Last week the SS Rotterdam was the beautiful location of the largest gathering of APEX Developers worldwide. With around 380 (!) attendees a new high was set. And they came from all over the world : I spotted people from The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Denmark, Norway, UK, Ireland and the USA. And I even might have missed one or two ….
The event started with a presentation by the “father of APEX”, Mike Hichwa, talking about "Oracle APEX Past, Present and Future”. Of course everyone is curious what the APEX future might bring: Friendly URL’s, automated testing, more JSON, concurrent APEX versions, third party Oauth 2 authentication (think Facebook, Google), APEX app diff and more, a lot more, REST capabilities. And now we have to wait for APEX 5.2 … and that might take a while!
Next on stage, the last before lunch, was Alex Nuijten talking about "JET Charts in the world of APEX”. It was a very nice intro into the world of JET charts and Alex showed some peculiarities you have to be aware of. For instance, if you have multiple series, make sure all your queries return the same number of rows and in the same order. Or - as Alex is promoting - release your inner SQL Ninja and use the SQL power to get a proper result in one pass!
After my session I went to one of the other rooms 4 decks lower to listen to Matt Nolan. He was "Unlocking the power of the APEX plugin architecture”. Compared to previous performances Matt did an excellent job! I don’t know if the attendees will start developing plugins en masse, but it didn’t look too complicated (to me)!
Because a presentation of Uber was cancelled there was an "Ask the experts panel” added to the agenda. Three of the seven experts are member of the SMART4Apex coöperation, but to be honest, most questions were addressed to and answered by Mike. As SMART4Apex we delivered seven (7!) presentations, enough to fill one of the three tracks for both days...
After this extra session, it was time for drinks and dinner. And because the weather was absolutely fabulous, we could enjoy it all on deck while watching the sun set over Rotterdam.
A great end of a fantastic first day!