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Brian Leonard is a Sales Engineer at Oracle responsible for Oracle's Fusion Middle products including WebLogic, SOA Suite and Exalogic. Prior to joining the Oracle sales organization, Brian was a Product Manager for Oracle's Solaris technologies.

Brian began his career working as a systems engineer with EDS at Enron, but claims no responsibility for Enron's ultimate demise. Always wanting to experience California, Brian moved from Houston to Silicon Valley in 1991 just in time to ride the .com wave. In 1997 Brian joined the startup NetDynamics, which was pushing a new concept called an application server. In 1998 NetDynamics was acquired by Sun Microsystems and soon after J2EE (now Java EE) was born. Brian then spent the rest of his career working in the application server space before his boss suggested he consider joining the than left for dead NetBeans team. During that time the NetBeans community grew from thousands to millions of users, and Brian falls to sleep at night assuming he played some small part in fueling that growth.

Brian spends almost all of his spare time hanging out with his 3 awesome kids, in fear of the day they wake-up and decide he's no longer cool enough to hang out with.

 

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Validating Oracle Java Cloud Service HA

On January 2nd I received a New Year's gift, my "Welcome to Oracle Cloud" email. I had requested a 30-day free trial back on October 17, when the Oracle Cloud was first announced, and...

I'm expanding on an earlier post where I explained how to deploy...

Web Forms is one of the exciting new features of the recently released BPM 11.1.1.7.

By default, all connections to the Oracle Cloud are encrypted:

The Problem

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In this blog entry I outline the steps necessary to deploy JAX-RS (JSR 311) RESTful web services to the Oracle Cloud. We'll be using...

As a test, I re-created the HRSystem application as described in the tutorial Developing...

Many of the Oracle Java development tutorials that access a database do so against the Oracle HR sample schema. See, for example,...

Looking at the MySQL web site, the instructions for Installing MySQL Community Server seem more complicated then they need...

Unfortunately, NetBeans 6.1 has not yet made it into the package repository for OpenSolaris 2008.05 yet. Here's how to install it.

Step 1: Install the JDK

OpenSolaris 2008.05 does...

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, OpenSolaris 2008.05 comes with a sweet NVIDIA utility for working with their cards. The only problem is that is seems pretty worthless w/out an existing xorg....

Okay, so I'm not the first to document this configuration (1). However, I wasn't successful with any of the other approaches I...

The ability to drag and drop has been a staple of desktop applications for years. With the advent of Ajax, the ability to drag and drop has now found its way to web applications. In this entry I...

Actually, I don't know what this feature is called, but I love it when a web application gives me instant feedback on the validity of my entry. For example:



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NetBeans 6.1 M1 was just released, and with it comes rudimentary support for the Groovy language and the Grails framework. I say rudimentary because this is M1, but there's a lot of work in...

All well developed applications are supported by tests. In this entry I extend the web log I've been building to include some unit, functional and integration tests.

In my first take on introducing AJAX with Rails, when a new comment is posted to an entry, the entire set...

Out of sheer morbid curiosity, I wondered what it would take to replace ActiveRecord with JPA in the classic blog demo. ...

Here we enhance our Ruby web log so that readers can add comments. In the process we will learn how to deal with model relationships in Rails, as a single post can have zero or more comments.