Friday, December 03, 2010

UKOUG 2010 Recap - Tuesday

Tuesday started of with a two hour Masterclass by Cary Millsap "Thinking clearly about performance". A really great session that explained clearly what performance actually is (so the content covered the title). Using with a lot of nice stories, examples and analogies Cary has the ability to explain stuff that seems difficult in a way everybody can understand. If you haven't seen this one, it is really a must see if you have the chance!
Because the next session on my agenda was shifted to another place and time a had some time to walk through my own presentation for that afternoon before attending the APEX Roundtable. A nice Q&A about what all APEX stuff. Some person from Oracle even gave us some insight on when to expect APEX 4.1, but I won't repeat the schedule, because he actually was not allowed to say that (but if you are really interested, I already tweeted about that...).
After lunch I chaired Anthony Ashton's session about "Practical Oracle 11g XML from a developer’s perspective". It contained a thorough explanation of the difference in the deprecated and new ways to handle and query the XL stuff in an Oracle Database. Also there is some open source stuff they created out there for creating PDF's and Reports called FoxOpen. If you have some time, you might want to check it out!
Then I prepared and ran my session about "Creating a subzero dashboard Plugin for APEX with Google Visualizations" - probably one of the longest titles around. Went pretty well I think. I thought I ended exactly on time, but afterwards I realized I ended exactly 5 minutes late... That's the consequence of not having a person charing your session...
The last session of the day was by Iloon Ellen called "Security within Application Express". Good content that emphasizes that you need to think about your security thoroughly. APEX in itself is secure, but developers can make every application insecure!
After some drinks in the exhibition hall we went to the ACE Dinner where we had some good Indian food and I had nice talks with my co-eaters: Sten Vesterli, James Morle and Dave Kurtz. 
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