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At the WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required) we published the latest Live Customer Success Stories Deck January 2017.pptx

Additional PaaS Customer reference videos shot at Oracle OpenWorld 2016. Listed alphabetically by customer: AAR Corp, Ambev & Softbank, Asahi Refining, Asahi Refining, CIMA, Club Corp, Club CorpCredilink, Dubai Airports , Dubai Airports, EMO Trans, Grant Thornton, HCL, IDEA Cellular, Macy’s, Macy’s & Manchester Airports, Μanheim, McGraw Hills, Motorola Solutions, National Pharmacies, National Pharmacies, Omni Financeiras, Pernod Ricard, Pernod Ricard, Radio Shack, Radio Shack, Safexpress, Safexpress, Smart, State of Maine, State of Maine, Stitch Fix, SuiteBox, The Factory, Trek BicyclesWiggle, WindRiver

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Oracle Developer Cloud Service 16.4.1 has a fresh new UI and over 30 new features and improvements.

New Navigation List

Developer Cloud Service includes a more convenient vertical navigation list. Some features like the Maven repository browser have been moved to top level of the navigation list. The navigation list is collapsible to save on horizontal space when you are working with a specific feature area. The Home tab which shows the Activity Stream, Repositories, and Users has been renamed to Project.

Merge Request Improvements

Merge Requests can now be linked to Build jobs. Seeing the status of relevant build and test jobs from within the Merge Request gives reviewers additional useful information as they review the code changes and give feedback. This also provides a convenient navigation to the build job history and console output.

Undelete a Project

Deleted projects are now preserved for a limited time and can be restored by the Developer Cloud Service Admin.

Calendars in Agile Boards

Agile boards can now be configured around working days and holidays with the addition of a configurable Calendar. These settings are factored into Sprint Reports and Velocity Chart calculations.

New Slack Webhook

A new webhook for Slack gives more fine grained control over the Activity Stream events that can be published to Slack conversations. Read the complete article here.

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Building mobile apps can be as challenging as using a certain 1990s cult workout routine in order to get into shape… that is to say, it can be pretty difficult!  IT departments often will be tasked with building and maintaining complex mobile applications, and therefore, other types of apps sometimes are de-prioritized. While widely used consumer-facing apps and upgrades/maintenance to back end infrastructure supporting those apps always will be a priority, simple apps serving useful but specific purposes for employees, or niche uses for consumers, sometimes can be overlooked. Yet for marketers, sales personnel, service reps, and others who need simple mobile solutions for their everyday business needs, this can be a problem.

What are business users to do? Should they wait patiently as their mobile programmers address other technical issues before focusing on line-of-business needs? Should they outsource their mobile projects to third party developers, or to agencies, (potentially) speeding up development time, while increasing costs? Or is there an easy and quick way to develop, in-house, the apps that business users require to make their jobs more efficient?

In the September-October issue of Oracle Magazine, Oracle Senior Product Manager Chris Muir answers this question and explains how the Oracle Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX), as part of Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS), can help business users to build, test, and deploy simple mobile apps… in under eight minutes! Read the complete article here.

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When we want to create a new Custom API, we have to define the each of the endpoints and, if we want to consume them from Oracle MAX, we have to define the schemas and then add some mock data. Since version 16.4.1 (v3.0), there is a new feature, Express API, where we can create the resources and the schemas easily and declaratively.
I have to say that we can still create the APIs in the old way. But if we want to use Express API, we just have to select that option when creating an API.

The creation popup is the same as in previous versions.

But the API page is different. We no longer see endpoints, schema, security, types and traits menus, and instead of those we have resources menu option.

After creating a resource, we can see 4 tabs.

In the first one we can change the configuration of the resource and we can also define child and parent relationships between resources. Read the complete article here.

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imageAs we can implement our Custom APIs using node.js, we can almost use any of the available node modules like for example Oracle MCS: Creating PDF files in Custom APIs.
In a project we are developing we have the requirement to display a twitter timeline of a hashtag.
Today is the OTN Appreciation Day and in this post we are going to make a #ThanksOTN twitter feed using Oracle MCS and Oracle JET.
First of all we are going to start with the API design. We are going to create an API called TwitterAPI and a GET method inside feed endpoint.

The next step is to implement the API. To get the twitter feed we are going to use node-twitter module.  To install the module we have to execute npm install twitter  in the folder where our package.json file is.
After that we need to include the module as a dependency.

Moving to the javascript part, this is the implementation.

To get the consumer_key, consumer_secret, access_token_key and access_token_secret we need to create a twitter application. We are just returning the json that the module returns but we could implement something that caches the json and we just call the module every certain amount of time.

To finish the MCS part we have to upload the implementation zip file to MCS.

Moving to JET side, first we need to manually install the MCS library that can be find in your MCS instance.

Then the JET implementation looks like this: Read the complete article here.

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Remember the Oracle Mobile Challenge at OpenWorld 2016? Well, it looks like a good idea is worth duplicating. Our friends over at Avanttic created a similar app using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service – but instead of using Oracle MAF as the client, they decided to use Oracle JET.  This was developed for the Oracle Digital Day 2016 that took place recently in Madrid. Unlike the Mobile Challenge app used at OpenWorld, they tweaked the game to encourage visiting specific booths, tweeting with specific hashtags and meeting specific experts. The app used Estimote beacons to leverage the new location services in Oracle MCS and a web dashboard to display some analytics about the location of the attendees and to give away the prizes.
According to the Avanttic team:

"The backend is fully made with Oracle MCS, storing the data in MCS db and using analytics. We also used some node modules like twitter to track tweets and then we cache them and evaluate the hashtags to know if the user completed the challenge. It was a total success!"
"The cool thing about the development is that we made the whole application and the backend in just 3 weeks (it was after work, so we just spent like 2-3 hours a day)"

What do we say about Oracle Mobile? Build better apps faster! Say it with me and hallelujah mobile brothers and sisters! Build better apps faster!
Some screenshots are attached but you can also download the app from apple store and google play store in this links: Read the complete article here.

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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 other 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.

imageThe 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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