Advice LineBy Blair Campbell
Three seasoned technologists on the merits of humility, simplicity, and education
Hemant K. Chitale
What technology has most changed your life? I have to put out the simple response that you probably hear most often: the internet. Not for its IRCs [Internet Relay Chats] and social networking but for economic, international, business, and technology news; e-mail lists and forums; and the ability to order books from overseas countries online.
What would you like to see Oracle, as a company, do more of? Present more Oracle Technology Days in Southeast Asia—in Singapore particularly!
What advice do you have for those just getting into application development? When designing an application, seriously evaluate the amount of intelligence it’s going to manage. This will define the amount of coding, complexity, round-trips to the server, and scalability. And be aware that the application user is different from the big database user.
Tell us about your role with Oracle University (OU) and the value you see in this program. I’ve been a certified OU instructor for more than 15 years, and I really believe that an OU course is the best way to get acquainted with Oracle technology. The courses provide a good balance between theory and practice, and professionals can start being productive the day the course concludes.
What’s your favorite tool or technique on the job? Recently I became a fan of code generation. It lets you bump your use of programming languages and tools to a much higher level—almost instantly. It’s metaprogramming, if you will. If the code you’re writing is repetitive and you can’t easily avoid writing it, don’t write it. Generate it!
Which new features of Oracle Fusion Middleware are you currently finding most valuable? We’re migrating our shared Oracle Universal Content Management hosting environment to the Site Studio 10g Release 4 component and its new placeholder architecture, which allows us to simplify sitewide changes and slash maintenance expenses. Previously, a small change to a site could easily result in more than two dozen template modifications. Now there will be only one file to change.
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