Tag: misc

The technology community

I remember on a flight to the UKOUG, I was doing what all presenters typically do on a plane.  They enter the cabin with the thought of “OK, I’ll spend most of the flight getting those slides just right”.  Then…a set of broadcast advertisements,…

You never stop learning

My mate Scott Wesley, whose specialty is Apex, is currently at Kscope having the time of his life (well, I hope so ).  He tweeted this picture last night of his conference badge, mainly about the “I love Apex” buttons, but something else struck…

A new challenge…

After the last 16 years in the contracting and consulting world, for dozens of clients in Australia and other countries around the world, its time for a change of direction.  Whilst doing work with Oracle systems has always been (and continues to be) rewarding,…

From Product X to SQL Developer

I recently worked at a company that used “Product X” for all of it SQL and PL/SQL activities.  There’s no real need to reveal what “Product X” is, because this isn’t a post about whether as a product it was good, bad or somewhere…

(OT) an idea for Easter (and well…every day)

I don’t travel as frequently as some people do, but with OpenWorld and various Oracle conferences each year, I definitely see my fair share of the inside of a plane and a hotel room.  To pass the time on flights, I try to read,…

Testing…the surgeon’s approach

I played a lot of volleyball in a bygone life 🙂 and subsequently ruined my knees to the extent that I needed surgery. I got a shock when the surgeon (after a series of x-rays and checks) said to me: “Of course, we’ll only…

The cost of Oracle

It’s not uncommon for people on one hand to expound the functionality, performance and features of Oracle, whilst on the other hand, lament the potential high cost of the product. I’m not pontificating here – I’m commonly one of these people.  So much good…