Late this afternoon I went to check my tweets and saw a lot of traffic from those I follow about @carlback. It was all about trying to figure out if Carl had been killed in a car accident early Sunday morning.
I began my search of some of the Las Vegas papers but was unable to confirm. Then Justin Kestelyn and Eddie Awad confirmed it.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Carl in person.
I met him first through the Oracle ApEx forums more than 3 years ago. At the time I was a newbie but his responses (to me and others) were always patient and well thought out. I never once saw him condescend in the forums. He was a tremendous resource to the ApEx community and he will be sorely missed.
Of late he left comments on my blog or we went back and forth on Twitter. We've even traded a few emails here and there. I only new him through the 'tubes, but this has affected me more than I thought it would.
I had/have a great amount of respect for him.
My condolences go out to his friends and family.