At lunch today, I put together my power point presentation. I meant to do it sooner of course, but it's been another busy week. In fact, I hadn't done a thing to prepare other than walking through it in my head.
I did not want this to be a presentation so much as a demo. Six slides is all they got.
I suddenly got very nervous around 4 today. I just want to get over there and start. I ended up leaving work just before 5.
The meeting was at the PriceWaterhouseCoopers building in Tampa, just across the street from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers headquarters. Very nice building.
I was introduced by the SOUG president promptly at 6:30. Roughly 40 people showed up (filled the room).
I had an hour and a half to complete my presentation...ummm...WHAT? I've got like 10 minutes worth of material! How the hell am I going to manage this??
Anyway, I walked through some of the features of APEX: Load/Unload data, SQL Commands, that kind of stuff, just trying to get to the application builder.
A couple of nights ago I began walking through and building a basic little reporting application tailored to the DBAs. Reports on roles and privileges basically. I never even got to that.
I created a 2 line csv (yes, I should have done it before hand), uploaded it to demonstrate how easy it was and then off the creating a report on that table.
"Can you create a form to update that record?"
Sure, here's how you do it. One minute later the form was done and I had updated the record. True to form...it's just so damn easy.
I answered a few other questions and then I got stuck. A member of the audience started answering the questions that I couldn't. We (the member in the audience) had spoken before the meeting and I believe he's just as passionate about APEX as I am). It worked rather well, so well in fact, that we're going to try and work out a dual presentation at the upcoming Technology Day SOUG puts on.
Someone would ask a question, I would answer them by showing them how to do it. Have I mentioned how much I like APEX? Rocks.
Next thing I know, it's a little past 8 and I can see the President trying to end the meeting. No way dude, too many questions to answer!
I got out of there around 9:30. I answered questions to the best of my ability...if I didn't know, pointed them to resources that could.
Can't wait to do it again...but next time I'll practice!
BTW, great crowd tonight. I couldn't have asked for a better group. Thanks to everyone for their support, and thanks to Tom and LewisC for asking me to do it.
Did I mention how cool it was? ;)