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May/June 2009


List to Remember

By Justin Kestelyn

Community content is the lifeblood of OTN.

I recently compiled and posted a list of the most-popular technical articles and how-tos published by Oracle Technology Network (OTN) in 2008. When reviewing this list, you will note that in every case the authors involved are end users (customers and consultants), not Oracle employees. It nearly goes without saying that content like this, and the desire to share it, is the lifeblood of OTN.

The 2008 list is exceptional in depth as well as scope. It appears that OTN fans are interested not only in pragmatic tutorials that are tightly focused on product features (“Oracle Database 11g: The Top New Features for DBAs and Developers,” by Arup Nanda) but also in more-wide-ranging examinations about best practices (“Basic Java Persistence API Best Practices,” by Dustin Marx), conceptual discussions (“Filtering and Grouping: A Comparison of SQL, Linux Scripting, and Ruby,” by Casimir Saternos), and “extreme” evaluations (“Build Your Own Oracle Extended RAC Cluster on Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Linux,” by Jakub Wartak). As usual, the OTN community has proven to be richly diverse, in interests as well as approach.

See the complete list at

Best of the Blogosphere

In 2005, when first “saw the light” of the internet, there were scarcely 30 Oracle employee bloggers to be found. Four years later, there are hundreds, ranging in focus from infrastructure to industries to application families. (Although is not, strictly speaking, a developer-only zone and is not formally an arm of the OTN brand, I am proud to consider myself its godfather.)

A few of these new blogs (I consciously refer to blogs here, as opposed to bloggers , since some blogs feature multiple authors) have thus far demonstrated talent or flair that caught my eye:

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Social CRM [customer relationship management]. This blog’s many authors from the Social CRM team each hew to the same standard: sharing personal experiences and opinions in an informal voice. This is an approach one can’t take for granted in the blogosphere. Visit

Frank Buytendijk Blog. Buytendijk is vice president for enterprise performance management (EPM) at Oracle, but you’d never know it. (I mean that as a compliment.) Buytendijk uses his blog to convey personal interests as well his views on subjects relevant to EPM. Go to

Fusion ECM [enterprise content management]. Blog author Billy Cripe is an Enterprise 2.0 practitioner as well as a pundit. He constantly asks for feedback and polls his readers—and that attitude shows through in his blog. Read it at

This is a rather small sampling, but subscribing to the RSS feeds associated with these blogs would be a good start if you want to dip your toes into the rapidly deepening Oracle blogosphere. For a complete, aggregator-like view, visit

Oracle ACEs in Alliance

Recently I got word from Oracle ACE Director (Oracle Fusion Middleware) Chris Muir about an interesting milestone for the Oracle ACE program. Muir and other members of his Australia-based outfit, SAGE Computing Services (including Oracle ACE Penny Cookson), worked closely with fellow Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema and his colleagues at Netherlands-based AMIS to design a new five-day Oracle training course for end users of Oracle JDeveloper 11g and its associated Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) Business Components and Oracle ADF Faces Rich Client. That course is now officially part of the SAGE catalog.

This is the first case we know of in which Oracle ACEs from around the globe have reached out to work together on a curriculum or other training materials—or at least the first time such materials have seen the light of day.

You can review the Oracle JDeveloper course description, as well as other curricula, at

Justin Kestelyn
( ) is senior director, Oracle Technology Network and developer programs, as well as OTN editor in chief.

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