Oracle OpenWorld 2011, part 1

After two days of ACE Director briefings at Oracle HQ, I’m starting the conference today with a presentation in the very first slot: 9.00 am in Moscone West room 2000. My topic is “Starting an Enterprise Oracle ADF Project”, and it covers the material in my book (slightly abbreviated (more...)

Should I use APEX or ADF?

The important discussion where to use APEX and where to use ADF tends to get bogged down in an unproductive argument about the relative merits of PL/SQL or Java. However, this is not really the most important factor that should drive your decision.

Instead, you must first determine if your (more...)

Where is Oracle’s Heart?

A good thing about Larry Ellison’s keynotes is that the rambling, free-form style gives you a good impression of Oracle’s focus – something that’s not in the slides or the press kit.

On Wednesday, Larry spent all of his allotted time (and more) speaking about his favorite new box, the (more...)

ODTUG Best Speaker Award

I’m honored and proud to have received the ODTUG Best Speaker Award (Presentation and Delivery) at the ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010 conference for my presentation “What’s Hot and What’s Not – an overview of Oracle Development Tools”. Because this award is based on audience feedback, the award is actually awarded for (more...)

ODTUG Kaleidoscope presentations

I’m at the ODTUG Kaleidoscope conferences in Washington, D.C. June 27 – July 1. I’ll be giving three presentations:

  • What’s Hot and What’s Not – An Overview of Oracle Development Tools (Wednesday, June 30 at 1:30 PM in Virginia AB
  • Forms to APEX – Live! (Thursdag, July 1 at (more...)

Conference in Norway in April

I’ll be speaking at the Oracle User Group Norway Spring Conference, April 14 to 16. This great conference takes place on a cruise ship sailing from Oslo to Kiel and back. My topics will be

  • What’s Hot and What’s Not – An Overview of Oracle Development Tools
  • Forms to (more...)

Share your knowledge – submit an abstract for ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010

I’m spending the weekend writing abstracts for the ODTUG Kaleidoscope conference 2010, which will be held in Washington, D.C. June 27 through July 1.If you have solved an interesting challenge, have a real-life project experience to share or have tried out some of the latest technology, I (more...)

Oracle, the applications company

Leaving the details of the individual sessions aside, the impression from this year’s OpenWorld is that of a shift in Oracle’s perception of themselves.

Oracle used to present itself as a technology company that happened to use its technology to build applications. Now, Oracle is an applications company that happens (more...)

Learn about ADF and SOA at Oracle OpenWorld

It’s time for Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco again – I’ll be speaking on Sunday Oct. 11 at the User Group symposium on “Simple SOA – A Real-Life Case Study”. It’s session S312178 in Moscone West L3 room 3000 at 11:15 a.m.

I will also be participating in the (more...)

Free Forms to ADF conversion!

One of the three presentations I’ll be giving at the UKOUG Technology & E-Business Suite conference 2009 in Birmingham Nov 30 – Dec 2 is “Forms to ADF – Live!”. For this presentation, I am going to convert an existing Oracle Forms application to an ADF Faces (web) application.


ODTUG Kaleidoscope

I’m at the ODTUG Kaleidoscope conference in Monterey, and the level of the presentations here is awesome. With so many great sessions, I don’t really have time to blog a daily update – but you can get a feel for what is happening by setting up a twitter search for (more...)

Preparing for ODTUG Kaleidoscope

I’m off to Monterey for the annual ODTUG Kaleidoscope conference June 21 to 25. 

I’ll be presenting on “Simple SOA – A Real-Life Case Study” during the Web Architecture Symposium Sunday. If you want to twitter about this presentation (or even ask me a question during the session) please (more...)

Oracle User Group Norway conference

I’ll be speaking at the Oracle User Group Norway conference March 10-12 in their English-language track. It’s held aboard the M/S Color Magic sailing from Oslo to Kiel and back. There’s more info on the OUGN website.

UKOUG Conference Report

The UKOUG conference in Birmingham is over, and I have placed PDF files of my two presentations on the papers page.

I was only there for two days this year, but did pick up a few interesting things:

  • Oracle is now promising App Server 11g (including WebCenter) first half of (more...)

Oracle recommends optimizer_mode=choose

Here is a challenge: Find the place in the latest Oracle product documentation that states the following “To improve response time, verify that the optimizer_mode Oracle initialization parameter is set to choose.”

The first person to tell me in person where Oracle is recommending this, wins a beer. E-mail (more...)

ODTUG podcast, SQL Developer Data Modeling

Did you know that ODTUG is podcasting? I hear a couple of podcasts on the way to work the other day, and they’re good. I encourage you to sign up at

The latest episode was an interview with Sue Harper about the upcoming SQL Developer 2.0, (more...)

Oracle OpenWorld Presentation Online

It seems that there has been some mixup with the Oracle OpenWorld presentations – several people have written to me complaining that the slides that could be downloaded from the OOW site were not mine. So here are the slides from my presentation “Choose Your Weapon – an Overview (more...)

Oracle Portal users meeting Thursday at 2 p.m.

I’ve booked an Unconference slot today, Thursday at 2 p.m. for a meeting of Oracle Portal users. I’m not going to be presenting anything, but with all the WebCenter and Beehive hype here, it might be useful to meet other Oracle Portal users and discuss where we go from (more...)

Oracle OpenWorld, Wednesday

Wednesday morning I spent the morning in the ADF Methodology Group unconference session. Fellow Oracle ACE Director Chris Muir had convened the meeting and explained the rationale for the ADF Methodology group. We discussed several aspects of ADF methodology: Eric Marcoux spoke on ADF testing, Steve Muench discussed how to (more...)

Oracle OpenWorld, Tuesday

In the morning, I heard Robert Nocera from Vgo present on redeveloping Oracle Forms applications in ADF BC and ADF Faces. They have been doing this for years and used to convert stacked canvases in Forms to PanelGroups in ADF. However, with JDeveloper 11g, stacked canvases can be converted into (more...)