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Oracle Announces Oracle Application Express 5
Enables customers to develop, design and deploy elegant, responsive, database-driven desktop and mobile applications using only a browser.
Joel Kallman writes, "Oracle Application Express 5 is now generally available! The result of a two and a half year engineering effort, it represents the greatest advancement of Oracle Application Express (APEX) in its 10 year history. Oracle Application Express 5 enables customers to develop, design and deploy elegant, responsive, database-driven desktop and mobile applications using only a browser.

"Oracle APEX 5 is the largest and most important release in the history of Oracle Application Express" said Michael J. Hichwa, Vice President of Oracle Database Tools. "Universal Theme in Oracle APEX 5 dramatically improves how quickly and easily SQL-savvy developers can build Web apps that are both responsive and accessible. Universal Theme enables developers, like myself, to build a robust customized UI without the help of a CSS/HTML guru."...

Why the Internet of Things should matter to you
Erika Webb
"The Internet of Things (IoT) is this amorphous concept that might be hard to grasp in some ways and might creep you out in others," writes Erika Webb.

"Years ago, I remember running a usability study for a local regional Bell operating company who happened to provide cell phone service in addition to landline service. We actually asked people how they would feel about their pre-smart phones displaying the correct time and weather if they flew to a new city and several people looked a little shocked--how would the phone know where I was?

Solaris Swift All In One
Set up a Swift storage service on single standalone Solaris OS useful for development
Jim Kremer writes, "I'm going to talk about my favorite Swift which is an object store that is part of OpenStack.

What I'll show is how I set up a Swift storage service on single standalone Solaris OS useful for development. There is already OpenStack Swift documentation that shows how to do this for many OSes but Solaris documentation is missing. The Swift instance will store all of its data in a single ZFS filesystem. Redundancy is assumed to be supplied by the ZFS filesystem so this example only requires one copy for all Swift data objects.

One advantage of storing data on ZFS is that you will get all the ZFS features including compression, encryption, snapshots and clones..."

Is The Performance of Your MySQL Database Important?
MySQL Performance Tuning course
"How important is the performance of your MySQL database? If you want to learn more about tuning the performance of MySQL servers, consider taking the MySQL Performance Tuning training course. In this course you learn to:

  • Understand performance tuning concepts
  • Benchmark your MySQL server
  • Tune MySQL server settings
  • Investigate performance metrics with a range of system databases, command-line and graphic tools
  • Design your database for optimal performance
  • Optimize slow queries
  • Troubleshoot common performance problems
  • Scale your hardware and application environment as your database grows

You can take the MySQL Performance Tuning course in the following formats..."

On Choosing Mature Technologies
By Bertrand Mattheli

Bertrand Mattheli writes, "Two recent blogs from engineering managers at successful Web properties have highlighted the wisdom of selecting proven and mature technologies, whether for new startups or projects.

The first one is entitled "Learn to stop using shiny new things and love MySQL", by Marty Weiner, Engineering Manager at Pinterest. Marty starts off explaining "A good portion of the startups I meet and advise want to use the newest, hottest technology to build something that's cool, but not technologically groundbreaking. I have yet to meet a startup building a time machine, teleporter or quantum social network that would actually require some amazing new tech. They have awesome new ideas with down-to-earth technical requirements, so I kept wondering why they choose this shiny (and risky) new stuff when all they need is a good ol' trustworthy database. I think it's because many assume that building the latest and greatest needs the latest and greatest!"..."

Cloud Computing
Unmask Your Data. The Visual Face of Hadoop (parts 2 to 5 of 5)
Richard Tomlinson

Richard writes, "Over the last 18 months or so, while Oracle Big Data Discovery was in early stages of design and development I got to ask lots of customers and prospects some fundamental questions related to why they struggle to get analytic value from Hadoop and after a while common patterns started to emerge that we ultimately used as the basis of the design for Big Data Discovery. So here's what we learned....

See all 5 parts at

Suffering From Bloated SaaS?
Can there be too much of a good thing
Jim Lein writes, "When it comes to SaaS can there be too much of a good thing? Many SaaS-adopting organizations now find themselves with dozens of precariously connected solutions, primarily because line of business buyers bypass the offices of finance and IT.

Matt Blumber, CEO and founder of Return Path, recently penned this fun post Honey, Does this Make My SaaS Look Big?. Blumber inventories his company's SaaS stockpile off the top of his head (50+ solutions; 50+ vendors) and acknowledges that there may be overlap because, 'it's easy for people to put small charges on credit cards and not realize other pockets of the organization are using different or even the same tools'.

I understand how this happens. And I'm not one to talk. I have over a dozen personal social media accounts, including five Facebook pages. But no harm no foul. My strategy may be chubby but it's not hurting me..."

Oracle Cloud: Platform-as-a-Service
IDC Vendor Profile
Larry Carvalho Jeff Silverstein, from IDC, write in an IDC Vendor Profile, "The platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market, and within it the cloud application platform (CAP) market, is growing rapidly as enterprises seek quicker development times along with cloud and mobile enablement of their applications and customers. One of the key forms of a PaaS is the cloud application platform. While cloud technology that enables CAPs is unsettled and changing rapidly, Oracle, with its Oracle Cloud and Oracle Private Cloud Solutions, is building a competitive position in the market by offering:..."
Training for Oracle Linux 7 and Earlier Versions
the Oracle Linux curriculum has training for you
"Linux system administration skills are key to many job roles and an advantage for those looking for new job opportunities. Whether you are interested in Linux 5, 6 or 7, the Oracle Linux curriculum has training for you.

The subjects you should be familiar with before taking Oracle Linux training are:

  • Types of user accounts
  • Working with files and directories in Unix
  • Text editing using vi
  • Unix process control
  • Unix shell command line features
  • Basic shell scripting
  • Archiving and compressing files in Unix
  • Performing remove connections and file transfers I f you already have this prerequisite knowledge, it is time for you to start on Oracle Linux training..."
The Power of The Ksplice Feature of Oracle Linux Video
By Chris Kawalek
Chris Kawalek, "I'm really excited to share this week's Friday Spotlight with you. Oracle Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts sat down with Director of Product Management Michele Casey and Senior Development Manager Jamie Iles to talk about Ksplice.

In the video, they go into a lot of detail about why Ksplice is a production-ready tool for keeping systems up to date..."

Customers Share Business Benefits of using Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
By Alexandra Huff

"Many satisfied Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud customers are enthusiastically sharing their success stories, and we are proud to pass them on. Here are a few of the more recent testimonials on how Exalogic is helping to solve business problems. Key highlights are mentioned below; more details are included in each of the stories..."

vBeers @ Miami - Wed April 22nd - Brick House, Wyndwood
6pm - 9pm (Sponsored)
Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

This will be a Sponsored event so beers are on us. Join us for an evening of creating connections and building your network in a relaxed and fun environment.

Join us for an evening of creating connections and building your network in a relaxed and fun environment.

Networking is an essential aspect of your professional growth and development. Connect with an array of professionals while enjoying a drink or two. Who knows, you just may meet your next client, business partner, employer or employee!


  • Brick House Wyndwood Address:
  • 187 NW 28th St, Miami, FL 33127 Date:
  • Wednesday, April 22nd Time:
  • 6pm to 9pm - arrive and depart any time Sponsors:
  • Nexenta Systems, CenturyLink, others to be announce

Please RSVP at the vBeers South Florida page.

Details @ ...

eMerge Americas - May 3rd-5th
Miami Beach Convention Center
eMerge Americas is a global idea exchange focusing on how technology and innovation are disrupting industries. The conference serves as a platform connecting revolutionary startups, cutting-edge ideas, and global industry leaders & investors across North America, Europe, and Latin America.

It's five intensive, exhilarating days of interactive sessions, networking events in Miami's most iconic venues, and compelling presentations designed to spark conversation & unleash creativity.

It's eMerge Americas, and it's back this May. This is not your typical conference!

Save 15% on your registration for a summit pass (select community partner when registering), or join as a Sponsor with our Promo Code: CBALWIS.

    Faster Processors for Fujitsu M10-1 and M10-4 Servers
    Torrey Martin
    Torrey Martin, Fujitsu M10 Product Specialist, writes, "We have come a long way with SPARC64, both the architecture and the systems around the chips.

    First the news, then my story.

    We just released the next step in the SPARC64 story this month. The power of the highest performance SPARC64 X+ processor is now available for space-saving Fujitsu M10-1 and compact, mid-range Fujitsu M10-4 servers. With the new 3.7GHz 8-core processor, performance improvements of up to 30 percent per core are available..."

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 206 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 205 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 204 Issues 3 and 4
    We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

    • Fujitsu Enhances Performance of Fujitsu M10 SPARC Servers
    • What you need to know about the new ODA X5-2
    • Enhanced SPARC64 X+ Processor for Fujitsu M10 Servers
    • The Oracle Storage Cloud in a Nutshell
    • Exalogic Learning Streams
    • Getting fixes faster
    • Oracle Adds New Data Integration Technologies to Enterprise Big Data Portfolio
    • Collaborative innovation - April 16th - 5pm - 8:30pm
    • End-to-end Data Protection Using Oracle Linux with the ETERNUS DX S3 series and Emulex HBA
    • Oracle Java Cloud IDE Integrations

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

      First Bug Hunting Session For LibreOffice 5.0
      Planned for the end of July
      "The LibreOffice community is getting ready for the next major release - planned for the end of July - with a bug hunting session focused on new features and fixes for bugs and regressions. The session will last 3 full days, from May 22 to May 24, 2015, and check the first beta of LibreOffice 5.0.

      On those dates, mentors will be available from 08AM UTC to 10PM UTC to help less experienced volunteers to triage bugs, on the QA IRC channel and via email on the QA mailing list..."

      Perspectives on Docker
      Jfrog CTO and co-founder Yoav Landman explains the use of Docker with Chef
      Want to know why and how to use Docker? Docker is a popular tool to build and deploy applications across environments. In these three interviews, you will learn about the benefits of Docker, its integration with other tools, and teams using the tool for different applications.

      Jfrog CTO and co-founder Yoav Landman explains the use of Docker with Chef, and Vagrant in the development of a Bintray application. (see videos) ...

      Java Technology
      How to Contribute to the Java Platform
      Heather Van Cura Give an update about JCP
      In this interview, Heather Van Cura gave an update about JCP. She mentioned new JSRs for Java EE 8, and Java SE 9, and discussed changed to

      Community members Simon Maples, Mani Sarkar, and Daniel Bryant pesented a vJUG session about the Adopt OpenJDK project. They describe how to contribute to OpenJDK project. Mani presented a hands-on demo on how to contribute to Java 9.

      Java EE 7/Bean Validation Adoption at Harvard University
      By reza_rahman
      Reza Rahman writes, "One of the most important things to do at this stage of the life-cycle of Java EE is highlight successful adoption stories. We have been doing just that for a long time through our adoption stories blog as well as JavaOne. JavaOne 2014 was particularly good in this regard and JavaOne 2015 looks to be even better. Indeed we hope the folks with great adoption stories that submitted last year but did not get accepted will resubmit next year. We will continue to highlight some of those sessions from JavaOne 2014 in the next few months. In this vein I'd like to highlight a very interesting real world story of practical usage of Bean Validation 1.1 in a Java EE 7 application at Harvard University..."
      Java Magazine New Edition
      March/April 2015
      "Want to know how to optimize Java performance, whether your applications are in a cloud environment or on the JVM?" asks Yolande Poirier.

      "In this new edition, Kirk Pepperdine examines parallelism using the fork/join framework to boost performance. Michael Heinrichs, in 'The Quantum Physics of Java,' looks at modern chip design and its effect on Java programs. Chris Newland discusses the effects of small source code changes and Java HotSpot VM switches in Java just-in-time (JIT) compilation, and Josh Juneau explores incorporating performance tuning into the development lifecycle. Our JCP Executive Series features Anil Kumar, a performance architect at Intel. And, check out the big data panel from JavaOne 2014..."

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