Behind the scenes of an all APEX organized conference

Recently we held the very first edition of the “APEX Alpe Adria” conference in Graz, Austria (see this old post about how it started). This conference is meant for everyone in the Adriatic Region, and everyone willing to travel there.

With more than 180 attendees it was a huge success for the first edition. Today I want to share how we managed the conference, website, call for papers, selection, name tags, and so on.
Hint: With Oracle APEX you can do just about everything.

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Translating User Agent Strings

For the Analyse Webserver Logfile Application (AWL) I wanted to show better information instead of just the Useragent String, because they are a mess and contain confusing information.

As an example look at this Useragent String: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_12_5) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/59.0.3071.109 Safari/537.36

I rather would want to show it like this: Chrome (59) OS X

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Streaming flat File data into Database

For my little Webserver Logfile Analysis project I had to solve the problem of how to stream data from a flat file into a relational datamodel in my target database.

Since I used NodeJS in several projects over the past years, it came to my mind at first. On a second thought and by consulting some friends another, easier, solution materialized:

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ORDS got a new love for trailing slashes

We recently upgraded a Web server from Oracle REST Data Services 2.10 to the latest version 17.4.1 . This might sound like jumping from the stone age to spaceships, but there have been only roughly 3 years between those two versions.

The good news is, ORDS ran fantastically stable for so long, and would have continued to do so even longer, but we wanted to use the latest and greatest features, hence the decision to upgrade.

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New APEX conference: APEX Alpe Adria

During the recent SIOUG and HrOUG conferences past October, my friends Dario Bilić, Aljaž Mali and Dietmar Gabauer had a great Idea: why not establish a proper APEX conference for our neighborly region?

As soon as Dietmar returned to our office after the conferences, we set up a meeting with Dario and Aljaž and instantly agreed that we want to do this.

Our goal is to have a first class APEX conference, with top speakers from abroad and from the neighborhood. All that for a minimum cost. This conference should be accessible for every APEX fan in the region, even if they are not sponsored by their respective bosses and pay everything out of their own pocket.

There it is: April 20, 2018, will feature the first APEX Alpe Adria conference in Graz, Austria.

We picked Graz as first location as it is fairly easy to reach from a number of surrounding countries. So no matter if you want to come by plane, train, bus, or car, everyone will be able to get a connection.

Call for Papers is still open until January 9th, but we already pre-confirmed two top speakers: Patrick Wolf and Joel Kallman from the Oracle APEX Development Team.

I want to encourage all APEX speakers from anywhere in or around the Adriatic region to submit an abstract to this conference. Together we can provide a fantastic lineup and and interesting program.
We would like to see submissions from Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, Bosnia, Switzerland, and everyone else who wants to visit a beautiful town and be part of the best APEX conference in the region.

Lots of fun, a great community and new friends are guaranteed.

Did I mention the low cost of just EUR 30,- for the Early Bird tickets? Go and get your ticket right now, there is a limited number available.

 

It’s not too late, submit an abstract today!

Everyone knows I enjoy going to conferences. Not only is this a chance to meet many people I know from blogs and twitter finally in real life, but it is also a great learning experience.

At some point, after listening to dozens and hundreds of presentations on various conferences, you might come to a point where you say: I can do this, too! I, too, have something I’d like to show and share.

This is where you start submitting abstracts to your favorite conferences. This can be a regional meetup, your local usergroup, or something as awesome as Kscope.

Speaking of which, Kscope18 call for papers will end in a few days. Get your things together and submit an abstract there!

If you are new to all this, then following blog posts might be a good guidance:

If you are located in Europe and don’t get a chance to travel to the US for Kscope, then you can also consider the brand new APEX Alpe Adria conference in April 2018.