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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.

Full Article: http://www.oracle.com/technology/oramag/oracle/10-may/o30java.html

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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.

http://www.oracle.com/technology/oramag/oracle/10-may/o30sun.html

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.”

Full Article: http://www.oracle.com/technology/oramag/oracle/10-may/o30sun.html

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Customer Feature: "Public and Private Clouds: Making It Work"

Companies are using Oracle technologies to build private clouds, and
integrate with public clouds, while ensuring security.

Embry-Riddle uses Oracle Identity Manager to manage a large, dynamic user population efficiently and securely, automatically provisioning and deprovisioning access privileges and requirements as students, faculty, and staff change. This identity management system, part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products, enables the university to avail itself of both public and private cloud computing services, as well as hosted applications from an application service provider—and yet still provide users with a consistent online experience.

“The low cost and obvious convenience of cloud services makes them appealing, but you need to be able to control access, manage identities, and provision resources safely,” says Eric Fisher, director of middleware at Embry-Riddle. “Oracle identity management tools help us overcome some of the resistance with respect to ‘who owns my data,’ data security, authorizing access to IT resources, management, control, and so forth.”

Full Article: http://www.oracle.com/technology/oramag/oracle/10-may/o30cloud.html

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Interview: "Oracle and Sun, Engineering from Applications to Disk"

John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle and former executive vice president, network systems, at Sun, sat down with Oracle Magazine Senior Managing Editor Caroline Kvitka to talk about Oracle’s acquisition of Sun, what it means for customers, and merging technologies. The following is an excerpt from that interview. Download a podcast of the full interview at  oracle.com/magcasts

Full Article: http://www.oracle.com/technology/oramag/oracle/10-may/o30interview.html

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Blog: Grouping tests using JUnit categories | Java.net

"In a well-organized build process, you want lightning-fast unit tests to run first, and provide whatever feedback they can very quickly. A nice way to do this is to be able to class your tests into different categories. For example, this can make it easier to distinguish between faster running unit tests, and slower tests such as integration, performance, load or acceptance tests. This feature exists in TestNG, but, until recently, not in JUnit."

Read the full article to learn how the JUnit feature "categories" allows you to sort your tests for better and faster app testing:

http://weblogs.java.net/blog/johnsmart/archive/2010/04/25/grouping-tests-using-junit-categories-0
   

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ADF Functional UI Patterns Available as Extension

Best practices added to the online help

http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/jdev/101/update/center.xml

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Oracle JDeveloper Forum / Oracle JHeadstart 11g Evaluation Download
« on: April 26, 2010, 04:05:02 PM »
Oracle JHeadstart 11g  Evaluation Download

Template based application generation for ADF 11g.

Oracle JHeadstart 11g for ADF dramatically improves developer's productivity for the Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF).  It allows IT organizations to rapidly introduce Java EE, without the need for a team of JEE gurus to build complex transactional JEE applications.

By declaratively specifying your application through highly functional meta data, using simple property editors, and using the JHeadstart Application Generator, JHeadstart generates very sophisticated ADF applications using Rich ADF Faces as View, ADF Task Flows as Controller and ADF Business Components as Business Service layer. Features include trees, (multi-select) list of values, quick and advanced search, wizards, shuttles, deep linking, dynamic breadcrumbs, conditional dependent items, fine-grained security, flex items defined at runtime, runtime customization of menu structures, and comprehensive multi-langugage support .

http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/jheadstart/index.html

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Oracle News / Cover Feature: "Stark Domination"
« on: April 23, 2010, 12:05:02 PM »
Cover Feature: "Stark Domination"

Stark Industries powers into a new corporate strategy.

http://www.oracle.com/technology/oramag/oracle/10-may/o30ironman.html

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Ask Tom: "Looking at Edition-Based Redefinition, Part 3"

Our technologist concludes his exploration of Edition-Based Redefinition.

In the last issue of Oracle Magazine (March/April 2010), I continued to describe what I consider to be the killer feature of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 : Edition-Based Redefinition. If you recall from the last issue, Edition-Based Redefinition gives you the ability to perform an online application upgrade of your application.

This is the third and final installment of a series of columns examining this new feature. If you have not read the prior two installments, I encourage you to do so before reading this column, because this column builds on the example we’ve been working with.

Last time, our application upgrade was not just a simple patch of our application. It not only replaced some PL/SQL units (patching) but also updated the physical structure of a table involved in our application. It was a true application upgrade that included changes to objects whose type is editionable (our PL/SQL units in the example) and also to some objects whose type is not editionable (our table structures). The following object types are editionable:
  • Synonyms
  • Views (including editioning views, which we’ll define below)
  • All PL/SQL object types (functions, procedures, packages, and so on)

Full article: http://www.oracle.com/technology/oramag/oracle/10-may/o30asktom.html

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Oracle Software Downloads / OTN Download: NetBeans IDE 6.9 Beta
« on: April 22, 2010, 06:05:02 PM »

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JavaFX Production Suite & SDK



http://javafx.com/downloads/all.jsp

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