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Kscope12: The Oracle Development Tools User Group Conference

The Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) will hold its annual conference, known as Kscope, in San Antonio, Texas, June 24–28. We asked ODTUG's vice president Monty Latiolais for a sneak preview—and to share strategies for getting the most out of the event.

Q. What do you think will be the hot activities at this year's conference?
A. Kscope will always be best known for technical content, but we’ve seen increasing enthusiasm for things such as Community Service Day, when we help the local community by working side-by-side with fellow attendees. This year we’re partnering with the San Antonio Boys and Girls Club.

One of this year's biggest draws is bound to be the keynote address by Oracle Ace Director and fellow Texan Cary Millsap, titled Learning About Life Through Business and Software. He'll discuss what he has learned about raising a family from running his own business, and vice versa—and why you should learn to love what you do even if you're not doing what you love.

Q. What's on the docket this year for Kscope’s big Wednesday night event?
A. We're going to saddle up and head over to the Knibbe Ranch—a working cattle ranch since 1852. Besides great food and drink, there will be line dancing, armadillo races, and a mechanical bull, culminating in an honest-to-goodness rodeo. Don't miss it!

Q. Are engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata featured on the Kscope agenda?
A. Once upon a time, hardware was out of the scope of Kscope, but engineered systems have changed all that, since hardware, database, and software are now being bundled together. A great place to start is the session with Oracle's Dan Norris, titled Oracle Exadata Technical Features Overview.

Q. Are there sessions devoted to big data?
A. Oracle’s Senior Principal Product Manager Jean-Pierre Dijcks is leading a session called Big Data Architecture Deep Dive. It will cover the overall architecture for a big data ecosystem; integration points between tools and systems; and agile development of data-driven solutions.

After getting a handle on architecture, I'd follow up with Dijcks’ presentation Big Data: Is Predicting Your Future in Your Future? It will cut through the buzzwords to reveal the real-world ways big data is likely to change your organization.

Q. And Oracle Application Express and Oracle SQL Developer?
A. Ask anyone and they'll tell you Kscope is the undisputed home for Oracle Application Express. This year we've seen huge interest in taking Oracle Application Express to the streets—that is, building mobile applications. In the session titled Creating a Native Mobile App with APEX, Christian Rokitta will show ways to create an Oracle Application Express app that can access mobile device features such as the camera, GPS, geolocation, accelerometer, and more. Fun stuff!

If Oracle SQL Developer is your tool of choice. I'd suggest Jeff Smith's session, SQL Developer Tips and Tricks, or Debugging with SQL Developer. Both sessions will make your productivity skyrocket.

Q. Any new activities this year?
A. For sure. Immediately preceding the conference, we're holding the first ever ODTUG Kscope golf scramble at the beautiful TPC Canyons, on the grounds of the J.W. Marriott. This is not your local municipal golf course. I'll be content to shoot my weight.

Q. Any suggestions to help attendees get the most out of the conference?
A. Overall, my advice would be to network, network, and network. That's why we've built in plenty of opportunities to do so. Our conference keeps growing, and we know Kscope can be overwhelming. To address this, we've established a mentor/mentee program that pairs up first timers with seasoned Kscope vets. If you are interested in being introduced to an ODTUG mentor or becoming an ODTUG mentor, please indicate your choice on the Kscope12 registration form.

Learn more about ODTUG and register for Kscope12 today. Enter promo code DBI and save US$100 off your Kscope registration.

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