Yesterday evening I went to the Steven Feuerstein (aka PL/SQL Evangelist) event, organized by Ordina and Quest Software, in the Netherlands. It took me a while to get there (as I come from Belgium), but it was worth it!
I've already seen Steven presenting a few times and I always liked it soooo much! The energy, the flair, the jokes, the charisma, really nice!
I'll start with some feedback about the presentation itself, titled: "Best Practice PL/SQL - Ideas for writing the best PL/SQL code of your life".
Stevens 4 top tips for development:
- Drink lots of water
- Write tiny chunks of code
- Stop writing so much SQL
- Start testing your code - for real
He gave some arguments to stop writing so much SQL, as he states: "SQL are always hard-codings", so he prefers table APIs.
After the presentation I had a quick chat about that with him, you'll see some more about that in the next weeks.
Another part of the presentation was about the Quest Code Tester for Oracle. I also find testing software really necessary (but also a pain in the a**) This tool should help you with it.
A last thing I wanted to say about the presentation, which he also mentioned a lot: "playing games improves your development skills"! Why didn't Steven tell this to my father when I was still studying?! ;-)
This event was also an opportunity to meet some of my Dutch colleagues. I not only met some nice Ordina NL people, but also some online (virtual) friends and bloggers.
I had my camera with me, so here are some pictures of the friends I met at the event.