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Training
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Sun Certification Program to be Integrated with Oracle
Will Not Impact Exam Objectives
Beginning Sept. 1, all Java, Oracle Solaris, MySQL, Oracle Solaris Cluster and Open Office certifications will be republished and rebranded under the Oracle Certification program with their new Oracle Certification titles, writes Paul Sorensen for the Oracle Certification blog. This change are not expected to impact any of the exam objectives.
Features
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Get to Know New Java Champion Josh Marinacci
Stresses Importance of Focus on Workflow in Application Design
Newly named Java Champion Josh Marinacci, whose involvement with Java programming language dates from Java Beta in 1995, now views Java, he says, as " ... the language I go to for everything I work on." Readers can learn more about Marinacci in Yolanda Poirier's August 2010 interview with him.
Illumos
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Keeping Track of OpenSolaris Logins and Logouts
Multiple Tools Are Available for this Purpose

Responding to an OpenSolaris discussion board question regarding how to determine when a user last logged in and out, Richard L. Hamilton explains that there are several telltale signs which reveal information. Hamilton mentions and briefly describes the workings of four records made at every log-in. Following Hamilton's rundown, Giovanni Tirloni suggests those interested in this topic take a read of Brian Leonard's tutorial "A Closer Look at Using OpenSolaris" for some insight on auditing.

Solaris
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Takes on the Upcoming Oracle Solaris 11
Two Points of View on Oracle's Plans for Solaris/OpenSolaris
"Disappointed" is probably not too strong a word to describe Ben Rockwood's response to the message John Fowler delivered Aug. 10 on the Oracle Systems Strategy Update. A considerably more sanguine assessment of Fowler's message, and of the prospects for OpenSolaris, was expressed by Constantin Gonzalez in his blog "Oracle Solaris 11 is the Future". This article highlights these two bloggers' views.
MySQL
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Scaling Web Services with MySQL Cluster
Two-part On-Demand Web Seminar
A two-part on-demand web seminar focuses on teaching viewers techniques on scaling Web services with Oracle MySQL Cluster. Mat Keep and Andrew Morgan in MySQL Product Management discuss the use-cases for using MySQL Server, memcached, and MySQL Cluster database - the latter of which can be used as an alternate to Memory Storage Engine - and provide insight into how MySQL Cluster is enabling users to scale their update-intensive web services.
Workstation
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Inside the Sun Ray
TechCast Live Tours the Sun Ray 3+ and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Sun Ray developer Craig Bender takes viewers of TechCast Live on a demo tour of the Sun Ray 3+ and explains the elegance and efficiency of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Entitled "Inside the Sun Ray", the 19:52 video is now offered as an on-demand video.
OpenStorage
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Some Background Information on Logzilla and Readzilla
Flash to the Rescue
As the title of his blog, "Fishworks history of SSDs," suggests, Adam Leventhal parts the curtain on some of the deliberations behind bringing the 7000-series enterprise storage solution to fruition. Finding it difficult to realize the desired storage capacity using 7,200 rpm disks, Fishworks turned to the new technology of flash storage. The first solution employing flash was Logzilla, he writes.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 150 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 149 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 148 Issue 5
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, Vol 148 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • Oracle Suing Google
  • Oracle Attributed Memo Positions Solaris Development
  • Free Administration Guide on GNU/Linux
  • The Latest Word on Solaris Patch Update Bundles
  • Oracle VM 2.2.1 Takes Advantage of All 64 Cores of Sun Fire X4800
  • Decision-making Time for Sun VARs
  • VNC Server on Solaris 10
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3.2
  • Sun SPOT Online Store Now Open for Business
  • NetBeans Platform 6.9 Developer's Guide

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    LibreOffice
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    Speech Recognition Support for OpenOffice Writer
    Compatibility Added to Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 11
    OpenOffice is now supported by the speech recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 11. This latest version supports OpenOffice Writer with dictation, correction, selection, and playback. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Home and Premium are available immediately starting at $99.99 through Nuance’s Web site as well as its global network of reseller partners, software retailers and professional sales organizations.
    Developer
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    Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g Accelerates Java Development
    Offers Enhanced Tool Set for Java Application Development

    Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g aims to help accelerate Java development tasks. The new release extends support for the open source built GlassFish Server and WebLogic Server for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications - both of which sit as components of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

    Sysadmin
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    'Exadata' or 'Database Machine'?
    Some Clarifications Offered on the Oracle/Sun System
    "Introduction to the Oracle database machine" is an appropriate title for Frits Hoogland's blog that undertakes in brief to inform readers about the unique features of this solution from Oracle, beginning with making clear the distinction between "exadata" and "database machine."
    The Evolution of Parallel Programming
    Growth in Multicore Systems Expected to Bring More Apps Designed for More Threads

    There are several reasons why some codes are written so as to scale while others are not, writes blogger Darryl Gove. As increasing numbers of applications are tuned for multicore, the current 4-8 thread range can be assumed to increase, Gove believes, and access to machines capable of running these applications will also increase.

    Publications
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    "A Conceptual Guide To OpenOffice.Org 3" 2nd Edition
    Self-paced Guide Covers Basics on the Four Core Applications
    "A Conceptual Guide To OpenOffice.org 3" provides an easy-to-read, thorough, self-paced guide to using the open source office productivity suite. New topics in this second edition include installation instructions for the OpenOffice.org native Mac OS X port, installation and use of OpenOffice.org extensions, an overview of the OpenDocument format and more.
    Virtualization
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    Oracle Makes the Case on Why Its Virtualization Portfolio Beats Other Vendors
    Virtualizing and Managing Full Hardware and Software Stack is Key
    Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven and Executive Vice President of Systems John Fowler outlined Oracle’s virtualization strategy during an online event held Aug. 19, and discussed why they believe Oracle virtualization delivers more value than VMware. The full IT stack that Oracle offers in its virtualization portfolio is key in their reasoning.
    Java Technology
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    Ellison to Present Opening Keynote at JavaOne 2010
    Conference Set for September 19-23 in San Francisco
    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Oracle Executive Vice President Thomas Kurian, are scheduled to deliver the opening keynote at JavaOne 2010 taking placing Sept. 19-23. The two are expected to present Oracle’s vision and strategy for Java.
    NetBeans
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    Recent Happenings with the NetBeans Platform
    Blogger Offers Top Five Related Developments
    As the dust continues to settle on Oracle's acquisition of Sun and its plans for the former company's array of solutions, specific changes occurring to some of the newly acquired technologies may be overlooked. To help recap some of the latest goings-on relating to the NetBeans Platform, Geertjan Wielenga shares what he believes are the top five recent developments in order of importance.
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