Friday Sep 16, 2011

Should There Be a Conference Just for ADF Developers?

Sometime I wonder if we should have a conference dedicated to just ADF/JDeveloper.

I imagine something like a 3 day event where you can come in and attend sessions delivered by experts and product managers. A conference where you can get sessions that will teach you new things about ADF whether you are just a beginner or whether you are an advanced user. Maybe we'll even do some hands-on labs on new features and to get people started working with JDeveloper, and maybe even have on site ADF certification testing. We can even have a night where we all get together for a little party in a pub and just network.

Would you come to such a conference if it existed?

Well turns out there is such a conference, and it is even better than the above description

It is 6 days long, it has over 60 sessions about ADF (that's 10 per day), it has labs, it has birds-of-a-feather, and it has certification tests. The speakers are all the key Oracle ACEs, the ADF Enterprise Methodology Group leaders, customers with real life experience, and of course product managers. And it has 3 big networking events in the evening where we can all get together and network while listening to Tom Petty and Sting playing live.

It is called Oracle OpenWorld.

Yes - you might have missed it thinking that OOW is all about the database and Apps, but if you look at the list of ADF specific session and labs - you'll see that there is lots of content especially for you. I think this makes Oracle OpenWorld the most important conference for an ADF developer to attend. So if you haven't considered it yet - you still have two weeks to register arrange your flights and come and join us.

See you in San-Francisco.

Monday Jul 11, 2011

Getting ready for Oracle Open World and ADF content

The ODTUG Kscope conference a couple of weeks ago was for many presenters a good rehearsal for the next major event for ADF/JDeveloper users - Oracle Open World.

If there is one event which is a must attend for an Oracle ADF developer - OOW is it.

This year the Oracle Develop track was merged back into the "regular" Oracle OpenWorld, as one of the streams. That however didn't change the great technical content you'll be able to get there. Right now a quick search for "ADF" on the online content catalog already shows 45 sessions. And you can expect even more to pop-up in the next few weeks as the rest of the content is being finalized.

While some think of OOW as a conference for the C-level audience (CIO,CTO, CEO,C2O etc...), if you actually look at abstract to the sessions in the Oracle Develop stream, you'll see that many of them delve deep into technical details. Combined with great opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with experts and of course the great parties (Tom Petty and Sting this year) - this is really becoming a great event for developers too.

For those of you who already decided to come, one small recommendation - based on my involvement in session scheduling and content management - there is going to be some great ADF content on Sunday and on Thursday. So extend your stay by two days (arrive on Sat, leave on Fri) and you'll be thankful for even more great learning experiences.

See you at Oracle Open World 2011

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