I had planned on writing about each session I attended, but I just can't seem to pull it off. Previous years, I've blogged while on site...but it was difficult this year as I didn't have a lot of down time.
This was my very first Kaleidescope conference, and I would vote it as my favorite. The biggest difference between the others, intimacy. This event is smaller than COLLABORATE by a few thousand and smaller than OOW by a few million. I ran into Brent from Regina, SK, CANADA about 32 times. (He kept telling me it rhymed with...nevermind). I witnessed Brent drink a pint of Guiness in 3 seconds across the street from the convention center at the Auld Dubliner, along with a few others. Yikes. I can't, and don't, do that anymore.
But it was fun to run into him every 39 minutes as he would remind me that Regina rhymed with...
Of course there was work to be done.
Sunday was the symposium for the Database Development track, which I orchestrated (yo @ddelmoli, you like that?). You can read about my preparation here and here. I never did write it up officially, but it was fun.
Monday I did write up, here. Along with Cary Millsap's presentation on My Case for Agile Methods, Maria Colgan's presentation on Top Tips to Get Optimal SQL Execution All the Time and Jean-Pierre Djicks presentation on Managing Parallel Execution without Tuning in 11gR2.
One I didn't write up was Lonneke Dikman's Business Logic: The Debate Continues.... This one was fun because it was Lonneke vs. me, Eddie Awad, Mark Farnham, Dominic Delmolini and Paul Dorsey. If I didn't mention, Lonneke's presentation was in the Fusion Middleware tract...so I thought it would be fun. Unfortunately, those "put it in the middle tier" people didn't show up.
Here's Lonneke telling us how much business logic should go in the database
Then her reminding us that it should go over here, in the application tier
Seriously though, it was a fun hour. I think we all came away with a better understanding that the business logic should be in the database. :)
Did I mention the Queen Mary party, I mean event? That was fun, a lot of fun.
I'm going to work hard to participate in this again next year...
Next year's registration is open, FYI.
If you are a hardcore technical person, this is where you want to be. The people are great, the content is great and you can hear Brent tell you about Regina.