The UKOUG 2012 conference was a rather short affair for me this year as I was only there for 1 day of it.
During the Sunday I was at my nephew’s birthday party. In the evening I returned to Birmingham in time to make it to the Oracle ACE dinner. Big thanks to Debra Lilley for organizing it and to the Oracle ACE program for sponsoring the event. I used the opportunity to ask a number of questions about ADF and WebLogic. I’m still a newbie and since I seem unable to distance myself from the subject, I figured I need to know a bit more.
Monday was my first and only day at the conference. The lineup was like this:
- Oracle’s latest Generation of Database Technology (Top 12 Features of 12c) – Tom Kyte
- Speed Dating Oracle JDeveloper and ADF 12c New Features – Frank Nimphius
- PL/SQL : Stop Making the Same Performance Mistakes – Tim Hall (that’s me)
- Tips and Tricks for Hardening Fusion Middleware – Jacco Landlust and Simon Haslam
- B-Tree Indexes – Jonathan Lewis
My presentation was a quick romp through a number of the big performance mistakes people make in PL/SQL. The presentation felt like it went well. I guess the evaluation results will reveal all. I’ve already got some good feedback from it and I spent the best part of an hour answering questions after it, so those people must have thought my opinions were worth something. The link above points to a summary article of the presentation, with internal links to the details on all the sections I spoke about, plus a few more. There seems little point repeating the contents of those articles, so having this article as effectively a links page to them seems the most obvious solution.
In addition to the presentations, I got to hook up with lots of friends from the Oracle circuit. You sometimes feel like a social butterfly at these things, but that’s kinda nice. I also got to introduce some of my work colleagues to a number of influential people, which kinda made me feel important for a few minutes.
Then it was back home to shave off my Mo and cut my hair, then out to the Oak Table dinner. I got to the restaurant about 11 minutes late, but early compared to the rest of the Oakies. During dinner we discussed a number of things including load balancing WebLogic, movies, novels and annoying people who push into queues. It was all dead technical.
And that was that. Short and sweet.