Thursday, July 01, 2010

ODTUG: Wednesday

This day started off with a very nice presentation about the joys of Javascript by Dan "The Man"McGhan. In a very nice pace he took the audience by the hand and increased the difficulty level step-by-step. His key message was; Don't be scared of Javascript, because if you look close enough it is looks more like PL/SQL than you might think at first sight. Get to learn jQuery and do your thing!
Another nice presentation was about "RESTful Web Services" by Jason Straub. He demoed how you can use webservices withing APEX to manage the buckets and contents on an Amazon S3 cloud environment. He also pointed out that not only APEX can consume webservices, but also can act as the source of a webservice. In order to achieve that you have to create a report on a public page that returns either XML or Json. He didn't show a demo, but promised to get out a paper or how-to out there next week. Have to try that myself soon!
Another fine session was Tim St. Hilaire's session on "APEX and AJAX". Nice examples on how to handcode your Ajax processes (the 'old' way) and how to new Dynamic Actions to do it the APEX 4-way.
Then, finally, it was my turn to show the coolest Plug-In of the conference - at least, that's my humble opinion ;-). Around 60 - 70 people showed up and the presentation went very well. ended right on time again!
After that, I didn't have the energy to attend another session and just had a beer at the bar with some other Europeans (Debra, Alex, Marco, Jonathan, Tim etc).
Then it was time for the "big party": good food, more than enough drinks and a very good comedian (John Heffron). After some more drinks in the Presedentail Suite (thanks Mike Riley) it was time to head off to bed....
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