Mobility expert Luc Bors from AMIS Netherlands recently published via McGraw-
Hill the Oracle Mobile Application Developer Guide, the very first book to come out about Oracle's Mobile Application Framwork (MAF) since its release earlier this year. Following on from my previous articles
on Oracle mobile leaders, in this Q&A article we interviewed Luc to
share his insights into the world of Oracle mobility with you.
Firstly Luc, congratulations on publishing your book on Oracle's Mobile Application Framework. This must have been a big achievement for you?
Thanks Chris. This was definitely a big achievement for me. It was hard
work and it took a lot of my spare time. I will never forget the moment
when I submitted my final chapter and, some 3 months later, the moment
the shipment with my book in print arrived. It felt great! I was finally
able to hold the book in my hands.
Great work. If we can take a
few steps back, I've had the pleasure of knowing you for a few years
when you've presented at conferences around the world, but for the
audience can you please introduce yourself, your role and organization
you work for?
Luc: My name is Luc Bors. I am an Oracle ACE and I work as a principal consultant for AMIS Services
in the Netherlands. AMIS is a consulting company where expertise is
key. This is evident in our profound knowledge of the complete Oracle
technology stack. With nearly 100 employees we not only work for
customers in the Netherlands, but also offer expert services throughout
What’s your background before working on mobile solutions?
Actually I do not have a background in IT at all. I have a master’s
degree in Genetic Engineering from Wageningen University. During my
years in university I already developed an affinity to computer science
as I was using and altering highly sophisticated software for
statistical analysis. After graduating it did not take much time and
effort to switch from Bio Technology to Information Technology. Both
were emerging technologies in the 90’s and that is where my passion
lies: new technologies. I started as an Oracle Forms and PL/SQL
Developer in 1997 and about 8 years ago I switched to Java and Oracle
ADF. I have been involved in many ADF projects, both greenfield ADF
implementations and Forms to ADF modernization projects. First as
developer, later as technical team lead and architect.
And today what’s your main focus?
Today my main focus is ADF architecture and mobile solutions based on
the Oracle Mobile Application Framework. I tend to combine both and use
the power of both frameworks in the context of enterprise mobility.
As a developer, what’s changed since you took up the “mobile first” mantra?
The first time I took up a mobile challenge was actually quite some
years ago. In a proof of concept for a retailer I created a solution for
handheld scanners that called out to a web service to find the stock
for articles with a given barcode. Back in those days nobody had heard
of “mobile first”. Read the complete interview here.
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