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Early Adopters

Three peers stay ahead by getting social, embracing new features, and “mining for gold.”

By Blair Campbell

November/December 2016

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Jorge Rimblas

Which new features in Oracle Database are you currently finding most valuable? There are several features that I’m enjoying and using often. First, this one’s small and simple, but it makes my life easier: identity columns! Almost immediately I stopped using a trigger with a sequence combo, and all my tables now use a primary key defined as an identity column. Second, I’m enjoying working with JSON [JavaScript Object Notation] via the new JSON_TABLE, JSON_QUERY, and JSON_VALUE commands in SQL. Before those commands, there was some mental block to working with JSON in the database. There was just too much overhead and hassle. Now, working with JSON is a no-brainer—and I’m eager to try the new JSON enhancements in Release 12.2.

 
Peer Specs



Company: Insum Solutions, a firm that designs and develops custom web and mobile applications for the public and private sectors using Oracle Application Express


Job title/description: Senior Oracle Application Express consultant, working on customer projects as a developer, technical lead, and solution architect
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Length of time using Oracle products: 21 years
Oracle ACE ace-2
Connect
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rimblas
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rimblasn
Blog: http://rimblas.com/blog/

What advice do you have about getting into web development? Oracle Application Express makes it incredibly easy to implement web applications. However, the more you understand the underlying technology—specifically HTML, CSS, and JavaScript—the better your application will be. HTML is the scaffolding of a web page, CSS is the veneer and good looks, and JavaScript will make it interactive. Really learning these technologies will make your applications shine.

How are you using social media in your work these days? I use Twitter daily. If you work with Oracle Application Express and you’re not on Twitter, you’re missing out. Just about every member of the Oracle Application Express development team is on Twitter, as are prominent speakers, bloggers, and other experts. Search the #orclapex hashtag to filter through the noise.

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Kim Berg Hansen

How did you get started in IT? As a teenager I was interested in electronics, but my projects often didn’t work. Once I tried to make an intercom—you couldn’t talk into it, but it received Radio Moscow! When trying out programming in BASIC on a Commodore VIC-20, I finally discovered something that I could get to work and liked doing. I ended up studying math and computer science at university, and then got a job programming customer modifications of an ERP [enterprise resource planning] system for a consulting company.

 
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Company: Trivadis Denmark, a provider of IT consulting services, systems integration, and IT training


Job title/description: Senior consultant, responsible for developing solutions in SQL and PL/SQL
Location: Middelfart, Denmark
Oracle credentials: Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert (Oracle Database 11g), with 16 years of experience using Oracle products
Oracle ACE ace-2
Connect
Twitter: http://twitter.com/kibeha
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kibehan
Blog: http://www.kibeha.dk/

Which new features in Oracle Database are you currently finding most valuable? The “analytics on steroids” capabilities of row pattern matching: MATCH_RECOGNIZE. This can be a useful tool for many different types of tasks beyond data analysis. In many ways it can be thought of as declarative analytics, enabling me to almost “write in English” the result I’m looking for, and the database itself figures out how to do it.

What’s the most common cause you see when IT projects go wrong? When those involved consider the database a “bit bucket” and only think about the front end, saying, “The database is just storage, we’ll use a framework to get data in and out.” Instead, project leaders should include a SQL and PL/SQL database developer in the project from the beginning and think about database and application logic simultaneously—so the logic is firmly grounded in the database.

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Gürcan Orhan

What advice do you have about getting into web development? Starting from scratch to build your own app, beginning with the modeling and architectural layers, will help you understand all the phases of developing an enterprise-level app. I started to work with databases by writing my own address book application, where I could store, modify, or filter any kind of information including pictures, back in 1994. It didn’t matter that I was the only user, because I learned a lot about developing standards, development architecture, and data modeling.

 
Peer Specs



Company: Metric, a consultancy company focused on analytics


Job title/description: Senior solutions architect, providing solutions to Metric customers to help them get more out of their data
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Oracle credentials: Oracle Data Integrator 11g Certified Implementation Specialist, with 13 years of experience using Oracle products
Oracle ACE Director Oracle ACE Director
Connect
Twitter: http://twitter.com/gurcan_orhan
LinkedIn: https://tr.linkedin.com/in/gurcanorhan
Blog: http://gurcanorhan.wordpress.com

What’s the next big thing driving change in your industry? Big data and its use cases, such as a retail company targeting particular customers with the products they’re most likely to buy or a telco company offering alternative shortcuts based on traffic conditions and accidents. We can now harvest gold from trash with the help of Internet of Things devices and data produced from everywhere. The companies who take best advantage of this will be ahead of their competitors.

What green practices do you use in your work? I work paperless. Whiteboards are much more helpful than paper to see and create a complete solution. I also take notes via phone, laptop, or iPad, in order to work seamlessly.

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