Oracle OpenWorld 2008 Day 1 (Sunday) Wrap

The PHP Hands-On-Labs went smoothly today. What a pleasant feeling! There was great interest - all but two seats had been pre-booked for the first lab - and lots of studious work done. I look forward to being able to spend more time and talking with you when you come by the PHP/Ruby booth at the back left of Moscone West. I'll be there Monday from the 11am opening until 2pm, and again on Thursday from 9:00am - 1:30pm.

Thanks to Marcie for helping myself and Kuassi run the lab. Marcie spent many hours working with content specialists (e.g. me) writing instructions, taking screen shots and generally making sure the OOW HOLs in her domain were accurate and professional. I've worked with her on several projects over the years, but today was the first time we actually got to meet.

After the PHP HOLs concluded, I went to the PHP booth to check the demonstrations were ready for tomorrow. To cut a long story short, Karthik & Kant from the Oracle Net team spent some time resolving a machine network problem. When I had configured the computer, I'd backed up a net interface configuration file. This backup file was being still being read and was causing a conflict. Karthik's help was absolutely invaluable - I can sleep tonight.

I had wanted to mention Karthik regardless of his help today. He is presenting Best Practices for Deployment, Performance, and Diagnosability of Oracle Net Services (Thursday 10:30am Moscone South Rm 104). Oracle Net is the glue between the DB and client tools/languages like PHP. Knowing what it can do for you and how to tune it are skills all DBAs should have.

On Tuesday, Levi Dixon and Nicholas Tang from Community Connect and Srinath Krishnaswamy from Oracle will talk on Building and Deploying Web-Scale Social Networking Applications, Using PHP and Oracle Database (Tuesday 1:00pm Marriott Salon 04). It is about using PHP and Oracle Database to run very large social networking sites, including BlackPlanet.com and MiGente.com. Session details are below.

Another paper useful for PHP developers is Best Practices for Developing Performant Applications for Oracle Database 11g (Monday 2:30pm Marriott Salon 01). It shows how to interpret database statistics and tune your application code. For brevity, the code examples will be Java (there is an accompanying HOL later that uses C/C++ or Java), but the DB statistics analysis and programming concepts are the same for programmatic languages including PHP.

If you're interested in Ruby/Rails sessions, see my previous post.

To finish up, here's one of the many conference shuttle buses transporting people around the city:

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