CampusIT - in cooperation with Oracle - organized the first APEX event in Ireland. Around 50 people from around the country visited the O'Callaghan Alexander hotel for a series of five presentations around APEX (done by the four presenters on the picture). First on was Dimitri with his "Mastering an APEX Page" presentation - always a success. I was om next doing my "APEX and Forms Integration" presentation and demo.
After a - very good ! - lunch Bary McGillin from Oracle (from the SQL Developer Dev Team) was substituting Hilary Farell (from the APEX Dev Team), who couldn't make it - probably very busy with the last loose ends of APEX 4.0. After the APEX 4.0 presentation Barry did a presentation on SQL Developer 2.1.1. But he also did a demo on the brand new 3.0 release. And as you might expect this release includes many new features and enhancements. Some of these features are aimed at the DBA, like changing Oracle parameters on the fly, adding datafiles and even starting and stopping instances. Other new things are more for Developers, like another way of browsing users and objects (more TOAD-style) and even a Tuning Advisor!
An early adopter of this new version should be available somewhere in the summer, while the official release is planned midst September (read "Oracle Open World"). All the usual disclaimers applied of course!
The slides of the presentations are available from the bottom of this page.