If you are a developer in the Oracle World, you probably heard about the upcoming Oracle Develop event that is running in parallel to Oracle Open World in San Francisco. You probably expect me to tell you that you should come to this event, but I feel obliged to let you know that there are several reasons you might want to re-consider such a decision.
1. You are going to have a hard time deciding to which sessions to go and you are going to miss some interesting sessions no matter what you do - so save yourself the disappointment and don't come. With 42 sessions and 6 hands-on labs on Java and J2EE alone, and over 60 other sessions on SOA, XML, PHP, PL/SQL and even .NET - all running in parallel in just two days - you won't be able to attend all of them - which is probably what you would want to do. So, be ready for a constant feeling that you are missing something.
2. You had enough of San Francisco - with OOW, JavaOne,WWDC and essentially all the other major high-tech event all taking place at the Moscone center, you realize that you rather go to the next meeting of the IOUG (Iraq Oracle User Group) in Baghdad.
3. You don't want to disillusion yourself by meeting and interacting with your favorite Oracle Gurus and finding out that they are just normal people like you.
4. You have this important project you need to finish and you can't allow yourself time to learn how to do it right before you start to actually coding it. (code firs learn later approach is the mantra of your IT group).
So think twice before you register, and just remember that space is limited and early registration which is taking place right now can save you money.