Monday, February 10, 2020

A couple articles...


In case you missed a couple tweets last week, I'd like to point you to a couple articles by me that was recently published.


In the Oraworld Magazine was published:


  • My travel journal about the Oracle Groundbreakers Nordic Tour 2019 in October.


In the NoCOUG (Northern California Oracle Users Group) Journal was published:


  • An interview where I talk about why I've written yet another SQL book and what's in it.


And the NoCOUG Journal also printed:




I hope you enjoy reading what I write 😊.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Announcing participants in the Oracle Dev Gym SQL Championship 2019

2019 is over. Throughout the year over 1800 Oracle Database developers participated in the "Select from SQL" Tournament on Oracle Dev Gym.



It's time for the Top 50 of those that played in the 2019 tournament to try their skills in the Annual SQL Championship, which will be held late February!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

OGB Appreciation Day : How I failed to appreciate NULL

On the annual OGB Appreciation Day (#ThanksOGB has been renamed multiple times, see Tim Hall's blog post) I am going back in time to when I was a newbie developer, relating a story about me making a mistake that had bad consequences in the customer ERP system. Luckily I had experienced colleagues to repair the damage, and later in my career I learned about NULL and how it could have been so different back then.



Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Oracle Groundbreakers Tour Nordic 2019

In 4 weeks my first Oracle Groundbreakers Tour as ACE Director will begin. 4 Nordic capitals in 4 days, speaking about my favorite topic - SQL. SQL is as important as ever to work with data - even (or maybe especially) in this cloud era, where you can spin up, develop and deploy databases and apps without needing anything but a browser.

Monday, July 8, 2019

My Kscope19

A little later than many post-Kscope19 blog posts (because the wife and I just had a nice relaxing vacation week right after I returned from Kscope ;-), but better late than never. A few thoughts, but for once not a lot of writing - most of this post is a video...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Coming up: My 10th Kscope!

In June 2010 I attended ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010 in Washington D.C. I got this T-shirt:


But I didn't get just a T-shirt, I got an awesome experience. And most importantly I got to be part of a fabulous community of friends all over the globe without whom I wouldn't be where I am today.

Being hooked from day one, I've been to each and every Kscope since - attending, speaking, ambassadoring, volunteering at all community service days, having fun, helping others, getting help, and so on. In short: getting my yearly inoculation against LowTech Syndrome.

It's also taken me around the US:

Kscope10Washington D.C
Kscope11Long Beach, California
Kscope12San Antonio, Texas
Kscope13New Orleans, Louisiana
Kscope14Seattle, Washington
Kscope15Hollywood, Florida
Kscope16Chicago, Illinois
Kscope17San Antonio, Texas
Kscope18Orlando, Florida
Kscope19Seattle, Washington

And now I am just *so* ready to go to Seattle for Kscope19 (my 10th anniversary Kscope), where I've got a packed schedule:


Add to that:

  • Attending 8(ish) other presentations and learn something (still trying to decide which.)
  • Mingle and chat at Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee/Tea Breaks, Happy Hours, etc.
  • Visiting Exhibit Hall and see what's new.
  • Meet as many old and new friends as possible.

When flying back home, I'll be bushed, but believe you me - it's worth it!

I'm not alone in thinking Kscope is a great conference. I do have a couple of colleagues from Trivadis also speaking:


Philipp Salvisberg will be speaking about:

Dani Schnider will be speaking about:


We're all looking forward to seeing you all in Seattle for ODTUG Kscope19.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Results of the Dev Gym SQL Championship for 2018

All the after-play checking of the results of Oracle SQL Annual Championship for 2018 is done. The awards have now been processed, and it is with great pleasure I can publish the results here to serve as an inspiration for you to trying out your own SQL knowledge at the Dev Gym.