Thursday, February 19, 2015

APEXposed 2015 - Montreal May 6th

It's back! APEXposed is coming back to Montreal this year for a 1 day event. This conference is lined with some amazing speakers and will be your chance to learn lots on APEX 5, ORDS, and so much more.

They're a few things different with this year's conference when compared with previous years. The first, and biggest is that it's free, yes FREE/GRATUIT, for ODTUG members. For non members it's $150. If you're not an ODTUG member and are looking to save a few bucks it's only $99 for a membership so it's definitely worthwhile to get a membership and then attend the event for free. So sign up now if you don't have a membership.

The second big change is that it's only one day instead of two. We think that this will make it easier for people in and around the Montreal area to commit to. The conference will still cover a lot of great content, it's just packed into one day this time.

Aussi, si vous êtes plus à l'aise avec française, il y aura deux présentations en français.

For more information please refer to the conference page:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Introducing OraOpenSource

As some of you know,  I have been out since last June recovering from a concussion. It has been a very long and lengthy process that has really pushed my limits. The good news is that I'm getting better and have been able to increase my computer time.

Which leads to the topic of this post, OraOpenSource. One of the things that has been very difficult for me to do is use a computer so as part of my recovery/rehab I had to find a small project to work on. The goal was to help me get used to longer screen times and also get back into coding, reading smaller fonts, etc. Thus I decided to start a major push towards open source development for Oracle.

What is OraOpenSource? As the name suggest, it's a site dedicated to open source software for Oracle. They're currently two active projects listed on the site, with more to come. The first major project (which was announced via Twitter last week) is called Oracle XE & APEX VM. It is a build script to quickly build an entire instance. I think it will be very useful for developers who want to quickly build a machine on the cloud and for new people to Oracle.

So what can you do to help out? First, check out the new site You can also follow us on Twitter: @oraopensource We also have a Github site where all of the projects will be kept: Check it out and help out on any of the projects that interest you.

We'll be launching more products and projects this year so be sure to keep an eye out on Twitter and read the blog!

- Martin

On a personal side note regarding my continuing recovery, I'm still not 100% yet and it will take some more time to get there. I'm starting to get back onto Twitter etc. I don't have an ETA for full recovery as each brain injury is different and the recover period widely varies for each person. I appreciate all the support I've been getting from everyone!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Early Departure From Kscope 14

Unfortunately I had to cut my Kscope 14 trip short. I had hit my head pretty hard right before leaving for Kscope and it turns out I gave myself a "mild" concussion. I'm not sure why they call it mild since it really threw me off.

If you've ever had a concussion before then you'll know what I'm going through. The only way to recover is to rest in a quite location for as long as it takes. I had hoped for a speedy recovery but that just isn't going to be the case for me.

I want to thank everyone for coming to Kscope 14 and I hope you enjoy your time at the conference. For those looking to attend my presentations, I sincerely apologize for cancelling at the last minute. I will try to do a webinar on Logger when I'm feeling better and time permits.

See everyone at Kscope 15!

- Martin

Thanks to all those that have sent me messages. I need to keep my screen time to a minimal and will reply later on.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


In January the ODTUG board had a meeting. During the trip I took some time to explore Seattle, the hotel, and conference centre. Here's a summary of the tweets that I sent out. If you're in Seattle and looking for things to do this should help.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Presenting at ODTUG Kscope 14

I'll be heading to Seattle soon for ODTUG Kscope 14 which officially kicks off on Sunday, June 22nd. Kscope is the premier Oracle developer conference with experts flying in from around the world to participate in a week lot of excellent talks and great networking opportunities.

I will be giving the following presentations on APEX and PL/SQL / at these events this year.

Lunch with Oracle ACEs

When: Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:15 - 1:00 pm

It’s your chance to meet the ACE Directors and ACEs up close and personal. They will be sitting at tables designated with topics of their expertise. Feel free to join one of those tables for lunch to ask technical questions or just to meet and talk with these Oracle user legends.

Just for the record, I didn't come up with description ;-). Essentially most of the ACEs (ACE Directors, ACEs, and ACE Associates) will be sitting at different tables in the lunch area and you can sit at their table. If you have questions for a specific person bring them and ask them. If you read this blog then you know I'm good for any APEX, PL/SQL, SQL, and Web questions in general. Of course I'm always open to talk about anything else!

Just Log It.

When: Mon Jun 23, 2014, Session 2, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Room: 607

Abstract: Code instrumentation is critical in helping developers debug applications. This presentation will cover Logger, which is an open-source PL/SQL logging tool used in many organizations. The latest features of Logger will be discussed, along with integration into APEX and how to take proactive approaches to error handling in your applications.

This talk will cover the open source PL/SQL logging tool: Logger. I'll also be covering some of the new features that are being actively worked on.


Note: this was supposed to be a talk on APEX 5.0 and had to be changed due to some scheduling conflicts. If you were hoping to see the APEX 5.0 talk I encourage you to go to Dietmar Aust's presentation on Tues at 2:00 pm in room 303.

When: Tues Jun 24, 2014, Session 7, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: 612

Abstract: This presentation will cover some of the new HTML 5 features and how to integrate them in APEX. HTML 5 is the next major version for HTML. It consists of many new features, which will make developer's jobs a lot easier and improve end-user experience. This presentation will highlight some of these new features and demonstrate how to leverage them within an APEX application. New features include (but not limited to) drag & drop, media, storage, and graphics.

I have given several HTML 5 talks at Kscope before and they have all covered new features. This is no different as it will cover some really cool new features in HTML and show how you can add them to your APEX applications.

Oracle APEX Lunch and Learn (sponsored by OTN)

When: Tues Jun 24, 2014, 12:15-1:45pm
Room 619/620

Time to bring your Oracle APEX questions for this session as it's a free for all Q&A with fellow Oracle ACE Directors Scott Spendolini, Dimitri Gielis, Roel Hartman, Peter Raganitsch.