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ANNOUNCING Application Development Platform 16.4.3 with updates and enhancements to Java Cloud Service, Application Container Cloud, Database Cloud Service, and an introduction to a new service, Exadata Express Cloud Service.
Java Cloud Service

  • Auto-scaling can now be configured in JCS to automatically scale a cluster in or out, based on CPU utilization, as explained in About Automatic Scaling in Using Oracle Java Cloud Service.
  • JCS can generate SSH keys and storage containers during service provisioning, so these prerequisites were removed from all Getting Started collateral (video, tutorial, etc).
  • When using AppToCloud to migrate an existing WebLogic Server domain, JMS and Java Mail resources are automatically captured from the source domain and imported into your Oracle Java Cloud Service instance. See Creating an Oracle Java Cloud Service Instance with AppToCloud in Using Oracle Java Cloud Service.
  • There are now two ways to access Chat for support. You can either use the Chat icon that appears at the top of the Oracle Cloud console to the left of the Preferences dropdown or you can click the Help icon (?) and, from the Help Drawer, select Chat with us.
  • A new Security chapter was added to Using Oracle Java Cloud Service.
  • A new Scaling tab was added in the JCS Help Center

Application Container Cloud

Database Cloud Service

Exadata Express Cloud Service
The recently-launched Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service will be included in future announcement messages. Exadata Express provides a low-cost, entry-level Oracle Database running on Exadata in Oracle Cloud. Developer benefits include a standard SQL interface, RESTful Web Services, documents and collections interfaces, drivers for popular programming languages, integrated Application Express (APEX) for rapid application development, and a range of free client tools and IDEs.

Events & Assets
Oracle Code
Oracle Code is being planned as a 20-city 7-month long event for developers, who build modern Web, mobile, enterprise, and cloud-native applications. Oracle Code will focus on the latest software developer technologies, practices and trends, including containers, microservices, API First applications, chatbots, AI, and machine learning, and DevOps tools and practices. Educational sessions for developing software in Java, Node.js, and other languages using Oracle Database, MySQL, and NoSQL databases will be included.

Blogs

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Partner Resources (community membership required)

· Sales Kits: DevOps: Agility for Dev / Test / Deploy & App Development and Deployment in the Cloud: Java EE Development & Testing & App Development and Deployment in the Cloud: Lightweight Web Applications & Reduce TCO through Consolidation&

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Custom applications with a user interface can be categorized along various dimensions. Is the user interface a front end for a system of record or a system of change or innovation? What about the users: trained power users or very occasional visitors? What is the purpose of the system, such as entice potential buyers or voters, inform and support users with knowledge and information, facilitate data entry and imageother data manipulation tasks? What are the channels and communication protocols through which a user experience should be provided: web browser, mobile device, email, telephone (voice response and SMS), chat, wearables? What are the non-functional specifications: volume, performance, availability, confidentiality. Will the system live for a long time, undergo frequent changes during its lifetime, be used in an international and multilingual environment? How is the change process to be organized, who needs to [be able to]make the changes?

Oracle offers a number of technologies to build custom applications along with a portfolio of cloud services that can be used to create or enrich a part of the end user experience.

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The most prominent application development technologies offered by Oracle are presented in the matrix below, organized by programming language and delivery platform. Each of these technologies can be deployed on the Oracle Public Cloud and except for MAX and ABCS, they can also be run on premises. Except APEX, all of these technologies are used within the SaaS development teams at Oracle and as such guarantee a certain degree of strategic importance and continued evolution and investment for Oracle. The rate of evolution differs considerably between these offerings, with Forms at the mature end and JET on a fast innovation track. The arrows suggest migration paths – both within Oracle and for the rest of the world.

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ADF on JCS-SX and ABCS are the two technologies promoted for doing SaaS extensions – for example on top of ERP Cloud or Sales Cloud, leveraging the quickly growing set of RESTful APIs available with the SaaS products.

Note that plain, standards and/or 3rd party framework based Java EE application development should be considered part of this matrix and the Oracle technology spectrum for application development. Read the complete article here.

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This program was recorded on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, during Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. “During” is the operative word, since the podcast was actually recorded in my hotel room, several blocks from Moscone Center, where OOW16 was held. The topic was suggested by Oracle ACE and frequent OTN contributor Arturo Viveros, who, along with other panelists, was in town for the big Oracle event. Listen.

The Panelists
Oracle ACE Arturo Viveros
Principal Architect, SYSCO AS, Norway
Oracle ACE Director Ron Batra
Senior Director, Innovation, CTO Office, Equinix, USA
Oracle ACE Director Lonneke Dikmans
Managing Partner, eProseed, Netherlands
Oracle ACE Director Sten Vesterli
Principal, More Than Code, Denmark
Oracle ACE Rolando Carrasco
Co-Owner, SOA Principal Architect, Services & Processes Solutions, Mexico
Oracle ACE Director Ronald van Luttikhuizen
Managing Partner, eProseed, Netherlands
Oracle ACE Director Simon Haslam
Technical Director, Partner, eProseed, UK
Additional Resources

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Today, we are very excited to announce the general availability of Oracle Container Cloud Service (Container CS).  It’s been an exciting journey to take the StackEngine container management software that Oracle acquired and transform it into a cloud service – Container CS.

I was part of the original StackEngine team and am personally excited that our core design principle, ease of use, prevails as the major differentiator for Container CS versus our competition. For me, the ease of use translates into a few key differentiated features for Container CS. 

First, Container CS can be easily provisioned with whatever IaaS compute capacity that you need to power the worker nodes that run your Docker container applications.  After provisioning you have a ready-to-use platform – just you bring your own containers and run them with ease.  Additionally, I believe that customers will want to have multiple Container CS instances at their disposal to use as they need.  Deploy a set of instances for various dev and devops teams and deploy others for individuals.  This gives our customers the ability to get Docker workloads off of their laptops and into container environments, easily.

Second, Container CS comes with many examples of container applications that can be deployed in a click.  These examples can be simple, with just one image and its runtime information in a ready-to-run template called a Service.  Or they can be multiple image applications, with defined orchestration that can deployed across multiple hosts.  These are called Stacks.  The beauty of these Services and Stacks, is that our customers can utilize these examples and the way that they are built, to help model their own applications.

The third is the Container CS UI.  The UI, through many of its native features, including TCP checks, and easy to understand color-coded health checks, gives context to the status and state of running containers.  But, I think the most context is given through the function of Deployments.  A Deployment is created when you run a containerized application and allows you can see the individual containers in the context of what they are actually doing along with the overall health of the deployment. 

Contrast the information that is delivered in the terminal window, with a standard “$docker PS” command.  In the screenshot below, the information that the user can quickly ascertain is limited.  Pretty much a list of containers, their native Docker names and the uptime.  Does the terminal window observer really have a good idea of what the containers are actually doing?

What is the application or applications running below? Read the complete article here.

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The Oracle Application Development Cloud Platform Specialization recognizes partners who are proficient in selling, developing and deploying Oracle’s Application Development Cloud Platform-based solutions. This specialization covers the following services: Oracle Java Cloud Service, Oracle Developer Cloud Service, Oracle Application Container Cloud and Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service. Check out the Oracle Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) KnowledgeZone and the specialization criteria page for more details.

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