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ODTUG Board Member Martin D’Souza encourages you to enter the Application Express Plug-In Competition.  Watch the video for more information and check out the prizes listed below.

Plug-ins must be submitted by May 14, 2012


  • Grand Prize: Kscope13 pass + 1 year free ODTUG membership
    • Kscope13 pass + 1 year free ODTUG membership – Estimated value of $1500 (Non-transferable, non-refundable pass)
    • Plaque
    • 1 year ODTUG membership
    • Copy of Expert Oracle Application Express Plugins
  • Runner up:
    • Jawbone Jambox
    • 1 year free ODTUG membership
    • Copy of Expert Oracle Application Express Plugins
  • As previously mentioned, contestants that are known experts will be put into a special category. They are not eligible for any of the prizes listed above, but will be provided with a special prize of their own, as well as bragging rights for best Expert’s Plug-in!

Plug-ins must be submitted by May 14, 2012 – http://www.odtug.com/apex/f?p=500:450:0

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Recently we were fortunate enough to be  able to sit down with David Peake, the Product Manager for Oracle Application Express (APEX).   Peake will be presenting at Kscope12 and was kind enough to create a video  telling everyone in the Applications Express community why they (meaning you :)) should attend Kscope! Watch his video to learn why you should go to Kscope12.  Here’s a teaser quote:

If you can’t find sessions that interest you, then you mustn’t be very interested in Application Express.

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Martin Giffy D’Souza, ODTUG Board Electee

Guest Blogger: Martin Giffy D’Souza

2012 and Beyond

I was first introduced to ODTUG about four and half years ago, when my manager back then recommended that I go to a conference in New Orleans called Kaleidoscope (Kscope). I didn’t know it at the time, but saying “yes” was truly a life changing experience. During the conference I felt like a kid at Disney World, full of excitement. Not only did I get to meet some of the world’s best Oracle developers but I also had a great time at all of the events that the conference had to offer.

Since New Orleans I’ve attended, and presented, at all the Kscope conferences: in Monterey, Washington D.C., and this year in Long Beach. During that time I’ve continued to grow a successful blog, spoken at other conferences, co-authored and authored several APEX books, became an Oracle ACE, co-founded my own consulting company (ClariFit), and, most importantly, met a lot of amazing people. I honestly don’t think I would have had all these opportunities had it not been for the support and exposure I’ve received from ODTUG and its members.

All this being said, I’m ecstatic to be in a position to give back to the organization that has opened so many doors for me. Thanks to your support (especially those in the APEX community); I will be sitting on the ODTUG Board of Directors starting in January. As a new member of the Board, I look forward to continuing the excellent work that the current Board is doing to help grow the community and ensure that ODTUG is the premier Oracle user group to be a part of.

Personally, I hope to bring some fresh new ideas to the table and be a strong representative for Oracle developers in the community. More specifically, I’m going to help represent the APEX developers within the ODTUG community.

I look forward to the challenges and adventures in the new year and am honored to have received the opportunity to represent you for the next two years.

– Martin

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For those of you that decide that money is not important to you, you can stop reading the rest of this blog post.

For those remaining, I have some news for you. You have until June 9th to register for KScope11, June 26-30 in Long Beach, CA, and save $250.00 off of the standard registration rate.

Why should you attend? I’d suggest that you read back on some of the previous posts in this blog. You could even revisit those posts from the Kaleidoscope 2010 run-up.

Not enough to convince you? Here’s some suggestions:

  1. Talk to members of the ODTUG Board. We believe passionately in what we do. While not saying anything bad about other conferences, I believe that if you are a developer or architect, there is no comparison between what KScope offers you and what other conferences offer.
  2. Talk to members of the conference committee. They’ve been putting their efforts into making this conference the most memorable and worthwhile conference in ODTUG history.
  3. Talk to the speakers at KScope11. Some of these have been featured in this blog. Many more are just as passionate and are convinced that KScope is the place to be.
  4. A huge list of vendors – Oracle, interRel, Ernst & Young, PITSS, MTG, and many, many more
  5. Look at the agenda:
  • Fusion Middleware – three rooms of cutting edge presentations giving you the inside track of developing application using the Fusion Technology stack. Jellema, Mills, Eisele, Vesterli, King, Koletzke, Schmeltzer…Monday Night Birds of a Feather Sessions.
  • Application Express – three rooms of the best speakers in the world talking about one of the hottest development platforms around. Remember last year, and the release of Oracle Application Express right before the conference? What might you learn and experience about Oracle Application Express 4.1 this year? Speakers like Spendolini, Scott, Gielis, Peake, Kallman, Hichwa, Wolf…Monday Night features Open Mic Night.
  • Database Development – 2 rooms plus of some of the greatest speakers on all things relating to database development. Names like Kyte, Millsap, Feuerstein, Dorsey, King, Rice, Harper, Hotka, Llewellyn, Morgan…the list goes on and on. Add a special database guru panel Monday night featuring Tom Kyte, Steven Feuerstein and Cary Millsap. Nowhere else but KScope.
  • BI/EPM – 5 rooms plus of the shining stars of the BI/EPM world. Led by conference chair Edward Roske, the names are familiar to all – McMullen, Schwartzberg, Lackpour, Rittman, Bryson, Moore, Crisci, Nath…again, there are too many to list all here in this post. Hyperion Midnight Madness Monday Night, sponsored by MTG.

Hands on training, always free, is also included. Networking events galore. Special Event on the Queen Mary!

Community Service Day on Saturday June 25, where we’ll be painting and landscaping at the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach.

I guess if you don’t need to further your education, or don’t care about money, this blog posting isn’t for you.

For the rest of you, and those still reading, I hope to see you there!

If you cannot attend for some reason, please drop me a line at mriley@odtug.com to let me know why.

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Welcome back! Since I haven’t posted a blog entry recently, I decided today that you would get a double treat. I’ve combined two interviews, both with experts within the Oracle Application Express community. Karen Cannell, who is also the Editor in Chief of the ODTUG Technical Journal, and Brian Spendolini have both spoken and attended ODTUG conferences in the past, and are a part of the stellar line-up that will be in Long Beach, CA June 26-30.

Registration is still open, if you haven’t registered, why not?

Here are the questions and answers with these two experts.

MR: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

Karen Cannell

KC: “The depth of knowledge of attendees, combined with the depth and quality of presentations makes this the best training value, hands down.”

BS: “The best thing by far is that the APEX community gets together with development to further the product. This unique event is the only one that I know of where there is such a tight connection between the developers of the product and the developers whom use the product. We provide the feedback and more times than not we see it in a future release. Invaluable.”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

KC: “I try  to make time to see Bryn Llewellyn, because he has a true scientist approach to PL/SQL and a presentation style that is just Bryn. I always learn something.”

BS: “For all the years I was at Oracle, my brother Scott and I would always attempt to ‘distract’ one another during a presentation. With that said, I as well as he, will be in the front row for each of our respective presentations with new ways to get the others goat. With that said, I do look forward to the Sunday symposium and open mic night. It give me a chance to see multiple presentations from either development or peers and the new and innovative way they are using the product.”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

KC: “Quite simple: There are presenters who attend Kscope that do not go to other conferences. This is the greatest concentration of the best developers in the world.  The question is more, why NOT attend Kscope?”

Brian Spedolini's Twitter Image

BS: “Its the most attended Oracle Development get together where work and learning gets done (Oracle World is much too big and not focused).”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

KC: “No and no, I am looking forward to it. I’ll be in the water for sure. Maybe it’s time for me to learn to surf …”

BS: “I have not.”

MR: Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

KC: “I forget if this was a Kscope or another conference, but my computer died in the middle of a presentation, and Dimitri Gielis had my presentation on his computer, so we were able to continue. My point being, there is a community of people who are always willing to help each other. I also liked the APEX to JDeveloper ADF showdown.and Dimitri’s Charts presentation with the screaming monkey.”

BS: “My first presentation at ODTUG, Apex on the iPhone. It was such a new platform then and the thought of having that kind of information on a mobile device was a dizzying thought. Now, with Apex 4.1, mobile templates come built right in. Tech moves fast.”

Brian can be found on Twitter @btspendo, and has a blog at http://www.itworkedyesterday.com

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Countdown…5 days of Early Bird pricing left. If you are going to Kscope 11, you really should do yourself a favor and sign up before the end of the day on March 25. If you do so, you will be able to attend the best Oracle development conference in existence for the lowest possible cost. Of course, if money is no object to you, feel free to wait.

Next up, a discussion with my friend, Dimitri Gielis. Dimitri is an Oracle ACE Director who specializes in Oracle Application Express. Dimitri was also our SP Conference Content Chair for Application Express in 2010 for our successful conference in Brussels, Belgium. Come to Kscope 11 and meet Dimitri!

Dimitri Gielis

On to the questions…

MR: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

DG: “It’s in the States, always at a nice location (this year Long Beach!) and almost every time it’s excellent weather. Next to just the logistics, the conference became *the* meeting place for all the Oracle Developers around the world. It’s so nice to meet all my virtual friends and people that send me mails or comment on my blog posts at least once a year.

Everything is arranged so well by ODTUG that we as presenters and participants don’t have to worry about all that and we can just enjoy the conference and socialize with everybody.”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

DG: “There are so many great presentations at Kscope that if I would say one favorite I wouldn’t be fair to all the others 😉

There are some nice APEX presentations, but also outside of APEX there are nice sessions about Oracle Development, so I might actually switch tracks sometimes.”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

DG: “I’m asked quite a bit on many conferences to talk and I’ve been accepting a lot of them and really enjoyed them, but running your own business and having a family that wanted to see me too, made it necessary I picked the most important ones for me. So I made the decision that I’m doing the local conferences in the BeNeLux, and travel outside to ODTUG KScope, OOW and UKOUG.

Next to that I allow myself to pick one or two a year that are different and if possible I try to combine them.

As I said before, Kscope became *the* conference to meet the developers around the world. Next to that a big portion of the APEX Development team is present too. I always love to talk to these nice people who are working so hard to give us the best product possible.”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

DG: “I’ve been in LA many times now, but I don’t remember much about Long Beach and the Queen Mary… so I look really forward to that!

I know it’s an interview, but what can you recommend I see Mike? ;-)”

MR: Well, I’ve got a few ideas for you. For some great seafood, and a nice view of the Queen Mary, and within walking distance of the Convention Center, head to Gladstone’s (http://www.gladstoneslongbeach.com/ 20% off coupon here. I had the pleasure of heading there during a site visit, and the food was outstanding!

At Gladstone's - Here is a seafood platter that was prepared for us on our site visit to Long Beach

Gladstone’s is located within the popular area called the Pike at Long Beach (http://www.thepikeatlongbeach.com/). There are plenty of shops, dining establishments, and entertainment options in this location as well. (Too many to list, check it out with the link above).

For some other shopping, dining, and entertainment, head to Shoreline Village (http://www.shorelinevillage.com/). Again, this is within walking distance of the convention center. There is a place called the Yard House (http://www.yardhouse.com/default.aspx) that boasts over 250 beers on tap that should appeal to many. For you tequila lovers, one of the top 20 tequila bars in the country is called Tequila Jack’s (http://www.tequilajacks.com/).

A great way to see some of Long Beach is to take a Segway tour (http://www.segwaylb.com/). Here is a picture of Barbara Morris, ODTUG Secretary, during our site visit.

Barbara Morris on Segway in Long Beach

Look for some more dining, shopping, and entertainment options on the Kscope 11 website coming soon.

Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

DG: “…the first time I came to the ODTUG conference in 2006. I was so amazed by everything…”

MR: Dimitri, can you tell everyone a little bit about the new APEXBlogs website?

DG: “I redeveloped APEXBlogs from the ground up to use all the new features that come with APEX 4.0. Next to that my deepest wish is that APEXBlogs (http://www.apexblogs.info) becomes *the* portal page that brings all APEX Developers together. APEXBlogs brings all the most interesting sources around APEX together in an easy navigateble website. Blogs, Tweets, Plugins, Statistics and a knowledge base that includes an Enhancement Request/Bug database… and there is more to come. At the moment there are over 10,000 people a month visiting the site, but I hope that over the next couple of months that number will be 7 times higher! I hope everybody will promote the site and it becomes *the* platform for the APEX Developers, just like Kscope became *the* conference for APEX.”

Thanks Dimitri! Besides the APEXBlogs website, Dimitri has his own blog at http://dgielis.blogspot.com. His company, APEX Evangelists, is located at http://www.apex-evangelists.com, and Dimitri is on twitter at @dgielis (http://www.twitter.com/dgielis).

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Time is running out on Early Bird Registration! Don’t count on Early Bird Registration being extended this year, as you may be making a very costly mistake. The Early Bird Registration ends March 25th.

I hope you’re getting a sense at how much people get out of Kscope conferences, and the value that is provided. Also, you have a great circle of friends that you make at the conference, ones that you can count on for answers and support when you get home from the conference.

This blog post focuses on Dan McGhan. Dan is an APEX aficionado, and a great presenter. Dan was also recently named an Oracle ACE, and is well deserving of this honor. Make sure you introduce yourself to Dan at the conference. You might even see him at a local cigar bar in Long Beach.

Dan McGhan

MR: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

DM: “There’s always an air of excitement at Kscope that’s hard to narrow down to a single “best thing”. I think it all starts with the people. Meeting new people and seeing distant friends and colleagues is always a real treat. The content is another important element. Attendees are bombarded with so much good content, it’s nearly impossible to walk away without some new ideas and inspiration. Then there’s the location, the food, I could go on and on…”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

DM: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the APEX team present at the Application Express Symposium. With APEX 4.1 on the horizon, it’s great to get a chance to see what’s coming from those that are actually doing the development.”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

DM: “Some conferences are too big, others are too small. Kscope seems to have that perfect balance where you feel you’re a part of something big but not so big it inhibits one of the main reasons for attending – knowledge transfer.”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

DM: “No, neither, but I absolutely love what I’ve seen of California thus far so I’m really excited to go. I’ve fallen into a tradition with a few cohorts where we find a really great place to enjoy a good cigar. Certainly not everybody’s cup of tea, but it is something I really look forward to. Perhaps we’ll find a spot on the Queen Mary this year!”

MR: Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

DM: “…my first Kaleidoscope which was 2008 in New Orleans. I had been using APEX at that point for a number of years and formed many online friendships with fellow aficionados. Getting to meet so many at once was something I’ll never forget – I can honestly say it was a life changing event for me.”

Thanks Dan!

Dan has his own blog located here:  http://www.danielmcghan.us/ Dan can also be found on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/dmcghan

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Latest in my Kscope run-up blog posts is my interview with Roel Hartman. Roel is an Oracle ACE Director and specializes in Database Application Development. In more recent years, he has become an Oracle Application Express expert. Roel attends many conferences, and has become a regular ODTUG Kscope presenter.

Roel Hartman

Early Bird Registration Ends March 25. Register by then to pay the lowest price for admission to the greatest Oracle Development conference in existence!

So, on to the questions…

MR: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

RH: “The (still relative) small size of the conference makes it easy to speak to whoever you like. It is not as overwhelmingly big as Collaborate or OOW, where you are lucky when you meet someone you know. And the content is always good: no marketing stories but the real, more techie stuff.”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

RH: “I am really looking forward to Sunday’s APEX Symposium where the APEX Development Team will fill the whole day with presentations about the APEX future, version 4.1 (and beyond). The main question during that day will be ‘when will it be available?’ And of course we all hope that the Development Team will surprise the audience with some good news! (Just setting expectations here!)”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

RH: “Although I attend several conferences every year, Kscope is always somewhere nice. So while visiting Kscope, I also had the chance to visit New Orleans, Monterey, Washington…And what Kscope really stands out for is its good food!”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

RH: “I have been close last year at Santa Monica and Venice Beach – and that was awesome. So really looking forward to Long Beach and the QueenMary!”

MR: Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

RH: “…I think that was my first Kscope, in New Orleans. The heat outside in contrast to the ultimate coolness of the presentations! And then there is Bourbon Street…which needs no explanation at all…”

Thanks Roel!

Roel’s blog can be found at http://roelhartman.blogspot.com and he is also active on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RoelH (@RoelH)

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No Comparable Event!

I got the chance to ask one of our Oracle Application Express experts some questions about Kscope. Martin Giffy D’Souza has been a presenter and attendee at several of the Kaleidoscope conferences of the past, so I asked him my favorite set of questions and got some good answers back.

Martin Gifffy D'Souza

Again, Early Bird Registration ends on March 25. Register by this time and you’ll get to attend Kscope 11 at the lowest possible cost.  Check out our Wednesday Night Special Event details here, aboard the Queen Mary.

MR: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?

MGD: “The people. You get an opportunity to meet and network with so many interesting and smart people. Each year I’ve learned a lot from both the excellent presentations and the conversations throughout the conference. The Wednesday night main event is also an amazing time.”

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from and why?

MGD: “The presentation I’m looking forward to the most isn’t an actual presentation. Last year, Scott Spendolini hosted an APEX open mic night where people had the opportunity to demo applications that they built. It was really interesting to see what people had done in an informal environment. I’m really looking forward to seeing what people present this year.

The top three presentations I’m looking forward to seeing are:

APEX Symposium on Sunday where, amongst other things, the Oracle APEX team will highlight the new features available in APEX 4.1

Dimitri Gielis – APEX in Big Projects with Many Developers

Roel Hartman – XFILES, the APEX 4 Version: The Truth is in There…”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

MGD: “I don’t even think there’s a comparable event. This is the only event I know of (from the APEX viewpoint) that has most of the Oracle APEX team along with some of the best APEX developers in the world presenting at. The other thing that makes it great is that all the presenters are easily accessible since the conference is located in a single venue.”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

MGD: “No, but I’m looking forward to both of them. Given that Calgary was the coldest place on earth a few months ago I can’t wait to hit the beach!”

MR: Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

MGD: “…was the one night (of many) at the hotel bar in Monterey during Kaleidoscope 2009. It was a long night but a great time with everyone!”

Many thanks, Martin. I look forward to seeing you in Long Beach!

Martin has his own blog at http://www.talkapex.com or on Twitter – @martindsouza (http://www.twitter.com/martindsouza)

OK, folks, tell me what you think about this series of posts. Like ’em? Hate ’em? Love ’em? Please let me know (be gentle, I don’t take criticism well). Leave me a comment on the blog so that I know you’re out there.

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Starting the run up to ODTUG Kscope11, I’ll posting interviews of some interesting folks that you should know better, and asking them some questions and answers that I will be featuring in this blog regularly.  This time, I had the opportunity to ask Patrick Cimolini, veteran ODTUG Member, attendee and presenter at several of the ODTUG Kaleidoscope conferences in the past.  Patrick is also one of the co-authors of the upcoming Apress book “Beginning Oracle Application Express 4” (along with Doug Gault, Karen Cannell, Tim St. Hilaire, and Martin Giffy D’Souza (all presenters at this year’s Kscope conference).  Patrick also stepped forward to put his name in for the most recent ODTUG Board elections, and while not successful, Patrick has shown his willingness to step forward and give back to the organization.

Patrick Cimolini

So, here are the questions and answers that Patrick shared with me.

MR: What is the best thing about Kscope conferences?

PC: “Learning! I learn from the formal presentations. I learn from the presenters over coffee and beer.  I learn from my fellow attendees over more coffee and beer.  Everyone at the conference shares tips, tricks and insights.  Kscope is an “idea meet market”.

MR: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?

PC: “This is a tough question.  Scott Spendolini, Steven Feuerstein and Paul Dorsey come immediately to mind.  I highly recommend buying Bryn Llewellyn a pint or two and get him going on a “shaggy dog” story (there is more to Bryn than PL/SQL).”

MR: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?

PC: “Kscope tells it like it is from the developer’s perspective.  You find out what technology works and what doesn’t work.”

MR: Have you ever been to Long Beach or visited the Queen Mary?

PC: “Nope. Looking forward to it.”

MR: Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…

PC: “…going to Scott Spendolini’s presentation six years ago on HTML_DB (Now APEX) in New Orleans.  I didn’t know it at the time, but it turned out to be a career and life changing moment.”

Thanks for your time Patrick! I hope this series of posts will help give you a feel for ODTUG Kscope, and give you some compelling reasons for attending.  Early Bird registration runs through March 25, 2011.

For more information, visit the Kscope 11 website.

If you register, tell them you heard about the conference on the ODTUG Blog!

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