Monday, 4 November 2019

Do you want to learn about database technology?

Do you live close enough to Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Seoul, or Tokyo to attend a software development roadshow for a day in November?

Are you interested in how easy it is to build data driven web based applications?
Perhaps you're a student of the programming world?

Your local user group is hosting some visitors from the US that I think are worth listening & engaging with, in person. And if you're not a member of the user group, it's only $50 for the day.

https://blogs.oracle.com/apex/oracle-apex-apac-tour-2019

50 bucks.

For a day of learning, engagement, and networking with industry peers.

I can't emphasise that networking element enough, particularly for those still formulating their career goals & focus.

It's been a while since I was a graduate, but I relished the information I gathered at the local user group events. I was recently privvy to witnessing a member of the next generation of technology professional help shape her career at our conference.

It's worth investing a day in yourself, to help inspire your work tomorrow, to help nurture your love for your job. Whatever the stage of your career.

Warning, tangent ahead.
While I now find myself a regular speaker at such events, I also still value attending them, even with the advent of regular, engaging, recorded online technology seminars with experts and those that build the product.

That photo? That's Oracle product manager David Peake helping out. That's what these communities do - get you within one degree of separation of the product itself.

I can't keep up with all the new gadgets being made available in my development tool of choice.
I certainly need more practice with REST technology, and a hands-on-lab with the development team would really help.
We're also about to level up with our version, so another revision of all the new kit will be super handy.

And Shakeeb is a really slick presenter. It's not just the technology I learn about when watching the sessions by Shakeeb, or Connor & Steven, or many other seasoned (and some new) presenters.
And I'd like to meet Christina, add to the list of the APEX team I've met in person.

Seeing them in person is something else. Nothing beats having a face-to-face conversation with someone about ... anything really. And to then establish that rapport, that human-to-human contact with other people. It can remind us to be humble. A reminder that we all make mistakes; we all continue to learn; and most importantly - none of us know everything.

We see regular personalities on the speaking circuit, or those bloggers out there that pump out their experiences online. These are only a small percentage of all the developers out there, working hard, empowered by education, utilising online resources, leveraging off forum conversations. Sometimes it feels like they seem to know so many things about the product, but really, most of them are just making notes, and thankfully publishing them in a manner for us all to benefit. Don't let the imposter syndrome get you down.

And let's not forget the friendships that are forged at such events. Yes, you're allowed to have friendships at work, it helps keeps smiles on our faces when times are tough.

So. 50 bucks, unless you're already a member - then it's free!

Learn about how to get your FREE Oracle instance.
Learn how to use a low code development tool to build apps.
Learn how to source data from web services.
Learn what's in the latest version of the product.
Have an engaging session where you have the platform to ask anything.
And do it - if you have the chance to ask a burning question, odds are there is at least another person nearby with the same question.

Thank you, Oracle for your growing engagement with the community, and thank you to our local user groups for helping facilitate these visits, and most importantly, thank you to the community - actively producing content, and those who drive up the SEO by quietly read all the content.