Managing the MiddleBy Blair Campbell
Oracle ACEs stay current on the latest and greatest technologies.
What new products or features have you been exploring lately? I'm using a shared application tier for multinode applications, because of reduced maintenance overhead. It's cost-effective, because the same shared drive is used to mount the file system—and software—across various servers, which reduces hardware costs.
If you were going to the International Space Station for six months and could take only one Oracle reference book, what would it be? The Oracle Applications Concepts documentation—because every time I read it I find something new.
What advice do you have for those just getting started with Web-based database development? The advice I've got for anybody working on Oracle Forms, Oracle Reports, Oracle Developer Tools, or related technologies is to start getting into object-oriented programming and Java. Take some introductory classes on both technologies, buy a good book, and start practicing. To be very successful at Web and database development, it's important to have a good foundational understanding of the technology you're going to be working with.
What's your favorite thing to do that doesn't involve work? Reading reviews on the latest electronic gadgets and keeping track of developments in technology that affect day-to-day life.
What's your favorite tool or technique on the job? Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle SQL Developer are my favorite IDEs; Oracle Enterprise Manager in Oracle SOA Suite is my favorite environment, from a management point of view; and blogging is my favorite technique.
What would you like to see Oracle, as a company, do more of? I'd like to see more opportunities to engage in beta testing. Working more closely with Oracle would also help us know what the company is looking for and how we can help—for example, if Oracle needs articles, tutorials, or experience in a certain technology or wants to test a new approach.