Tag Archives: Release

Sometimes development is just work

No matter how cool your job is, no matter how many people are looking at you or your company for best practises, sometimes developing software is just work ๐Ÿ˜‰ On this blog I’ve shared examples of companies that people nowadays see as successful, like Netflix, Twitter, Spotify, or the online retailer bol.com.

To prove my point I’ve checked the release notes of Netflix and Spotify apps. Here is what they show for recent updates:

Software development at Spotify is just work

You can find recent release notes for Spotify. For future reference here is a screenshot of how these looked today:
Software development at spotify is just work

As you can see it is mainly fixes and a new translation… Where did all the fun stuff go. Think the cat took it? So crafting software could be “just” improving and step by step creating a great product!?

Software development at Netflix is just work

Now lets look at Netflix. Just looked up the release notes of Netflix in the iTunes store. Here is how they looked today:
Software development at Netflix is just work

Wow! Updates and bug fixes. That sounds really cool. That must be loads of fun. So could it be that even working on awesome apps for great companies is (at least for a part) just work?

Success needs work

So sometimes software development is just work. Just don’t forget:
The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Could have said it better Harvey: The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Fun and play are a part of you as a person. Work is just a way to make it flow…

New Whitebook article (Dutch) – Integratie maar dan lean

lean integrationRecently my latest Whitebook was published, called ‘Integratie maar dan lean‘. The article focusses on solid tips to move your integration practise to a more lean version.

It’s in Dutch. International readers can use Google Translate. An English translation can be provided on request. Please leave a comment with your email. Have your integration lean ๐Ÿ˜‰

EM Cloud Administration Guide released

Oracle EM 12cOracle released the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Administration Guide 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.1) documentation. It is part of the Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Documentation.

Enterprise Manager Cloud Control is system management software that delivers centralized monitoring, administration, and life-cycle management functionality for the complete IT infrastructure, including systems running Oracle and non-Oracle technologies.

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.1) available

WLS 12cOracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.1) is available for download. The main themes of the new release are according to Oracle:

  • Java EE 6 and Developer Productivity
  • Simplified Deployment and Management with Virtualization
  • Integrated Traffic Management
  • Enhanced Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • Much Higher Performance
  • Seamless Upgrade

WebLogic Server 12 is available as installer or ZIP distribution. Download WebLogic Server 12c. Other useful links:

Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse (12.1.1) available

Shortly after WLS 12c Oracle also has released OEPE 12.1.1 – Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse. It is certified on Windows 7/XP/Vista, MacOS, and Linux. OEPE is supported on JDK 6.

Update: WebLogic 12.1.1 VirtualBox Appliance available

With OTN Virtual Developer Day a WebLogic 12c VirtualBox appliance became available. On the appliance there are Labs and other Java development tools like: Hudson, Subversion, Maven, NetBeans IDE, and Eclipse (including OEPE).

Update: Updated/Patched WebLogic 12.1.1.0 distribution available

Just read Markus Eiseles blog on an updated WebLogic Server 12c on OTN. If you obtain the updated product distribution for WebLogic Server 12.1.1 after March 16, 2012, the patches are included. If you obtained a product distribution for WebLogic Server 12.1.1 prior to March 16, 2012, and you do not wish to re-install with the updated WebLogic Server distribution, you can obtain the patches from Oracle Support.

Oracle BPM Suite 11g Handbook and free resources

BPM Suite 11gRecently McGraw Hill published the Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g Handbook. It is available on their site and at Amazon.com.

Here is the table of contents with the links to the free chapters:

    Part I: Introduction

  1. BPM โ€“ Background
  2. Standards in BPM
  3. BPM Suite 11g โ€“ Overview
  4. Part II: Mastering Oracle BPM 11g

  5. Quick Learners Guide to Oracle BPM 11g
  6. Business Process Modeling and Implementation using BPMN 2.0
  7. Mastering Business Rules
  8. Advanced Human Tasks
  9. Developing Rich User Interfaces for BPM with ADF
  10. Part III: Essentials of Oracle BPM Methodology

  11. Planning a BPM Adoption
  12. Strategic Analysis, Process Selection and Design
  13. Technical Design and Project Delivery Strategies

Oracle releases NoSQL Database, Enterprise Edition 1.1.100

While the NoSQL Database Community Edition still waits for final license approval, Oracle has released it’s NoSQL Database, Enterprise Edition 1.1.100. The download is available on OTN.

The Oracle NoSQL Database is a distributed key-value database. It is designed to provide highly reliable, scalable and available data storage across a configurable set of systems that function as storage nodes.

The documentation page is still rather empty. However Technical Overview and a Data Sheet are already available.

Oracle NoSQL is a key offering in Oracleโ€™s portfolio of Big Data products. The product is based on the Java version of Berkeley DB, an open source database used in embedded systems.

Update

A pre-JavaOne peek into the future of Java

In this week just before JavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld the topic “the future of Java” keeps coming up again and again. Today the tweets coming out of the Oracle ACE Director briefing, that some how aren’t affected by a non-disclosure agreement, seem strong and positive: Ranging from Extremely passionate and very impressive, and incredibly passionate address to amazingly open words. Resulting in the statement Oracle is on the good side of the force… as far as Java is concerned. As close as we mere mortals can get at this point in time…

In one of the tweets Thomas Kurian is quoted:

After my keynote, there is no longer any confusion about the Java feature roadmap.

To see for yourself what the future of Java looks like, watch Thomas Kurian’s keynote live via the stream on JavaOne and Java Develop. To be continued…

Note that the Java Champions have joined the Oracle ACE Directors. As was stated here this significantly raised the number of Eclipse users ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another easy way to test drive SOA Suite and BPM 11g R1 PS2

In June an AMI (Amazon Machine Image to use on the EC2 platform) for SOA Suite and BPM 11g R1 PS2 became available. In the last days it was announced that a VirtualBox Appliance is available. The timing, just before Oracle OpenWorld 2010 cannot be a coincidence…

This appliance contains a fully configured, ready-to-use SOA/BPM 11g R1 installation. It contains the following software:

  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 4
  • Oracle XE Universal database 10.2.0.1
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.3.0
  • SOA Suite 11gR1 PS2
  • BPM Suite 11gR1 PS2 (with bundle patch #1)
  • BAM 11gR1 PS2
  • B2B 11gR1 PS2
  • JDeveloper 11.1.1.3

The download and setup instructions can be found on Oracle Technet.