The (rather ambitious) schedule for today was :
Lost in JDeveloper by Sten Vesterli : Sten guided the (Forms experienced) audience in creating an ADF Swing Client App ofcourse declaratively (next to AJAX this is the buzzword of the conference : everything should be declarative, you can be a programmer when you' re able in controlling your mouse ;-) ).
Modelling on the cheap by Andrew Clarke (I chaired this one) : Andrew sketched out the pros and cons of different modelling tools - from whiteboards to (free) datamodelling tools. As far as he knows the best free datamodelling tool on the market today is Schemester.
Oracle SQL Developer Advanced Features by Sue Harper : Sue pointed out how to make our own extensions - as extra tabs and right-mouse-options - on SQL Dev and demonstrated the power of the Migration Workbench. Also APEX content in your database is visible throug SQL Dev and a nice new feature (in the next version) will be to possibility to view trace files as a very flexible TKProf like output!
Oracle Forms Roundtable by Grant Ronald : In this round table all attendees could present their views on Oracle Forms and what features should be added in subsequent releases. Alas not much came out - I think we are so "comfortable" with the imperfections of Form... Grant suggested a couple of enhancements like a kind of JTable option (where you can click on the header for automated sorting etc) and a new look-and-feel / color scheme. Ofcourse no fixed promises where made...
Integration of BI Publisher and APEX by Dimitri Gielis : Dimitri, enthousiastic as ever, showed the possibilities of using BI Publisher for creating very good looking reports. The integration between the two products is very good. But a great disadvantage is that BI Publisher is not as free-of-charge as APEX is (maybe this is Oracle's way to earn some money out of APEX - apart from the database licenses?).
Special : Trevor Baylis - a World Famous British Inventor : Trevor, a 72 years old 'world famous' inventor (I never heard about him, but he is the inventor of, amongst a lot of other stuff, the wind-up radio - now I understand why we've got one from the organisation) presented his views on " invention". In his opinion you can learn to invent and, just like there is a School of Arts, there also should be a School of Inventions. The presentation was very amusing.
Event Dinner : One hall was transformed into a ' Christmas Eve' kind of room and we all enjoyed the drinks, food and (more or less) the DJ...