Ok, it's been a while since I returned home–you're probably wondering why I haven't written about last Wednesday and Thursday yet. It's been a busy weekend, and I've been distracting myself with a couple of side projects (which I'm hoping will reach the point where I can share them soon…)
So, the rundown of where I was:
- Building APEX 4 Plug-ins, by John Scott – Every now and then I think about making a plug-in, but it's very daunting. John did a good job making it less scary.
- APEX Face/Off, by Christian Rokitta – A good introduction to making your own theme, which isn't as scary as it may seem at first. The most amusing part for me was that I was sitting next to Shakeeb Rahman, who was presenting on themes on Thursday…and muttering under his breath that Christian was saying many of the things he'd been planning on saying.
- Striving for Perfection: the Ultimate APEX Application architecture, by Roel Hartman – More of an overview than I was hoping for, but still overall an interesting look at the considerations to think about when designing your APEX architecture.
- Plug-ins Reloaded, by Patrick Wolf – It's always great to listen to someone talk about something they've built, and Patrick's the developer largely responsible for the plug-in architecture.
- Practical Uses for the APEX Dictionary, also by John Scott – I've used the dictionary views before, though not very often. John showed off several ways that they can be used to build very useful administrative tools.
- Creating a Sparkline Plug-in from Scratch, by Doug Gault – Yes, this was another plug-in session. Wow. Anyhow, I had no idea prior to this presentation what a sparkline was, but it was definitely fun watching the entire process from start to finish. Pro tip of the day: it's a lot easier if you can find a jQuery plug-in that does what you want.
- Wednesday evening was spent partying on board the Queen Mary. Very fun, though my poker winnings weren't enough to win either of the prizes they were raffling off.
- How to be Creative II, by Martin D'Souza – The sequel to a presentation Marty gave at last year's Kaleidoscope conference (back when it was spelled out). His point was that if you take the time, you can often find creative, elegant solutions that work much better than the alternatives.
- User Interface Design & Themes, by Shakeeb Rahman – Great presentation that demonstrated some useful tools for building themes, including browser-compliant CSS files. The last twenty minutes or so were spent building a theme that looked like Apple's iTunes website. Very well done.
- Hypertherm, APEX, and E-Business Suite, by David Gale – Yep, I had to finish out the conference. Had about a dozen people, and it seemed very well received. Haven't been able to access my evaluations yet (the site keeps insisting that they're verifying data), but the immediate feedback was positive. Hope it helped those who were there.