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Show Us Your Vintage OTN/Java Gear

Mon, 2015-10-19 12:27

Happy Monday!  Over the last few years the OTN team has put together some really fun shirts and promotional items.  Do us a favor and show us yours!  Either tweet a selfie to @oracleotn or post on the OTN Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/OracleTechnologyNetwork. 

Don't forget to join the OTN at Oracle OpenWorld Group and follow the blog to stay in the know about all the GREAT activities and events that the OTN team is planning/organizing for Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this October. Here are links to the most recent posts -

OTN's Community Kiosk at Oracle OpenWorld OTN Kick Off Event - Sunday, October 25th, 1-5 pm Oracle ACE Sessions at OpenWorld Cloud Hour at Oracle OpenWorld


OTN at Oracle OpenWorld Group - Join today!

Mon, 2015-10-05 12:27

Join the OTN at Oracle OpenWorld group on the OTN Community Platform!  This group is designed to keep you in the know about all the GREAT activities and events that the Team OTN is planning/organizing for Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this October (24th to 28th).

Some of the events/activities to look forward to -

Community Events - RAC Attack and Blogger Meetup.

Networking Opportunities - Sunday Kick off Party, Cloud Hour

NEW activities! Graffiti Wall and giant games plus Make Your Own T-Shirt is back with NEW art!

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We hope to see you there!

TEAM OTN


Time to Vote for Oracle Database Developer Choice Award Winners!

Tue, 2015-09-22 13:15

The Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards celebrate and recognize technical expertise and contributions in the Oracle Database community. As longtime and new users of Oracle Database move to the Cloud and take advantage of this exciting new architecture, community experts will play a critical role in helping them succeed.

Panels of (mostly) Oracle ACE judges have now selected their finalists, and the time for public voting has begun! From 15 September to 15 October, we call on all members of the Oracle Database developer community to check out the finalists for each of these categories:

The winners of the Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards will be announced at the YesSQL! Celebration during Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

This is your chance to have your say in the community, and help reward great contributors who build up the Oracle Database developer community.

Read the official rules

Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards FAQ

Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Middleware

Fri, 2015-08-21 14:00

Register now for OTN's new Virtual Technology Summit - September 16, 2015. Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions and Oracle Product Experts, as they share their insights and expertise through Hands-on-Labs, highly technical presentations and demos that enable you to master the skills you need to meet today's IT challenges. Chat live with folks and ask your questions as you attend sessions.

Middleware Spotlight: Middleware in the Cloud: PaaS Gets Real - The middleware track in the Fall 2015 edition of the OTN Virtual Technology Summit puts the spotlight on Oracle's Mobile Cloud Service (MCS), Process Cloud Service (PCS), and Java Cloud Service (JCS), three of the more than two dozen new services available on the Oracle Cloud Platform. In each of the three deep-dive sessions a recognized expert from the OTN community walks you through a technical how-to to demonstrate how you can use these PaaS services, and compares each to its on-premise counterparts. PaaS services loom large in the future for developers and architects, so if you're developing enterprise mobile applications, or working with Oracle BPM or WebLogic, you'll want to make sure these #OTNVTS sessions are on your calendar. There are three sessions in the Middleware track:

  • Mobile by Design: Developing with Mobile Cloud Service - In this session you will learn how to use Oracle Mobile Cloud Service to enable your enterprise applications and existing services for simpler, faster, more transparent and more secure mobile access. Learn how to build a robust Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) using Oracle Mobile Suite, and learn how to customize that MBaaS using one of many thousands of available Node.js modules.

  • Getting Started with Oracle Process Cloud Service (PCS): Oracle's BPM on the Cloud - One of the great frustrations businesses face today is the time, money and effort it takes to solve their own business problems. Oracle Process Cloud Service (PCS) addresses this recurring issue by providing a Business Process Management (BPM) solution in the cloud. This session will show how PCS offers a more business-oriented approach to deliver automated process solutions. The demonstration will include tips on getting started, how processes are modeled, the use of business rule decisions, how user interfaces are designed and tested, the integration of services into the process, and how end users interact with the completed application.

  • Getting Started with Java Cloud Service: A WebLogic Administrator's View - Oracle's Java Cloud Service (JCS) is here -- not just the SaaS Extension flavor, but full-blown JCS: clustered WebLogic, Coherence (optionally) and Traffic Director, in the cloud yet under your full control. This session looks at full JCS from the WebLogic administrator's perspective: what it offers, how it's managed, and what sort of applications can be deployed. The session will include some serious digging around - logged into the virtual servers exploring how WebLogic is installed, how the domains are configured, and how to make the customizations needed for real-world applications.
Register today!

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are already a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community, you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it: Oracle Community - Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies and Hardware

Thu, 2015-08-20 14:00

Register now for OTN's new Virtual Technology Summit - September 16, 2015. Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions and Oracle Product Experts, as they share their insights and expertise through Hands-on-Labs, highly technical presentations and demos that enable you to master the skills you need to meet today's IT challenges. Chat live with folks and ask your questions as you attend sessions.

Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies and Hardware Spotlight: Implementing Your Cloud - Most IT organizations have roadmaps for cloud infrastructure. Most vendors have some sort of story as to how they can get you to the cloud. Oracle specifically has itself to the idea that you can run your applications identically in our public cloud and your private cloud. The question is: How? In this track we'll roll up our sleeves and show you how to implement your clouds using Oracle hardware, software, and best practices. There are four sessions in the Systems track:

  • Best Practices Building Efficient and Secure Cloud Infrastructure - Learn how to create virtual machines(VMs), deploy VM's using Templates, rapidly migrate those VM's to the Cloud, and deploy Oracle Applications & Databases in minutes on a flexible, secure, Private Cloud Infrastructure. Additionally, experience Oracle's Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle's Enterprise Manager-Cloud Control to automatically provision both Operating Systems and Oracle Databases in a DBaaS model.

  • What's New in Solaris 11.3 - Oracle Solaris 11 is a complete and secure cloud platform. With best of breed technologies for computer, networking and storage, learn how Oracle Solaris can help transform your IT operations to move to the cloud and make it simple to do. In this session we will cover some of the latest innovations engineered in Oracle Solaris 11.3 to manage a secure and integrated, large-scale cloud environment.

  • Optimizing NAS Storage for Secure Cloud Infrastructures - The rapid expansion of secure and reliable cloud capabilities is fundamentally changing IT operations. Over time, an increasing percentage of your data will reside off premise in a public or hybrid cloud. You won't just need fast and efficient storage to accommodate ever increasing information growth. You'll need highly secure storage to assure your critical data is well protected - independent of where it resides. This presentation covers the unique characteristics of Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance and it's cache centric hybrid architecture ideally suited for cloud applications providing fast, efficient and secure data storage for public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructure, so you can migrate toward the cloud with confidence.

  • Automate your Oracle Solaris 11 and Linux Deployments with Puppet - Puppet is a popular open source configuration management tool that is used by many organizations to automate the setup and configuration of servers and virtual machines. Solaris 11.2 includes native support for puppet and extends the resources that can be managed to Solaris specific things like zones and ZFS. This presentation will give system administrators that are new to puppet an introduction and a way to get started with automating the configuration of Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris systems, talk about how puppet integrates with version control and other projects and look at the Solaris specific resource types.
Register today!

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are already a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community, you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it: Oracle Community - Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Virtual Technology Summit – Spotlight on Java

Wed, 2015-08-19 14:00

Register now for OTN's new Virtual Technology Summit - September 16, 2015. Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions and Oracle Product Experts, as they share their insights and expertise through Hands-on-Labs, highly technical presentations and demos that enable you to master the skills you need to meet today's IT challenges. Chat live with folks and ask your questions as you attend sessions.

Java Spotlight: Cloud, IoT and Java 8 - Java is an integral part of any cutting edge IT project. In this VTS, you will get a deep understanding of Cloud-enabled JavaScript stored procedures with Java 8 Nashorn, Java 8 Date and Time API and applications connecting devices with the cloud. There are three sessions in the Java track:

  • Connecting Devices to the Cloud - Taking healthcare as an example, this session will demonstrate using a mobile phone and a smart watch in combination with a Java based gateway, iBeacons and other sensors to monitor the activity of elderly people. With the help of an IoT cloud service this data can be analyzed to detect situations that might be critical (illness, bone fracture etc.). If such a case was detected, the cloud service can trigger enterprise applications. With this approach it might be possible to connect such a system to existing healthcare applications. This session will give you an idea how you can combine existing technologies to do something useful and help elderly people in case of an emergency.
  • Java SE 8 - Date and Time - The Date and Time API introduced in Java 8 provides a comprehensive and standardized package for date and time implementation. In this session you will learn the best ways to apply this new functionality in your projects.
  • Cloud enabled JavaScript Stored Procedures with Java 8 Nashorn - JavaScript is one of the most popular programming language and the natural choice for processing JSON documents. To process millions of JSON documents would you rather perform the processing in-place in RDBMS, returning only the result sets to the invoker, or ship the data to a middle-tier engine? Stored procedures allowing database processing thereby avoiding data shipping. However, to be portable across tiers and databases, JavaScript stored procedures need a standard database access API; Java 8 furnishes the Nashorn JavaScript engine which allows JDBC calls in JavaScript. For Cloud deployment, JavaScript stored procedures may be invoked through RESTful Web Services, turning these into Cloud data services.
Register today!

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are already a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community, you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community - Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Database

Tue, 2015-08-18 14:00

Register now for OTN's new Virtual Technology Summit - September 16, 2015. Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions and Oracle Product Experts, as they share their insights and expertise through Hands-on-Labs, highly technical presentations and demos that enable you to master the skills you need to meet today's IT challenges. Chat live with folks and ask your questions as you attend sessions.

Database Spotlight: Develop, Deploy and Manage Database Applications in the Oracle Cloud - Oracle has delivered the most comprehensive and powerful platform for deploying Cloud-based applications and services. Starting from the Infrastructure as a Service to the Platform as a Service, Oracle delivers a fully integrated cloud --platform and applications. This track provides an in-depth look at Oracle Database Cloud Services and the enabling technologies for developing, deploying and managing applications in the Oracle Cloud. There are three sessions in the database track:

  • Using Oracle SQL Developer and Oracle REST Data Services to enable the Oracle Cloud - This session presents the latest capabilities in Oracle's popular SQL Developer and ORDS tools for database application development and deployment in the cloud. See how to clone and migrate data between Oracle cloud and on-premise implementations and other powerful techniques for developing applications for the cloud, in the cloud.
  • Developing APEX 5.0 Mobile Applications in the Oracle Cloud - This session will walk through the capabilities for rapidly building and deploying responsive web applications using APEX 5.0 showing Oracle Developer Cloud Services in action.
  • How to Deploy and Monitor Cloud Database Applications Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control - This session provides an overview of Oracle Database Cloud Services and the management capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control. See how to manage Oracle cloud deployment, provisioning, security and application access and monitoring.
Register today!

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are already a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community, you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it: Oracle Community - Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

It’s all about the Cloud!

Mon, 2015-08-17 14:00

Register now for OTN's next Virtual Technology Summit:

It's all about the Cloud! Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions and Oracle Product Experts, as they share their insights and expertise through Hands-on-Labs, highly technical presentations and demos that enable you to master the skills you need to meet today's IT challenges. Chat live with folks and ask your questions as you attend sessions.

This interactive, online event offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, best practices and tips:

  • Java: Java 8 in Action - Java 8 has been out for over a year now. But do you really know and use Java 8 to its full potential? In this Virtual Technology Summit, learn about Java SE cloud applications, Cloud-enabled JavaScript stored procedures with Java 8 Nashorn and the Java 8 Date and Time API.
  • Operating Systems: Virtualization Technologies, and Hardware: Implementing Your Cloud - Most IT organizations have roadmaps for cloud infrastructure. Most vendors have some sort of story as to how they can get you to the cloud. Oracle specifically has itself to the idea that you can run your applications identically in our public cloud and your private cloud. The question is: How? In this track we'll roll up our sleeves and show you how to implement your clouds using Oracle hardware, software, and best practices.
  • Database: Develop, Deploy and Manage Database Applications in the Oracle Cloud - Oracle has delivered the most comprehensive and powerful platform for deploying Cloud-based applications and services. Starting from the Infrastructure as a Service to the Platform as a Service, Oracle delivers a fully integrated cloud --platform and applications. This track provides an in-depth look at Oracle Database Cloud Services and the enabling technologies for developing, deploying and managing applications in the Oracle Cloud.
  • Middleware: Middleware in the Cloud: PaaS Gets Real - The middleware track in the Fall 2015 edition of the OTN Virtual Technology Summit puts the spotlight on Oracle's Mobile Cloud Service (MCS), Process Cloud Service (PCS), and Java Cloud Service (JCS), three of the more the two dozen new services available on the Oracle Cloud Platform. In each of the three deep-dive sessions a recognized expert from the OTN community walks you through a technical how-to to demonstrate how you can use these PaaS services, and compares each to its on-premise counterparts. PaaS services loom large in the future for developers and architects, so if you're developing enterprise mobile applications, or working with Oracle BPM or WebLogic, you'll want to make sure these #OTNVTS sessions are on your calendar.
Register today!

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are already a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community, you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it: Oracle Community - Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Make Your Nominations: Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards

Wed, 2015-08-12 10:57

I Did.  You Should. Here's the Nomination Form.  Here's Why:

The Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards celebrate and recognize technical expertise and contributions in the Oracle Database community. We all have an expert in our lives. Here's your chance to nominate them for an award. Who is that expert? Sometimes we're inspired by a technical presentation at an Oracle User Group event or SIG; but more often it's that person who is on the discussion space with an answer or suggestion just when you need it. Either way, it's easier to develop great solutions when we "know" someone in our community...and they are is rooting for us, and even helping us along.

Here's my nomination:  John Stegeman.  And he will be embarrassed and might send me a howler for nominating him. 

John Stegeman is a regular in the Oracle Database Community. When he's not answering questions in the Oracle Database General Questions space, he's commenting on social discussions around the Watercooler. He's a Grand Titan with 243,225 points on the Oracle Community platform and an Oracle ACE. He might not be digging in coding an app today, but then again he just might be because he's clearly got SQL chops. And, while he may not realize it, he's been a tremendous help to me as a community manager because his activities help me keep a pulse on what's going on in the community :)

Here's what you need to know:

  • Nominations are open through August 15.
  • A panel of judges, composed of Oracle ACEs and Oracle employees, will then choose a set of finalists.
  • The worldwide Oracle technologist community votes on the finalists from September 15 through October 15.
  • The winners of the Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards will be announced at the YesSQL! Celebration during Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

Get your nominations in ASAP!

Ciao for now,

LKR


OTN Virtual Technology Summit – Spotlight on Database Tracks

Fri, 2015-07-10 10:00

The Virtual Technology Summit is a series of interactive online events with hands-on sessions and presenters answering technical questions. The events are sponsored by the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). These are free events but you must register.

Database - Mastering Oracle Database Technologies:

Oracle Database 12c delivers market-leading security, high performance, availability and scalability for Cloud application deployments. The OTN Virtual Technology Summit offers two Database tracks: one focused on Cloud application development and deployment practices and the other on the Developing and deploying .Net applications on the Oracle platform. Sessions focus on Oracle Database Cloud Services, Oracle .Net development tools and technologies and more.

Track One Sessions include:

Best Practices for Migrating On-Premises Databases to the Cloud: Oracle Multitenant is helping organizations reduce IT costs by simplifying database consolidation, provisioning, upgrades, and more. Now you can combine the advantages of multitenant databases with the benefits of the cloud by leveraging Database as a Service (DBaaS). In this session, you’ll learn about key best practices for moving your databases from on-premises environments to the Oracle Database Cloud and back again.

Master Data Management (MDM) Using Oracle Table Access for Hadoop: The new Hadoop 2 architecture leads to a bloom of compute engines including MapReduce v2, Apache Spark, Apache Tez, Apache Storm, Apache Giraph, Cloudera Impala, GraphLab, Splunk Hunk, Microsoft Dryad, SAS HPA/LASR, and Oracle Big Data SQL.Some Hadoop applications such as Master Data Management and Advanced Analytics perform the majority of their processing from Hadoop but need access to data in Oracle database which is the reliable and auditable source of truth. This technical session introduces upcoming Oracle Table Access for Hadoop (OTA4H) which exposes Oracle database tables as Hadoop data sources. It will describe OTA4H architecture, projected features, performance/scalability optimizations, and discuss use cases. A demo of various Hive SQL and Spark SQL queries against Oracle table will be shown.

Hot Tips: Mastering SQL Developer Data Modeler: Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler (SDDM) has been around for a few years now and is up to version 4.1. It really is an industrial strength data modeling tool that can be used for any data modeling task you need to tackle. Over the years I have found quite a few features and utilities in the tool that I rely on to make me more efficient (and agile) in developing my models. This presentation will demonstrate at least five of these features, tips, and tricks for you. I will walk through things like modifying the delivered reporting templates, how to create and applying object naming templates, how to use a table template and transformation script to add audit columns to every table, and using the new meta data export tool and several other cool things you might not know are there. Get SDDM installed on your device and bring it to the session so you can follow along.

Track Two Sessions include:

What's New for Oracle and .NET - (Part 1): With the release of ODAC 12c Release 4 and Oracle Database 12c, .NET developers have many more features to increase productivity and ease development. These sessions explore the following new features introduced in recent releases:

  • Visual Studio 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6
  • Entity Framework Code First and Code First Migrations
  • NuGet installation
  • Schema compare tools
  • ODP.NET, Managed Driver
  • Multitenant container database management
  • ODP.NET application high availability
  • Ease of .NET development features

Oracle product managers will present these sessions with code and tool demonstrations using Visual Studio 2015.

What's New for Oracle and .NET - (Part 2): With the release of ODAC 12c Release 4 and Oracle Database 12c, .NET developers have many more features to increase productivity and ease development. These sessions explore the following new features introduced in recent releases:

  • Visual Studio 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6
  • Entity Framework Code First and Code First Migrations
  • NuGet installation
  • Schema compare tools
  • ODP.NET, Managed Driver
  • Multitenant container database management
  • ODP.NET application high availability
  • Ease of .NET development features

Oracle product managers will present these sessions with code and tool demonstrations using Visual Studio 2015.

Oracle and .NET: Best Practices for Performance: This session explores .NET coding and tuning best practices to achieve faster data access performance. It presents techniques and trade-offs for optimizing connection pooling, caching, data fetching and updating, statement batching, and Oracle datatype usage. We will also explore using Oracle Performance Analyzer from Visual Studio to tune a .NET application's use of the Oracle Database end to end.

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

OTN Virtual Technology Summit – Spotlight on Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies and Hardware

Tue, 2015-07-07 13:56


The Virtual Technology Summit is a series of interactive online events with hands-on sessions and presenters answering technical questions. The events are sponsored by the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). These are free events but you must register.

Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies and Hardware Sessions:

Designing a Multi-Layered Security Strategy - Security is a concern of every IT manager and it is clear that perimeter defense, trying to keep hackers out of your network, is not enough. At some point someone with bad intentions will penetrate your network and to prevent significant damage it is necessary to make sure there are multiple layers of defense. Hear about Oracle’s defense in depth for data centers including some new and unique security features built into the new SPARC M7 processor.

How to Increase Application Security & Reliability with Software in Silicon Technology - Learn about Software in Silicon Application Data Integrity (ADI) and how you can use this revolutionary technology to catch memory access errors in production code. Also explore key features for developers that make it easy and simple to create secure and reliable high performance applications.

Eliminate Cloud Security Threats with Oracle Systems - Learn and understand about the security threats to your public and private cloud and gain insight into how the Oracle Security Architecture helps reduce risk. This webcast will provide detailed information on the top 20 cloud security threats and how different parts of the Oracle systems stack help eliminate each threat.

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

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