Monthly Archives: March 2009

Charting the rise of Application Express

A recent post by Dimitri on whether APEX is still worth looking at (read the article to see the context!), and in particular the comment by David Peake

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 –

APEX Presentations Totals

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.

Oracle Application Express Stimulus – Win a free training course

As we all know, the economy is making doomy, gloomy reading these days.

So, in the spirit of doing our own little ‘stimulus package’, we have decided to give a free place on our upcoming Application Express Training course to the person who can give us the best reason why they deserve the place.

There are very few rules, only –

  1. Your reason must be 50 words or less.
  2. You must be able to attend the course (so please don’t apply if there is no chance of you attending).
  3. Our decision is final and will be based purely on the one that makes us laugh the most.
  4. The winning entry (and any other notable ones) will be displayed on our site/blogs so please try and keep it clean!

It’s not often you get something useful for nothing these days (errr except APEX and SQLDeveloper of course), so we’re looking forward to seeing some good entries.

Email your submissions to with a subject line of ‘Free Place Submission’ (or click here to have it auto-filled for you). Don’t post your submission as a comment (we need it via email please).

Signs you might travel too much

Flying Last year I did a lot of travelling, sure…not as much as some people probably did, however it was still a heck of a lot of travelling (at last reckoning around 50 or so flights).

This year is shaping up to be similar to last year (perhaps even more travelling!), so here’s my thoughts on some signs you might be travelling too much (in no particular order other than how they sprang to mind):

  • You always know where your passport is at any point in time (seriously, when I didn’t travel that much I would always have that mild panic of “where’s my passport?”…not any more.
  • You recognise many of the people at the immigration desk in another country.
  • You can recognise exactly what the flight meal is just by the smell of it, even the desserts.
  • You always carry spare laptop batteries for your flight, even if you plan to sit in a seat with power…because odds are that it won’t be working the day you really need it.
  • You’ve had your luggage lost…(you were expecting that one right?)…but here’s the kicker, you’ve had your luggage lost and you’re actually not that worried about it, because hey…these things happen when you travel alot, worrying and shouting about it won’t make it turn up any faster.
  • You realise that the only essentials you really need, are a passport, boarding card and a credit card. Everything else can be bought, borrowed or improvised (see above).
  • You have been stopped by the LAPD for turning right on a red-light…at a ‘Do Not Turn Right On A Red Light’ sign…with the LAPD car right behind you.
  • You start turning right on red lights, even though you’re back in your home country which has no such law (see above).
  • You have (at least once) got into your own car and thought “Where has the steering wheel gone?”…only to realise you’re back in your home country where they put things on the *correct* side 😉
  • You got that free airline upgrade. Upgrades are harder and harder to get these days, but the sheer number of times you travel means that the odds are that one day you’re going to have something really horrible happen during your flight that the airline has to compensate you for…in that sense upgrades are the peak before the next trough.
  • You have more than 3 types of currency in your wallet at any point in time.
  • You use your iPhone to mark the GPS location of your car in the airport carpark.
  • You have, at least once, returned back to your country to a different airport than you left your car at (see…now the GPS location one doesn’t seem so silly does it?).

I could go on, but I won’t….additions to the list very welcome though!