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    The Oracle ISV UK Team, in collaboration with Intel®, are delighted to invite you to the ISV Cloud Evening’s exclusive film night, hosted at the Cinema at the Mondrian London, on Wednesday 23rd November 2016.

    Join us for an evening of inspiration and knowledge where we will have the pleasure of welcoming John Abel back to the stage.

    John will narrate the Oracle journey to the Cloud and speak about the challenges that many ISVs are facing when moving from traditional perpetual application distribution to owning the complete stack and offering an SLA to your customers.  

    Save your seat!

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    Effective 1 November 2016, the frequency of the Oracle Cloud (Fusion) application update cycle is changing from monthly to quarterly.

    This revised update policy will provide the following benefits: significant reduction in downtime, fewer testing and validation cycles required, more flexibility in scheduling environment refreshes. The quarterly updates will start in November 2016.

    These updates will be applied to non-production environments every 1st weekend of the quarter and to production environments the 3rd weekend of the same month.

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    The Partner Technical Forum East is under way in Reston VA Nov 1st to 4th.

    Over 250 Technical Practitioners from 70 Partner organizations in North America are attending workshops to increase their technical knowledge of Oracle PaaS and PaaS For SaaS.

    If you were not able to participate in this in-person event, attend the virtual sessions we have available and contact your Channel and Alliances managers to learn about other opportunities for you to learn how to deploy and manage Oracle Public Cloud Services.

    Competency Center:

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    Oracle Unified Method (OUM) Release 6.4 now avaiable for OPN Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Partners. 

    OUM release 6.4 provides support for Application Implementation, Cloud Application Services Implementation, and Software Upgrade projects as well as the complete range of technology projects including Business Intelligence (BI), Enterprise Security, WebCenter, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Application Integration Architecture (AIA), Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Integration, and Custom Software.

    Detailed techniques and tool guidance are provided, including a supplemental guide related to Oracle Tutor and UPK.

    Learn more.

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    The November edition of the PaaS & Middleware Partner Update contains three key topics:

    • Community Resources
    • Managed Service Provider Partner Program
    • SOA & BPM Partner Community Webcasts November 29th 2016

    For regular updates please subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

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    Since the past few days, if you've been creating Oracle JET applications via the "Oracle JET QuickStart Basic" template, i.e., in NetBeans IDE via the wizard below... might have been asking yourself: "Where is my home?" I.e., look below, there's no "home" module, that is, no "home.js" and no "home.html":

    Not to worry, at all! What's happened is that we're now using the "navdrawer" template for the "Oracle JET QuickStart Basic" wizard, so that you end up with the file structure shown above, which looks as follows when opened in the browser:

    The template is a bit different to how it used to be, with "home" and "library" and "performance" etc, though the content and underlying architecture is the same. Just a different layout, different modules, etc, not a different architecture, at all.

    Essentially, the "dashboard" module is now the new "home" module, when you see references to "home" in Oracle JET tutorials and so on, just use the "dashboard" module instead.

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    With the increasing trend of deployment and implementation on cloud and continuous product releases across the SAAS/PAAS/IAAS solutions, it is imperative to know what kind of career transformation could happen in the future.

    It's crucial to examine how today's professionals can build skills and earn certifications to prepare for future roles.

    Below, we'll explore some of the roles and competencies where skills gaps could provide huge job opportunities for professionals.

    By following a learning path and earning in demand cloud certifications, you could be well on your way to a promising career.

    1. Cloud Strategic Database Administrator

    From the traditional DBA professional, the future role of the DBA will be more geared toward strategicallymanaging database on cloud. The DBA should be equipped with in-depth experience building DBAAS solutions and managing co-existence solutions. The DBA should also develop skills in niche database areas, including multitenancy, performance tuning, high availability and security tuned towards cloud.

    Oracle Database 12c provides a plethora of features /functionalities designed for cloud. And with DBAAS, it can be extended on how you could manage it. It's key for professionals to build knowledge and experience in this niche area of database cloud to keep pace with future deployment environments.

    Related Technology: Database 12c, DBAAS

    2. Professional DevOps Engineer

    Within the large ecosystem of Java developers, the next generation development platform is readily available on cloud. It's imperative for development teams to align with next generation developer roles that could require more agile, collaborative and build-on-the-fly skills in the cloud environment.

    DevOps will experience a key paradigm shift in development. It requires a change in thinking from traditional development, which could create huge skills gaps.

    Related Technology: Java, chef, Java Cloud Service, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

    3. Data Scientist

    For all database professionals managing Business Intelligence applications, data science is one of the key areas to build knowledge. Data science involves applying statistical methodologies to identify patterns in the data world. Oracle’s Big Data and Analytics platform for data scientists is a great place to start.

    Related Technology:Oracle Big Data Cloud Service (BDCS), Oracle R Advanced Analytics for Hadoop (ORAAH), Big Data Discovery (BDD), Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph (BDSG), Oracle Advanced Analytics (OAA), Oracle Big Data SQL, Oracle Data Visualization (DV), and Oracle Big Data Cloud Service - Compute Edition (BDCS-CE).

    4. Java Embedded Development – IOT Specialist

    One of the key developments in modern times is related to extensibility of devices to communicate data with other devices, while building solutions to connect, stream and build analytics over the data.

    Given that Raspberry and Arduino have become defacto standards for embedding intelligence into devices, there will be a high demand for professionals with embedded Java skills. These skills will be used to integrate and build industry-specific applications for the future.

    Related Technology: Java Embedded, IOTCS, ICS, SOACS, Mobile CS, Device programming (Raspberry)

    5. Modern SAAS Application Technology Professionals

    Given most of the ERP, CRM and CX solutions are moving from on-premise to Cloud, there will be a huge skills gap when it comes to seamlessly integrating these solutions. There will be a need to develop modern portal leveraging and PAAS solutions integration.

    As large number of professional roles will open up in these areas, building Java skills, followed by PAAS platform for integration skills, is essential for the future.

    Related Technology: Java CS, SOA CS, ICS, API Management, Entire PAAS Stack

    6. Mobile Enabling On Demand and SAAS extensions – Mobile Experts

    Mobile is omnipresent. Professionals who can automate business processes seamlessly into Android and iPhone platforms, while developing strategy for integration and architectural solutions, will be in high demand.

    Building mobility architectural skills, improving user experience integrating with AR and wearable connectivity are all areas developers should focus on.

    Related Technology: Java, MAF, PAAS Platform, Mobile Cloud Service

    7. Security Management - Security Specialist

    With global digitalization and devices becoming connected, a huge amount of data is generated. It has become essential to build niche security skills related to every layer of transactions, including database, applications, mobile and cloud.

    Encryption and authentication expertise, as well as the ability to write modern algorithms to control device security and application security, will be in huge demand. Professionals who can manage these devices and systems will also be highly sought after in the workplace.

    Related Oracle Technology: Database 12c, EM 12c, Identity management, IDM as service

    8. Analytics Professionals – Big Data – Predictive/Prescriptive/AI/Emotional Analyst

    As the world is all about data and analytics, building and managing these platforms and ensuring only relevant data sources are accessed will become increasingly important. Data sources include social media, applications, IOT and mobile.

    This requires multi-disciplinary skills that professionals need to build, including Hadoop, map reduce, database, data warehouse and streaming technologies such as CEP for pulling the data.

    Related Oracle Technology: Database 12c, Big Data, CEP, Java, Oracle R Advanced Analytics, Big Data Appliance.

    9. Infrastructure Specialist and Engineered SystemSpecialist

    Given the huge growth in SAAS and PAAS adoption, it's imperative for organizations to have experts who can properly manage the infrastructure and formulate strategy surrounding storage, security, scalability, availability and more.

    It will become essential to have expert system specialists who have extensive experience working with engineered systems like Exadata as service and Exalogic.

    Related Technology: Bare Metal, Ravello, Container, Compute, Storage, Network Professional, Exadata on cloud, Exalogic, Exalytics, Sun Sparc T5

    10. AI, Robotics, IORT and Augmented Technologies Development

    With innovative research and development around robotics, AR, Emotional Intelligence and Augmentation, there are a lot of new opportunities for developers who are skilled in machine learning, NLP, cognitive computing and robotic programming.

    Related Technology: Java, Machine Learning, Bots, Application Enrichment with AI (Big Data Discovery, Data Cloud Service, HCM Apps)

    Most of the roles discussed above require professionals to have very strong foundations in Database and Java.

    The majority of innovations for the future are driven by products hosted on the cloud in various layers – SAAS, PAAS or IAAS. It's imperative for the professionals to develop cloud competency and earn certifications to increase their market value.

    It is also becoming essential to power the end user with modern learning, such as In-APP just in time learning, which helps end users quickly master processes as they navigate the software.

    Competency development falls into four categories:

    • Foundations - Database 12c, Java, Cloud Development/Platform/Infrastructure
    • Building niche skills for the digital world – social, mobile, analytics, IOT
    • Extending the platform and reengineering infrastructure skills for the Cloud extending SAAS applications – PAAS and IAAS platforms
    • Future platform – robotics, AI, natural language, emotional intelligence API

    Oracle University provides subscription-based learning to help professionals learn anytime, anywhere. Enjoy flexible learning, while participating in hands-on labs to reinforce and apply new knowledge.

    In my next series of articles, I will deep dive into each of the roles and approaches to competency.

    Explore Cloud Learning and Cloud Certifications >

    About the Author:

    Sudhir Menon is a seasoned and experienced techno-management professional with 22+ years of diverse experience across consulting, industry solutions, architecture, and technology management. He is very passionate about architecture and has diverse experience managing customers and building solutions specific to industry mapping to the business needs.

    He has strong consulting experience in building IOT, Analytics, Cloud and Middleware Solutions for large customers. He is currently doing research around IOT and Analytics and building next generation solutions. He works as principal consultant at Oracle University.

    You can reach him

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  • 11/04/16--14:07: Relinking Saves The Day!
  • For this post, we've got a great tip that can help when patching any EBS module. During patching, modules can get out of sync and require rebuilding. This is done with relinking. Imagine after patching that suddenly the Inventory Manager never completes. This could be a small problem and it could be because Inventory is out of sync with other modules. You can fix this by relinking. Check out document, Relinking Oracle Home FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) (Doc ID 1467060.1)

    Doc ID 1467060.1 gives full details on the who, what, how, and why of relinking. It's your one-stop resource. If you do any patching, we would certainly recommend to bookmark the document.

    Learn about relinking, and add another resource that makes sure patching doesn't slow your business down.

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    Performance in service oriented environments is often an issue. This is usually caused by a combination of infrastructure, configuration and service efficiency. In this blog article I provide several suggestions to improve performance by using patterns in service implementations. The patterns are described globally since implementations can differ across specific use cases. Also I provide some suggestions on things to consider when implementing such a pattern. They are technology independent however the technology does of course play a role in the implementation options you have. This blog article was inspired by a session at AMIS by Lucas Jellema and additionally flavored by personal experience.

    Asynchronous services

    Suppose a synchronous call is made and the system takes a while to process the information. In the mean time the end-user might be waiting for the processing to be completed while the end-user might not (immediately) be interested in the response. Why not make the process asynchronous?

    Making a process asynchronous has some drawbacks. The result of the processing of the request will not be available immediately in the front- and back-end so you cannot use this information yet and often you do not know when (and if) the information will become available. If something goes wrong during processing, who will be informed to take measures? (How) does the back-end inform the front-end when it’s done? You can think of server push mechanisms.


    This is of course a famous pattern. The claim-check pattern is often used when large objects are used such as large binary files, which you do not want to pull through your entire middleware layer. Often the data is labelled and saved somewhere. The middleware can get a reference to the data. This reference can be send to the place it needs to be and the data can be fetched and processed there.

    Set processing

    Service calls are expensive since they often traverse several layers of hard- and software. For example I need to fetch data on a lot of persons and I have a service to fetch me person information. I can call this service for every individual person. This can mean a Service Bus instance, a SOA composite instance, a SOA component instance,a database adapter instance, a database connection and fetching of a single item all the way back (not even talking about hard- and software load-balancers). Every instance and connection (e.g. HTTP, database) takes some time. If you can minimize the instances and connections, you obviously can gain a lot of performance. How to do this is more easy than it might seem. Just fetch more than one person in a single request. Read the complete article here.

    SOA & BPM Partner Community

    For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.


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    Probably to most NetBeans users, the need to double-click a file to open it has become part of your DNA.

    However, consider the thought of not needing to double-click anymore. Simply select a file and it opens. That's what the "One Click Open Sesame" plugin aims to achieve for you:

    The project was started some time ago here:

    Chris Lenz (@Chrizzly42) and Benno Markiewicz (@benM4) in Leipzig worked on it quite a bit over the past weeks and now usability has improved significantly:

    • The opened file does not get the focus anymore. Instead, focus stays back in the view where the click came from (Projects window, Files window, or Favorites window). This gives you the benefit that you can navigate through your view with your arrow keys and the focus will not change to the file that opens.

    • A fixed delay is added, of about 400ms, while in the next version the aim is to make it configurable, so that you can navigate through the view with your arrow keys and files don't open instantly and only after the specified delay.

    • An open document is reused while navigating through the view. If you set the focus to an open document and go back to the view, a new document will be created.

    Awesome and I am using this constantly now. Well, since yesterday when I tried it out, and it's really nice. If you encounter any issues, go to the GitHub location above and report them!

    Many thanks to Benno and Chris!

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    Oracle’s BI application Oracle Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) is the choice to provide Oracle Fusion Middleware (FMW) users with business insights of all running processes and applications. Due to the fact that in a standard Oracle FMW infrastructure multiple applications are hosted on which different user groups are operating one can imagine that not all information should be accessible by all users. At this point user roles and permissions become an important topic within enterprise applications. This article will provide an overview of Oracle BAM Security Concept which can be used to restrict user access to different data and dashboard categories.

    Introduction to Oracle BAM Security Concept

    BAM is a standard Java EE application. Therefore the same role and access right concepts apply to BAM as to any other Java EE application. When BAM is installed five standard BAM user groups are created in WebLogic standard security realm.

    Each group grants a specific set of functionality to its members. The minimum requirement for a user in order to login to BAM is provided by BAMUsers group. All additional groups add more BAM functions for its users:

    • BAMContentViewer – Members can view dashboards in a project
    • BAMContentCreator – Members can create dashboards and other BAM artifacts in a project
    • BAMArchitect – Members can create new BAM Data Objects and Enterprise Message Sources
    • BAMAdministrator – Members can view and modify all resources in any project

    Users can be added to user groups accord ing to the required access rights.

    Adding additional BAM users

    In order to add a new user to BAM one has to add the user to BAMUsers group. Afterwards the user can login. However he is not able to see any projects or access dashboards. Read the complete article here.

    SOA & BPM Partner Community

    For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.


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    What is the role of the SOA Suite Administrator? What are the key responsibilities and challenges? These and other questions are addressed in the latest OTN ArchBeat Podcast in a wide-ranging discussion with the authors of the Oracle SOA Suite 12c Administrator's Guide (2015, Packt Publishing).

    Listen to the podcast.

    The Panelists


    Arun Pareek, Principal Consultant, Rubicon Red



    Ahmed Aboulnaga, Oracle ACE, Technical Director, Raastech Inc.



    Harold Dost, Oracle ACE Associate, Principal Consultant, Raastech Inc.


    Additional Resources

    • Oracle SOA Suite 12c: Startup and Shutdown
      This 18-page sample chapter from the Oracle SOA Suite 12c Administrator's Guide focuses exclusively on the startup and shutdown of the Oracle SOA Suite infrastructure and how to verify the completion of each component.
    • Community Discussion: Oracle SOA Suite
      Have a technical question about SOA Suite? Have insight to share? The Oracle SOA Suite community space includes nearly 20,000 discussions about all aspects of SOA Suite. Jump in!

    SOA & BPM Partner Community

    For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.


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    Webcast_icon.jpgUsing Trading Community Architecture (TCA) Business Objects APIs & Events

    Date:November 16, 2016 at 11 am ET, 8 am PT, 4 pm GMT, 9:30 IST

    This one-hour Advisor Webcast is recommended for technical users who are looking to utilize Trading Community Architecture (TCA) Business Objects to construct a logical business unit for which they can perform operations and services through the usage of the objects' corresponding Business Object Events and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

    Topics will include:

    • Business Objects
    • Business Object API features & procedures
    • Business Object Events & tracking

    Details & Registration via the My Oracle Support Community thread:  Advisor Webcast on 16-Nov-16: Using Trading Community Architecture (TCA) Business Objects APIs & Events

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    The upcoming weeks will involve a lot of travel I'm looking forward to present at SANGAM Conference in Bangalore, India on Nov 11 and 12 for the first time.  I will have two sessions at SANGAM: There are so many interesting talks in the agenda (please click here) - the... [Read More]

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    Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OAF or "OA Framework") user interface libraries and infrastructure.   Since the release of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 in 2013, we have released several updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues. 

    These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Pack. "Cumulative" means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

    The latest OAF update for EBS 12.2.4 is now available:

    Where is the documentation for this update?

    Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are here:

    Who should apply this patch?

    All EBS 12.2.4 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS 12.2.4 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

    What's new in this update?

    Fixes are included for following critical issues:

      • When Descriptive Flexfield (DFF) is rendered in an advanced table, some of its segments may not be displayed, and instead other columns of the table get repeated.
      • Unable to attach the Font message choice drop-downs such as Font, Color and Size to Message Rich Text Editor (MRTE).

      This is a cumulative patch for EBS 12.2.4.  It includes updates previously released as Bundle 11 and patch 24007747.

      This Bundle Patch requires the R12.ATG_PF.C.Delta.4 Release Update Pack as a mandatory prerequisite.

      Related Articles

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      The Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for 12cR1 Administrators is a comprehensive new course that will guide you through each of the new features. Get ample opportunities to discuss and explore how these features may affect your working operations.

      This course is the first 12c Release 2 course available in a series of learning paths being developed to get you up to speed on Oracle Database Cloud Services. 

      This course bridges the following enhancements between Oracle Database Release 1 and Release 2 and covers the following key areas:

      Security lessons cover enhancements in auditing, like role based conditional auditing, in privilege administration like new system administrative privilege for RAC, in Privilege Analysis and Data Redaction, in Transparent Sensitive Data Protection with new types of policies for FGA and TDE and in Transparent Data Encryption (TDE).

      Availabilitylessons cover enhanced features in RMAN like table recovery, transport data across platforms, enhancements related to online operations and ongoing enhancements with Oracle Data Pump, SQL*Loader and external tables.

      Performance lessons explain the new features to increase performance of the databases with SQL Performance Analyzer, DB Replay and SQL Plan Management. See how to increase query execution with the Optimizer Statistics Advisor, SQLJOIN processing.

      You will also learn about In-Memory Column Store enhancements like In-Memory FastStart, In-Memory Expressions and Virtual Columns, and objects eviction with ADO policies.

      Partitioninglessoncovers enhancements in partitioning methods.

      Manageability lessoncovers enhancements in database operations.

      Diagnosability lessons cover enhancements in ADR space management and explain what can be completed with the new Trace File Analyzer (TFA) tool.

      Cloud lessonexplains the various Oracle Database Cloud single-instance service components and their interactions.

      Having validated more than 2 million certified experts, while teaching 200,000 students per year, Oracle University is your expert training resource.

      Ensure your success with Oracle Database 12c by taking Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for 12cR1 Administrators.

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      Traditional enterprise software deployment can be complex, time-consuming, and error-prone.  OpenStack services provide a rich set of capabilities for automated deployment and configuration of raw compute, network, and storage, but have typically left the top of the stack to be managed by traditional configuration management (CM) tooling. With OpenStack Murano's abstraction capabilities, deployment time can be reduced from weeks and days to hours and minutes, without the requirement to develop and maintain highly customized CM manifests.

      Oracle is focused on enabling sophisticated enterprise applications from the OpenStack Murano Application Catalog with pre-configured, pre-tested templates. This functionality will be available with the Mitaka release of the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux (currently in Beta).  In this video, Oracle's Wiekus Beukes demonstrates in a beta environment how we have configured and deployed Oracle Database in our test environments using these templates and the Murano Application Catalog and how it can be incorporated into multi-tiered application stacks. 

      Get more information about Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux

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    • 11/07/16--11:26: Mobile Challenge 2.0
    • Remember the Oracle Mobile Challenge at OpenWorld 2016? Well, it looks like a good idea is worth duplicating. Our friends over at Avanttic created a similar app using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service - but instead of using Oracle MAF as the client, they decided to use Oracle JET.  This was developed for the Oracle Digital Day 2016 that took place recently in Madrid. Unlike the Mobile Challenge app used at OpenWorld, they tweaked the game to encourage visiting specific booths, tweeting with specific hashtags and meeting specific experts. The app used Estimote beacons to leverage the new location services in Oracle MCS and a web dashboard to display some analytics about the location of the attendees and to give away the prizes.

      According to the Avanttic team:

      "The backend is fully made with Oracle MCS, storing the data in MCS db and using analytics. We also used some node modules like twitter to track tweets and then we cache them and evaluate the hashtags to know if the user completed the challenge. It was a total success!"

      "The cool thing about the development is that we made the whole application and the backend in just 3 weeks (it was after work, so we just spent like 2-3 hours a day)"

      What do we say about Oracle Mobile? Build better apps faster! Say it with me and hallelujah mobile brothers and sisters! Build better apps faster!

      Some screenshots are attached but you can also download the app from apple store and google play store in this links:  | |

      Follow us @OracleMobile and to join the mobile conversation on LinkedIn.

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      One of the coolest features of Oracle REST Data Services v3.0 and higher, is the ability to REST enable your Oracle tables and views. You get a full REST api on your table – INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, Select with or without predicates and sorting, and getting metadata. You can also batch load records. I’ve... [Read More]

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      One of the coolest recent developments in the NetBeans ecosystem is the establishment of the NetBeans Slack channel. We've only got this going over the past few weeks and there's a few hundred already registered and active.

      What's the big deal and what's so great about Slack? Well, to me, and to how I'm using it, is that I see it as a modernized version of IRC, with the benefit of direct and quick interaction, e.g., I was holding off on publishing the new release of the One Click Open Sesame plugin because I wasn't completely sure about what new features Chris and Benno had implemented and so I quickly wrote back and forth with Chris on Slack and very quickly had my questions cleared up, rather than e-mailing back and forth for a week or two before getting the story straight.

      So, want quick answers to your questions, want to resolve something without too much hassle? Join the NetBeans Slack channels and, of course, the more that join the more useful it will be since there'll be more knowledge going around.

      Go here to get started, i.e., simply enter your e-mail address and you're good to go:

      And this is what the UI looks like, for me: 

      Nice and neat and efficient. Thanks Wade and Chris and others for working on this and making this already a big success with the potential for much more! 

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