UKOUG Conference Series, Technology & E-Business Suite 2009 is over. Three days were filled with highly technical presentations in several streams. It was my first time, and I hope it wasn't my last time.
The presentations I saw were:
- John Scott - Building Scalable Applications with Oracle Application Express
- Joel Goodman - Oracle Database Links part 2 - Distributed Transactions
- Jonathan Lewis - Writing Optimal SQL
- Randolf Geist - Understanding the different modes of System Statistics
- Wolfgang Breitling - Seeding Statistics
- Anthony Rayner - Building Rich Web Applications! Inside look into the Oracle APEX 4.0 Development Lab
- Graham Wood - What's new in the Oracle Database?
- Connor McDonald - 11g features for Developers
- Jonathan Lewis - Introducing Partitions
- Julian Dyke - Vital Statistics
- Andrew Clarke - PL/SQL API Design Workshop
- Randolf Geist - Everything you always wanted to know about FIRST_ROWS_N but were afraid to ask
On Wednesday I had my own presentation "All About Grouping". Unfortunately I was starting to get sick on Tuesday afternoon. My walk from the hotel to the International Convention Centre included passing a nice Christmas market. On Wednesday morning everyone on this market looked like they thought it was cold (a few degrees Celsius), but I was walking there sweating like crazy and with a running nose. I skipped a few sessions, ate only the fruit and salad from my lunch bag, hoping I would feel a little better when the presentation started. When I had started my presentation I noticed I forgot to plug in my presentation device. I decided to move on and just stay with the speakers stand. I started to sweat again heavily, and not (only) because of nerves. Half-way through my stomach became empty and started making some noise. Nice, with a microphone just above your stomach ... Previously, this presentation took 50 minutes. Because I had an hour, I decided to get one more example in. Still, I finished in 45 minutes this time, so I guess I should slow down some more. If anything, this was a great learning experience for me about presenting. Supposedly, the audience doesn't experience a presentation in the same way that the presenter does. I very much hope that's true.
The slightly adjusted presentation and demonstration scripts can be found here and here. A white paper about grouping will appear shortly on this blog.