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Expert Oracle Application Express

Expert Oracle Application Express

It’s been around 3 years since I wrote Pro Oracle Application Express (with a chapter contributed by Scott Spendolini), and like most first time authors I said “That was a great experience, but I’m in no hurry to write another book again!”.

Writing a technical book is a very rewarding experience, but trying to do it alongside your regular day job is tough (tougher than I ever imagined). Trying to meet publishers deadlines while still trying to  keep your (paying!) clients happy is very tough indeed.

However, a couple of events made me rethink my “never again” policy, firstly the very sad passing of Carl Backstrom and then the equally sad and unexpected passing of Scott Spadafore.

These two people helped me immensely during my time with Oracle Application Express and since I knew them both personally I wondered what I could do to help the families of two people who I admired immensely and also considered friends.

That’s when I came up with the idea of writing a collaborative book, with each chapter written by a different author who knew both Carl and Scott.

At ODTUG last year I approached people who I knew felt the same way about Carl and Scott as I did and I felt an enormous sense of pride that every single one of the authors didn’t hesitate in agreeing to contribute a chapter, so for that I am eternally grateful to:

There is some great technical content in this book, written by some of the worlds best known Oracle APEX experts. Even if you don’t think you need this book, buy it…PLEASE.

NOTE: ALL AUTHOR ROYALTIES ARE SPLIT 50/50 BETWEEN THE TWO MEMORIAL FUNDS.

A PLEA FROM ME: If you are only going to buy 1 book on APEX this year…please make it this one, if you are going to buy more than 1…well make sure one of them is this book!

Carl Backstrom – A great loss

I woke up to the news this morning that Carl Backstrom has been killed in a car accident.

I’m not going to post a link to the news article directly, as it contains some distressing details that some people might not wish to read, however the news has been confirmed by various Blogs and (reliable) people on Twitter.

For those who didn’t know him, Carl was “Mr AJAX & Javscript” in the Application Express World, he was responsible for some incredibly cool features in the APEX tool and was always helpful with the APEX community.

However more than that, Carl was a really cool and great guy. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Carl at many of the Oracle events in the last few years and would often send him “hey dude, what’s up with my javascript here?” messages on MSN in the small hours and he would always answer them, without fail.

Carl was definitely a good friend, I’ll miss him a lot and I’ll never have another whiskey without checking for flies first!

One of my fondest memories about Carl (and I have a lot) was the day he took Dimitri and me for a guided tour around San Francisco and showed us sights that we never would have seen otherwise.

My thoughts are with Carl’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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