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January/February 2008


The Official Oracle Wiki

By Justin Kestelyn

The Oracle community now has its own platform for collaboratively exchanging knowledge.

Since the late 1990s, the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Web site has provided the Oracle community with a means of informally interacting and exchanging knowledge with each other as well as with Oracle employees. In 2005, that formula was further enriched by a large collection of official Oracle blogs ( However, these resources primarily contain information provided by Oracle—and that information is structured the way we like it.

Now, for the first time, customers and partners can complement this "official" content with that generated completely by the OTN community—thanks to the new Oracle Wiki, sponsored by Oracle.

As defined by Wikipedia (what else?), a wiki is "computer software that allows users to easily edit, create, and link Web pages." In essence, it's an extremely easy-to-use content management system that facilitates cross-linking and collaborative editing—a Web site that you can manipulate on the fly.

With the Oracle Wiki, you can create your own Web content—whether installation guides and tips, project documentation, technical notes, or anything else that's appropriate and captures your imagination—as well as edit and post comments on pages created by others. Think of it as a free-form "Oracle parallel universe" built by customers and partners, and thus the perfect complement to the OTN Web site, Oracle discussion forums, and blogs.

Create your own Oracle Wiki pages at

Calling All Oracle Applications ACEs

Once the bastion of DBAs and developers, Oracle ACE-dom has come to the Oracle Applications community. So if you are or know an "ace" in the Oracle Applications community (any product line), now is the time to nominate them for the Oracle ACE Program for Application Advocates.

Oracle ACEs are known for their strong credentials as Oracle community enthusiasts and advocates, with candidates nominated by anyone in the Oracle Technology (and now Applications) communities. Oracle ACEs are promoted as official experts at events and on the OTN Web site, and their profiles are posted in the online Oracle ACE Directory.

To qualify for the Oracle ACE Applications program, candidates should be contributing applications expertise through blogs, podcasts, speaking events, articles, or forums. Find more information and nomination forms at Learn more about the Oracle ACE program (and find an Oracle ACE) at

ACEs Host Events Around the World

Leave it to Oracle ACE Mogens Norgaard to provide the 2007 Miracle OpenWorld technical conference with its own beer. Aside from kegs of Miracle Beer, the 170 attendees at the annual conference (held September 27-29, 2007, near Copenhagen) were treated to technical sessions by fellow Oracle ACEs Cary Millsap, Anjo Kolk, and other big names in the Oracle Database community. 

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At the keynote, Managing Director of Oracle Denmark Thomas Honoré spoke on the challenges of communicating to partners and customers about Oracle's strategic plans regarding the 32 companies that had been acquired in the two years leading up to the conference. Honoré said that Oracle hadn't really bought 32 products but rather that many technology stacks.

A little farther south was the Conference On Java Technology in Pune, India, founded by Oracle ACE Director (Oracle Fusion Middleware) Harshad Oak. The editor in chief at Rightrix Media and author of several Java technology books, including Oracle JDeveloper 10 g : Empowering J2EE Development (Apress), Oak still finds time to spearhead this leading independent conference on Java technology. The conference held its second annual event in October 2007 in the Symbiosis Infotech Campus auditoriums in Pune. Oak and his wife, Sangeeta, also an accomplished Java programmer, hosted the conference.

Learn more about the Miracle OpenWorld conference at Learn more about the IndicThreads conference at


Justin Kestelyn
( ) is the editor in chief of Oracle Technology Network.

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