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Oracle Open World 2013 – Finis!

Well, it’s the final day of Oracle Opens World 2013; I had one good day of sessions (Tuesday) and one partial day (Thursday/today). The last session I attended was a really excellent session on SQL tuning by Connor McDonald. My session on “Oracle 12c New Features for Developers” was full and we had lots of questions. I still have not done a good job of performance-testing the new features; look for more information from me in the near future.

On the lighter-side I truly enjoyed the Maroon Five concert last night; it was worth the traffic jams along the way. We wimped-out early and left a couple of songs into the Black Keys set.

So, what have I learned this week?

UKOUG 2011

The UKOUG Technology conference in Birmingham was yet another great showcase of Oracle knowledge sharing and networking. The weather was surprisingly good for that time of year in Birmingham, though, the conference kept me so busy that I rarely had a chance to walk the streets. I had the opportunity to hear a presentation by and then speak with Bryn Llewellyn from Oracle; I’ve subsequently improved (I hope) my paper on Edition Based Redefinition; I’ll be presenting a new and improved version at Collaborate in Las Vegas this spring. Another highlight was watching a team of Oracle Middleware experts from Holland work to create a replacement conference registration system in a four-hour session using Oracle SOA, BPEL, ADF, and other middleware tools. What a demonstration of flexibility and capability!

Forms is not dead!

The recent interest in Oracle Forms is quite interesting. Besides ODTUG (Oracle Development Tools User Group); two other groups have recently conducted surveys to see how people are using forms one in Germany (http://talk2gerd.blogspot.com/2011/08/result-of-2011-oracle-forms-poll-part-1.html) and one in the US (http://blog.whitehorses.nl/2011/10/01/results-oracle-forms-survey/). Now, Oracle has release Oracle Forms 11g R2!

ODTUG KScope 11 is coming, YIPPEE!

I’m looking forward to ODTUG KScope 11 in Long Beach next month! KScope 11 (used to be called “Kaleidoscope”) is the only Oracle conference devoted to developers. That’s right, it’s aimed square at you and me; the people who write code that makes systems work. Yes, we get Applications “Functional” people and DBAs, but the focus is on getting the job done. KScope has whole tracks for ADF and Fusion Middleware, APEX, database development with SQL & PL/SQL, MySQL, and Hyperion/Essbase. KScope 11 has sessions for .NET developers, Java developers, and people using LAMP tools too; check it out at http://kscope11.com/. You might know that I’m on the ODTUG (Oracle Development Tools User Group) Board of Directors (http://www.odtug.com). You might not know that I’ve been attending ODTUG since it was the “CASE SIG” at IOUW many years ago. I started attending because the people who speak at the conference are the leading lights in the development community.

APEX 4.0 Websheets are Cool!

Wow! I just finished presenting a webinar on APEX 4.0 New Features and Websheets. Websheets allow non-technical people to copy-and-paste spreadsheets into APEX and then manipulate them using sophisticated database features; so easy… You can see the webinar slides at http://www.parklane.com.au or http://www.kingtraining.com