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Introducing the New Oracle ADF Mobile Client

Oracle ADF Mobile Client supports a complete on-device client framework that provides device-native user experience, supports extensive device services integration, and works consistently regardless of connectivity.

Java EE 7 JSRs Approved by JCP Executive Committee

The votes for the proposed Java EE 7 JSR are in and it's a full house of YES (13 out of 13). In fact, all others submitted JSRs come out with the same flying colors: Expression Language 3.0, Servlet 3.1, JMS 2.0, and JSF 2.2.

PSOUG / Cascadia IT Conference - March 11th and 12th
« on: February 14, 2011, 07:58:24 AM »
On March 11th and 12th the Cascadia IT Conference -- a regional workshop for System,

Network, Database, and Security Administrators will happen and we would like you to attend.   It is an inexpensive way to get training and network with your peers in the greater Seattle area.  There will be classes on Email System Design, Documentation, Perl, Centralized Logging, Security, LDAP, Puppet, and IPV6 in addition to technical sessions.  Please go to

for a detailed schedule and register today at:


Chris "Ski" Kacoroski
Cascadia IT Conference

Oracle News / Backup: "Next-Generation Data Backup"
« on: May 11, 2010, 05:05:03 PM »
Backup: "Next-Generation Data Backup"

StorageTek Enterprise Backup software, Sun chip multithreading servers,
and Oracle Solaris deliver end-to-end data protection.

Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control Release 1 ( for Solaris Operating System (SPARC)

Oracle News / Feature: "Sailing for the Prize"
« on: May 07, 2010, 04:05:02 PM »
Feature: "Sailing for the Prize"

Oracle Data Mining supports yacht crew as BMW ORACLE Racing wins the
America's Cup.

BMW ORACLE Racing won the 33rd America’s Cup yacht race in February 2010, beating the Swiss team, Alinghi, decisively in the first two races of the best-of-three contest.

BMW ORACLE Racing’s victory in the America’s Cup challenge was a lesson in sailing skill, as one of the world’s most experienced crews reached speeds as fast as 30 knots—three times faster than wind speed and, some say, faster than any boat in history. But if you listen to the crew in their postrace interviews, you’ll notice that what they talk about is technology.

“The story of this race is in the technology,” says Ian Burns, design coordinator for BMW ORACLE Racing.

From the drag-resistant materials encasing its hulls to its unprecedented 223-foot wing sail, the BMW ORACLE Racing’s trimaran, named USA, is a one-of-a-kind technological juggernaut. No less impressive are the electronics used to guide the vessel and fine-tune its performance. Each crewmember is equipped with a PDA on his wrist that has customized data for his job: what the load balance is on a particular rope, for example, or the current aerodynamic performance of the wing sail. The helmsman’s sunglasses display graphical and numeric data to help him fine-tune the boat’s direction while he keeps two hands on the wheel and visually scans the sea, the boat, the crew, the sails, and the wing.

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TechCast Live Replay: Wim Coekaerts on Desktop-to-Data Center Virtualization

Wim Coekaerts, Oracle SVP for Linux and Virtualization, explains how the addition of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, VirtualBox, and Sun Ray now complete a unique desktop-to-data center offering for customers.

Access Free Oracle Solaris Training for System Admins

Learn about ZFS pool, snapshot, rollback and more at the Oracle Open Learning Center for Solaris. Get the free training now:

Oracle News / Oracle Restricts Access To Sun Firmware Downloads
« on: May 05, 2010, 07:09:29 AM »
Oracle Restricts Access To Sun Firmware Downloads

Sun users: You can expect trouble in downloading firmware updates for your Sun server if you purchased it before March 16, 2010.

Boer Lee wrote "In a somewhat surprising move (and without any notification to customers), Oracle shut down public access to firmware downloads. I learned this the hard way when I contacted Oracle customer service almost two weeks ago. Yes, it took 13 days for me to get access to the firmware download for systems under the standard warranty (i.e. less than a year old)."

According to Oracle, systems sold before that date come with the 'old' Sun warranty, while the ones after have the 'Oracle Global Warranty'. The two don't mix and the old systems require 'opening a formal service case' to get the firmware that they're entitled to.

Oracle has sent this email to various customers by way of explanation:


As of April 5th customers now need either hardware warranty or a 'system' level contract to download firmware, drivers, etc from either SunSolve or the Download Center.

Sun Web Team
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Note that March 16th was the date Oracle changed its hardware support policy.

Java: "Dynamic Language Support on the Java Virtual Machine"

A new bytecode and a new linkage mechanism offer better support for dynamically typed languages.

Java Development Kit (JDK) 7
is a prototype of what could be in the next release of Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE). JDK 7 introduces several key features to improve the performance, usability, and security of the Java platform. Of particular interest to Java developers is the addition of support for Java Specification Request (JSR) 292.

The addition of a new Java bytecode, invokedynamic, for method invocation, and an accompanying linkage mechanism that makes use of a new construct called a method handle, will enable implementers of compilers for dynamically typed languages such as JRuby and Jython to generate bytecode that runs extremely fast in the Java virtual machine (JVM).

As a result, you should see more of your favorite dynamically typed languages available in the Java ecosystem, along with a performance boost in code generated by dynamically typed language compilers that run in the JVM. This article will help you take advantage of the new invokedynamic Java bytecode instruction for the JVM and the new method handle linkage mechanism.

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Oracle News / Feature: "Software. Hardware. Complete."
« on: April 30, 2010, 04:05:02 PM »
Feature: "Software. Hardware. Complete."

Oracle finalizes the acquisition of Sun, heralding a new beginning.

The completion of Oracle’s acquisition of Sun in January 2010 was big news for Sun customers, but it’s also big news for Oracle customers and enterprises in general. The combined assets of the two companies offer organizations an unsurpassed breadth of products from disk and storage systems to servers, database, middleware, applications, and management tools.

The combination of Oracle’s enterprise software with Sun’s software, hardware, and storage systems provides a complete stack that can be integrated into solutions that are optimized for higher performance, improved reliability, and enhanced security. (See the “Delivering a Complete Technology Stack” sidebar for more information.)

“Having a complete stack is something that we’ve wanted for years,” says David Maitland, CIO and director of corporate services at Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). “The combination of Oracle and Sun products now provides us a top-to-bottom, integrated, open-infrastructure stack.”

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