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!


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!


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,


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!


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:

To follow and take part in the conversation follow/like etc. at one or all of the resources below - 

Friday Oct 04, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 - A Community Perspective

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 enters the history books as another fantastic event. Between Oracle Team USA winning the America's Cup (on a boat stuffed full of Oracle technology), Oracle unveiling new technologies that support greater innovation, and all the action at JavaOne, it will be hard to beat. See Ace Director Danny Bryant's perspective on the event, and his experience connecting with Oracle DBAs and experts. Jason Arneil also reports on his 5th outing to OOW. If there is any event you must have on the calendar, it has to be Oracle OpenWorld, and Jeff Smith gives a great overview of why. 

Over the coming weeks, keep checking back to the Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog where the presentations and additional content will be posted for attendees to access.  

Finally, a note of thanks for hanging out at the OTN Lounge. We had a great time meeting you all and hosting the developer challenges, presentations and meetups. Be sure to keep those Tweets and Comments coming!  

- The OTN Team 

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!

Get it at the OTN Lounge: Oracle 12c Multitenant Pluggable Database App Stick

Oracle Multitenant, new with Oracle Database 12c, is a new architecture for consolidating databases and simplifying operations in the cloud. Your friends at the OTN Lounge are hosting Multitenant Installfests on Monday and Tuesday at 10:00 am where you will receive your very own Pluggable Database that contains the full set of Oracle Database Sample Schemas as well as APEX, which is pre-configured with both the APEX Demo application and a simple Sales Forecasting application. We've got this puppy set up to easily plug in to your environment of choice:  Windows, Oracle Linux, or if you'd prefer, you can use VBox VM.  

Jean-Francois Verrier will be in the OTN Lounge to walk you through the pluggable database process, and to tell you more about how the Multitenant features are a game changer.

We'll be talking a lot about Multitenant during Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Get your pluggable DB, load it, try it out...and be the first on your block to have a handle on it.

So drop by the OTN Lounge Monday or Tuesday at 10:00 AM ...we'll have your app stick waiting for you. (and maybe coffee and a doughnut too.)

- LKR 

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Ready, Set, Go Mobile! Oracle APEX Challenge -- OOW13 @ OTN Lounge

Wait! Wait! Before you lock in your schedule for OOW13, make sure you reserve time on Monday 9/23 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the Oracle APEX Challenge. Showcase your deepest development your calendar.

Here's The Deal:

The contest is open to all registered Oracle OpenWorld 2013 attendees. The challenge is to build a "mobile" user interface. We'll open registration on Monday 9/23 but for now, check out the APEX Challenge page for more detail.  

When you register on Monday, we'll give you an Application Express Workspace and everything you need to complete the task. You bring the skills.

Here's what we're looking for:

 Appearance / User Interface Design How visually pleasing is the Entry app when run on a mobile device based on factors such as screen design, sizing, consistency, correct labels, etc.   30%
 Ease of Use How intuitive and easy-to-use is the Entry Application?   30%
 Process How fully developed and implemented is the concept in the submitted Entry? Does the Entry run successfully on different mobile devices? How complete is it?  30%
 Innovation / Novelty To what degree does the Entry illustrate new and innovative ways of presenting and/or processing information on a mobile device.  10%

You already know that Oracle APEX is a declarative, rapid web application development tool for the Oracle Database. Using only a web browser, you can develop and deploy applications that are fast and secure. It's fully loaded with mobile application development features and templates, and it's available with all versions of Oracle Database. (Yes, Oracle 12c.)  

Come show us what you can do with it.

  • Contest Location:  OTN Lounge (Moscone South, across from registration)
  • Contest Office Hours: Monday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Prizes: *** 1st prize:  $300   *** 2nd prize: $200 *** 3rd prize: $100 *** Amazon Gift Cards

I'm rooting for you. Make me proud.

- LKR 

Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

Mark Your Calendar - OTN Lounge Oracle OpenWorld Activity Schedule

As I mentioned in my last post the OTN Lounge Oracle OpenWorld will be in a NEW location in Moscone South Lobby right next to registration.  Along with a new space the OTN team is bringing you NEW activities i.e. developer challenges, intallfests etc.  See below for a full list of activities with more info and timing that will be in the OTN Lounge @ Oracle OpenWorld in a few weeks-

  • OTN  Kick Off – Sunday 9/22 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Get a preview of the various activities happening in the OTN Lounge during Oracle OpenWorld, then follow us to a "secret" location for for discussion and refreshments.
  • OTN Meetup – Tuedsay 9/24 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Join OTN Community Managers and team members, Oracle Product Managers, and community members to meet and mingle. Be sure to mention the special code word ("I love OTN") at the OTN Lounge info desk to receive your free gift (you'll need that gift for access to the refreshments).
  • Meet the Oracle ADF Team – Wednesday 9/24  2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Meet with the Oracle ADF community peers, network with product managers, get to know Oracle ACEs who specialize in Oracle ADF. We'll also have free give-aways (while supplies last).
  • New Addition - SPATIAL AND GRAPH SIG MEETUPS – Wednesday Sept 24th  - 2pm to 3pm
    Meet the board of the Oracle Spatial and Graph Special Interest Group, and network with other Oracle Spatial and Graph and FMW MapViewer users. Oracle product managers will also be on hand to listen to your product feedback and answer questions.  RDF Graph users can also meet the product developers and other users.  Share your questions and experiences around Oracle Spatial and Graph for social network, semantic, and linked data applications.
  • RAC Attack – Tuesday / Wednesday 9/24-25 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Install Oracle 12c RAC on your laptop to have a training hands on environment
    • Answers Oracle 12c RAC related questions
    • Install Oracle 12c Single Node instance
    • Ninjas will explain how to install it at home
    • Come along and network with community experts
  • 12c Pluggable DB/App on Stick Installfest – Monday and Tuesday 9/23-24 10:00am - 11:00am 
    Discover for yourself what's hot about the multitenant support in Oracle 12c. You'll receive a Pluggable Database that contains a full set of Oracle Database Sample Schemas plus Oracle Application Express (APEX) pre-configured with an APEX Demo app and a Simple Sales Forecasting app.
  • APEX Developer Challenge  -  Begins Monday 9/23 3:00pm
    The OTN Application Express Developer Challenge 2013 is designed to highlight how quick and easy it is to build a mobile solution using Oracle Application Express. Challenge commences at 3pm Monday September 23rd.  For more information and rules please visit -
  • Fusion Developer Challenge  - Begins Sunday 9/22 5:00pm - learn more or register now and rules can be seen here.  The Oracle Fusion Cloud Developer Challenge invites members of the Oracle community to demonstrate how Oracle Fusion Applications and the Oracle Cloud can be customized, extended and integrated.  The Challenge begins on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM and ends on Wednesday 9/25 at Noon. Other times to note: 
    • Monday 9/23  Office Hours 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    • Tuesday 9/24 Office Hours Noon to 1:30pm
    • Wednesday 9/25 Office Hours 10:00am - 11:00am / Judging 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Java Embedded – Designing and Developing for the Internet of Things (IoT) - Using M2M technologies to collect data, in this case the number of people, attendees and traffic flows, and the analysis and management of the acquired data, demonstrates how the Internet of Things concept can be extended to a wide variety of market segments and applications, and how Java can be used in each piece of the solution from the device to the data center in Oracle’s Internet of Things platform.
    Demo Schedule:

    • Monday 9/23 through Wednesday 9/25 11:00am - Noon 

  • NEW Addition Robots Meet Enterprise Simplicity:  See What Robots Can do With Oracle's New Simplified UI  - Oracle's ever-creative AppsLab team has been tinkering with both our new Simplified UI and with Robots.  So what does it look like when you bring these two things together? Come find out for yourself Tuesday, September 24th 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.