My name is David Gale. You’re probably here because you already know me, or know of me, at least, but since there’s always the vague possibility that someone’s going to stumble onto this site by accident, I’ll go ahead and tell you a bit about myself.
I’ve been programming since the sixth grade* and working with databases since between my freshman and sophomore years at Dartmouth College, way back in the summer of ’97. Since then, I’ve worked with Oracle, DB2, PostgreSQL, and MySQL databases. I currently work for Oracle on the APEX development team.
My history with APEX dates back to 2007. I was working for a manufacturing company when I found out about a tool from Oracle called Application Express (aka APEX), and I quickly fell in love. APEX is a web-based tool for building web-based applications, and it is very powerful. I’ve since moved from that company; I now work directly for Oracle–on APEX. Most of my work so far has been on building the packaged applications that come with it.
Of course, not all of my posts will be technology related, so here’s some personal background: I’m very happily married, with three amazing kids. We currently live in Virginia.
* Our family computer had BASIC on it; I found a text adventure game that I couldn’t make any progress in, and so I asked my dad to teach me to program on the theory that “I can do better than this.” Sadly (or not), that first game has long since disappeared, never to be seen again unless someone invents a time machine and decides to stalk my early self. Please don’t.