Openworld 2006

After a big week of meeting people, talking and working, I've survived the biggest Oracle conference, ever, Openworld 2006. Over 42,000 people. It was fantastic fun, and I met a lot of customers and other Oracle people. The Melbourne weather followed me to San Francisco and the sun shined every day. Tshirt weather.

Chris Jones and myself did a two hour hands-on-lab on installing and using PHP and Oracle. We got a good attendance of around 60 people, and had good feedback from customers that were pleased Oracle is getting involved with the PHP community and helping to make their lives easier.

Chris and Laksi (from the Oracle OCI team) announced support for database server side connection pooling in an upcoming release of the PHP OCI8 driver. This should help customers manage their Oracle/PHP connections and improve performance and scalability. Stay tuned for more on this.

Of course, this was nothing compared to the announcement of Oracle supporting Linux, Oracle Unbreakable Linux. Yes, full, support of Linux. Larry's keynote was based around this announcement, and the team did an incredible job of keeping this out of the news before-hand, and organising everything on the quiet. The news was simultaneously announced by Larry, and pushed to various web sites. Not to mention banners suddenly appearing in the conference centre.

The other huge event of the conference was the Elton John concert. 30,000 people at a free show, with free beer and food all night.

I have to take my hat off to the conference organisers, and staff involved. It must have been amazingly huge effort to pull it all off. And they did.

I'm now at the Zend conference in San Jose. I'll blog about that soon. I'm doing an install of Oracle Database XE, and Zend Core for Oracle during the OTN night on Wednesday night. If you're at the Zend conference, come along and check out this super easy install and preconfigured Oracle/PHP stack.

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