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Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control Release 1 ( for Linux x86/x86-64

Oracle News / Oracle Magazine, May/June 2010
« on: April 19, 2010, 03:05:01 PM »
Oracle Magazine, May/June 2010

Oracle Magazine May/June features articles on cloud computing, Oracle Data Mining, Oracle and Sun, java, StorageTek Enterprise Backup software, Oracle Application Development Framework libraries, Oracle Database with Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio, Steven Feuerstein on PL/SQL best practices, Oracle Warehouse builder 11g release 2, Tom Kyte on Edition-Based Redefinition (part 3) and much more.

Oracle News / Oracle Wants Proof That Open Source Is Profitable
« on: April 16, 2010, 02:38:26 PM »
Oracle Wants Proof That Open Source Is Profitable

Since Oracle's acquisition of Sun, all open source projects that now have Oracle as their primary sponsor are worried about their future, and FUD is spreading quickly. Very few public statements have been made by Oracle executives, particularly regarding OpenSolaris.

The community is arguing about the difficulties of forking the code base when most (if not all) of the developers are employed by Oracle. Now Oracle wants the community to prove that open source can be made profitable.

Oracle Warehouse Builder 11g Release 2 ( for Windows (32-bit)

Oracle News / Oracle Commits to MySQL with InnoDB
« on: April 13, 2010, 09:28:49 PM »
Oracle Commits to MySQL with InnoDB

By  Sean Michael Kerner

Oracle is serious about growing the MySQL database.

That's the message from Edward Screven, the company's chief corporate architect, who on Tuesday outlined the way forward for MySQL under Oracle's direction following the acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

As part of that direction, Oracle today announced the beta release of MySQL 5.5, and said that the InnoDB engine would become the default storage engine for MySQL.

Overall, Screven stressed that MySQL is a critical asset that Oracle intends to develop and expand.

"MySQL is important to Oracle," Screven told "It's important to us in business terms and strategically."

He noted that Oracle's corporate strategy is to provide open and integrated solutions for customers by offering components at each level of the stack, from middleware to hardware. Oracle sees MySQL expanding the breadth of options the company can offer customers at each of those levels.

"If you look at MySQL, it has some properties that are different than the Oracle database," Screven said. "MySQL is small, lightweight and it's easy to administer, install and get going with if you're a developer."

Full article: Oracle Commits to MySQL with InnoDB

Oracle News / "Father of Java" Resigns From Sun/Oracle
« on: April 11, 2010, 12:14:59 AM »
"Father of Java" Resigns From Sun/Oracle

James Gosling has confirmed he is leaving Sun/Oracle:

"Yes, indeed, the rumors are true: I resigned from Oracle a week ago (April 2nd). I apologize to everyone in St Petersburg who came to TechDays on Thursday expecting to hear from me. I really hated not being there. As to why I left, it's difficult to answer: just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good. The hardest part is no longer being with all the great people I've had the privilege to work with over the years. I don't know what I'm going to do next, other than take some time off before I start job hunting."

ADF Design Pattern Documentation Available As an Extension

Includes updated UI Shell - get it with check for updates

Oracle JDeveloper Forum / New Sample TaskFlow - ADF Survey
« on: April 10, 2010, 10:05:02 AM »

Oracle Security Alerts / Serious New Java Flaw Affects All Browsers
« on: April 09, 2010, 07:29:51 PM »
Oracle developers using Java, take note:

There is a serious vulnerability in Java that makes all current browsers vulnerable to simple Web-based attacks that could lead to a complete compromise of the affected system.

Two separate researchers released information on the vulnerability on Friday, saying that it has been present in Java for years.

The problem lies in the Java Web Start framework, a technology that Sun Microsystems developed to enable the simplified deployment of Java applications. In essence, the JavaWS technology fails to validate parameters passed to it from the command line, and attackers can control those parameters using specific HTML tags on a Web page, researcher Ruben Santamarta said in an advisory posted Friday morning.

PSOUG / Explaining Oracle's Sun Takeover - "For the Hardware"
« on: April 09, 2010, 07:24:09 PM »
Brian Aker, former Sun MySQL guy, and current proponent of the Drizzle MySQL fork, gave O'Reilly Radar an update on where MySQL is at the moment.

During the interview, he was asked to speculate on Oracle's original motives for acquiring Sun. 'IBM has been moving their P Series systems into datacenter after datacenter, replacing Sun-based hardware. I believe that Oracle saw this and asked themselves "What is the next thing that IBM is going to do?"

That's easy. IBM is going to start pushing DB2 and the rest of their software stack into those environments. Now whether or not they'll be successful, I don't know. I suspect once Oracle reflected on their own need for hardware to scale up on, they saw a need to dive into the hardware business. I'm betting that they looked at Apple's margins on hardware, and saw potential in doing the same with Sun's hardware business. I'm sure everything else Sun owned looked nice and scrumptious, but Oracle bought Sun for the hardware.

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