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Developer’s Toolbox

I had the privilege to be a guest blogger on the ODTUG blog. I wrote about Kscope and my role in putting together the Developer’s Toolbox track as well as why you should attend Kscope. Here is a short excerpt:

This year’s Kscope is a special one to me. I volunteered to lead the Developer’s Toolbox track team. My task was to build a team of volunteers from the Oracle community and then together determine appropriate sub-tracks, review and rate the submitted abstracts and create a draft schedule for the track.

Read the full blog post here.

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You Should Attend This

Happy New Year!

One of the events I am looking forward to this year is ODTUG Kscope12. For those of you who have attended Kscope before, you know how much value you can get out of this conference. For those of you who don’t know what Kscope is, here is a quick introduction for you:

If you are a developer, architect, technical lead, or database administrator who works with Application Express, Business Intelligence, Oracle EPM; including Hyperion products, Essbase, Planning; Database Development or Fusion Middleware, Kscope12 is where you should be. It’s hard to find a conference that’s big enough to attract world renowned speakers and small enough to get the chance to share knowledge. Kscope12 is that conference.

This year, I will be presenting about data caching at Kscope12.

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Symposium Sunday at ODTUG Kscope 11

I am currently in Long Beach, California for the Kaleidoscope 2011 conference. I attended the Database Development Symposium today (Sunday), which Chet volunteered to put together. It was an all day event and it was great. Here is a very brief summary of the presentations:

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Where All Oracle Professionals Should Be Between June 26-30 2011

I'm speaking at ODTUG Kscope11

Kaleidoscope 2011, the Oracle Development Tools User Group‘s annual conference, is where you should be. It will be held in Long Beach, CA.

Register now to take advantage of 250+ technical sessions featuring top-notch speakers including 40+ Oracle ACEs.

I will be presenting about the Oracle Scheduler. Here are the details:

Title: Five Features You Ought to Know About the Oracle Scheduler (Abstract ID:239756)

Date and time: 06/29/2011, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM


DBMS_JOB was made available with Oracle 7.2 and has been superseded in 10g by the Oracle Scheduler. Oracle recommends that you switch from DBMS_JOB to Oracle Scheduler.

In this session we will explore the following five Scheduler features that make the Oracle RDBMS the most powerful scheduling tool ever existed:

  1. Calendar: Use the rich calendaring syntax of the Scheduler to enable you to define simple and complex schedules.
  2. Chains: Implement dependency based scheduling, in which jobs are started depending on the outcomes of one or more previous jobs.
  3. Resource Manager: Get the best out of your system by combining the Scheduler and the Resource Manager.
  4. Events: Learn how to schedule jobs based on events and how to listen and react to raised events.
  5. External jobs: Schedule jobs that run operating system executable that runs outside the database.

I will also be participating in an Oracle RDBMS Database Development panel in a Lunch and Learn session on Tuesday, June 28.

Looking forward to seeing you at ODTUG Kscope11.

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ODTUG KScope 11 and Database Content

Lewis Cunningham:

My plan was to build the conference around the life cycle that a database developer works with. Since we weren’t cherry picking the content we couldn’t force anything on the schedule but the overall goal was to present topics, from beginner to expert, on Design, Coding, Maintenance and Best Practices. You can get more on what I mean by those topics at the site. I really believe we met that goal. You can also see the schedule now.

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[Video] Shop, Dine, and Play in Monterey – ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2009

Yesterday, ODTUG had a special event: Shop, Dine, and Play in Monterey. Conference attendees were offered a free shuttle service to take us around town.

I have never been in Monterey before so this was a great opportunity. I also wanted to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium but too bad it was closed.

Here is a short video I took during our little adventure in this nice beach town:

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[Video] ODTUG Kaleidoscope – June 21 2009

While on our way to attend the Fusion keynote presentation by Steve Miranda, Oracle SVP of Application Development, Lewis and I met up with Justin. Then we caught up with Steven Feuerstein who was just finishing up his running exercise.

I took this opportunity to shoot the following video which also shows other Oracle ACEs and ODTUG Kaleidoscope attendees waiting for the keynote to start.

By the way, Steven won the ODTUG lifetime achievement award. Congratulations!

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[Video] Stanley the ACE Vest at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2009

If you do not know who Stanley is read this first then watch him and his siblings in the following video:

PS: Thanks to Roel and Tim who were behind the camera.

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[Video] Oracle ACE Director Product Briefing at Oracle HQ

It’s a secret. I cannot talk about it because I, and all the Oracle ACE Directors who attended the product briefing at Oracle HQ yesterday, signed a Non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

Is it a game console? is it something else? Can’t say. However, I can show you the video below and refer you to this Twitter stream.

In the following video, you will see the Oracle ACE Directors in the briefing room, eating, drinking and then riding a bus to head down to Monterey to attend ODTUG Kaleidoscope:

Can you name the Oracle ACE Directors that you recognize in the video?

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The Premier Conference for Developers in the Oracle Community

odtugkThe Oracle Development Tool User Group (ODTUG) is an independent, not-for-profit global organization providing education, support, advocacy, and networking opportunities for all developers, using a variety of technologies, who work on Oracle Databases.

ODTUG’s annual conference, ODTUG Kaleidoscope, is considered the premier conference for developers in the Oracle community. This year the conference is going to be held in Monterey, California on June 21st and lasts until the 25th.

I have never attended ODTUG Kaleidoscope before. But this year I will be there.

Before heading down to Monterey, I will attend the Oracle ACE Director product briefing at Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores on Friday, June 19th.

I have just used the schedule builder to select the sessions I want to attend. There are many interesting sessions. I want to attend all of them… if only I could be in more than one place at once!

Here is my ODTUG Kaleidoscope session schedule:

Session Title Presenter
29: 06/22/2009
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Extending SQL Developer – It’s easier than you think John Flack
31: 06/22/2009
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PL/SQL Development with SQL Developer Sue Harper
33: 06/22/2009
2:15 PM-3:15 PM
You Too Can be a Successful Web Developer Knowing Only PL/SQL Paul Dorsey
35: 06/22/2009
3:45 PM-5:15 PM
Oracle Application Express 4.0 Michael Hichwa
37: 06/23/2009
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Database Development Panel Panel
39: 06/23/2009
9:15 AM-10:15 AM
Database Worst Practices Tom Kyte
41: 06/23/2009
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Advanced Analytic Functions Tom Kyte
43: 06/23/2009
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Performance Tuning Web Applications Paul Dorsey
45: 06/23/2009
2:45 PM-3:45 PM
Doing SQL from PL/SQL: best and worst practices Bryn Llewellyn
47: 06/23/2009
4:15 PM-5:15 PM
Oracle Development Tips and Tricks You Must Know Tony Catalano
63: 06/23/2009
Sundown Session – Database App Development Oracle ACE Directors
51: 06/24/2009
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Debugging in SQL Developer Lewis Cunningham
53: 06/24/2009
9:15 AM-10:15 AM
Semantic Query Optimization Toon Koppelaars
55: 06/24/2009
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
SQL Performance Hero and OMG Method Play the Anti-patterns Greatest Hits Jeff Jacobs
57: 06/24/2009
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Making Friends with the Oracle Database Cary Millsap
59: 06/24/2009
2:45 PM-3:45 PM
RE-Introducing the SQL Model Clause Monty Latiolais
61: 06/24/2009
4:15 PM-5:15 PM
SQL/XML For Developers Lewis Cunningham
65: 06/25/2009
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Seven Steps to energize your organization with APEX (Creating a APEX Center of Excellence) Kathy Hunsicker
67: 06/25/2009
9:15 AM -10:15 AM
What’s the point with the Zachman Framework? Marc De Oliveira
69: 06/25/2009
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Writing Screamingly Fast PL/SQL Applications Timothy Bell
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