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


Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

So many choices! 149 Oracle ACE-led sessions at Oracle OpenWorld

Have you been searching the Oracle OpenWorld content catalog trying to decide which sessions to add to your schedule? We suggest you spend some time looking over the Oracle ACE session Focus On Document that lists all 149 sessions that will be presented by an Oracle ACE, ACE Associate or ACE Director.

Participants of the Oracle ACE Program are recognized for frequently sharing their technical insight, knowledge, and real world experience with the Oracle Community. We hope this handy list saves you some time preparing your session schedule and gives you some more time to think about what kind of cool t-shirt you are going to design while you're hanging out in the OTN Lounge. ;-)

Friday Mar 21, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of March 21st

The Java Community is Buzzing: 

Java SE 8 is Now Available!

Java Platform, Standard Edition 8 (Java SE 8) is a major feature release and is now generally available. It contains new features and enhancements in many functional areas.

Mark Your Calendars:  Java 8 Launch Webcast- March 25, 10:00 AM PDT

Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group, will gather with a few friends to talk about the Java SE 8 platform.  Check out the agenda that includes panel discussions about the components and platform priorities, plus Java SE 8 and the Internet of Things.  We'll have a chat with Adam Messinger, CIO of Twitter, and other technology industry leaders that depend on Java SE 8 innovation.  Go here to register

Mark Reinhold: Thanks To So Many

Ever wonder what is involved in completing a major new release of a software system as large as the JDK? Mark Reinhold talks about the dedicated work of many hundreds of developers, with indirect contributions from thousands more that made Java SE 8 possible. 

Java SE 8 Features and Details

Lambdas are live! How do they work? Check out the Java SE 8 pages on OTN to find out about all the new features--Lambdas, and polyglot programming included.


See what's new in the Database/Developer Community:

Oracle Database Migration Assistant for Unicode (DMU 2.0) Now available

Here's what you need to know: Oracle Database Migration Assistant for Unicode (DMU) 2.0 is the officially supported method for migrating Oracle 12c Pluggable Databases (PDBs) to the Unicode character set. Oracle DMU also supports migrating selected prior database releases of 10.2, 11.1 and 11.2. Get the download here.

Oracle R Enterprise 1.4 is now available 

Check out several new and enhanced algorithms, high performance computing infrastructure enhancements, and additional tools supporting production deployment. The whole story is here on the Oracle R Technologies page on OTN or Get the download here. 


Systems Community Has Solaris 11 Tips:

Configuring COMSTAR to Provide Local iSCSI Storage

Alexandre Borges walks through the steps to configure the Common Multiprotocol SCSI TARget (COMSTAR) capability in Oracle Solaris 11. Find out how to provide local iSCSI storage to Windows, Linux and Mac clients.

How to Preserve Unpacked Software During a Package Uninstall 

If you use the Image Packaging System (IPS) in Oracle Solaris 11 to uninstall all packaged content from a directory, it also removes the directory. Not good if you also kinda sorta loaded unpackaged content into that directory. Alta Elstad shows you how to avoid this problem. 


Ciao for now!

LKR 


Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

Oracle DMU 2.0 Supports Migration of Oracle 12c PDBs to Unicode

New! Oracle DMU 2.0 is now available. 

Here's what you need to know: Oracle Database Migration Assistant for Unicode (DMU) 2.0 is the officially supported method for migrating Oracle 12c Pluggable Databases (PDBs) to the Unicode character set. Oracle DMU also supports migrating selected prior database releases of 10.2, 11.1 and 11.2.

Get the download here.

Here's what's interesting:  Migration to the Unicode character set is an intricate process that involves many time-consuming and resource intensive operations. Any misstep along the way can lead to data loss. Oracle DMU provides an end-to-end workflow that guides the DBA through a detailed and customizable migration process with real-time progress updates. Additional recovery and diagnostic mechanisms enable a fault-tolerant migration in the event of runtime contingencies.

Other new features in DMU 2.0 include:

  • Enhanced bulk cleansing features with pattern-based replacement to resolve certain classes of data convertibility issues
  • Support for migrating PeopleSoft databases to Unicode
  • Improved conversion error-handling mechanisms 

If you need a technical overview about character set migration, migration tools and considerations including benefits of Unicode, check out the Indepth Guide to Migrating Databases to Unicode.

Anything else you need to know about DMU 2.0?  Go to the DMU page on OTN

Ciao for Now!

LKR 

Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

Worldwide APEX Theming Competition - ODTUG - Kscope14

Our Friends at ODTUG are hosting the Worldwide APEX Theming Competition. 

This is your opportunity to create APEX themes and have them viewed by the entire international APEX community. The winner will be crowned 2014 ODTUG APEX Theme Developer of the Year at Kscope14 during the Sunday APEX Symposium on June 22, 2014.

Here's what you need to know:

Submissions are now open.

Submissions close on May 15, 2014.

Winners will be announced on June 22, 2014 

Each submission will be examined for technical quality. All submitted themes must be validated successfully against current web standards. Participants should ensure their applications are compatible across all major web browsers, e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer. Technical correctness is essential. 

We all know a well-designed web application must adapt to a wide variety of screen sizes and user interfaces. So Usability and responsiveness is a highly valued criteria, as is Aesthetic appeal. The technical difficulty of how the theme was conceptualized and the design/development process will also be evaluated, with extra points being awarded to submissions that demonstrate use of tools and frameworks, accessibility and reusability for themes that are compatible with at least 2 other packaged applications.

Head over here to get the full story on how to submit.

And the contest rules are here.

Thank you Dimitri Gielis for the great blog presenting Advanced Responsive Design in APEX. A must read to Get Started With Your APEX Theming Competition submission.    

Good Luck!

Ciao for now,

LKR 


Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

IMPORTANT: My Oracle Support and OTN Profiles Merge on January 31, 2014


For My Oracle Support Community Users...

On January 31, 2014, we plan to migrate the My Oracle Support Community (MOSC) to the same platform used for the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) forums. This platform will bring new community features to help make it easier to find information through a more intuitive interface, and enhance the way you connect with Oracle experts and industry peers. If you are a user who has the same email address that accesses both My Oracle Support Community and OTN forums, be sure to read this important blog brought to you by Oracle Support.

Ciao for now!

LKR