools: the Code Analyzer for identifying and correcting errors in the code, and the Performance Analyzer for analyzing and improving the performance of Java, C, C++, and Fortran code.

View the Agenda and Abstracts to get an in-depth look at all of the technical information to be presented at our upcoming Virtual Technology Summit.

REGISTER NOW!


Friday Dec 12, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of December 8th

We have some really good highlights this week, check them out.

Architect Community

For this week's Best Of, let's take a look at the Top 3 most popular videos on the OTN ArchBeat YouTube channel for the past week.

Best Practices in Oracle ADF Development | Frank Nimphius
Frank Nimphius summarizes best practices for the "fantastic four:" ADFbc, Task Flow, ADF Binding and ADF Faces. He also makes recommendations for when and how to use JavaScript in ADF and what you should do to break out of your "am I the only one" isolation.

2 Minute Tech Tip: Using Oracle ADF Libraries
| Sten Vesteri
Oracle ACE Director Sten Vesterli, author of Oracle ADF Enterprise Application Development – Made Simple: Second Edition (Packt Publishing) shares a quick tip on using ADF libraries and building a solid foundation for ADF applications.

2 Minute Tech Tip: Just Say No to Spaghetti Code
| Steven Feuerstein
Oracle architect and PL/SQL expert Steven Feuerstein fills 120 seconds with tasty advice on how to write code that doesn't resemble a big plate of pasta.
Friday Fun from OTN Architect Community Manager Bob Rhubart

We're deep in the holiday season, so this week I want to share some of my favorite Christmas music: The Ventures' Christmas Album. Originally released in 1965, this collection features brilliant instrumental surf-style arrangements of Christmas standards. But rather than just straight-up instrumental covers, these arrangements incorporate hooks and guitar licks from some of the hit songs of the day. You'll hear elements of the some of the Ventures hits, plus the Beatles and other British Invasion tunes. Listen!

On Spotify

On Rhapsody

Java Community

Wearables in Action

In this interview, Java Evangelist Angela Caicedo demonstrates her new jacket designed with wearable technologies. She can listen music from her favorite playlists, monitor her heart beat, and get her emails. All of it powered by a Raspberry Pi

New Java Champion: Marc Hoffmann

Congratulations to the new Java Champions Marc Hoffmann!

Software Development in Turkey

What technologies are hot in Turkey? How do you get more women to speak at conferences. Turkish Project Manager Nilay Yener discusses GDG Fest Istanbul and GDG Fest Women.

Friday Funny: Titanic  Thanks, @paddyforan !

Systems Community

Brian Bream, USA's 1st ACE for Systems Technologies

Brian Bream, USA's First Oracle ACE for Systems - Chief Technology Officer for Collier IT, an Oracle Platinum Partner, certified in over 20 industry technologies, Instructor of the Year 3 times, and much more. A terrific addition to the Oracle ACE program.

Update to My Personal Crib Sheet for the ZFS Storage Appliance


In March of 2012 I posted a blog with some resources to help a sysadmin understand the ZFS Storage Appliance. A lot has changed since then, so this is an addendum to that blog. It reflects the latest information in preparation for the release of the ZS4-4.

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.

http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/OracleVTS


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! http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/OracleVTS

Monday Sep 29, 2014

Oracle Technology Network Sunday in Review / Monday Preview - Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

Sunday OTN Kick Off Event was a BIG success and the RAC ATTACK was awesome. Thanks for joining us!

Here is a listing of OTN activities at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne for Monday, September 29th. Be sure to double check the schedule at the when you visit the OTN Lounge for any changes.  


OTN Lounge - Upper Lobby, Moscone South -

Monday, September 29th to Wednesday October 1st-

  • Oracle ACE Program –11:30 to 3:30 - The Oracle ACE Program Recognizes prominent advocates.  Stop by to learn how to become an Oracle ACE, Gain community recognition for sharing your knowledge and expertise, Advance your career and network with like-minded peers
  • Oracle Community  - 11:30 to 3:30 - Learn about the Oracle Technology Network Community Platform, and get a preview of the new badges that are coming soon! Get answers to questions, network with peers, and be rewarded for your expertise/activity in the Oracle Community
  • MAF Developer Challenge Office Hours – 12pm to 1pm - Taking the challenge?  Stop by and talk to a MAF product expert.  Not signed up? There is still time to register for the MAF Developer Challenge.  Go here to register: (XXX)
  • Relax and Make Your Own Shirt or Origami with us in the Lounge. 

Monday September 29th Only -

  • SQL Live - Monday, September 29th, 2:00pm – 4:00 pm - Come learn about this Dynamic leaning environment featuring code libraries, tutorials, schemas and worksheets for improving your SQL and PL/SQL knowledge and skills. 
  • Delphix and DbVisit –Monday, September 29th, 3:30pm to 5pm  - Enter the worlds of database replication and virtualization fast and hassle free. Meet with experts that will help you get up and running with tools and labs that will help you grok how replication and virtualization really work.
  • Oracle Technology Network’s TechFest with Tweet for a Beer–Monday September, 29th 7pm to 9pm – Howard Street Plaza - OTN's Tech Fest is the place hang with your techie peers, sip wine or drink beer, dance to the DJ. Be sure to keep your eyes out for the blinking OTN team they will be walking around the event handing out "goodies" while they last.  This event is open to Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne full conference pass attendees. Don't forget your badge!
  • The Yes SQL session hosted by Steven Feuerstein for 6:00 PM this evening is "sold out" but not to worry, Steven will be in the OTN Lounge all week with SQL and PL/SQL books and ready to answer any questions.  


OTN Activities @ Java Hub / Hilton - Monday, September 29th to Wednesday, October 1st -

  • Hackergarten
  •     3D Modeling 
  •     Meet The Experts
  •     Get Your NEW OTN Java Shirt! Find out how onsite @ the OTN Desk in the Java Hub