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Oracle Magazine
May/June 2010


Oracle and Sun: Transformation Time

By Justin Kestelyn

Get ready to be part of a diverse community of developers, DBAs, system administrators, and architects.

Oracle has finalized the Sun acquisition.* The combination of Oracle and Sun transforms the IT industry and will provide significant benefits and opportunities for the developer communities of the combined companies. For example, the combination of Sun Developer Network, BigAdmin (Sun’s system administrator community), and Oracle Technology Network (OTN) will result in the largest and most diverse community of developers, DBAs, system administrators, and architects. The richness and diversity of this community will be truly remarkable.

In January 2010, OTN published a list of frequently asked questions to address many of the issues we knew the community might be wondering about. Here is an updated and abridged version.

What will happen to Sun Developer Network, JavaSun, and BigAdmin? For the near term, all of these sites will remain in their current form. We know that these resources are important, and you can continue to access them just as you always have at the same URLs and bookmarks. We do foresee an eventual integration of these sites into a redesigned and rearchitected OTN, and we welcome your feedback about this process. We will make sure that any changes are communicated well in advance.

Will there be a JavaOne in 2010? Yes. JavaOne will be colocated with Oracle Develop during Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, California, September 19 through 23, under the umbrella of JavaOne + Develop. You can register for JavaOne as a standalone conference, just as before, or you can attend Oracle Develop 2010 and/or Oracle OpenWorld as well. It’s your choice.

And here’s more good news: we’re taking JavaOne + Develop on the road. For the first time, rapidly growing developer communities outside the U.S. will have access to the JavaOne experience. 

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Will Oracle have Java evangelists, as Sun did? Yes. There will be technical staff members committed to Java technology evangelism, events, and Java developer programs globally.

What are Oracle’s plans for student developer and related academic programs? Oracle will continue to invest in the Sun Academic Initiative and Java Education and Development Initiative—although they may be modified somewhat—as well as in student communities generally.

You can read the full text of these questions and answers at .

JavaOne + Develop

Whether you’re an Oracle diehard or a Java developer who has never used an Oracle product, the new JavaOne + Develop approach is particularly exciting.

This year, the JavaOne curriculum is going back to its roots, with a laser-like focus on Java technology and its related ecosystem. With tracks on the core Java platform, JavaFX, rich user experience, and the Java frontier, you are guaranteed a Java purist experience that covers the conventional, the bleeding edge, and everything in between.

Oracle Develop is still the premier event for developers working with the Oracle stack—Oracle Fusion Middleware and developer tools, Oracle Database, and Oracle Solaris.

Linking both these conferences together will of course be the OTN presence—bigger and better than ever—which will move from its traditional Oracle OpenWorld location to the JavaOne + Develop site. We look forward to seeing not only our regulars but also a vast influx of new developers from the Java community.

*Local entity combinations worldwide will proceed in accordance with local laws


Justin Kestelyn

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

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