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The AskTOM team at OpenWorld 2017

The AskTOM team will be out and about at OpenWorld in October, so if you are at the conference as a full attendee, or just with a Discovery pass, please come up and say Hi!  As well as our session talks, we’ll be doing impromptu discussions and mini-sessions during the week either in the Developer Lounge area or the Exhibition Hall, so keep your eyes open on the OpenWorld twitter feeds during the week.  You can see our session times below. 

Obviously OpenWorld is a big event, and since sports TV stations go totally over the top with promotion when big events are coming up, I thought to myself: “Why should they have all the fun ?”.  So crank up the volume to maximum, and get down with our pumping AskTOM promo video for OpenWorld ! Smile

Our Sessions

Connor McDonald

War of the Worlds: DBAs Versus Developers

Wednesday, Oct 04, 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3014
For decades, developers and DBAs have battled over who controls the world. As cloud databases now free DBAs from the mundane the battle flares again, as developers need greater flexibility, less structure, and faster turnaround to deploy. DBAs use a more methodical approach, worried about the wreckage that may result from playing so fast and loose. But does that just make the DBA an inhibitor to your productivity? Who is right? Perhaps both? Can developers and DBAs peacefully coexist? Maybe they just need the right technology. In this session see how to integrate the demands of the modern-day developer with the Oracle Database (and the modern-day administrators).
Leaner, Faster Code with Advanced SQL Techniques

Tuesday, Oct 03, 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 2002
Most SQL is so simple to write that we can hand off the job to an ORM tool or a similar mechanism. But by delving a little deeper into more-advanced SQL facilities, we can get performance benefits and write a lot less middle-tier code. This session highlights some SQL techniques for solving problems that would otherwise require a lot of complex coding. Learn how to become a more productive developer by expanding your knowledge of the SQL language.
Using Advanced SQL Techniques for Faster Applications

Tuesday, Oct 03, 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3014
Most SQL is so simple to write that you can hand off the job to an object-relational mapping tool or similar mechanism. But by delving a little deeper into more advanced SQL techniques, we can get performance benefits and write a lot less middle-tier code. This session highlights some SQL techniques to solve problems that would otherwise require a lot of complex coding. Learn how to become a more productive developer by expanding your knowledge of the SQL language.

Chris Saxon

12 Things Developers Will Love About Oracle Database 12c Release 2

Tuesday, Oct 03, 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3014
Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is here. The headline features are sharding, multitenant, and application containers. But it’s the small changes to SQL that make a real difference in your day-to-day life work with Oracle Database. In this session get an overview of the changes to SQL and PL/SQL that will help you build faster, more robust database applications. If you’re a developer or DBA who regularly writes SQL or PL/SQL and wants to keep up to date this session is for you.
How to Hack into Your Oracle Database via Node.js, Using SQL Injection

Wednesday, Oct 04, 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Moscone West – Room 2004
Hackers are constantly searching for personal data they can use to exploit people. And they’re often successful. Each week brings new stories of large-scale data breaches. A common attack vector is SQL injection. If your application is vulnerable to this, hackers can get whatever they want from your database. This session shows you how easy it is to access private data with SQL injection and how to change your code to stop it. It ends with a discussion of further recommendations for writing secure code. This is a must-attend session for all developers who write database access code.
(co-speaker Dan Mcghan)


Maria Colgan

Oracle Database Features Every Developer Should Know About

Wednesday, Oct 04, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3020
Over the years, a lot of new features have been introduced in Oracle Database to save developers time and to spare them from having to reinvent the wheel. Many of these features are actively highlighted via conference sessions or blogs when a new release is launched, but over time are forgotten before they can be put to good use. In this session learn about the critical features already existing in Oracle Database that every developer should not only know about but also utilize. Using easy-to-follow examples, see when and where you should take advantage of these features to make your life easier and help you get the most out of Oracle Database, regardless of whether you are a DBA or a developer.
(co-speaker Gerald Venzl)

Five Things You Might Not Know About Oracle Database

Wednesday, Oct 04, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3020
In this session take a look at five things you might not have known about Oracle Database—or that you might have known about but never realized how it could benefit you. Get a detailed explanation of each feature’s functionality and see the benefits through real-world examples. The topics covered are for Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Database, Standard Edition 12c, with only a couple of minor exceptions. Come away with a better understanding of these features and how they can benefit you and your organization.
(co-speaker Dominic Giles)

Oracle Database and the Internet of Things

Tuesday, Oct 03, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3011
In recent years there has been a rapid surge in the adoption of smart devices. Everything, from phones and tablets to smart meters and fitness devices, connect to the Internet and share data. With all of these smart devices comes a huge increase in the frequency and volume of data being ingested into and processed by databases. But, what most folks forget is that industries like telecoms and manufacturing have been dealing with these challenges for years with the help of their Oracle Database. This session provides step-by-step instructions for deploying a high-ingest, mission critical IoT workload on Oracle Database.
(co-speaker Dominic Giles)

Sergiusz Wolicki

New Paradigm for Case-Sensitivity and Collation on Oracle Database 12c Release 2

Monday, Oct 02, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Moscone West – Room 3008
Historically, the way an Oracle Database compares and sorts character data is controlled in a pretty coarse way by the parameters NLS_SORT and NLS_COMP. This session presents a new feature of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2) that introduces a declarative method of associating collation with particular data. Using the new mechanism, data-bound collation (DBC), the user can precisely control how any given character data is compared depending just on the source of the data. For example, content of given columns may be declared as case-insensitive. The new functionality is based on the ISO/IEC SQL standard, which simplifies application porting to Oracle Database from other RDBMS systems that support similar functionality