Miracle Oracle Open World is claims to be the best conference in the world. It claims that the “best” rating is not because of the number of attendees, but I disagree–the (relatively small) number of attendees is one of the things that makes this event great! There are less than 200 attendees here, but a high percentage of those are some of the most highly respected Oracle experts in the world (at least in my book).
Last night, I attended the opening session which included a technical presentation from Toon Koppelaars called “The Helsinki Declaration.” The session discusses the trend of the last 6-8 years where we’ve seen less use of database features and fatter middle tier applications. His plea was that we reverse the trend and return to using the database features (that customers pay a lot of money for) and shrink the middle tier bloat. This, Toon contends, will make more maintainable, more optimized applications overall. Forget about “database independent applications” since that necessitates using the database for little more than a spreadsheet. Toon encourages the use of Oracle Application Express (APEX) which promotes putting almost all application components in the database. I’m not sure I see that APEX is the best tool for every job, but I do see a lot of opportunities for APEX in the coming years and think it certainly could replace Oracle Forms once APEX matures.
My Day 1 included presentations from Martin Jensen (Oracle), Cary Millsap (Method R), Tanel Poder (PoderC), Carel-Jan Engel (DBA!lert), and Graham Wood (Oracle). In making my choices, I had to miss presentations by Karen Morton (Method R), Jozé Senegacnic (one of my house mates), Anjo Kolk (Miracle Benelux), and James Morle (Scale Abilities, and another of my house mates). You’d think that with only 3 rooms to choose from at each time slot, it’d be relatively easy to choose a session to attend, but it’s impossible. As James put it just a moment ago, “There’s no fluff at this conference.” How true.
While it is a long trip to get here from Chicago, even just this first day of presentations is worth the trip. The networking opportunities are abundant and I prioritize this event higher than many others that I could attend closer to home. If you spend any of your time developing on or managing or consulting with Oracle environments, I would be willing to bet that you’ll get more out of these 2.5 days than you would out of most 4- or 5-day conference events. Most importantly, you will have opportunities to make contacts that remain intact for years to come.
Tonight is the Gala Dinner and Beach Party in the fun and interesting Lalandia water park facilities. I hope that I remember to get to sleep as I’m sure that some won’t and the program starts tomorrow at 9:30am!
Unfortunately, while I brought the USB cable for my camera, I don’t have the proper drivers or software on my laptop, so pictures will have to wait until I get home.