The last morning of this years ODTUG was completely filled with one three hour session: APEX versus ADF 'shootout'. Although the presenters, Lucas and Dimitri, quickly stated that there was no violence to be expected, the audience was hoping for some clear statements.
Lucas and Dimitri both built an application using their favorite tool and demo'ed it to the audience. Both failed on one part - as live demo's tend to do - so it was 1-1 at mid time. After the break the match continued with some nice features shown on both sides. Both presenters where dared to say something positive on the other tools. For Dimitri this was the most difficult part: "I can't come up with anything nice to say about JDeveloper".
After a complete comparison, there was one clear winner: The audience!
Thanks to both of you guys for this joint effort!
So to wrap up: ODTUG is a great event. Not great in the sense that you're overwhelmed with 1,000's of people (there were about 700 attendees), but exactly the opposite. Due to the fact that it is rather small, you'll find yourself having a beer (or two) with all kind of guru's, experts, co-bloggers etc. Especially that relaxed, cool atmosphere is what makes ODTUG such an excellent event.
One more note about 'atmosphere': New Orleans in June is so hot and humid, that you barely can stand the outside temperature for more than 10 minutes - on the opposite : inside (in particular inside the Sheraton) the air conditioning is turned to the max. So every time you get from the outside to the inside, or the other way round, you have to deal with a temperature difference that feels like a 20 C.
Also the Sheraton is a good place to stay and from the 43th floor I had a great view on the river. Could have been better if somebody had cleaned the window - but who cleans windows at that height?
I hope to see everybody again next year - in Monterey (?).