Mix is Live

MixToday is a big day for Oracle and our team. We have been cranking pretty hard for the last 6 weeks to get here. Where are we you ask? We’ll, I like to think of it as camp. Y’know in those everest trips how the teams have to reach a series of camps before their ultimate dream of conquering the highest peak on this planet? Today, was the first stop on our way to having the applications community we have all dreamed about. We have officially launched our Beta of Oracle Mix. Mix is our combination social network, idea sharing site, group collaboration tool, and answers forum.  Oh yeah, and it’s all running on the red stack, Oracle Linux, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle DB.

The really cool thing is that we built the whole thing in about 6 weeks, from start to finish. That includes the very brief design sessions we had to flush out requirements, wireframes, etc. If you ask Jake nicely he might post a few of our really fancy whiteboard wireframes that he captured on his iphone (can you say Agile development?) The other cool thing was that as a part of this project we were lucky enough to connect with a fantastic team from ThoughtWorks. It was collaborative from start to finish. We each brought a few necessary components to the table along with a mutual desire to do something not only different, but special. I can tell you that without their professionalism and expertise, we would not be where we are today.

It should also be noted that launching anything as ambitious as a community for such a large group of people is not done in a vacuum. There were unsung heroes throughout Oracle in groups like legal, hr, operations, marketing, customer programs, and more that really made this happen. There are challenges in any project, but the people we ran into always seemed to find the answer, happily. To them we simply say thank you.

So here we are, day 1. Now the real fun begins. Seeing how everyone who cares about Oracle applications uses this new tool. We are excited to see what works and what doesn’t. There will without question be issues as we figure out what this new world means to our community. So pardon our dust if you see it, and thanks for coming along for the ride!

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  2. Where do we post technical issues with the mix site itself? I tried to “want” one of the ideas, but I got an error saying “You must have a confirmed Oracle customer email address to perform that action.” I don’t understand how to get on the A-list…help?

  3. Where do we post technical issues with the mix site itself? I tried to “want” one of the ideas, but I got an error saying “You must have a confirmed Oracle customer email address to perform that action.” I don’t understand how to get on the A-list…help?

  4. Dan: Lulz, as if I would know about the A-List. You’ll want to register with your work/customer email, and then confirm. After that, you’re golden. Catch up with me at 21st Amendment this evening, and we’ll chat.

  5. Dan: Lulz, as if I would know about the A-List. You’ll want to register with your work/customer email, and then confirm. After that, you’re golden. Catch up with me at 21st Amendment this evening, and we’ll chat.

  6. Mix doesn’t work for me. I log in and wherever I try to go it takes me to the profile page. I’ve tried to complete that but it doesn’t save any responses. Doesn’t matter what browser I use (I use Firefox but tried IE) or how many times I empty my cache.

  7. Mix doesn’t work for me. I log in and wherever I try to go it takes me to the profile page. I’ve tried to complete that but it doesn’t save any responses. Doesn’t matter what browser I use (I use Firefox but tried IE) or how many times I empty my cache.

  8. You mention that the site was done in 6 weeks. How many people worked on the project and the composition of the team (including Thoughtworks)? How many hours? What pieces you developed versus what libraries you leveraged? All these bits of information is helpful in determining what it took to get the site up in 6 weeks.

  9. You mention that the site was done in 6 weeks. How many people worked on the project and the composition of the team (including Thoughtworks)? How many hours? What pieces you developed versus what libraries you leveraged? All these bits of information is helpful in determining what it took to get the site up in 6 weeks.

  10. Srinivas,

    I’ll save all the details for another blog post, but basically, the team was comprised of me (Rich) and 4 ruby guys from ThoughtWorks. It was a fabulous team. One guy, Ola, works on jRuby core… so that helped a ton. The actual dev time actually only took about 3.5-4 weeks. The project started 6 weeks ago, but dev was compressed to a shorter time period. Development was done in an agile fashion (ThoughtWorks, defines agile).

    Anyway, I’ll post more details on this before the week is over.

    Rich

  11. Srinivas,

    I’ll save all the details for another blog post, but basically, the team was comprised of me (Rich) and 4 ruby guys from ThoughtWorks. It was a fabulous team. One guy, Ola, works on jRuby core… so that helped a ton. The actual dev time actually only took about 3.5-4 weeks. The project started 6 weeks ago, but dev was compressed to a shorter time period. Development was done in an agile fashion (ThoughtWorks, defines agile).

    Anyway, I’ll post more details on this before the week is over.

    Rich

  12. Hi

    I attempted to send the following message to the Mix email address published above, but it bounced. The gist of my email was as follows (apologies for the cut n paste):

    Hi Oracle Mix team

    Well done on the new site. This has huge amounts of potential.

    Regards the email confirmation process, this is currently failing for myself and as such I can’t create ideas.

    I’ve registered as Chris Muir, and have received the confirmation email asking me to click on one of the 2 confirm links. However on navigating back to the Oracle Mix website after clicking on either link, then selecting the Confirm button, my profile page still shows the following message:

    “We haven’t validated your email address yet, or your email is not an Oracle customer email address. Please check your email and confirm your address.”

    In turn I can’t create ideas for the same reason.

    Could you please look into this issue? I notice others are lodging the same complaint under the Messages for the Oracle Mix group within the site.

    Thanks & regards,

    Chris Muir

  13. Hi

    I attempted to send the following message to the Mix email address published above, but it bounced. The gist of my email was as follows (apologies for the cut n paste):

    Hi Oracle Mix team

    Well done on the new site. This has huge amounts of potential.

    Regards the email confirmation process, this is currently failing for myself and as such I can’t create ideas.

    I’ve registered as Chris Muir, and have received the confirmation email asking me to click on one of the 2 confirm links. However on navigating back to the Oracle Mix website after clicking on either link, then selecting the Confirm button, my profile page still shows the following message:

    “We haven’t validated your email address yet, or your email is not an Oracle customer email address. Please check your email and confirm your address.”

    In turn I can’t create ideas for the same reason.

    Could you please look into this issue? I notice others are lodging the same complaint under the Messages for the Oracle Mix group within the site.

    Thanks & regards,

    Chris Muir

  14. Chris: Thanks for noticing the email isn’t working. I’m working on that. As for the confirmation issues, are you using your “work” address, i.e. not a yahoo or gmail one? Feel free to mail me with the details: jake dot kuramoto at oracle dot com.

  15. Chris: Thanks for noticing the email isn’t working. I’m working on that. As for the confirmation issues, are you using your “work” address, i.e. not a yahoo or gmail one? Feel free to mail me with the details: jake dot kuramoto at oracle dot com.

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