What I'm doing end of June 2013

It is that time again...

Time to go mingle with the best of the best, learn much, teach what I can, suffer information overload, have fun, enjoy life, and much much more...

In short - time for ODTUG KScope13 \o/ \o/

Hotel and flight has been booked half a year ago, passport and ESTA is current and valid, I'm ready to go!

So the end of June I will be doing the following:

  • Arrive New Orleans late thursday night June 20th.
  • Enjoy New Orleans friday
  • Work at Warren Easton Charter High School saturday.
    Probably dine with winner of my Charitable Dinner Raffle that night.
    (Erik van Roon leading the competition at the moment - you could win ;-)
  • 6 sessions by Oracle gurus at the sunday database symposium.
  • Monday attend:
    - Dominic Delmolino: Fuzzy String Matching in Oracle
    - Christian Shay: Getting Started with Oracle and .NET
    - Kellyn Pot’Vin: ASH and AWR Performance Data
    - Karen Morton: SQL Performance Solutions: Refactor Mercilessly, Index Wisely
    And the keynote:
    - Doc Hendley: From Wine to Water
    The day ends with:
    - Monday Madness: ADF Voodoo Hoodoo
  • Tuesday attend:
    - Tim Gorman: Building Applications that Play Nice in Oracle Database
    - Kyle Hailey, Delphix: Instant Database Cloning
    - Steven Feuerstein: Oracle Database 12c New PL/SQL Features
    - Lunch and Learn ACE Panel: Database/Developer
    - Gwen Shapira: Queues, Pools, and Caches - The Right Way to Scale OLTP
    - Dominic Delmolino: Bye-bye CONNECT BY - Using the New Recursive SQL Syntax
    The Walking Photo Tour looks promising after so much content
  • Wednesday continue with:
    - Brian Spendolini: Using the APEX_WEB_SERVICE API
    - Jeff Smith: The 80’s called, they want their CLI back
    - Hands-On-Lab - Rick Greenwald: Developing REST for On-premise or in the Cloud
    - Hands-On-Lab - Maria Colgan: How to Prevent Suboptimal Execution Plans
    - John Flack: Oracle XSQL for Reporting, Web PL/SQL Access, and More
    - Karen Morton: Optimizer Statistics for Developers: May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor
    Fun, fun, fun at the Mardi Gras World
  • Thursday wrap up:
    - Jerry Brenner: Building an Instrumented and Supportable Database Application
    - Patrick Barel: Can Collections Speed Up Your PL/SQL?
    - Uri Margalit: Version Control the Database Development
  • Friday and saturday relax and enjoy New Orleans
  • Fly home sunday
Man, it's gonna be a blast - can hardly wait now that it is so close :-D


  1. That's a very full calendar! I look forward to hanging out with you as Sat and Sunday!

  2. One may always sleep AFTER KScope ;-)

    Even though that program looks full, I believe I can fit in a couple visits to places serving good beer as well... Always leave sufficient unassigned time for beer!

  3. I'm really starting to worry! Nobody else entering 'the raffle'.
    What does the rest of the world know that I don't about you? ;-)

    I'm impressed that you've got your schedule all worked out allready. There's still a lot of moments that have too many potentially great presentations at the same time.

    I'm also arriving on thursdaynight. Will be travelling with Patrick Barel, so I have someone around to annoy ;-)

    Looking forward to seeing you in person. If not at dinner, than at least during community service..

    Erik van Roon

  4. I also often wish I was twins or triplets when having to work out such a schedule where I want to be in multiple rooms simultaneously.

    But I find it helps me to try to work it out ahead of time. Then my mind is more free to change opinion during the conference and go to one of my alternatives.

    What the world knows about me? Well, you'll have to ask the world, I won't tell ;-)
    If you feel you need a chaperone we can always invite Patrick (if you judge him to be safer than me, that is...)

  5. Yes, I agree. I too like to have a schedule before the conference starts. But some decisions are so hard they will probably be made on the plane.

    I don't think I will need a chaperone. I'm a big boy. I've survived the last 25 years with my wife. I think I can handle an evening with a fellow oracle developer. :-)
    But that being said, it's never a pain to have Patrick around, so as they say in the states: the more the merrier!

  6. I would love it to join you guys. What time have you scheduled for dinner? I will probably going on Jeff Smiths Beer-Tasting-Trip after the Community Service Day. Will you guys be joining us there as well?

  7. Dinner schedule isn't fixed yet - I don't know what form my dinner-prize from the ODTUG competition is. I presume it's a gift certificate so we can schedule dinner when we like.

    Beer tasting trip I think would be great. I think I noticed a tweet but I haven't found any details on it. Probably just a matter of "follow Jeff - he knows where to go" :-)

  8. Hi Kim ,
    please enlighten us about the mantra u follow to be a oracle guru

    thanks Mathew

    1. Hi Mathew

      Gosh, am I a guru? I hadn't hoped for that status for years to come yet ;-)

      I am not sure I have much of a mantra, except I always try to follow common sense and try not to make things more complicated than they should be. In development I go by Tom Kytes mantra a lot: Do it in SQL if at all possible, if not then in PL/SQL, and only if that is not possible then go for Java or something else.

      Perhaps I have been "blessed" by having to work with an ancient legacy system that cannot do anything modern but can use the underlying Oracle database. That has forced me on to the path of doing as much as possible data work in SQL as the only way to get a reasonably performant application. Now I can hardly understand if people do not utilize SQL to the maximum ;-)

      And then you can do so much in PL/SQL too without the need to go to middleware or client languages. If I need "outside" data, say from for example a webservice call, I'll have PL/SQL call the webservice. I'm going to need the data in the database anyway if I am going to efficiently join the "outside" data with the "inside" data, so why involve anything else except the database?

      So mostly I've adopted and adapted the Tom Kyte mantra. And I try to preach it to whomever will listen to common sense - like when I do quizzes on plsqlchallenge.com or do presentations at ODTUG Kscope conferences.


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