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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.

Oracle News / Benchmark of Oracle's JDE 9.0 with Oracle VM
« on: April 07, 2010, 11:04:57 AM »
The IBM Oracle International Competency Center (ICC) in Denver, Colorado in a joint effort with the Oracle JD Edwards performance team was the first to execute a certified JD Edwards EnterpriseOne benchmark running on the new Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series (Nehalem).

This benchmark configuration included the IBM System x3650 M2, partitioned using Oracle Virtual Machine (VM), and Oracle's robust "Day in the Life" (DIL) test kit. In October, 2009 the benchmark scaled to 700 users with early code. In January 2010, with GA level code, the benchmark scaled successfully to 1000 users with sub-second response time.

Oracle News / Oracle IntroducesHyperion Financial Close Management
« on: April 07, 2010, 11:03:20 AM »
Oracle Introduces Oracle(R) Hyperion Financial Close Management and Oracle Hyperion Disclosure Management to Improve Timeliness and Confidence in Financial Reporting

  • The new applications extend the capabilities of the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System to address the end-to-end financial close process and the creation of regulatory filings using eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL).
  • Oracle Hyperion Disclosure Management and Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Management work in conjunction with other Oracle EPM applications such as Hyperion Financial Management or can be deployed directly with ERP General Ledger systems.

Download: Oracle Database 11g Release 2 for Microsoft Windows

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 ( is now available download in Windows 32-bit and x64 flavors.

Oracle News / Analyst's Corner: "Integration Made Simple"
« on: April 02, 2010, 12:05:02 PM »
Analyst's Corner: "Integration Made Simple"

Tools and strategies improve application implementations.

Oracle Magazine spoke with Michael Fauscette, group vice president for software business solutions at IDC, about techniques for streamlining enterprise software implementations.

Oracle Magazine: What are the primary challenges companies face when integrating enterprise applications, and how are software vendors such as Oracle addressing these challenges?

Fauscette: One of the biggest challenges involves creating and synchronizing business processes across multiple applications. For example, when you process an order, you also want to update your inventory tables, create an invoice, and coordinate packaging and shipping. Once you start looking at these business processes holistically, it makes sense for the software vendor to provide a framework for structuring those process integrations for you. That’s why in the past many customers tried to standardize on one enterprise software suite, or at least on applications from a small number of vendors.

In today’s environment, where IT shops are often heterogeneous, it’s even more critical to have an established method for integrating among disparate applications. For example, if you are aligned with a vendor such as Oracle, you can get packaged process integrations and a toolkit to simplify enterprise implementations. That’s why more companies are standardizing on an integration toolkit for all of their integration needs. This is a real advantage for the IT organization.

Full article:

Oracle SQL Developer 2.1 Patch 1 (

There is no in-place upgrade available. To install Oracle SQL Developer 2.1.1 download the file and unzip into an empty folder. Select the "Use folder names" checkbox when unzipping the file. You can migrate your settings from Oracle SQL Developer 1.2.1, Oracle SQL Developer 1.5.x or SQL Developer 2.1. See the Release Notes 2.1.1 for more details.

JDK Support
Oracle SQL Developer 2.1.1 is shipped with JDK1.6_11. However, you can connect to and use any JDK 1.6.11 or above. To use an existing JDK, download the zip files listed below "with JDK already installed."

Berkeley DB 11gR2 (

Oracle Berkeley DB is the industry-leading open source, embeddable storage engine that provides developers a fast, reliable, local database with zero administration. Oracle Berkeley DB is a library that links directly into your application. Your application makes simple function calls, rather than sending messages to a remote server, eliminating the performance penalty of client-server architectures.

Oracle News / In the Field: "How to Learn"
« on: March 31, 2010, 12:05:01 PM »
In the Field: "How to Learn"

Choosing the best way to acquire knowledge
Keeping up with current trends, product releases, and protocols is more important than ever for today’s IT professionals. How should busy specialists acquire new information?

The methodologies are many, and in this day and age, Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) members realize that they have to make smart choices when considering how to broaden their knowledge. With so many opportunities out there, how do you decide the best way to expand your technical repertoire? Let’s discuss a few of them:

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