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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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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.”

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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 .

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