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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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:

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Friday Nov 15, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of November 11th

It's been another busy week here at OTN.  We have some of our team over at Devoxx, others wrapped up our participation at QCon SF, and yet others prepped for our upcoming Virtual Developer Day - Oracle ADF Development - Web, Mobile and Beyond (Americas Nov 19th, APAC Nov 21st, EMEA Nov 26th).

Here is the BEST of OTN for this week....

Architect Community -

Video: Coherence Community on Java.net - 4 Projects available under CDDL-1.0

Community Video Profile: Kevin McGinley - OBIEE, Business Intelligence, and Advanced Analytics

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.

Virtual Developer Day - Harnessing Oracle WebLogic and Coherence EMEA live day December 3rd - This virtual developer day will guide you through tooling updates and best practices around developing applications with Oracle WebLogic and Coherence. We'll also explore advances in how you can manage your build, deploy and ongoing management processes to streamline your application's life cycle.

Friday Funny from Valerie Simpson, Oracle WebLogic Community Manager - "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." — Will Rogers, American humorist
(November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935)

Java Community -

Video: Richard Bair on Java and the Internet of Things, Lambdas and more - Richard Bair, Client Java Architect, discusses Java and the Internet of Things,JavaFX, Lambdas and more. From the Devoxx conference in Antwerp

Java SE 7 Update 45 Technical Topics - This blog offers useful how-to’s, best practices, and advice on Java SE, Java Security and Usability. With the Java SE 7 Update 45, Java Platform team explains 7u45 caller-allowable-codebase and trusted-library as well as updated security baseline (7u45).

GlassFish and JavaEE Roadmap Update - Oracle has announced updates to the GlassFish roadmap.

Friday Funny form Tori Wieldt, Java Community Manager: Thank God we nipped that in the bud!

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Friday Oct 25, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of Oct 21st

This week's Best of OTN, for you, the best devs, dba's, sysadmins and architects out there!  In these weekly posts the OTN team will highlight the top content from each community; Architect, Database, Systems and Java.  Since we'll be publishing this on Fridays, we'll also mix in a little fun!

Architect Community Top Content-

The Road Ahead for WebLogic 12c | Edwin Biemond
Oracle ACE Edwin Biemond shares his thoughts on announced new features in Oracle WebLogic 12.1.3 & 12.1.4 and compares those upcoming releases to Oracle WebLogic 12.1.2.

A Roadmap for SOA Development and Delivery | Mark Nelson
Do you know the way to S-O-A? Mark Nelson does. His latest blog post, part of an ongoing series, will help to keep you from getting lost along the way.

Updated ODI Statement of Direction | Robert Schweighardt
Heads up Oracle Data Integrator fans! A new statement of product direction document is available, offering an overview of the strategic product plans for Oracle’s data integration products for bulk data movement and transformation, specifically Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and Oracle Warehouse Builder (OWB).

Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager Friday Funny - "Some people approach every problem with an open mouth." — Adlai E. Stevenson (October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) 23rd Vice President of the United States

Database Community Top Content -

Pre-Built Developer VMs (for Oracle VM VirtualBox)
Heard all the chatter about Oracle VirtualBox? Over 1 million downloads per week and look: pre-built virtual appliances designed specifically for developers.

Video: Big Data, or BIG DATA?
Oracle Ace Director Ben Prusinski explains the differences.



Webcast Series - Developing Applications in Oracle's Public Cloud
Time to get started on developing and deploying cloud applications by moving to the cloud. Good friend Gene Eun from Oracle's Cloud team posted this two-part Webcast series that has an overview and demonstration of the Oracle Database Cloud Service. Check out the demos on how to migrate your data to the cloud, extend your application with interactive reporting, and create and access RESTful Web services. Registration required, but so worth it!

Laura Ramsey, Database Community Manager Friday Funny -


Systems Community Top Content -

Video: What Kind of Scalability is Better, Horizontal or Vertical?
Rick Ramsey asks the question "Is Oracle's approach to large vertically scaled servers at odds with today's trend of combining lots and lots of small, low-cost servers systems with networking to build a cloud, or is it a better approach?" Michael Palmeter, Director of Solaris Product Management, and Renato Ribeiro, Director Product Management for SPARC Servers, discuss.

Video: An Engineer Takes a Minute to Explain Cloud

Bart Smaalders, long-time Oracle Solaris core engineer, takes a minute to explain cloud from a sysadmin point of view.


Hands-On Lab: How to Deploy and Manage a Private IaaS Cloud

Soup to nuts. This lab shows you how to set up and manage a private cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c in an Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model. You will first configure the IaaS cloud as the cloud administrator and then deploy guest virtual machines (VMs) as a self-service user.

Rick Ramsey, Systems Community Manager Friday Funny - Video: Drunk Airline Pilot - Dean Martin - Foster Brooks

Java Community Top Content -

Video: NightHacking Interview with James Gosling
James Gosling, the Father of Java, discusses robotics, Java and how to keep his autonomous WaveGliders in the ocean for weeks at a time. Live from Hawaii. 

Video: Raspberry Pi Developer Challenge: Remote Controller 
A developer who knew nothing about Java Embedded or Raspberry Pi shows how he can now control a robot with his phone. The project was built during the Java Embedded Challenge for Raspberry Pi at JavaOne 2013.

Java EE 7 Certification Survey - Participants Needed
Help us define how to server your training and certification needs for Java EE 7.

Tori Wieldt, Java Community Manager Friday Funny - Programmers have a strong sensitivity to Yak's pheromone. Causes irresistible desire to shave said Yak. Thanks, @rickasaurus!

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Friday Sep 20, 2013

Stay on top of all things OTN during OpenWorld and JavaOne

We're in the final countdown to showtime and there's already a flurry of activity on social. In this post, I'll share a quick summary of how to stay on top of all things OTN during OpenWorld and JavaOne. But first, get excited about how AMAZING this week is going to be:

One of the best ways to in touch is simply to follow some key event Twitter handles:

  • @Oracletechnet - This is the primary channel to stay in touch with OTN activities in real time. If you discover that you've got an empty hour on your schedule, check out this handle to see what we're up to. Or, just ask us via twitter what to check out!
  • @OracleACE - Follow the most influential developers at the conference through this handle. We'll be watching what the Oracle ACEs are posting about and retweeting the best of the best.
  • @OTNArchbeat - If you're an architect or interested in architect related content, this is the feed for you. It will showcase events, activities, and interviews on the ground. Come meet Bob Rhubart who publishes this feed at the OTN Lounge.
  • @OTN_Garage - For those interested in systems content this is a one feed to follow. It will bubble up all things systems related at OpenWorld in a single feed. Come meet Rick Ramsey who publishes this feed at the OTN Lounge.
  • @Java - Tori Wieldt will be serving up a constant feed of content from JavaOne so that you won't miss any of the action. Meet Tori at the OTN Lounge at JavaOne.

Finally, if you're an advanced user on social add this Twitter List to your mobile app: Oracle ACE List. This will give you access to the full feed of Oracle ACE tweets. This will keep you on the inside track with respect to announcements and real-time feedback.

Finally, all our work on social is to help facilitate in-person connections on the ground at OpenWorld and JavaOne. So the best way to be social at OpenWorld and JavaOne is to come by our OTN Lounges! I'll be there for much of the week and look forward to meeting you in person!

Best,

Roland Smart
VP of Social & Community Marketing


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!

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

Friday Nov 11, 2011

How to Find Out Which Devices Are Supported By Solaris 11





One of the things you'll have to consider as you install Solaris 11 on an x86 system is whether Solaris has the proper drivers for the devices on your system. Find out how to do that before or during installation, in this blog post on OTN Garage.



How to Find Out Which x86 Devices are Supported by Solaris 11

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Thursday Nov 10, 2011

Solaris 11 Resources for System Administrators

Have too much to worry about? Let us lighten the load. OTN's job is to filter through all the available resources and take you straight to the content that will help you do your job. For starters ...

Oracle Solaris 11 Documentation Library

Rock-solid instructions and background from the best tech writers in the business. Includes:

  • Getting Started (including What's New and Release Notes)
  • Installing and Updating (includes info about IPS)
  • Administration Guide
  • Security Guide
  • Working With the Desktop
  • Developing Applications for Solaris 11
  • Reference Manuals
  • Important Information from Previous Releases
  • Related Information
  • Legal Notes

Oracle Solaris 11 Training

Oracle University offers training and certification for sysadmins at all levels. If you're familiar with Oracle Solaris 10, these courses are the best way to become familiar with Solaris 11:

These are the education paths for Oracle Certifications on Solaris 11:


Indexes and Feeds of Our Best How-To Articles

We update these indexes and feeds only after we read through the available content and select the best. These are our personal recommendations by topic, product, or audience. We'll be adding content about Oracle Solaris 11 in the coming days and weeks. Keep an eye out.


OTN Systems Community Home Page

Our Home Page is the same as the front page of a newspaper, but without the advertising. Latest articles, latest useful content from the community, plus links to all the other resources available on OTN.


... And If You Want to Be The First To Know

After we select the best content, the first thing we do is hang out at the OTN Garage and talk about it.  Every once in a while we talk about cool cars and motorcycles, too:


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