DOAG 2021 Conference Report

The DOAG 2021 conference took place November 16-18. This is the long running annual event organized by the German Oracle technology user community – one of the largest in the world. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 event was virtual. There is always some Java related content in the event, including on Jakarta EE, WebLogic, Coherence and Helidon. I delivered two talks on Jakarta EE, WebLogic and Azure.

Running WebLogic on Azure Kubernetes and Virtual Machines

On the second day of the conference, I had the relatively rare opportunity to deliver a talk titled “Running WebLogic on Azure Kubernetes and Virtual Machines”. The material covers the key work Microsoft and Oracle is doing to power WebLogic on Azure. The work includes tools, solutions, guides, samples and scripts to fully enable WebLogic on both Azure Virtual Machines as well as the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). The solutions support simple use cases such easily creating a single working WebLogic instance. They also support common use cases such as clustering, load-balancing, failover, disaster recovery, database connectivity, caching via Coherence, consolidated logging via ELK, and Azure Active Directory integration. The introductory session includes demos for VMs and AKS. I also cover the longer-term roadmap for WebLogic on Azure. The slides for the talk are available on SpeakerDeck.

It is worth reminding that I and my team are always ready to work closely with Java/Jakarta EE developers on Azure migrations – completely for free. To take advantage of this, you simply need to fill this survey out or reach out to me directly.

Jakarta EE – Present and Future

On the last day of the conference, I delivered my fairly popular talk – “Jakarta EE – Present and Future”. The talk is essentially a state of the union for Jakarta EE. It covers a little bit of history, context, Jakarta EE 8, Jakarta EE 9/9.1 as well as what’s ahead for Jakarta EE 10. One key component of the talk is the importance and ways of direct developer contributions into Jakarta EE, if needed with help from the Jakarta EE Ambassadors. Jakarta EE 10 and the Jakarta Core Profile should bring an important set of changes including to CDI, Jakarta REST, Concurrency, Security, Faces, Batch and Configuration. The slides for the talk are available on SpeakerDeck.

I am very happy to have had the opportunity to speak at the DOAG conference. I hope to participate again in the future.

Published by Reza Rahman

Reza Rahman is Principal Program Manager for Java on Azure at Microsoft. He works to make sure Java developers are first class citizens at Microsoft and Microsoft is a first class citizen of the Java ecosystem. Reza has been an official Java technologist at Oracle. He is the author of the popular book EJB 3 in Action. Reza has long been a frequent speaker at Java User Groups and conferences worldwide including JavaOne and Devoxx. He has been the lead for the Java EE track at JavaOne as well as a JavaOne Rock Star Speaker award recipient. He was the program chair for the inaugural JakartaOne conference. Reza is an avid contributor to industry journals like JavaLobby/DZone and TheServerSide. He has been a member of the Java EE, EJB and JMS expert groups over the years. Reza implemented the EJB container for the Resin open source Java EE application server. He helps lead the Philadelphia Java User Group. Reza is a founding member of the Jakarta EE Ambassadors. Reza has over a decade of experience with technology leadership, enterprise architecture and consulting. He has been working with Java EE technology since its inception, developing on almost every major application platform ranging from Tomcat to JBoss, GlassFish, WebSphere and WebLogic. Reza has developed enterprise systems for well-known companies like eBay, Motorola, Comcast, Nokia, Prudential, Guardian Life, USAA, Independence Blue Cross, Anthem, CapitalOne and AAA using Java EE and Spring.

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