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


Friday Sep 12, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of September 7th

Database Community - Laura Ramsey, OTN Database Community Manager

Here are a few round ups of session that will be at Oracle OpenWorld in just a few weeks!  

Database Developer Hands-On-Labs
Oracle Database Service sessions,  from good friend Chris Warticki - @cwarticki

OTN DBA/DEV Watercooler Blog- What do you know about the Oracle RAC Stack? It's a compelling approach to Virtualization. Read on to see what you need to know.

Java Community - Tori Wieldt, OTN Java Community Manager

LAST CHANCE: Use code DDD4 to save $75 off a JavaOne Discover Pass.

JCP Activities at JavaOne 2014 - Read this blog to learn what's happening with the JCP program, JCP.Next, Adopt-a-JSR, meet the 12th Annual JCP Award nominees and potential new JCP Executive Committee (EC) members.

Driverless Cars and Java - Paul Perrone is a regular fixture at JavaOne, and this year's conference is no exception. He will give a session called "Automated Vehicle Testing with Java." Read the full oracle.com story, "Java Takes the Wheel.

Friday Funny: “Whats the object-oriented way to become wealthy?”
A: Inheritance

Systems Community  -

SPARC M7 - A good read about “the forthcoming SPARC M7, the biggest and baddest SPARC processor that either Sun Microsystems or Oracle has ever created.”

Interesting Q&A on the OTN Solaris Community:
"I've imported a service, using inetconv, into the smf repository with a typo. The service is now MASKED so I can't remove it using svcadm delcust. Can a service be un-MASKED ? - Turns out the behavior of "svccfg import" and "svccfg delete fmri" has changed in Oracle Solaris 11. Go to the conversation to learn more.

Oracle's SPARC T5-4 Server Processor Upgrade Animation  - This animation shows you how to upgrade a SPARC T5-4 server from a one-processor to a two-processor configuration and much more.

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Friday Jul 04, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of June 29th

Java -

Congratulations to the Winners #IoTDevchallenge -
Oracle Technology Network and Oracle Academy are proud to announce the winners of the IoT Developer Challenge. All of them making the Internet of Things come true. And, of course, built with the Java platform at the center of Things. See who the winners are in this blog post - https://blogs.oracle.com/java/entry/announcing_the_iot_developer_challenge.


JavaEE 8 Roadmap? It's right here.

Forum discussion: Would you use an IDE on a tablet? Join in now!

Systems Community -

OS Tips and Tricks for Sysadmins  - This three-session track, part of the Global OTN Virtual Technology Summits; Americas July 9th, EMEA July 10th and APAC July 16th, will show you how to configure Oracle Linux to run Oracle Database 11g and 12c, how to use the latest networking capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11, and how to troubleshoot networking problems in Unix and Linux systems.  Experts will be on hand to answer your questions live. Register now.

Database -

Disaster Recovery with Oracle Data Guard and Oracle GoldenGate -
The best part about preparing for the upcoming OTN Virtual Technology Summit is reading up on the technology we'll be presenting. Today's reading: Disaster recovery with Oracle Data Guard... it's an essential capability that every Oracle DBA should master.

Architect Community

Community blogs and social networks have been buzzing about the recent release of Oracle SOA Suite 12c, Oracle Mobile Application Foundation, and other new stuff. I've shared links to several such posts over the past several days on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page. The three items below drew the most attention.

SOA Suite 12c: Exploring Dependencies - Visualizing dependencies between SOA artifacts | Lucas Jellema
Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema explores the use of the Dependency Explorer in JDeveloper 12c for tracking and visualizing dependencies in artifacts in SOA composites or Service Bus projects.

Managing Files for the Hybrid Cloud Use Cases, Challenges and Requirements | Dave Berry
This paper by Dave Berry, Vikas Anand, and Mala Ramakrishnan discusses Oracle Managed File transfer and best practices for sharing files within your enterprise and externally for partners and cloud services.

Say hello to the new Oracle Mobile Application Framework | Shay Shmeltzer
What's the Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF)? Oracle MAF, available as an extension to both JDeveloper and Eclipse, lets you develop a single application that will run on both iOS and Android devices. MAF is based on Oracle ADF Mobile, but adds many new features. Want more information? Click the link to read a post by product manager Shay Shmeltzer.

Funny Stuff

On July 4th Americans will celebrate the US victory over the British in the Revolutionary War by grilling mountains of meat, consuming mass quantities of beer, and making trips to the emergency room to reattach fingers blown off with poorly-handled fireworks. This hilarious video featuring comic actor Stephen Merchant offers a UK perspective on the outcome of that war.

A tip of a three-cornered hat to Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman and Oracle Enterprise Architect Andrew Bond for bringing this video to my attention.

Thursday Jun 19, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne SF 2014 Content Catalogs are Available!

Session abstracts are now available to view for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco 2014!  The sessions catalog will help you:

  • Discover content targeted to you by searching on programs, tracks, keywords, and session types
  • Find sessions from your favorite speakers
  • See the full range of products, technologies, and solutions that will be showcased by Oracle experts and partners in the exhibition halls this year

Start planning your Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne week, and check back often—new content will be added over the following weeks and months.

The OTN team is looking forward to seeing you to Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco 2014!

Monday Jun 09, 2014

Virtual Technology Summit Series

The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) is excited to invite you to our first Virtual Technology Summit Series.   Learn first hand from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts, as they share their insight and expertise on using Oracle technologies to meet today’s IT challenges.

We are offering three chances to watch and interact with Oracle and community experts.  Register Now by clicking one of the links below!

Americas - Wednesday July 9th - 9am to 1pm PT / 12pm to 4pm  ET / 1 to 5 pm BRT

EMEA – Thursday July 10th / 9am to 1pm BST / 10am – 2pm CET / 12pm to 4pm MSK / GST

APAC English – July 16th / IST – 10:00am / SG – 12:30pm / AEST – 2:30pm



These interactive, online events offer four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips in these focus areas:

  • Java - Big Trends and Technologies - Java lets you mine Big Data, build robust apps with HTML5, JavaScript and Java EE, and expand into the Internet of Things. Experts will present and you’ll be able to chat with them live online. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in the Java community.


  • SystemsOS Tips and Tricks for Sysadmins – Learn first hand how to configure Oracle Linux to run Oracle Database 11g and 12c, how to use the latest networking capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11, and how to troubleshoot networking problems in Unix and Linux systems.


  • Database - Mastering Oracle Database Management & Development Techniques – Oracle ACEs and product team experts will present advanced features and management methods that will help you master your Oracle Database capabilities and drive greater performance, agility and manageability of your IT implementation. This track will build upon your skills with data management, migration, and performance.


  • Middleware - The Architecture of Analytics: Big Time Big Data and Business Intelligence – This track will present a solution architect’s perspective on how business intelligence products in Oracle’s Fusion Middleware family and beyond fit into an effective big data architecture, and present insight and expertise from Oracle ACEs specializing in business Intelligence to help you meet your big data business intelligence challenges.


Friday May 16, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of May 11th

Java Community

Java Magazine Article: How to Become an Embedded Developer in Minutes

Jump into programming the next big thing using embedded Java.

Developer Challenge: Crack a Raspberry Pi
Submit a Java embedded project by May 30th for a chance to win a trip to JavaOne (passes, air, and hotel!).

Batch is not a Dirty Word
This OTN tech article provides an overview of batch processing in Java EE.

Friday Funny: There is no SingletonFactory. But apparently there is a SingletonDistillery!
Thanks @mgerdin! 

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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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