Sunday, April 28, 2013

How attending #Kscope13 can change your life ...

Wow. Doesn't that sound dramatic? It sure does. But in a weird way it also might come true - as I have experienced in the past.
The first Kscope conference I attended was five years ago. And purely by coincidence that was in New Orleans as well! That first year I met all the people I knew from the forums, blogs etc. I had never met one of them before in real life. But due to the relatively small size of the conference and the specific open "Kscope culture" (you can just step up to anyone and start talking!), getting in touch with whoever you like is quite easy. So contacting the "guru's"  - as I saw those people back then, I know better know; now they're all "just" friends - has never been easier!

And what did that bring me?
  • After that Kscope I focussed more on sharing my knowledge by blogging, answering questions o the OTN Forum and presenting.
  • After a few years Oracle rewarded my efforts with an ACE award (and I got an assignment as ACE Director some time later).
  • I wrote a chapter in the Expert Oracle Application Express book - all the authors I have met at ... Kscope.
  • I wrote (the major part) of the APEX for Mobile Web Applications book - what all started by someone I met at ... Kscope.
  • Currently I run the Dutch branch of the APEX Evangelists company. The two founders I met at ... Kscope.

Thus without Kscope, I would have never
  • started sharing my knowledge in the way I did since then.
  • become an Oracle ACE (or ACE Director).
  • written a chapter in an "Expert" book - and certainly not a whole book!
  • started a company of my own.

In short, attending Kscope did have an enormous effect on my business and personal life. And obviously for the better!

So if you have never attended a Kscope conference before (or if you have!), come to New Orleans and join us! But be aware it might change your life .... 





(picture from http://diane-millsap.blogspot.nl/)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mark your calendars: May 14 ODTUG's Expert Panel on APEX !

On May 14, the second online ODTUG's Expert Panel will take place. 
This time it's all about Oracle Application Express!!

So tune in on May 14, at 12:00 EDT (that's 5PM in the UK, 6PM CET).

The panelists are: Dietmar Aust, Dan McGhan and myself. 
Patrick Cimolini will act as the moderator.

During this session you can ask any APEX related question to one of the three (or all three) panelists. And that can be either via chat or by voice - like a talk-radio show...

You can register here.

Oh, and did i mention it was FREE ??

Virtually see you there!
Roel

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New book: Oracle Application Express for Mobile Web Applications


Very recently a new book came out: "Oracle Application Express for Mobile Web Applications". This book is aimed at developers with some knowledge of APEX and want to know more about building web applications with APEX (of course) especially aimed at mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and other brands of smartphones and tablets). And although I had promised myself never to get myself involved in writing another book after "Expert Oracle Application Express" (because it is sooo much work), I did get lured into writing this one by Dan McGhan. 
Alas, due to personel circumstances, Dan had to step out of this project, but this vacancy has been filled in more than adequate by Christian Rokitta and David Peake. 
Although I didn't receive my own author copies yet, David was so kind to bring his ones over during last week's APEX World in The Netherlands. And here is the picture of the unofficial launch of the book.

Before I forget, you can order the book on Amazon... I hope you like it!