WebCenter, E 2.0, Collaboration & ECM
Articles on Fusion Middleware products addressing Enterprise 2.0, Social Networking within the Enterprise, Enterprise Content Management, Portals and Collaboration – for example UCM and WebCenter
The show of the year is around the corner: on Sunday it will all start again, the Oracle Open World conference. Tens of thousands of developers, architects, administrators, project managers, decision makers and others involved with Oracle products one way or another are gathering in and around San Francisco. AMIS will attend with an 8 person team. We will present, network, publish and investigate. As much as we bring our knowledge and experience to the conference, we also want to find out many things. A quick list of some of the questions that are on the top of my head to get answered during thus year’s conference:Cloud
After last year’s announcements, we have not really seen any concrete cloud instances from Oracle. I hope to learn during this conference where exactly we stand and are headed with the Oracle Cloud – both the Application and the Platform Services. My focus will be on the latter in particular: what is the functionality and non-functionality offered by the various services – from Database Service to Web Services (PHP, Ruby and Python support) and Oracle Cloud Developer Services Hudson (for continuous integration, Git and GitHub for source control, wiki and tasks for More >
It had been announced at Oracle Open World 2011 and sort of promised for December 2011 – a promise or at least a suggestion reiterated in early December even. But for whatever reason, it slipped – not shipped – and Christmas break that perfect time of the year for playing with new software came and went. Now at last, it has arrived. As of midnight CET on 22nd February, PS5 (22.214.171.124) was published on OTN and eDelivery (https://edelivery.oracle.com/EPD/Download/get_form?egroup_aru_number=11493752) for download.
One of the reasons for the delay was the certification of FMW 11gR1 PS5 with Fusion Applications that was done over the last few months. Apart from the additional wait time (that is now over), this is quite good and important news: when Fusion Applications certifies software components, they put those components through very rigorous and extensive tests. Additionally, when Fusion Applications adopt a specific release – even a PS release – it makes that release more important to Oracle. So we now know that PS 5 has both been tested to the max and is of strategic importance to Fusion Applications and thereby to Oracle. Adopting PS5 for us mere mortals is therefore a safe bet – More >
At December the 1st, 2011, Oracle announced it’s new major release, the 12c release. As Oracle added the i (internet) at its 8 release, the g(gridcomputing) at its 10 release, now the focus will be on the c(cloudcomputing).
Many new features come out of the fact that Oracle has made its key application server ready for the cloud, that is, ready for to run on enigineered systems, in fact its own Exalogic machine, Oracle’s solution for implementing the cloud.
So let’s take a look what this new release brings us, in this blogpost. There are several new features available in the 12cNew or enhanced WebLogic 12c features
- JAVA EE 6 support all kinds of JEE6 specifications are implemented like :
- JSF 2.0,Java Servlets 3.0Â JPA 2.0 andÂ EJB 3.1.
- Managed Beans 1.0
- WebLogic 12c also supports supports Java SE 7 (and Java SE 6).
- Java language optimizations and Internationalization
- Client and server support
- SSL/TLS 1.2 in JSSE to support JAVA Socket Transport security
- Converged Java VM:JRockit and HotSpot are Â incorporated with the best features from both.The JVM convergence will be a multi-year process, which was confirmed during my presence at Oracle’s Publisher Seminar 2011 during
Working on a WebCenter 11g Portal application, I recently ran into a challenge: when the user clicks a link in a task flow, the result of that action should be that the user is navigated to another page with a another taskflow that should display content based on context defined through the specific link that was clicked. The challenge was complicated by the fact that the taskflows had to be completely independent, of each other and of the page in which they were embedded.
The general approach with a taskflow that has a link that when clicked should result in effects outside the taskflow is to have the taskflow publish a contextual event with appropriate payload. It is then up to the page that embeds the taskflow in a region to consume and handle the event. That was the easy part.
The event handler can read the payload from the event, store values in a managed bean and navigate to the page that contains the drill-down-target-taskflow. This page has configured the input parameters for this second taskflow using EL expressions that refer to the managed bean that was populated by the event handler. Sounds straightforward, does it not?
What then is the catch in this story? It turned More >
A few months back, in August, I received an electronic copy of the book: “Oracle WebCenter 11g PS3 Administration Cookbook” by Yannick Ongena (Packt Publishing, 2011). I promised you then you write a review on it and now I finally deliver on that promise.
Main conclusion: if you want to get started with WebCenter 11g, this book will help you take your first steps on many of the most important areas of Web Center (Portal). The recipes in the book provide clear instructions on getting things going. Where the Web Center documentation can be a little overwhelming – the Web Center Developer’s Guide has 69 chapters and presumably over 1500 pages of content – Yannick’s book is clear, straightforward and easy to follow.
I am not exactly sure about the intended reader for the book. The title and Yannick’s introduction mention Administration and a technical person responsible for administration. Many recipes however discusses topics and tasks I would associate with developers. So presumably both administrators and developers will benefit from the book. Note that the traditional roles of developer, administrator and end user are not as clearly defined with Web Center Portal: business or end More >
Manage Agility through Manage-ability â€“ Introducing Design Time at Run Time in Oracle Fusion Middleware0
Below is my presentation from the OGH DBA, SOA & BPM Day on November 8th. My talk was about achieving instant agility with application, through the ability to manipulate behavior and look & feel of applications at run time. And also to provide various flavors – parallel versions – of the application through customization.
Oracle Fusion Middleware has built-in infrastructure to provide run time agility as well as customization. This infrastructure is commonly referred to as ‘design time at run time’ (and lately also the Fusion Extension Platform). It is based on MDS (meta data services) Repository and a bunch of run time, WYSIWYG tools: the composers.
To make agility work through design time at run time, it is adamant that organizations clearly define the roles and the process associated with it. And finding staff to play the role of ‘run time application editor’ will not be easy.