Innovating and UnpluggingBy Blair Campbell
Three peers celebrate getting online and occasional escapes.
How did you help bring the university up to speed in terms of its systems and connectivity? I organized a get-together with the department director, the library staff, and technical staff from the university's data center. We discussed possible options for linking the department with the Web, and while there was money available for the hardware, there were no funds for the necessary work. I suggested we coordinate the installation with volunteers, and it was all done in two weeks during summer break.
If you were going to the Space Station for six months and could only take one Oracle reference book, what would it be? K. Gopalakrishnan's Oracle Database 10 g Real Application Clusters Handbook [Oracle Press, 2006]—it gives comprehensive insight.
What advice do you have about how to get into Web and database development? My first advice would be to think differently, because Web development is not the same as client/server development. Then, you must think in tiers, because Web development involves the separation of layers—presentation, business, persistence. By using a component model approach, it is much easier to reuse, thus simplifying development and delivering Web applications quickly.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot? Every summer weekend I go to my favorite campsite with my family. I have no internet access, no phone, and plenty of time to spend with my wife and three children.
What would you like to see Oracle, as a company, do more of? Oracle's portfolio of products is getting bigger. It would be helpful if we had a clearer mapping between the products and types of services we can develop with them, and a path of training, tutorials, and documents that would help us get ready to apply a product to a certain service domain. What's your favorite thing to do that doesn't involve work? Running is my hobby. It's when I have the opportunity to unplug from the network and relax from the stress of globalization and being available on demand.