Favorite ThingsBy Blair Campbell
Oracle ADF, Oracle JDeveloper, and Oracle Application Server top the list for these Oracle ACEs.
What would you like to see Oracle, as a company, do better? Oracle Application Server technologies are changing so fast, it's difficult for many clients to fully understand all the different versions and what's included in each. A more clearly defined road map of Oracle Application Server technologies would be invaluable.
If you were going to the International Space Station for six months and could only take one Oracle reference book, what would it be? Oracle professionals are lucky to have so many outstanding books to choose from. Kevin Loney's Oracle Database 10g : The Complete Reference gives the reader both quality and quantity.
What advice do you have about how to get into Web and database development? If you want to be a successful developer, you shouldn't be afraid to ask questions. Although if we're talking about forums, it's highly possible that someone has already asked your question. So don't be lazysearch before you ask!
What technology has most changed your life? Oracle JDeveloper with Oracle ADF. I'm developing and posting sample applications using this technology on my blog [www.andrejusb.blogspot.com], which has helped me to become recognized in the technical community.
What's your favorite tool or technique on the job? Since my main job is analyzing what's wrong with software created by others, my favorite tool is a UNIX kit. Even on Windows, I install the GNU toolkit all the time. This helps me analyze log files, debug file handles, and much more.
You've taken an Oracle University classhow was that experience? The class I took is mandatory for the DBA Oracle Certified Professional exam, but I didn't enroll for that purpose. Since all five students were experienced DBAs, we dove right into Oracle Database 10g new features and even built an Oracle RAC cluster.