Hotsos symposium 2006, day 3...
Hotsos Symposium day 3. I officially have lost my voice by the end of this day. Not entirely due to talking and talking, although that didn’t help. I’ve caught a cold…
Wednesday started far too early as I had the 8:30am speaking slot! It went well I thought though, it took precisely 60 minutes with good questions during the talk. That is two for two (as far as keeping on schedule). In fact, the schedule was kept to very well by all participants – that is a good thing.
I attended quite a few sessions – the first one after I gave mine was “How NOT to develop an Oracle Based Application” by Kerry Osborne. This one had me shaking my head in violent agreement with his 10 points (like “go ahead, build that ‘db independent layer’” and such). It was accurate, it was funny, it was good.
Then, I went to Toons Koppelaars two part presentation on Applied Mathematics for Database Practitioners. This was really neat. A very formal way to specify database constraints in a completely unambiguous fashion. I actually “got it” as I was able to recall much of my logic courses from college. He has a book coming out (that was being co-authored with Lex de Haan prior to his passing away) and I’ll be picking it up. This was one of the hi-lights of the conference for me.
Then I closed the day out with Cary’s “Capacity planning for Oracle” talk. I always enjoy his sessions – both for the technical content as well as the style. He and Jonathan (whose session I’ll be in all day today) have bits of “presentation style” that I try to steal myself.
Lastly, we did an Oaktable dinner. There was 18 of us (19 really). We had a place for Lex at the table: