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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

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Blog: Grouping tests using JUnit categories |

"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:

ADF Functional UI Patterns Available as Extension

Best practices added to the online help

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 .

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.

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)

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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.

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