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.

    Thursday May 02, 2013

    OTN Discussion Forums Update

    A guest post from:

    Sonya Barry
    Director of Community Infrastructure
    Community Manager and Oracle Technology Network

    The OTN Discussion Forums are about to get a major overhaul. More than a simple upgrade, we're doing a complete content migration to a brand new platform for the Oracle Technology Network Community. The new Community space will have vastly improved search and performance out of the box and the ability for users to configure their own dashboards. Over the next few months we'll be adding other features like reply by email and direct messaging between users. We're also doing a lot of cleanup - many of the existing forums are for older product versions so we're moving them to the archives, which will be searchable. The biggest makeover will be in the Java space, with new forums for several products and merging some content areas together where it makes more sense to simplify them.

    We'll be taking the forums offline at 9pm Pacific on Friday May 3 for a few hours, and then they will be back a few hours later with read-only access while we do the data migration. We expect to switch over to the new platform in production on Monday morning.


    August 12, 2015 

    The Forums overhaul described in the original blog post has long since been completed. The new forums are available here:

    The new site has been expanded to include technical articles and other content, organized by product and technology. Technical questions about any Oracle product should be posted in the relevant product space. 

    Thursday Oct 04, 2012

    Today in the OTN Lounge (Thursday October 4, 2012)

    Here's a quick rundown of today's activities in the OTN Lounge:

    OTN Lounge hours today: 8:00 am - 2:00pm

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm RAC Attack
    Learn about Oracle Real Application Clustering (RAC) in this collaborative event. You'll work with experts from the IOUG RAC SIG to get an Oracle Database 11gR2 RAC cluster running inside a virtual machine. For more information:

    The OTN Lounge is located in the Howard St. Tent, between 3rd and 4th, directly between Moscone North and Moscone South. Access to the OTN Lounge requires an Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne conference badge.

    Wednesday Oct 03, 2012

    Today in the OTN Lounge (Wednesday October 3, 2012)

    Here's a quick rundown of today's activities in the OTN Lounge:

    OTN Lounge hours today: 8:00 am - 6:00pm

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm RAC Attack
    Learn about Oracle Real Application Clustering (RAC) in this collaborative event. You'll work with experts from the IOUG RAC SIG to get an Oracle Database 11gR2 RAC cluster running inside a virtual machine. For more information:
    4:30 pm - 8:00 pm Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge Judging
    The Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge comes to its conclusion with the final judging on entries and the award of the single prize: $500 in Amazon gift cards. Click here for more information.
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Oracle ADF / Oracle Fusion Middleware Meet-up
    Join other Oracle ADF and Oracle Fusion Middleware developers and meet the product managers and engineers behind Oracle ADF, ADF Mobile, and ADF Essentials. Did we mention free beer?

    The OTN Lounge is located in the Howard St. Tent, between 3rd and 4th, directly between Moscone North and Moscone South. Access to the OTN Lounge requires an Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne conference badge.

    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

    Wednesday Jul 11, 2012

    Help Jake Plan a Developer Event for Oracle OpenWorld

    It's July - which means we are now in the early stages of creating a new OTN Lounge @ OracleOpenWorld experience for you.

    This year, that new experience will include a hack-a-thon of some kind - and to help design it, we've partnered with Oracle WebCenter evangelist Jake Kuramoto, of @theappslab fame. Here's Jake:

    It’s not to early to start thinking about Oracle OpenWorld 2012 (@oracleopenworld), which will be September 30 through October 4. Actually, if you want to get the Early Bird pricing, you’d better act fast, since it ends this Friday. If you want more, Kellsey has a great rundown of the event and the WebCenter activities.

    I’ll be attending this year, after missing last year, and I’m in the planning stages of a developer challenge. Without giving too much away, it’s looking like a hybrid hackathon. Given that this challenge will run during a conference, I need to bend the concept a bit to fit attendee’s schedules. Very few will want to spend 24 or even 12 hours in a room hacking during Oracle OpenWorld.

    So, it’s a work in progress.

    Anyway, I’m interested to hear your thoughts. Generally, what makes a hackathon (codefest, hack day, etc.) fun and engaging? What would motivate you to join one during a larger conference, e.g. prizes, exposure to a specific product, camaraderie, whatever? What do you think about running smaller, daily challenges vs. a longer, conference-running challenge?

    And finally, what do you expect to gain from any hackathon event in which you participate?

    Leave comments for Jake here, or at the source.

    Tuesday May 01, 2012

    Virtual Developer Day: Hands-on Database App Development (May 15) - with Big Data and Cloud Sessions

    We have just opened registration for the newest edition of Virtual Developer Day: Hands-on Oracle Database 11g Application Development. This experience comes to you online on May 15, in the Americas TZ-friendly time of 9am-1pm PT.

    In this workshop you'll learn the key tools, frameworks, techniques, and best practices for building database-backed applications through presentations and hands-on labs (which you can download and save) demonstrating innovative and performance-enhancing methods - all from your desk! Oracle experts will be on hand to answer your questions via real-time chat. 

    As you can see from the agenda below, the day will include sessions on using Oracle NoSQL Database, using Oracle Database alongside Hadoop, as well as the forthcoming Database Cloud Service. Something for everyone!

    Get on board, time is tight! 

    Thursday Apr 05, 2012

    We Heart Discussion Forums (and Know You Do Too)

    It's not generally known, but Oracle (via Oracle Technology Network) hosts one of the largest discussion forums instances ( on the planet (founded in 2001), containing nearly 10 million messages from 1 million registered users. That's a whole lot of conversations!

    And we really, really value those conversations - they span almost every conceivable technical subject across hundreds of products and technologies. More often not - and this is by design - those discussions are stewarded by community volunteers, many of whom are Oracle ACEs (who in fact earned their ACE stripes that way).

    And so, I am very happy to tell you that we have just initiated a project with our platform partner, Jive Software, to upgrade that platform to the most current, modern version available. The end result should be a vastly improved user experience for everyone involved, in all dimensions.

    There are many, many details to work on in coming weeks, but we'll keep you posted - and, when needed, come back to you for advice and suggestions. For now, we just wanted to share the good news!

    Added 4/25/2012: We've just published a very brief user feedback survey, tell us what you think! 

    Friday Mar 09, 2012

    Developer Day Buenos Aires!

    Developer Day is everywhere! In Buenos Aires recently, Pablo Ciccarello, OTN Program Manager Latin America, dropped into the workshop to explain how Oracle users can join OTN and get technical content at our Spanish-language Website, as well as get involved as content contributors for OTN.

    The workshop was in a very famous rock venue in Buenos Aires called La Transtienda, where bands like the Foo Fighters play when they're in the city. Attendees were at the club until nearly midnight, mingling with Oracle ACEs, exchanging experiences, and discovering how to get involved in local Oracle User Group activities.

    If you are an Oracle expert that writes in Spanish or Portuguese and want to share your knowledge with the Oracle Community, don't hesitate to contact Pablo (pablo.ciccarello AT!

    Wednesday Nov 16, 2011

    Silly Developers, VirtualBox Is For Sysadmins!

    Why Oracle VM VirtualBox is such a great tool for sysadmins. On the OTN Garage.

    - Rick Ramsey