Thursday, February 19, 2015

APEXposed 2015 - Montreal May 6th

It's back! APEXposed is coming back to Montreal this year for a 1 day event. This conference is lined with some amazing speakers and will be your chance to learn lots on APEX 5, ORDS, and so much more.

They're a few things different with this year's conference when compared with previous years. The first, and biggest is that it's free, yes FREE/GRATUIT, for ODTUG members. For non members it's $150. If you're not an ODTUG member and are looking to save a few bucks it's only $99 for a membership so it's definitely worthwhile to get a membership and then attend the event for free. So sign up now if you don't have a membership.

The second big change is that it's only one day instead of two. We think that this will make it easier for people in and around the Montreal area to commit to. The conference will still cover a lot of great content, it's just packed into one day this time.

Aussi, si vous êtes plus à l'aise avec la langue française, il y aura deux présentations en français.

For more information please refer to the conference page:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Introducing OraOpenSource

As some of you know,  I have been out since last June recovering from a concussion. It has been a very long and lengthy process that has really pushed my limits. The good news is that I'm getting better and have been able to increase my computer time.

Which leads to the topic of this post, OraOpenSource. One of the things that has been very difficult for me to do is use a computer so as part of my recovery/rehab I had to find a small project to work on. The goal was to help me get used to longer screen times and also get back into coding, reading smaller fonts, etc. Thus I decided to start a major push towards open source development for Oracle.

What is OraOpenSource? As the name suggest, it's a site dedicated to open source software for Oracle. They're currently two active projects listed on the site, with more to come. The first major project (which was announced via Twitter last week) is called Oracle XE & APEX VM. It is a build script to quickly build an entire instance. I think it will be very useful for developers who want to quickly build a machine on the cloud and for new people to Oracle.

So what can you do to help out? First, check out the new site You can also follow us on Twitter: @oraopensource We also have a Github site where all of the projects will be kept: Check it out and help out on any of the projects that interest you.

We'll be launching more products and projects this year so be sure to keep an eye out on Twitter and read the blog!

- Martin

On a personal side note regarding my continuing recovery, I'm still not 100% yet and it will take some more time to get there. I'm starting to get back onto Twitter etc. I don't have an ETA for full recovery as each brain injury is different and the recover period widely varies for each person. I appreciate all the support I've been getting from everyone!