The Apex Development Workplace

We talked about “The Apex Project Workplace” during our presentation at ODTUG Kaleidoscope. This workplace could look like something as presented on the following picture:

The desk, where a developer is working, is like a workbench where all necessary materials are available that can help to efficiently guide and increase the productivity of the development process.

In your development environment, you should always be looking for manners to improve the productivity of your work: do it quicker, but don’t compromise the quality of your work. The latter is one of the reasons why we started our QA-Viewer-for-Apex.

Therefore, my favorite — and in my opinion — the most useful Apex session at the conference was given by Patrick Wolf.

He showed how you can write quicker and better code by extending the “toolset” within your apex development workplace with “open source” tools. On the one hand, Patrick demonstrated a set of tools around Mozilla Firefox which are useful for any webdevelopment (Firebug, WebDeveloper, Yslow and Live HTTP Header). On the other hand, Patrick developed his own extensions on top of the Apex Application Builder: the ApexLib, the Apex Builder plug in and Apex Essentials. Probably you can read more about in on other blogs or on Patrick’s site

Bottom line is, that everybody should consider to add this tools to his Apex development workplace.

Our ODTUG presentation about the QA-tool

Like Nathalie Roman announced in the previous blog I had the honour to give my first presentation abroad last Monday at the Big Easy.

It was Jan Huyzentruyt’s idea to work out an Apex QA-tool for our company. Because we wanted to share our idea with the other Apex-adepts we submitted our abstract “Use the Power of APEX Dictionary Views to Increase the Quality of Your APEX Applications”.

Nathalie was our ambassador. She welcomed the audience and she introduced us. First I explained our Apex Development Approach: the broader context in which our quality system originated. With different steps and life demonstrations in between I then showed how the QA-tool evolved from basic to a customizable QA system.

The audience was very attentive and enthusiastic. More than 50 people attended our session. Everything went well until Murphy dropped in. Because of a broken socket we had problems with the power supply.

At the end of the presentation and also afterwards we got a lot of positive feedback: nice presentation, great idea, you should bring it out, … ! Well, we will make it available as soon as possible.

It really was a great experience to present on ODTUG!

For those who attended our session, we hope you enjoyed the presentation!
People who weren’t at ODTUG can download the paper and the presentation from our company website

CU at OOW!

Meeting up with Speakers & Ambassadors

Yesterday evening the ODTUG team had arranged a reception for the speakers and ambassadors in the Sheraton hotel where all activity is taking place.

The meet-up was great and I could attend also as being the ambassador for 2 of my colleagues Karen Van Hellemont and Jan Huyzentruyt who gave a presentation regarding the QA-tool our Apex Core Team has build for developing quality-proof Apex Applications.

We had the opportunity to meet up with European Colleagues and ACE Directors whilst having great cocktails, which spiced up the conversations ;o)

Frans Thamura, Mauricio Naranjo, Basheer Khan, Ameed Taylor, … were some of the different ACE’s I was able to meet-up with on the reception, and we had some great discussions ;o) More or less Oracle related, hobby related in some sort, … it was fun and I’m very grateful this reception was organized to be able to meet all presenters and ambassadors.

In the next article you will get to see how an ambassador looks like ;o))

ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2008

Thursday night I got this fantastic news:

“Dear Karen:
Congratulations! Your abstract,
Use the Power of Apex Dictionary Views to Increase the Quality of Your Apex Applications,
has been accepted for presentation at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2008, June 15-19, in New Orleans, Louisiana.”

Wauw!! A range of emotions ran through me. I go to New Orleans, the city from the gospel and the jazz!

It’s the first time I go to a foreign country to give a presentation, so you understand that I’m very excited to be one of the selected speakers at ODTUG! This is a wonderful opportunity!

The Apex-core team at iAdvise has developed their own QA-tool on top of the Apex Repository to guard the quality of our application guidelines and conventions. I will bring this case together with my colleague Jan Huyzentruyt. We already did a lot of presentations together in Belgium, but it is the first time we are doing it abroad …

So, we are looking forward going to New Orleans and we are honoured being on the list of speakers together with big names like Tom Kyte, Steven Feuerstein, Mark Rittman, Carl Backstrom, Patrick Wolf, …

Hope to see you there!