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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:

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

JavaFX Production Suite & SDK

Oracle News / Download Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control
« on: April 22, 2010, 12:05:03 PM »
Download Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control

This new release enables IT departments to drive business agility and efficiency through unique integrations across IT and business management processes.

Oracle News / OTN Headlines NetBeans IDE 6.9 Beta
« on: April 22, 2010, 12:05:02 PM »
NetBeans IDE 6.9 Beta

NetBeans 6.9 Beta introduces the JavaFX Composer, a visual layout tool for visually building JavaFX GUI applications, similar to the Swing GUI builder for Java SE applications. Additional highlights include OSGi interoperability for NetBeans Platform applications; support for JavaFX SDK 1.3, PHP Zend framework and Ruby on Rails 3.0; as well as improvements to the Java Editor, Java Debugger, and issue tracking, and more.

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."

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