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Today, we have a guest posting from fellow ODTUG Board Member Monty Latiolais.  Monty has been a big part of the success of this conference, and has served as content chair.  Monty always is willing to lend a hand anywhere he is needed.  If you have a chance, introduce yourself to Monty at the conference.

Monty Latiolais

“In roughly three weeks, hordes of Oracle Developers will descend on Washington, D.C. for the annual pilgrimage to ODTUG Kaleidoscope.

We go there to learn from our peers and industry experts alike. We go there for hands-on training supervised by those who author the books we read. And in the case of Oracle Application Express 4.0, we go there to see history in the making.

But for those of us who have attended previous conferences, it also represents an opportunity to reunite with friends from across the country and around the world.  This can be just as important and beneficial as any aspect of the conference. It’s what separates us from the pack. Let’s start with Kaleidoscope’s Community Service Day. You won’t find anything like it at competing conferences. In the past two years, Kaleidoscope attendees have painted a New Orleans public school devastated by Katrina and helped protect a threatened stretch of California coastline. In Washington, D.C. we’ll make memories and friends as we partner with ‘D.C. Cares’ to refurbish a public school campus. Talk to those who participated in the past and they’ll tell you it was absolutely a highlight of their conference.

Once the actual conference begins, networking opportunities abound. Sign-up to be an Ambassador. Participate in “meet-ups” or “birds of a feather” events held throughout the week. At breakfast or lunch, strike up a conversation with your table-mates, who may well be a Duncan Mills, a Steven Feuerstein, a Dr. Paul Dorsey, a Peter Koletzke, or one of the multitudes of Oracle Aces and Ace Directors who have declared Kaleidoscope as their “can’t miss” summer event. And like you, they’re there to talk shop. Ask your questions. They’ll be sure to point you in the right direction.

At Kaleidoscope, whether the person next to you is from Paris, France or Paris, Texas….Portland, Oregon or Portland, Maine, don’t let the opportunity to network pass you by.”

Thanks for this Monty!  You have perfectly captured the spirit of ODTUG Kaleidoscope!

See you in DC on the 27th (only if you register today).

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The ODTUG Kaleidoscope Special Event is now finalized.  Get ready for an outstanding evening of music and comedy, headlined by John Heffron, the US TV 2nd season “Last Comic Standing” winner.  This is another first-class special event that cannot be missed.

John Heffron

Here’s one of John’s bits on video.

Be prepared to laugh, as John is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever seen.  As a winner of the second season of NBC’s hit TV show “Last Comic Standing”, you know that John will be a real treat for the ODTUG audience.  What a great way to cap off the last full day of the conference!  We’ll also have a band to play both before and after John, so for those of you looking forward to a little dancing, ODTUG will once again provide you the opportunity.  For more information, keep checking the ODTUG Kaleidoscope website.

June 9th is the deadline for advance registration and the hotel reservation cut-off date.  There are very few hotel rooms left at the Marriott Wardman Park.  Register now and reserve your room to assure staying onsite.

We have also added to the ODTUG Kaleidoscope Web site information about the Welcome Reception – Rock Band Competition.  Start the conference out right by rocking the night away.  We’re encouraging attendees to “dress the part” by wearing their favorite concert garb or dressing up like a famous rocker.

This will be a great conference.  I hope to see you there.

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As I promised in my previous blog posting, I got the opportunity to ask Ronald Bradford some questions.  I hope this serves as an introduction to Ronald, and that you’ll attend Kaleidoscope to learn more from Ronald in person.

Ronald Bradford

MR: Would you like to share some background information about yourself for our ODTUG readers?

RB: “I have worked with various RDBMS technologies for 20+ years.   I was first introduced to Ingres at university and after my Bachelors Degree in 1989. I started my professional IT career performing Ingres database architecture, system design as well as software development.  I worked solidly with Ingres for 7 years including on Australia’s largest distributed Ingres deployment at the time.  In 1996 I was recruited by Oracle Corporation as their resident Ingres Specialist in the design and migration services group. I worked on the R&D Ingres to Oracle Conversion (ITOC) Workbench project where we successfully reverse engineered Ingres applications into Oracle Designer (Version 1.3.2) and then forward generated an Oracle database (Version 7.3) and also produced Oracle applications.  I got up to speed with Oracle technology and then worked in Oracle partner services providing Oracle consulting and custom application development including achieved the rare 100% generated Oracle Developer application once for a client. I have even endured having to install Oracle Financials once, thanks Bruce Turner for that unique privilege :).  My experience working with the Oracle RDBMS finished at single digit version (8i and 9i).

I joined my first now failed Internet startup in 1999. This was an Oracle/Java shop which was actually a startup using office space at Oracle and was one of my consulting gigs at the time. I started using and playing with MySQL in 1998/1999   From 2003 I had transitioned to full time to MySQL design, development, tuning, DBA support etc and included my now second failed Internet startup experience.  In 2006 after having provided independent consulting for a number of years in Australia around Java, MySQL and Oracle technologies I joined MySQL Inc as a Senior Consultant in the USA. I worked with MySQL the company behind the product, traveling weekly to new clients and new situations until the MySQL acquisition in 2008 by Sun Microsystems.  At this time I started providing independent MySQL consulting.  Today my work with clients involves a mixture of remote and onsite MySQL consulting and has included work in USA, Canada, Europe and Australia.

My name may be known to some readers especially in the DC area.  I have presented to the Federal Government in the Ronald Reagan building twice, first in 2008 with the 1 day ‘DBA Bootcamp: MySQL for the Oracle DBA’ which I also presented in New York and San Francisco.  In 2009 I then presented ‘Best Practices for Migrating from Oracle and SQL Server to MySQL’.

In 2009 I was named MySQL community member of the year, and in 2010 I was recognized as one of the first and only three Oracle ACE Directors for MySQL.  I am co-author of the book ‘Expert PHP and MySQL’ http://expertphpandmysql.com, and I’ll be giving away free copies at the conference until I run out of them.  Say hi and give me the code word for a copy. You will have to read my blog for the answer!

And for a piece of trivia, I bought my first PC compatible machine in 1984, an Epson QX-16 which even had Dual CPU booting either 8086 and Z80 with it’s twin floppies and green screen.  It cost me $4,000 and took a very long time to pay off while working part-time for $5 per hour.”

MR: We at ODTUG feel there is a great synergy and opportunity for the MySQL community, what’s your thoughts on that?

RB: “I completely agree.  Since the Oracle acquisition was completed a number of Oracle User Groups including ODTUG, IOUG, NoCOUG and NYOUG have been very open to approaching the MySQL community including myself, to reach out to welcome us, see what we are about, and to see how the MySQL community can benefit with the various Oracle user groups.  I’m excited to see a MySQL track at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010, and I’m looking forward for a packed room for every session on offer.  The ODTUG committee people I have worked with directly including Mike, Jerry, Kathleen and Lauren have all been great and very responsive.  While I have worked for a number of years on the MySQL users conference review committee, this is my first time having to organize, plan, schedule and manage an entire MySQL track for 4 days.  I could have not done this without the constant help of my fellow MySQL community members Sheeri K Cabral and Giuseppe Maxia.

We have a great line up of speakers with many years of MySQL experience. Many I approached directly just days after our first discussion of ODTUG MySQL content, and most responded immediately with yes I can contribute.  Our speakers include 4 book authors of MySQL content with 5 books in total.

I feel it will be some time before MySQL only developers will start attending Oracle conferences and other Oracle user group events. Many people don’t know enough in layman’s terms what is happening with the acquisition process and the future of MySQL. As an Oracle ACE Director I am committed  to work with Oracle and the MySQL community to promote and open doors that provide benefits for all users.

I’m looking forward to an ongoing relationship in future years with MySQL content at Kaleidoscope, much like the success of Hyperion in recent years that I have been told about.”

MR: If you had a chance to talk with Oracle developer attendees before your presentations what sort of questions would you be asking?

RB: “It is always great to prepare conference content based on the needs of the audience.  We are unsure just how many developers and attendees develop in both Oracle and MySQL, only time will tell. If I had a chance I would have liked to know what was the most important for attendees. We have definitely tried to create a track of content that covers what we feel are the most pressing developer related questions using MySQL.   We have created content for an intermediate level based for those developers that know their stuff in a respective technology and want that same level of proficiency in MySQL development and adminstration.  It’s difficult to transition from one technology to another, or need to work on multiple technologies without grasping and mastering all the idea situations the technology can offer.  We hope that our session discussions on the in’s and out’s of replication,  capturing, analyzing and optimizing SQL the MySQL way and much more will be of broad appeal.

Myself and Sherri K Cabral, another Oracle ACE Director will be partaking in the Monday night sundown sessions so this will be an ideal time to ask any questions.”

MR: If I do not know much about MySQL where should I start?

RB: “If I was to give you the top five tips to getting started with MySQL.

1. Download the current version of the MySQL Community server 5.1.x at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/
2. Read the MySQL manual and documentation at http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/index.html which will guide through setup and installation.
3. Start using MySQL, try the mysql client, download some open source LAMP products such as http://wordpress.org
4. Check out the MySQL Planet Blog aggregator at http://planet.mysql.com for a wealth of information from the MySQL community.
5. There is a wealth of presentations online starting with the MySQL User conference at http://www.mysqlconf.com. You can also go back to previous years from a menu option of each year.  There is also a large number of video recordings of conference presentations at http://technocation.org

You can find out more information about Ronald at http://ronaldbradford.com and http://linkedin.com/in/ronaldbradford

Register for ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010, be a part of the first annual MySQL track at the conference, and meet Ronald Bradford.

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With the help of the MySQL community leaders, ODTUG has embraced the opportunity to add MySQL content to the already jam-packed agenda at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010, in Washington, DC from June 27 – July 1.

This track starts on Monday, and will have presentations running the entire length of the conference. The track is highlighted by its participation in the Sundown Sessions with the Oracle ACE Directors. In this session, Sheeri K. Cabral and Ronald Bradford, two of the current three Oracle MySQL Ace Directors will host a lively panel discussion. Drinks and snacks will be served during the sessions, and will be followed by a reception afterwards. The Sundown Sessions and reception is open to the local Washington, DC MySQL community as well. Ronald has a sign-up form here to help us determine the number of local, non-conference attendees interested in participating.

A detailed, three part session ends the conference’s MySQL track, titled “Increasing MySQL Productivity from Design to Implementation”.

Regular ODTUG Kaleidoscope attendees will benefit from this track as well. Many of our attendees have experience with both the Oracle Database, as well as the MySQL database.  For more information, check out the MySQL page that we’ve put together on our ODTUG Kaleidoscope website. And stay tuned, and I’ll be posting an interview with Ronald in an upcoming post to this blog.

It is not too late to register, and join in on the unique, educational and training event that is Kaleidoscope!

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Just a quick blog posting today…ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010 is proud to announce the addition of a FULL MySQL track for the conference! Starting on Monday, June 28th, and running until the end of the conference on Thursday, July 1st, the track will host 19 sessions on MySQL. The MySQL database is the world’s most popular open source database, and is used by many popular and successful websites.

The track was put together in much the same way that ODTUG added its highly successful Hyperion and Essbase content to the conference, starting back in 2008. ODTUG recognized an opportunity to help out the community by providing room for content to be presented. Then, we connected with a respected leader in the MySQL community, one of the first three Oracle ACE Directors representing MySQL, Ronald Bradford.

Ronald Bradford

Ronald has worked with the ODTUG Kaleidoscope Conference Committee and experts in the MySQL community to come up with a compelling track. Anyone with interest in MySQL should take a look at the offerings in this track and consider attending.

ODTUG is proud of our ability to serve the development community, and we look forward to seeing all of the MySQL attendees in Washington, DC from June 28th through July 1. Follow this link to register now.

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It’s getting closer. The conference for developers is less than two months away. Can you afford to miss this training opportunity this time around?

You still have time to make plans to attend ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010, June 27 – July 1, in Washington, DC. Click here to register: www.odtugkaleidoscope.com/registration.html

Mark Rittman

I had the chance to ask Mark Rittman, one of the newest ODTUG Board Members, about his plans for this year’s Kaleidoscope, and memories of Kaleidoscope conferences of the past. So, without further delay, here are the results:

Mike: Which presentation of yours is a “can’t miss” session that Kaleidoscope attendees should plan on attending, and why?

Mark: “My session this year at Kaleidoscope is entitled “Inside the Oracle BI Server”, and I’ll be taking a closer look at this key element within the Oracle BI EE technology stack. The BI Server is responsible for turning incoming queries from a dashboard into one or more SQL and MDX queries against data sources, and in particular I’ll be describing the process that takes place when two or more data sources are joined “in-memory” by the BI Server. As this data federation capability is one of the key differentiating factors for OBIEE, developers should come along to this session to find out just what goes on when a query gets processed by the BI Server.”

Mike: Who else should Kaleidoscope attendees plan on seeing a session from, and why?

Mark: “There are a number of great BI, data warehousing, ETL and Essbase sessions at this year’s Kaleidoscope, including one from Francois-Xavier Nicolas on “Oracle Data Integrator 11g – New Features and Directions“, another by Alan Fuller on “Oracle OBIEE Metadata Modeling Best Practices and Tips for Concurrent Development” and one I’m particularly looking forward to, David Allan’sImplement Right-Time Data Loading with Oracle Warehouse Builder“. David is one of the key architects behind Oracle Warehouse Builder and Oracle Data Integrator, and this is a unique opportunity to hear the rationale behind new OWB 11gR2 functionality direct from one of the product designers.”

Mike: What differentiates Kaleidoscope as a conference from other conferences
out there?

Mark: What differentiates Kaleidoscope is that it’s all about tools, and its all about practical solutions. No other conference focuses entirely on tools, has such a strong BI content stream, and brings together so many other BI tools technologists into one place.”

Mike: If you’ve been to Washington before, can you recommend one thing that a first time visitor should take advantage of while visiting during Kaleidoscope?

Mark: “Kaleidoscope this year is just before Fourth of July weekend, so if you can stay for the weekend after the conference be sure to head down to the Mall where I’m sure there’s probably be a few celebrations going on. If you’ve never been to DC before you’ll have to go and visit sights such as the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the White House, and what with their being a national holiday the weekend after the conference, it’ll probably be great chance to see DC at its best.”

Mike: Can you tell us what your best memory is from a Kaleidoscope conference that you’ve attended previously?

Mark: “Watching the World Cup in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel back at Kaleidoscope 2006 with delegates from around the world. I’m looking forward to this again at Kaleidoscope 2010, and hopefully this year England will end up winning it!”

Thanks for your time, Mark! We’ll see you at ODTUG Kaleidoscope in Washington DC, June 27 – July 1 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel!

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You still have time to make plans to attend ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010, June 27 – July 1, in Washington, DC.  Click here to register:  www.odtugkaleidoscope.com/registration.html

I had the chance to ask some questions of David Peake, Principle Product Manager for Oracle Application Express. To catch up with David Peake’s blog, head on over to: http://dpeake.blogspot.com. You can also find out more information about Oracle Application Express by going to the website: http://otn.oracle.com/apex.

David Peake

With Oracle Application Express 4.0 to be released later this year (maybe sometime around the end of June??), who better to talk to than David. One of my personal experiences with David happened at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2008 in New Orleans, where I was privileged enough to be the conference chair. Being that I was so busy at the conference, I missed David’s presentation about the Forms Conversion utility that was being worked on at the time. I caught David in the hallway, asked about the utility, and David proceeded to spend 45 minutes with me at a table in the break area explaining and demonstrating the utility. David is always helpful, and willing to talk to anyone about Oracle Application Express.

Look for David to be a popular person in Washington DC when Kaleidoscope rolls around.

Here’s my interview with David:

MR: Which presentation of yours is a “can’t miss” session that Kaleidoscope attendees should plan on attending, and why?

DP: “This year the APEX Development Team has five presentations and they are all on APEX 4.0 Features. If you really want to know about these features what better way to learn than from those actually developing the features.”

MR: Who else should Kaleidoscope attendees plan on seeing a session from, and why?

DP: “If I could only pick one other session it would have to be “Using Collections in APEX: The Definitive Intro” by Raj Mattamal. If you have never seen Raj present than that is reason in itself as he is one of the most engaging presenters period. Secondly, I think collections are an exceedingly powerful component of APEX and one every APEX developer should know how and when to use.”

MR: What differentiates Kaleidoscope as a conference from other conferences out there?

DP: “From an APEX perspective, Kaleidoscope is THE premier conference. With over 40 sessions, including 5 hands-on labs, there is something for every APEX developer. Not to mention last year there were over 200 of your fellow APEX developers in attendance many of whose names you recognize from the APEX Blogs and APEX OTN Forum.”

MR: If you’ve been to Washington before, can you recommend one thing that a first time visitor should take advantage of while visiting during Kaleidoscope?

DP: “I plan on trying to get to the Smithsonian this year.”

MR: Can you tell us what your best memory is from a Kaleidoscope conference that you’ve attended previously?

DP: “Catching up with old friends and meeting so many new people and learning all the new and exciting ways they have been using APEX to solve their business issues. My best memory from Monterrey was seeing so many people at the APEX dinner, many of whom wearing the APEX / SQL Developer t-shirts.”

MR: If you are comfortable in doing so, please give us a quote that we can use in the marketing campaign for Kaleidoscope.

DP: “ODTUG Kaleidoscope continues to be THE premier conference for APEX developers. Once again this year there are over 40 APEX sessions and the best social networking opportunities. Whenever you get that many people together in one place, passionate about the same things as you, it is sure to be worthwhile.”

Thanks for your time, David. I’ll see you at Kaleidoscope!


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In spite of the fact that the Kaleidoscope Early Bird Registration deadline has passed, you still have time to register for the conference. Advance rates are now in effect, and will save you $300.00 off of the Standard registration rates. Be a part of the training event of the year – Kaleidoscope 2010!

My next interview is with another Oracle Ace Director, Chris Muir

Chris Muir

Chris helped select the content this year for the Middle Tier and Client Side Development track.  This was a part of the expanded track content management initiative this year, strengthening the quality of content selected for the conference.

So, without further ado, here is is the interview…

MR: Which presentation of yours is a “can’t miss” session that Kaleidoscope attendees should plan on attending, and why?

CM: “So-ADF” by Lucas Jellema – Lucas consistently proves to be one of the best speakers at every Oracle conference I attend, with a huge amount of enthusiasm that rubs off on delegates, the ability to think laterally and extremely wide around many contemporary IT & Oracle problems, and in the case of this particular presentation I’m sure a great lead in to why ADF programmers need to be interested in ADF as well as the “real” issues they’ll hit. Having attended Lucas’s SaaS presentations from 2009, what I learned has been extremely useful in talking to my own clients and customers.”

MR: Who else should Kaleidoscope attendees plan on seeing a session from, and why?

CM: “Developing Large Oracle ADF 11g Applications” by Andrejus Baranovskis – the average interpretation is there are “no” production based ADF applications in the wild and ADF is far too complicated. What a misconception. Andrejus will prove exactly the opposite showing a “real” case study of an ADF application that not only hit production, but brought significant development efforts to fruition showing ADF is, and has been a real development contender for Oracle development for a long time.”

MR: What differentiates Kaleidoscope as a conference from other conferences out there?

CM: “First and foremost for myself is it’s an Oracle ‘developers’ conference. Oracle IT specialists tend to get pigeon holed as database enthusiasts, or applications specialists. When I go to a conference I want to talk to people who are interested in ‘developing’ with Oracle technology, learning from the challenges they’ve faces and solved. At Kaleidoscope I can have a good ol’ chin wag about something I do every working day with other people who do exactly the same, who are in enthusiastic about what they do, and aren’t constrained by the mindset ‘Oracle, it’s just as database isn’t it?’”

MR: If you’ve been to Washington before, can you recommend one thing that a first time visitor should take advantage of while visiting during Kaleidoscope?

CM: “I was last there 20 years ago as a whippersnapper. As a slightly more ‘mature’ tourist I’m looking forward to geeking it up at the Smithsonian and the museums again. Having traveled a fair part of the world, one thing the US does well is ‘big’ and ‘lots a dosh’.  Washington being the US capital has this in oodles and the museums certainly left a dent in my memory from last time.”

MR: Can you tell us what your best memory is from a Kaleidoscope conference that you’ve attended previously?

CM: “For an Aussie living many miles away from the US, Kaleidoscope certainly gives me the opportunity to visit and enjoy many US locations (with special thanks to Oracle Technology Network that sponsors my attendance). Yet my key memories from Kaleidoscope are usually a head down discussion with a bunch of Oracle ACEs and a delegate who has come up and asked “how do I solve this?” The fact that everyone is so willing to discuss issues and find solutions without the fear of asking dumb questions, or asking a bunch of (what can appear to be) intimidating experts how to do something is pretty damn cool.”

MR: If you are comfortable in doing so, please give us a quote that we can use in the marketing campaign for Kaleidoscope.

CM: “I’ve been to several large Oracle conferences around the world including Open World, where I met and spoke to many people. My visit to Kaleidoscope, New Orleans and last year Monterey was where I solidified strong friendships with people who are “super-keen” about what they do. This is an incredibly refreshing attitude which on return to work keeps me going with a buzz for many weeks. At least until the next pay check.”

Thanks for your time Chris!  I hope to see all of you at Kaleidoscope 2010 in Washington DC June 27 – July 1.

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Kaleidoscope 2010 Early Bird Registration Ends March 24th!

My next subject for an interview is one of my all time favorites: Steven Feuerstein.

Steven Feuerstein

Steven has a new website (in beta right now) called “The PL/SQL Challenge”. From the website:

Welcome to the PL/SQL Challenge

The Challenge is simple: you play the quiz – daily. We keep score. You get ranked. Every three months, the top-ranking players compete in a quarterly championship to award first, second and third prizes. But that’s not all! Every month, we will raffle off other prizes to anyone who played the quiz that month. And the more you play, the greater your chance of winning.

Ready for a challenge?

So, on with the questions to Steven…

MR: Which presentation of yours is a “can’t miss” session that Kaleidoscope attendees should plan on attending, and why?

SF: “My can’t miss selection is easy this year: ODTUG is sponsoring my first ever “PL/SQL Developer, Quiz Thyself!” – a live, interactive PL/SQL quiz with cash and other prizes. Yes, that’s right – you could win $500 for knowing the most about the PL/SQL language. That should be lots of fun!”

MR: Who else should Kaleidoscope attendees plan on seeing a session from, and why?

SF: “So many fantastic presenters make it a point to be at ODTUG. I certainly try to catch any sessions from folks like Bryn Llewellyn, Lucas Jellema, Sue Harper, Paul Dorsey, Dimitri Gielis, Scott Spendolini, Peter Koletzke, Jonathan Lewis, Cary Millsap, Karen Morton, Chris Muir, Mark Rittman…you get the idea!”

MR: What differentiates Kaleidoscope as a conference from other conferences out there?

SF: “Kaleidoscope is one of my favorite conferences. It has a focus and intimacy that are both lost in the bigger conferences. I don’t mind talking to people who haven’t a clue about PL/SQL, but I would much rather hang out with other development geeks – and Kaleidoscope is the place to do it.”

MR: Can you tell us what your best memory is from a Kaleidoscope conference that you’ve attended previously?

SF: “Well, that’s easy – my best memory is from Kaleidoscope 2009, when the ODTUG Board of Directors was kind enough to bestow upon me their first Lifetime Achievement award. That was quite an honor. And if they want to give it to me again this year, that would be just fabulous. Other standout memories of Kaleidoscopes past include some great beach volleyball in Florida and the last Washington DC conference – that was great because my wife, Veva, actually joined me and forced me to socialize with other human beings. I’d forgotten how entertaining people can be.”

Thanks for the comments Steven! See you in Washington!

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ODTUG Kaleidoscope Early Bird Registration ends March 24th…Register now to reduce your costs!

My next blog subject is an ODTUG favorite, Duncan Mills. Duncan has his own blog, and he is the director of product management for Oracle’s Application Development Tools including Oracle JDeveloper, Forms, and the ADF Framework.

Duncan Mills

Duncan is currently responsible for product direction, evangelism, and courseware development around the development tools products. He has been working with Oracle in a variety of application development and DBA roles since 1988. For the past fourteen years he has been working at Oracle in both support and product development, spending the last eight years in product management. Duncan is the co-author of the Oracle Press book “Oracle JDeveloper 11g Handbook: A Guide to Fusion Web Development”.

MR: Which presentation of yours is a “can’t miss” session that Kaleidoscope attendees should plan on attending, and why?

DM: “I’ll be talking about a new topic this year – mobile development (“Rapid Development for Mobile Devices with Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle ADF”). This is such a cool area, I’ve always seen development for phones and other mobile devices as being a black art that was totally separate from the world of enterprise development that we usually operate in. Now I think we’ve broken down that barrier and this represents an exciting opportunity for everyone developing on the Oracle Fusion Middleware stack.”

MR: Who else should Kaleidoscope attendees plan on seeing a session from, and why?

DM: “Well at Kaleidoscope you couldn’t throw a laptop without hitting an ACE, ACE director or Oracle product manager. These girls and guys are the cream of the crop in the Oracle community. I don’t think you can possibly go wrong with any of them. Personally though I always like to take the opportunity to go outside of my comfort zone and go to sessions on stuff that I just don’t use that much in my day to day work – just to keep my skills up. So I’ll be heading to some database performance sessions to remind myself how much more there is to learn.”

MR: What differentiates Kaleidoscope as a conference from other conferences out there?

DM: “ODTUG Kaleidoscope – well it’s like condensed soup, you could water it down and still get a meal out of it. There’s just so much great content on the stuff that matters to me. Plus of course it’s just a great group of people to get to know , friendly , knowledgeable and most importantly if you’re a first timer – approachable!”

MR: If you’ve been to Washington before, can you recommend one thing that a first time visitor should take advantage of while visiting during Kaleidoscope?

DM: “I seem to remember the food at this hotel was great last time – so take advantage of the lunches! But seriously, this year, I’m bringing the whole family and we’re going to hit the Smithsonian (click here for a video tour with Ben Stiller) in a big way and little Zoë my youngest, intends to have a conversation with the statue of Abraham Lincoln, which she assures me regularly comes to life. I don’t know how I’m going to pull that one off!”

MR: Can you tell us what your best memory is from a Kaleidoscope conference that you’ve attended previously?

DM: “Every Kaleidoscope is fun so it’s pretty hard to pick out just one moment. If I had to though it would actually be the community service days. Sometimes you can feel as though staring at a screen all day does not really help anyone in this world, so it’s just great to do something physically to make a real difference, however small.”

MR: If you are comfortable in doing so, please give us a quote that we can use in the marketing campaign for Kaleidoscope.

DM: “There is no doubt in my mind that if you’re a developer working with Oracle technologies, of any sort, you need to be at Kaleidoscope!”

Thanks for your time Duncan!

We have a video contest open until the end of March with a prize of a complimentary Kaleidoscope registration (or a suite upgrade if you’ve already registered). For more details, see the contest page on the Kaleidoscope website.


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