Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Oracle Apex Workshop 4.2 in Sydney

I got an invitation from Oracle to attend their new version of apex workshop and it's free. (A brief introduction on apex: it's a framework that allows developers and analyst to rapidly build web based application using Oracle database).

With excitement, I got approval from my boss to attend this workshop and arrived there earlier than everyone else. The first look at the building was astonishing. Glasses everywhere and people can be seen working at their desk thru the glass window on every floor just by standing in the lounge. (Similar to an aquarium environment).

Anyway, after registration at the reception and the staff showed me the way to the workshop, I was greeted by two consultants who will be presenting the workshop. I quickly found my spot, pulled up my laptop and start up the machine. Then, as I expected, I was given a portable drive to copy the virtual machine image for the workshop. Guess what, it was approx. 15GB. After extraction and import to the virtual machine environment, it took another 60GB off my hard drive. From what I recalled on the Oracle Developer Day image (another workshop done in U.S.), it was only 5GB.  I'm puzzled and suspected that the image for the APEX workshop was injected a lot of dummy data, enough to generate reports and performance testing.
Finally, after half hour files transferring and setting up the virtual machine, I finally got it running with the help of the consultants.

By the way, up this point, I was joined by another 2 participants and the rest of the session was just 3 of us. (Off topic: I was surprised at the response of this workshop and there are a couple of possibilities of why. First, the Oracle developer in Sydney mostly using other web technology rather than tied to the APEX framework for web app developers OR APEX didn't gather enough steam in Sydney. Second, Oracle developers are mostly work in contract that they don't have the time for workshop or they just too expensive to take time just to attend the workshop session).

The workshop went out smoothly and both consultant did a good job of getting the workshop done right. They were very helpful and able to answer most of the technical questions that 3 of us threw at them. After the workshop ended, I thanked them for making the workshop a success and enjoyable.

From the workshop, I was able to take the knowledge home on how to rapidly develop web application using APEX and how far the product has changed since version 3. It shows that Oracle is indeed committed to APEX for their future application development.

I would highly recommend Oracle developer to join this workshop again in the future (as I was told there was going to be version 5 release) because the product is free with Oracle and it might prove useful someday for developer who wants to make a quick web application on top of Oracle database.