YES! I’ll be speaking at OpenWorld ’14!

Dear Chris,

Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that the session(s) below on which you are a speaker has been accepted.

Conference: Oracle OpenWorld
Session ID: UGF9207
Session Title: Deep Dive: A SOA Application, End-to-End


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Days of gratitude…..

There are so many things I’m grateful for in my professional life – days like today really make me appreciate them:

1) Working for a company like Avout – I get to indulge my passion for learning by attending and presenting at events like ODTUG. I’m so incredibly lucky to work for a first class organization that keeps me challenged with great projects and gives me the freedom to present at Oracle conferences.Image

2) ODTUG – President Monty Latiolais has put together a phenomenal team and one of the best Oracle User Groups in the country. KScope ’14 is proving to be one of the best Oracle events I’ve ever attended. Somehow, Monty and his team have managed to grow the event without sacrificing one ounce of quality. I can’t wait for KScope ’15.Image

3) ODTUG Content – Today, I attended two of the best presentations I’ve ever seen: Roel Hartman‘s “The Best of Both Worlds – Going Hybrid with Your Mobile Apex Application” sent me scurrying back to my hotel room to download the libraries needed to create the cool apps he showed off and Timothy St. Claire’s “Creating Web Services For Your Business” laid out the cleanest and clearest explanation of how web services fit into the Oracle ecosystem I’ve ever seen.Image

Sometimes you just need to step back to see all of the great things right in front of you….


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Presentation Times @ ODTUG

I’ve received my presentation times and room assignments for ODTUG in Seattle:


Presentation 1: JDeveloper 12c New Features

Jun 23, 2014, Session 1, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Room 211

Topic: ADF and Fusion Development – Subtopic: ADF for Beginners

This presentation will show the new 12c features of JDeveloper and highlight the new thought processes developers need to develop applications quickly.


Presentation 2: JDeveloper: Team Development Tools

Jun 25, 2014, Session 11, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Room 201

Topic: ADF and Fusion Development – Subtopic: ADF for Beginners

This presentation will walk through the team development tools that come out of the box with JDeveloper and show how they can be implemented in such a way as to 1) increase developers’ productivity and 2) not slow coding and build efforts down.

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Lifelong Learner?

Success in life today requires a commitment to being a lifelong learner. Gone are the days where you could master a skill and enjoy a lifetime of prosperity off of it – the world just changes too fast today.

Nowhere is that more true than in the field of technology. Computer professions regularly enjoy some of the lowest unemployment numbers, even in rough times. If you are committed to lifelong learning, keep it up! If not, find something that interests you and get started! There’s no excuse.

In that spirit, Packt Publishing is offering a “Buy-One-Get-One-Free” deal on all of their eBooks. But hurry – the offer ends on March 26th!

For more information:

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Chapter 1 is in the books (pun intended)! Only 11 chapters to go!

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ODTUG ’14 – Seattle

I’m speaking @ ODTUG KScope ’14 in Seattle (more info coming later):

Mon, Jun 23, 2014 (10:45 AM – 11:45 AM):
JDeveloper 12c New Features – Room 211

Wed, Jun 25, 2014 (08:30 AM – 09:30 AM):
JDeveloper: Team Development Tools – Room 201

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Apex 5 videos

Reading Steve Jobs biography, one thing that stood out was Steve’s ability to “time the market”. Critics argued that the things he brought to the mainstream (the graphical interface, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad) were all existing products – he didn’t really invent anything. That criticism is way too limiting.

Jobs had incredible resources at his disposal, and he seemed to have this intuitive sense when it was the right time to introduce a new Apple product. He was thinking about what would become the iPad years before the display and battery technology were sophisticated enough to make his vision a reality – once they were in place, he pounced on it. Same thing for the iPod – it wasn’t until he saw Toshiba’s quarter-sized hard drive (something Toshiba didn’t even know what to do with), that the iPod went from idea to reality. Jobs’ genius was knowing when that magic convergence of ideas and technology aligned and how to marshal all of the forces within Apple to create something insanely great.

What does this all have to do with Apex 5? For those unaware, there are Apex 5 Early Adopter workspaces available ( Apex 5, IMHO, is that magic convergence alluded to earlier – it has all of the elements and sophistication of a modern development environment, yet is simple enough that even developers who don’t understand all of the “plumbing” that goes along with modern web development can create Oracle-driven, Web-based applications quickly and easily. All that’s missing are your ideas – can you take this existing (and free!) technology to create something insanely great?

Dimitri Gielis (Oracle Ace Director) has posted a series of videos outlining the new features of Apex 5 at I strongly encourage you to check them out.

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