For some proof points look at the number of APEX sessions at Oracle Openworld 2008 = 38
reminded me that I still had an old post sitting in my drafts folder regarding the numbers of sessions related (directly or indirectly) to Oracle Application Express at the conference I’ve attended in the last couple of years, so I’ve dusted off the post (this one now!).
So since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s the chart –
Note: I have just included the Collaborate, ODTUG, OpenWorld and UKOUG events as those were the ones I attended. There were many other events during those periods where there were Application Express topics being presented. Also note that there are no released figures for OpenWorld 09 and UKOUG 09 yet.
There are a few different ways to interpret these figures, firstly cynics might say, “ahh but look how the number at Collaborate 09 is less than 07”, or “look how the number at UKOUG 08 was less than 07”, well remember that the APEX abstracts are competing with lots of other abstracts to make the final cut into the accepted presentations.
Looking at 2008, it was a huge increase (not far off double) the number presentations that were given in 2007.
Currently in 2009, even with just the ODTUG and Collaborate figures to go off, we have around as many as there were in 2007 and almost half as many as there were last year (and remember we still have the OpenWorld and UKOUG figures to add to that).
So…in my opinion, yes Application Express is definitely growing, it’s certainly a good time to be involved with it.
UPDATE: I created a small APEX application on top of the data behind that chart, so you can see the session details, break by presenter etc.
You can access the application here, if you are aware of any omissions, errors or additional conferences that should be included drop me a mail/comment and I’ll try and update it.