Public speaking tips by Tim Hall

If somehow you haven't seen them, go check out Tim Hall's recent series on public speaking tips.

I think he's finally finished, and I've been able to nod my head in agreement with many things he's said. I also learned a few things, for instance when reading thoughts on international speaking - something I haven't done yet (but look forward to).

Even if you never plan on speaking at a conference or anything remotely similar (more...)

New OTN forum features

It seems more new features are coming to the Oracle forums
https://community.oracle.com/thread/2619317

Further discussion regarding the syntax highlighter here
https://community.oracle.com/thread/2618350

As syntax highlighting is a fundamental part of forums, the recent upgrade took it in the wrong direction and they are looking to rectify it - but engaging users on it's specifications.

Feel free to contribute to the discussions, it will make the world a better place :-)

2013 Blog Review

Just like every other tom, dick & harry on the internet, I thought I'd look back at the year that was.
Keep an eye out for interesting tangential and useful links.

A vague attempt at humour

Readership continues to grow. Rapidly. From my first full year (2010) with 5k visits, I'm now at 50k visits & 69k page views for 2013, averaging 70 posts per year - cool stuff!

I've been impressed with the growth (more...)

PhoneGap 3 ebook winners

Late last year Packt Publishing offered 3 e-books to help promote Giorgio's revised edition of PhoneGap 3. People who commented or tweeted the blog post received entries to win.

While I prepared some SQL to randomise selection of winners, I didn't get a chance to arrange the job to be (more...)

Small SQL puzzle – discrete top 3

Being the APEX geek I am I've created a page that lists all the entrants so far to the Packt Publishing Phonegap ebook giveway

Check it out here
http://apex.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=73000:22

I'll post more about how I've extrapolated records from derived column values, but I am looking for suggestions (more...)

Win a free ebook of PhoneGap 3 by Packt

PhoneGap 3 Beginner's Guide
Packt publishing have generously given me the opportunity to give away 3 copies of their e-book PhoneGap 3 Beginner's Guide, by Giorgio Natili.

Details on how to enter are further below.

You don't think you need to be an APEX developer to appreciate this book, (more...)