Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Scott Spadafore

The Oracle community lost a good friend & colleague this past weekend.

Scott Spadafore was one of the most intelligent developers that I have ever met. I had the pleasure of working with him on the APEX team during my tenure at Oracle. His thoroughness and ability to see a problem from all angles was simply amazing.

He also liked to help people. A lot. Scott had 16,582 posts on the OTN Forum. That's one post a day EVERY day for almost 45 1/2 years. I'll say it again: 1 post a day for almost 45 1/2 years. Simply amazing!

I was often confused with Scott, only because the first 7 letters of our full names are the same. I'd always joke with him about how many e-mails that I'd have to forward to him, as someone thought that I was the one who helped them on the OTN Forums. He'd joke back that he never had to return the favor.

Scott will be missed dearly, and my thoughts are with his friend & family during this difficult time.

In an effort to consolidate comments, please post them on Joel Kallman's blog entry about Scott, which can be found here: http://joelkallman.blogspot.com/2010/03/scott-spadafore.html

Monday, March 08, 2010

My Interview with Mike Riley

Recently, I sat down with ODTUG President Mike Riley and answered a few questions about the upcoming ODTUG Kaleidoscope Conference which will be held in Washington, DC this year.  (OK, we didn't actually sit down together, but I answered his questions nevertheless!)

Have a look at my interview here.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Get a Suite Deal at ODTUG

As Dimitri mentioned, one way to get a Suite at this year's ODTUG is to mention his (or my) name when you register.  Now, there's another way:  just create a 3-minute video on "Why You Need to Attend ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010".

Here's the details via the folks at ODTUG:

Make it funny…or Make it musical…or Make it informational…or Make it Rhyme…or…???. Use your imagination to create the catchiest video possible. Make sure to include the ODTUG Kaleidoscope logo.

To submit your video for consideration, send an e-mail to ODTUG with your name and YouTube video link.

Video Contest Guidelines: Video must be three minutes or less, contain no inappropriate content, and be posted publicly to YouTube by March 31, midnight EST. All videos must remain in public domain until after July 1st, 2010.  The winning video will be selected from among all the entries.  The judges’ decision will be final.  Judges may include members of the ODTUG Kaleidoscope Conference Committee and others.  Winner will be notified by April 2nd, 2010. Winner will have the choice of a complimentary non-transferable registration to ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010 or a suite upgrade at theMarriott Wardman Park.