First the key details:
When: 6:30 - 8:00 PM on Monday, 29 September
Where: Moscone South - 103
To register: Session CON9027. This event will be offered as a "regular" OOW session, which means you register to attend through Schedule Builder.
Why: Because SQL and PL/SQL are amazing technologies, and the people who them to deliver applications are amazing technologists
For many, many years - since 1979, in fact - Oracle Database software and other relational solutions have been at the core of just about every significant human development, whether it be based in private enterprise, government, or the world of NGOs.
SQL, relational technology, Oracle Database: they have been incredibly, outrageously successful.
And SQL in particular is a critical layer within the technology stack that runs the systems that run the world. SQL is a powerful yet relatively accessible interface between algorithmic processing and data.
Rather than write a program to extract, manipulate and save your data, you describe the set of data that you want (or want to change) and leave it to the underlying database engine to figure out how to get the job done.
It's an incredibly liberating approach and I have no doubt that SQL and Oracle Database are two of the defining technologies that made possible the Information Era and the Internet/Mobile Era. Sure, you could argue that if Oracle hadn't come along, some other company would have taken its place. But Oracle did come along, and from 1979 through 2014, it has continually improved the performance and capabilities of Oracle SQL, providing innovation after innovation.
Let me repeat that, because I think that so many of us have lost perspective on the impact Oracle technology – and we Oracle Database developers* – have had on the world:
SQL and Oracle Database are two of the most important software technologies of the last forty years. And all of you, all of us, played a key role in applying that technology to implement user requirements: literally, to build the applications upon which modern human civilization functions. Us. We did that, and we do it every day.
How cool is that?
Very cool....and deserving of special note. So we are going to note that and much more at the first-ever YesSQL! A celebration of SQL and PL/SQL.
Co-hosted by Tom Kyte and Steven Feuerstein, YesSQL! celebrates SQL, PL/SQL, and the people who both make the technology and use it.
No feature Powerpoints. No demos. Instead special guests Andy Mendelsohn, Maria Colgan, Andrew Holdsworth, Graham Wood and others will share our stories with you, and invite you to share yours with us, because....
YesSQL! is an open mic night. Tell us how SQL and PL/SQL - and the Oracle experts who circle the globe sharing their expertise - have affected your life!
Bottom line: If developing applications against Oracle Database is a big a part of your life, join us for a fun and uplifting evening.
Share Your Stories!
I hope you can join us at the event (you'll be able to sign up for YesSQL! just like for a regular OOW session).
But if you can't (or even if you can), you can share your story with us, right here (and on the PL/SQL Challenge, in our latest Roundtable discussion).
How has SQL and/or PL/SQL and/or Oracle Database changed your life, personally, professionally or otherwise? We will select some of your stories to read at the YesSQL! event and if you are attending, you can tell the story yourself.
I also encourage you to record a short video telling your story. That's so much more entertaining! Just record and upload to a location of your choice, and I will grab it or link to it (YouTube, for example).