I’m back home after a very pleasant few days in Denver. As always the RMOUG conference was great fun, the location delightful, and the people were friendly, and the organizers did a great job of looking after the presenters and making things happen. It’s a terrific event – just big enough to have a real buzz, but small enough (I’d guess about 700 – 800 people) that you don’t feel lost in the crowd.
All three of my presentations seemed to go well – one person even started to applaud (which got the whole room going) when I got to the really important slide in the first session.
Jonathan Gennick of Apress had brought 100 copies of Oracle Core and was selling them off at a special event price of USD 20 – and I think he only had one or two copies left by the end of the event; I know that I autographed an easy 40 or 50 copies.
One of the nicest things about the event happened just a few minutes ago, though. Just as I was about to start typing up this little note, I got the following email, which I reproduce with permission:
I just wanted to say I appreciate the time and effort you put into your presentations on table access and joins at RMOUG. They were excellent, as always. Based on what you showed us, I have rewritten one problem query in our application such that I am getting an 82 percent performance gain. I am excited about the possibilities and look forward to sharing what you showed us at RMOUG to our development team.
Thank you again for the support you have shown for RMOUG and Oracle professionals.
Database Operations Manager
Oildex, a service of Transzap, Inc.
It’s really nice to hear that someone has taken a mechanism you’ve described and found examples where it can be applied to such good effect and done it so soon after the event.