26 October 2011
04 October 2011
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a session by Connor McDonald. I heard a lot about him, his presentation style, and I even did a book review back in 2005. Everybody I talk to who attended a session by Connor - ever - is always very positive on his presentation style. And it is very impressive, humor, technical knowledge, all the ingredients are there to keep you focused on the content. The opening slide, he put on as you walked in the room invited you to move forward as the presentation has code sample in a fontsize which he showed on the slide. The room filled up, and it was a large room. There was another benefit of being in the front of the room, apart from being able to read the slides, he handed out chocolates - starting from the front. Talking to Connor later in the evening, he told me it takes months to prepare for a presentation, and it really shows. If you get a chance to see Connor do a presentation, attend it and make sure to arrive early! Part of the presentation was on Edition Based Redefinition, and because I presented on that subject before I believed there was a flaw in his presentation. But there was not, I was mistaken. The rest of this blogpost shows you where I was mistaken, and Connor was absolutely right.
02 October 2011
Oracle Open World is underway. My first session, which I didn't plan, was on Unstructured Data. There is a lot of unstructured data going around, as opposed to relational data, and it will only increase in the future. The number of images and videos will only increase in the future. Especially for this, Marcelle Kratochvil is putting together an Oracle Unstructured Data with Multimedia SIG, just to spread the word on unstructured data and multimedia. She even put up a website (to be moved in the future) with white papers, preseentations, and links to other useful information. This site can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/ommuds/home. Head over there and check it out. She also showed some very nice examples of customers using multimedia. Unfortunately I had to leave at this time. Even though I didn't plan on attending this session, it was very interesting - too bad I had to leave for a different session, but I will surely be investigating more on unstructured data.
This post is more for me than it is for you, at least I will have a place to quickly check where am I supposed to be going next.The rest of this post is basically just my schedule for the upcoming week in San Francisco. Really looking forward to all the sessions, meeting old friends and making new ones. So if you see me walking around, please come up and say hello.