Wednesday, March 20, 2013

When one door closes, another opens

I'm very excited to announce that I've joined the amazing team at Enkitec! Enkitec is an Oracle centric software services and consulting firm headquartered in Dallas, TX. I didn't really know much about Enkitec until Scott Spendolini and Doug Gault joined the company in June of 2012. Since then I've come to admire the what Enkitec does in the Oracle space and the rock-star team they've amassed to get it done.

Fortunately for me I get to keep doing what I love: APEX consulting, training, and plug-in development. Speaking of plug-in development, stay tuned as some long overdue updates and new plug-ins will start rolling out in the coming weeks!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Parting Ways with SkillBuilders

My employment with SkillBuilders has come to an end. SkillBuilders is an excellent company that really puts their customers’ needs first. It was a pleasure to have worked with them over the years and I wish them well.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Webinar Tomorrow - Taking Control: Integrating PL/SQL APIs with APEX

I'll be doing webinar tomorrow titled Taking Control: Integrating PL/SQL APIs in APEX. If you're new to APEX and have been curious as to how you should go about leveraging your PL/SQL skills within the product, I highly recommend attending. Again, it's tomorrow, Wednesday the 6th at 1pm Eastern. To see the time in your time zone, click the registration link below and then click on the “Show in my Time Zone” link.


The automatic row fetch and DML processes in Oracle Application Express are very powerful, allowing developers to create applications quickly and easily. However, their inflexibility often forces developers to implement sub-optimal workarounds to satisfy complex UI or data processing requirements. But when armed with knowledge of PL/SQL, APEX developers can take back control with packaged based APIs. In this session attendees will learn the basics of integrating PL/SQL APIs in APEX through a series of example problems and solutions.

Registration Link

I hope you see you all there!

The APEX Track at Kscope13 - A Peak at What's to Come

This is the second year in a row that I've had the pleasure of serving as the content lead for the APEX track team for ODTUG's Kscope. The first year was a little strange as I was just learning the ropes. This year I knew what to expect and things have been going much smoother. I really think this year will be the best year yet - here's why:

An EXCELLENT Content Team

Once again I had a fantastic team of APEX gurus that helped create and shape the APEX track for Kscope. This year I thought I would change the team up some but I was pleasantly surprised when a few that had participated the previous year emailed to ask if they could do it again. No, I don't mind at all! Here's a list of everyone that participated this year:
The largest responsibility on the team's plate is selecting which submitted abstracts will make it into the conference. Other responsibilities include scheduling, promoting, etc. As I'm sure you can imagine, this is one busy group of people. Everyone participates as much as they can and I want to thank them all for their time - thanks everyone! I have to thank Roel a second time because he really went above and beyond what was expected of him (something he does consistently) - thanks Roel!

Superb Content

It's no secret that Kscope has the best content for APEX. This year the APEX track has 19 sessions during the week spread across 3 rooms for a total of 57 presentations. Also, as has become tradition, the APEX development team from Oracle will be taking over the Sunday Symposium so we can all learn right from the source.

Excellent Speakers - From Newbie to Guru

If you just looked over the list of APEX presentations, you no doubt recognized many of the presenters as some of the best and brightest in the industry. However, some of the feedback from previous years indicated a need for more new speakers. This year, thanks to Roel's great idea, we took that to heart and created a newbie track of sorts. We've dedicated 3 sessions (1 session from Monday through Wednesday) to these new Kscope speakers so all eyes will be on them!!! I'm confident they will handle the pressure just fine... ;) Here's what you can expect:

  1. Monday, Session 3
  2. Tuesday, Session 8
  3. Wednesday, Session 12

Responsive Design Mini-Track

Responsive Design techniques and practices have received a lot of attention lately - and rightfully so! To ensure the topic was adequately covered we approved 4 presentations on it. When Shakeeb Rahman from the APEX development team noticed this, he suggested we coordinate a little closer to create a Responsive Design Mini-Track (he even provided an outline to get the ball rolling). Luckily the speakers were very receptive to the idea and the Responsive Design Mini-Track is now a reality. Checkout the lineup:

  1. Martin D'Souza - Intro to Responsive Design in APEX
  2. Christian Rokitta - Building a Responsive Application using Theme 25
  3. Mark Lancaster - Building a Responsive Application using Twitter Bootstrap
  4. Dimitri Gielis - Advanced Responsive Design in APEX

Dynamic Action Deep Dive (DADD)

Last year I was a little overwhelmed, and admittedly unprepared, by the number of people that joined me for the DADD (many thanks to Suzanne Anglim for helping to control the chaos). This year were going to do it again on Thursday. That's right, Thursday, so if you're interested in learning about Dynamic Actions from into to advanced in just a few hours, make sure you plan accordingly (tip: use this as your excuse to spend another day or even a night in New Orleans). I promise to have things better prepared this time around so we can all hit the ground running!

The DADD is hands-on mini-course designed to get APEX developers introduced to Dynamic Actions and  working with some of the more advanced features within just a few hours. This is a BYOL (bring your own laptop) event but anyone is welcome to just come and watch or make new friends and partner up.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at Kscope13!