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Thoughts from OpenWorld


The amazing coordination of so many things:
- feeding 60,000 delegates goes off without a hitch.  The food is not spectacular, but its also not terrible. 

- the Ace program.  Flights, hotels, transport, etc, all miraculously fall into place due to the effort of Vikki and Lillian.

San Francisco
- What an amazing place to host a conference for out-of-towners.  Cable cars, seals, amazing food, fantastic weather, all are wonderful complements to the conference itself.
- Restaurants you should go to when you’re here: Franciscan Crab on the waterfront, and the Stinking Rose.
- As much as I’m not a sailor, I must admit, the last America’s Cup race was quite exciting.  For some people, it was VERY exciting (see MIA below) :-)

Reboot! (I’m back!)

I’m embarrassed to see how long I’ve been neglecting this blog.

Today was the closing of Oracle Openworld 2013. I’ve just returned to my hotel from the It’s a Wrap party and a quick dinner. I’ll be spending the weekend in the San Francisco area, back home on Sunday, and back to work on Monday.

I’ve got some blogging ideas, starting with some work I’ve been doing w/ OpenLDAP, so, that’s probably where I’ll start. I should have part one of that series up by next weekend.

Until then, I wish safe travels to my friends returning home from OOW.


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?

Oracle Open World 2013 – Entering the Home Stretch

I just stood on a street corner with a thousand or so people watching the America’s Cup final, congratulations to Team Oracle!

Oaktable World give aways Day 2

Thanks to a generous gift from Apress, every 10th arrival tomorrow to Oaktable World will win a copy of

Pro Oracle Database 12c Administration

by  Darl Kuhn



schedule for Oaktable WOrld Day 2

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Oaktable World 2013 Day 1

A few vignettes from this mornings Oaktable World.

Kickoff from Mogens Nørgaard  on some of the origins of Oaktable Network.




John Beresniewicz , father of the ASH tree map, talking on ASH analytics



Oaktable World 2013



A few vignettes from this mornings Oaktable World.

Kickoff from Mogens Nørgaard  on some of the origins of Oaktable Network.

Fabian Pascal talking about some of the short comings, should I say errors, in Codd’s relational model.

Iggy Fernandez comparing a Amazon NoSQL implementation to an equivalent Ebay implementation using an Oracle relational model.

Riyaj Shamsudeen live hacking on RAC with truss pstack wireshark pmap strace

Women in Technology (WIT) discussion.

User Group Sunday at Oracle Open World 2013

I’m relaxing before tonight’s keynote. Spoke twice today during User Group Sunday; both talks went well. First talk (8am) was for ODTUG and the ADF EMG titled “Oracle ADF Task Flows: Beyond the 10-Minute Demo”; the audience started small but became respectable by the time the session was done. I need to fit a demo into this session to liven it up a little!  The second talk was at 11:45 for IOUG; I had a packed room to see “Oracle 11gR2 and Oracle 12c New Features for Developers” – lots of interaction and demos went well. I’ll be doing a 12c-specific talk on Thursday at 12:30 in Moscone West. I also attended some good sessions; perhaps my favorite of the day was Wilfred van der Deijl and Paco van der Linden talking about “Worst Practices for Developing an Oracle ADF Application” – if you are interested in ADF you should download the slides for sure.

My 1st Ace Director briefing

My 1st Oracle Ace Director briefing finished Friday afternoon; two information-packed days and the opportunity to talk to other Ace Directors and Oracle people too. Oracle has lots of exciting new products and features on the way. This was time well spent!

Oracle World talks of interest



Here are some talks of interest during Oracle Open World other than Oaktable World  where I’ll be all  Monday and Tuesday of course

Publicly editable version of  OOW talks 

Please feel free to modify the above spread sheet and/or email me with talks to add to this blog post – thanks!