One week down, one more to go...
I can say the nicest thing you can say to someone after they’ve been talking to you for 2 or 3 days is “Thanks, you made it interesting – and I learned some things”. I got some of that after both seminars and that really makes the whole thing worthwhile. That is the entire goal. I don’t know who has the harder job – me standing and talking for 2/3 days or them – sitting there and taking it. I really think they do and I try to make it as fun/interesting as possible (I want them to come back after lunch!). At least I know I probably won’t fall asleep – they have to work at it.
Sometimes when doing these talks in countries where English is the second language – I’m not sure if I’m making sense or not. I get fewer questions than normal during the talk, mostly I think because the translators in their heads are going full steam. Most of the questions I get are during the breaks. What I try to do is save them up and start right after the break with “Well, the questions I got were….” just so the rest of the room gets the benefits of the answers (if one person had the question – undoubtedly someone else must have had the same question).
Now, I’m looking forward to the UKOUG. I get to attend some talks… Since others have published their agenda, here is my tentative one – hoping events won’t take me away from it:
11:05-12:05 – SQL Techniques (that is a definite, I’m giving it)
13:05-13:50 - Getting Started: Introducing JDeveloper 10.1.3 IDE Sue Harper – Oracle. I’ve known Sue for a long time – I’ve never seen her give a talk yet. I know this will be good (looking for presentation style techniques I can steal…)
14:00 - 14:45 Oracle HTML DB New Features / Access Migrations / Project Raptor, Donal Daly – Oracle. I want to see Raptor again… That and I talked Donal into coming!
15:10 - 15:55 Flash me back, Scotty; Lex de Haan - Natural Join BV. I really like Lex’s presentation style.
15:55 - 16:55 10g - the G stands for Goodies, Connor McDonald – Fujitsu; Connor is talking – what more needs be said. Even if it isn’t good – it’ll be funny…
17:20 - 18:05 Oracle9i: Understanding Automatic Undo Management And Flashback Query; Kirtikumar Deshpande - Verizon Information Services. Another person I’ve known for a long time but haven’t seen present….
09:00 - 09:45 Performance from a Different Perspective; Mogens Nørgaard - Miracle A/S. This will probably be a very good presentation. Mogens is nothing if not entertaining and every once in a while – I learn something (he hides his smarts with humor).
09:55 - 10:40 Forgotten Features; Julian Dyke - Read the abstract. How could you not go. I remember Connor doing a similar presentation for 9i at the Hotsos symposium. Funniest thing happened – he described a feature, I take notes and say “cool, I like that”. Then Connor points to me and say “and Tom told me about it” – I had completely forgotten about it entirely. I’m hoping I get to see what I saw and remember it all over again here.
11:10 - 11:55 Help! I'm a Newbie! Lisa Dobson - One NorthEast. I helped to push her into this situation, I want to see how it all turns out.
13:40 - 14:25 What Are You Expecting? - Oracle 10g's Expression Filter Uncovered; Melanie Caffrey - Proximo Consulting Services, Inc. I like Melanie’s presentation style and frankly, I haven’t looked very much at this feature. I curious what she has to say…
15:10 - 16:10 Sifting through the ASHes: Performance Analysis with the Oracle 10g Active Session History; Graham Wood - Oracle Corporation. No one, repeat no one, knows this better than Graham.
16:20 - 17:20 Performance Data Mining using ADDM & AWR; Gaja Krishna Vaidyanatha - Embarcadero Technologies. Gaja – need we say more? Might have to skip out early though since…..
17:30 - 18:15 Keynote: Tom Kyte, Oracle (I hear he is OK, want to check it out…)
09:00 - 09:45 PeopleSoft: A Properly Instrumented Application? David Kurtz - Go-Faster Consultancy. Yeah, I know “why am I going to an apps presentation”. Two reasons – I want to see David present (another person I’ve known for a while, but haven’t been able to see) and I love code instrumentation – so I’m curious what they did.
10:25 - 11:25 All About Binding. Thomas Kyte – Oracle. (I sort of have to be at this one)
13:20 - 14:05 Development Tools Panel Session – (I’m on the panel, best be there….)
and then I catch a flight to Dublin…..