Monday Mar 09, 2015

Governance made easy – Oracle API Catalog 12c by André Evensen

clip_image002Oracle recently launched a new product in their governance portfolio. As more and more applications, particularly in the mobile domain, rely on external APIs, the need for proper governance is ever growing.

Many organizations use ad hoc tools like spread sheets and wikis to keep track of their APIs. The API Catalog 12c may allow organizations to replace these tools with an online catalog that provides visibility to their APIs for application development.

The API Catalog is a lightweight product that positions itself as a stepping-stone on the way to “real” SOA governance. It includes a meta-model for API assets and tools for automatically populating it with APIs from specified servers. Developers can use the catalog to search for APIs they want to use.

Simplified, the API Catalog seem to provide answers to three important questions:

  • What APIs exist?
  • What do these APIs do?
  • How can they be consumed?

I will describe, from a high level perspective, how the API Catalog addresses these questions and why this may be a great tool for your organization. Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Mar 08, 2015

API Catalog 12c Full Overview by Luis Weir

clip_image002Oracle has recently released Oracle Enterprise Repository (OER) 12c and Oracle API Catalog (OAC) 12c.I am particularly exited on the latter as it aims to simplify management of APIs and promises to be able to create catalog of your services and APIs rapidly. Furthermore, although OER 12c maintains the same richness as in OER 11g, this product is targeted to advance users that are in need to address more complex governance requirements whereas OAC it’s a light-weight version of OER however tailored to address specific use cases of API management such as cataloguing, discovering and rating APIs.
This blog is about my first impression when installing, configuring and using Oracle API Catalog. In the blog I provide all steps I followed to achieve these tasks and at the end I provide a summary of my experience and feedback of the product.

Installation Pre-requisites

  • Download Weblogic Server 12.1.3 and OER 12.1.3 software binaries from following link (note that OAC uses same OER installer)

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/repository/downloads/index.html

  • You will need an Oracle Database installed (you may also download database from previous link). If you already have an environment with an Oracle Database available you can check supported versions from following link

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/downloads/fusion-certification-100350.html

  • Ensure you have installed JDK 7.0 Update 55 or later. You can download it from the following link:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

  • Oracle API Catalog Home Page and Installation Guide:

https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1213/oac/index.html
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1213/oac/install-cat/toc.htm

Installation

Firstly install Oracle Database and Weblogic Server as per instructions.

Then continue with installation of OAC 12c as per following instructions: https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1213/oac/install-cat/intro.htm#CATIG146
Following key screenshots taken during installation of Weblogic Server and OAC and also some tips: Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Mar 07, 2015

In-depth look into Oracle API Catalog (OAC) 12c by Robert van Molken


clip_image002With the release of Oracle Enterprise Repository 12c another product was released. Oracle API Catalog 12c (OAC) allows you to build a catalog of your organization APIs. OAC provides a layer of visibility to those APIs so application development knows what and which one to use.  OAC includes a simple metamodel for an API asset, automation to populate OAC, and the ability for users to search OAC for APIs and understand the details of the APIs to assess their fit in the user’s application.

Installation

I’m not going to bore you with the details about the installation by giving a installation guide. It took me about 40 minutes from scratch (excluding downlOERoad time). The steps are describes in the installation guide Oracle provides. OAC is part of the OER 12c installation jar, but can be licensed and installed, as an own managed domain, without licensing and installing OER.

The steps to take on high level (from scratch):

  1. Download and install Oracle Database, Fusion Middleware Infrastructure 12c, Oracle Enterprise Repository 12c, RCU patch 18791727 and Weblogic patch 18718889 (these last two are important, else you can’t install OAC).
  2. Run RCU (oracle_common/bin/rcu.sh|bat) and create the OAC repository
  3. Run Weblogic Domain creation (weblogic/bin/config.sh|bat) and create a new which includes OAC.
  4. After installation and startup of weblogic and managed service you can find the OAC console at url: http://serverhost:8111/oac

Note: if you harvesting from another weblogic server (like SOA Suite 12c), the weblogic patch should also be installed there.

Taking the first steps

When taking my first steps the official getting started guide can help you a lot. OAC has four high-level features. OAC collects services, it has a harvester which creates API assets in OAC. After harvesting you can add metadata to the API assets like description, tags and documentation. After harvesting and editing an API asset it can be published so it is visible for application development. Published APIs can be discovered and used  through the API Catalog console and via the Oracle JDeveloper Oracle Enterprise Repository plug-in.

Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Jan 31, 2015

API Catalog to Simplify API Management By Mala Ramakrishnan

Oracle is extending its API Management solution with a new product, API Catalog. This will give customers the ability to simplify the publication of API services that are developed in Oracle SOA Suite and other sources. Oracle API Catalog will be part of Oracle's broader API Management solution portfolio. Oracle API Catalog also integrates seamlessly with with Oracle Mobile Suite portfolio of products for mobile enablement. Oracle API Catalog harvests services in Oracle Fusion Middleware to allow one-click publish, submit ratings, or manage re-use across other consuming applications. Oracle's API Catalog is SOAP as well as REST/JSON compliant to easily support mobile mobile applications.

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Here is a validation by one of our beta customers Peter Osborne, IT Technical Lead at LG&E and KU Services Company: "The Oracle API Catalog is a straightforward, easy-to-use governance tool for capturing what services exist, what these services do, and how they can be consumed. Within hours of installation, an organization can begin cataloging their SOAP and REST web services, regardless of the underlying service technology. The harvesting functionality provides a jump start on aggregating service details, while minimizing manual data entry and the risk of duplication and error. Finally, the included JDeveloper plug-in completes the lifecycle by providing a mechanism within JDeveloper to easily view and consume documented services."

To find out more information on Oracle API Catalog, visit us: Website and explore our Datasheet.

Thanks to Andre, Lucas and Luis for the first community feedback. Send us your feedback via twitter @soacommunity #APIcatalog12c & #OER12c

clip_image002André Evensen @anevensen ·  2h 2 hours ago

Harvesting services from WSDLs and publishing to #APIcatalog12c, works like a charm. @soacommunity #OracleSOA

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clip_image002[1]André Evensen @anevensen ·  8h 8 hours ago

Newly released #APIcatalog12c installed on SOA Suite 12c. Next: Harvesting services! @soacommunity #OER12c

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clip_image007Luis Augusto Weir @Luisw19 ·  10h 10 hours ago

Publish your #API in minutes with #OAC new killer tool to manage APIs @soacommunity @oracleace @OTNArchBeat http://tinyurl.com/oac12c

clip_image008Lucas Jellema @lucasjellema ·  11h 11 hours ago

Oracle Enterprise Repository 12c is available for download at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/repository/overview/index.html … - including the brand new API Catalog @soacommunity

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Monday Jan 26, 2015

API Management – An Overview of API Catalog and API Manager at Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum 2015

The Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum takes place March 3rd & 4th in Budapest Hungary. During this annual conference You as an Oracle Partner can get the latest updates on the Fusion Middleware 12c solutions. “The Cloud Platform for Digital Business” will be the theme of the 20th conference. Keynotes will be delivered from Amit Zavery, Andrew Sutherland and SOA, BPM and Mobile product management including live demos. On the second day you can choose between three tracks: SOA, BPM or WebLogic and Mobile. As part of the SOA track Robert and Yogesh will present:

Oracle API Management – An Overview of API Catalog and API Manager incl. a demo

Mobile applications increasingly use Application Programming interfaces (APIs) in addition to enterprise systems of record in their development. The importance of an API economy is growing by the day. As the number of APIs produced and consumed by enterprises increases, thanks to an exponential growth of mobiles, tablets, smart devices and computing platforms, the management and visibility of these APIs becomes increasingly important.

Oracle API Catalog (OAC) and the upcoming Oracle API Manager allow organizations to easily manage their APIs and build a catalog of their APIs, powered by the industry leading Oracle Service Bus backbone (in case of API Manager), thus providing visibility and control to the enterprise and a social catalog to API consumers for application development. Come and find out more on this session, incl. the exciting demo.

Robert van Mölken

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Friday Nov 07, 2014

API Catalog (OAC) 12.1.3 available for download

imageAPI Catalog (OAC) allows organizations to easily build a catalog of their APIs to provide visibility to those APIs for application development. OAC includes a simple metamodel for an API asset, automation to populate OAC with APIs, and the ability for users to search OAC for APIs and understand the details of the APIs to assess their fit in the users application.
Powered by comprehensive automation capabilities, Oracle API catalog streamlines processes and optimizes reuse to promote and foster API adoption. The solution establishes a foundation for success by

  • Providing facilities to automate the population of OAC
  • Enabling easy API editing and publishing
  • Facilitating API consumption in JDeveloper

You can download OAC (as a part of the OER 12.1.3 installer) and learn more on OTN. Learn more in the Oracle API Catalog Datasheet. image

Use Oracle API Catalog

For details please visit the API Catalog OTN page here and API catalog documentation here.

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Tuesday May 06, 2014

BPM Solution Catalog

This is a live catalog of partner solutions available on Oracle BPM 11g .The solutions showcased here in the catalog have been nominated by Oracle BPM Partners. In addition, to the Partner solutions, Oracle Process Accelerators are also available for customers and Partners to get started with Oracle BPM.

To list your solution in the Oracle BPM Partner Catalog, please contact Partner Solution Catalog Team.

BPM Partner Solutions listed belong to the following sectors:

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Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Why is Specialization important for you? Oracle promotes Specialized Partners towards the customer base!

In the latest Fusion Middleware newsletter edition Oracle promoted the Specialized Partners towards the customer base. If you are not yet Specialized – start the process today. If you are Specialized make sure that you add your profile and services in the Solution Catalog – to make sure that our joint customers can find you!

FIND AN ORACLE PARTNER:

Oracle Specialized PartnerOracle Exastack PartnerOracle Validated Integrations

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Wednesday Nov 28, 2012

Oracle Catalog – product overview for middleware

Are you looking for quick overview of all the Oracle product and solutions? The answer is the Oracle Catalog which helps you to understand the whole stack from hardware, database, middleware all the way to applications. A great source and helpful for sales persons and customers. Make sure you add the file to your mobile device. To get the catalog you need access to the SOA Community Workspace (SOA Community membership required)

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Monday Nov 19, 2012

Oracle BPM Partner Solution Catalog

This is a live catalogue of partner solutions available on Oracle BPM 11g .The solutions showcased here in the catalogue have been nominated by Oracle BPM Partners. In addition, to the partner solutions, Oracle Process Accelerators are also available for customers and Partners to get started with Oracle BPM.

To list your solution in the Oracle BPM Partner Catalogue, please contact Partner Solution Catalogue Team
BPM partner solutions listed belong to the following sectors:

You can also check out Oracle Partner Network for a comprehensive list of Oracle BPM partners.

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