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November 6, 2015  12:43 PM

Session Coverage: Building Microservices with Daniel Bryant

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application development, Microservices

This is part of a series covering sessions at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, 2015

After giving a brief description of what microservices are (using the words of James Lewis: “Applications that fit in your hand”), Daniel Bryant of the software and DevOps consultancy OpenCredo kicked off his instruction on building microservices by explaining some of the core decisions development teams will need to make up front.

The first “up-front decision,” Bryant explained, is picking your deployment platform. Will you use CloudFoundry? Amazon ECS? Kubernetes? Or do it yourself?

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November 5, 2015  7:32 PM

Session Coverage: Mobile App Integration – Why is it Different?

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Creating mobile app, Mobile Application Development, Mobile development, REST, RESTful API, SOAP

This is part of a series covering sessions at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, 2015

Any mobile app needs to integrate with back-end services, as pointed out by Joe Huang, a solution architect at Oracle, at the beginning of this Oracle OpenWorld 2015 session on integrating mobile applications. These are hardly shocking words to any seasoned developer, of course, but the manner in how they approach this integration is essential to success with mobile apps.

According to Lyudmil Pelov, product manager at Oracle, the key to integrating mobile apps successfully is learning to create Representational State Transfer (REST) APIs.

“REST rules the cloud,” said Peylov. “Today there is not modern cloud without REST.”

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November 5, 2015  2:08 PM

Session Coverage: Best Practices for Maintaining Oracle Fusion Middleware

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application development, Application testing, Oracle

This is part of a series covering sessions at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, 2015

This was a good session for new or intermediate users of Oracle’s Fusion middleware. One of the first things Ramirez stressed during his presentation is the importance of a maintenance strategy. This can help you stay within Oracle’s support guidelines, maintain security and proactively fix any already known issues. Ramirez also cautioned app managers to pay attention to lifetime support policy dates and to closely examine their error correction policy.

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November 2, 2015  10:29 PM

Oracle’s OpenWorld Announcements: What should we be excited about?

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application development, DevOps, Java, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld

From Oracle OpenWorld, October 2015

“The world is changing,” said Abid Ali Neemuchwala, group president and COO at Wipro Technologies at the Tuesday morning Oracle OpenWorld keynote session.

Of course, it’s true that the world is always changing, but this statement seemed to be a very appropriate way to preface the announcements made during the keynote. Continued »


October 14, 2015  7:26 PM

Connect the Now and API Economies: Must-have capabilities

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford
API, API development, Application Programming Interface

The terms “API Economy” and the “Now Economy” were coined in 2013 — and both are going strong today thanks to consumer demands for instant gratification. Some call this phenomenon the Right-Now Economy, and Google drills it down to the Zero Moment of Truth (ZMOT) pitch. All of these approaches are about how the Internet has changed customer decision making, and the technologies and strategies businesses must adapt to meet the new market requirements.

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October 9, 2015  5:16 PM

The ugly side of container technology

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application containerization, Container

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard a lot of hype surrounding application containers being used in the data centers of today’s organizations. What I’ve found is that there are some important issues and pain points app managers need to be aware of if they are serious about leveraging this technology. Continued »


October 1, 2015  9:52 PM

How do you hire the right developers – and make them stay?

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford
Application development, Microservices, Software developer

The creative side of software development attracted Shalom Keynan to the profession. Now director of application development for Boston Heart Diagnostics, he is still fired up about improving patient care through software creation. To keep the ideas and projects flowing, however, he faces the challenge of hiring and training developers to handle mobile, cloud, microservices and other new technologies.

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October 1, 2015  3:14 PM

Keeping the lights on (and off) with IoT-enabled APIs

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
API, API development, API management, Application Programming Interface, iot

In an effort to reduce utility costs, some businesses are leveraging the power of APIs and IoT, the Internet of Things, to control smart devices, such as digitized light bulbs. Continued »


September 25, 2015  5:49 PM

Will big data make kids smarter?

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Big Data, Big Data analytics, Data Analytics

From Big Data Innovation Summit 2015, Boston

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I recently wrote a blog post about how big data is being leveraged in the public sector. But that is not where the use of big data analytics for the public good ends – today’s educators are teaming up with data scientists to determine how these analytics can be used to create tools to help students get more out of their education. Continued »


September 18, 2015  2:31 PM

Developers say: “Give us more documentation!”

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville

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Remember when you were young, and your parents demanded that you leave a note if you left the house? Well, now today’s developers and your parents have more in common than ever.

What do developers want more than anything? According to the Developer Insights Report released by Application Developers Alliance, it’s documentation. The report, conducted in conjunction with IDC, points out that one of the top reason development projects fail is because of changing or poorly documented requirements. Continued »


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