Well, it’s been officially announced now, I’ve been named Oracle Application Express Developer of the year in the Oracle Magazine Editors Choice awards.
I’m not sure how I managed to keep quiet and not let anything slip for so long now, but now it’s finally in print (yes I will actually be named in the Oracle Magazine, how bizarre is that?).
I was extremely honoured to have been nominated, and definitely humbled to have won it, there are a great number of excellent Apex developers out there and I can definitely still learn things from each and every one of them, so I’m definitely not going to let this go to my head, although I will be framing my copy of the Oracle magazine article if it ever arrives! It would be just my luck to be featured in the magazine and for my subscription to not be sorted out in time!
I would especially like to thank Joel Kallman and the others who nominated me, it was a great vote of confidence and I’ll do my best to keep doing what I’m doing (or do it better if I can!).
I had to give an interview for the magazine, which is something I’m not used to doing at all, although it was all very ‘painless’ (it always helps when it’s a topic you’re very interested in). If there’s one quote in the interview that I stand by, it’s this:
I haven’t come up against a Web site or system that I wouldn’t like to do in Oracle Application Express
I really believe that, the more I use Apex the more I see other ways in which it can be used.
I also had to have my photograph taken for the magazine, which was an absolutely surreal experience, it’s one thing having your photograph taken when you’re on holiday, it’s quite another having it taken by a professional photographer in the middle of the busy city centre of Leeds at lunchtime (yes really….I had to ‘pose’ infront of hundreds of people walking past thinking ‘who is that lunatic? he doesn’t even look famous’). I’m looking forward to seeing the pictures in the magazine (if they’re featured), I usually hate pictures of myself and I’m sure these will be no exception, but at least this time they were for a good reason!
Well…I guess I’d better go and start packing for OOW! Not long to go now!