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The Oracle developer community selected 7 finalists from the field of over 25 nominations in the PL/SQL category.
Many thanks to our judges:
David Peake ~ Doug Gault ~ Peter Raganitsch ~ Roel Hartman ~ Scott Wesley
Thanks to all of you, who worked so hard reviewing the nominations, deliberating and taking the time to come up with a solid set of finalists.
We could not have had a Developer's Choice awards program without you.
Kiran Pawar is a Senior Oracle Application Express Developer with the iWareLogic Technologies Oracle APEX team. He has experience in analyzing, data modeling, programming web applications using Oracle Application Express, PL/SQL and jQuery. Believing that "ORDS acts as the perfect web server for APEX," Kiran has been working with the APEX Listener and then ORDS as soon as it was available and is looking forward to using it conjunction with the node-oracledb Node.js driver to hook up the Oracle Database to the latest application development technologies. Kiran is an OTN "Legend", providing help in several forums, most notably Application Express and ORDS.
Juergen Schuster spent 13 years with Oracle Munich as a consultant and was the first German Oracle consultant to learn and start promoting/training on Application Express, both inside Oracle and with customers. For the last six years, Juergen has been a freelance consult focusing exclusively on APEX. He is technically proficient and has built a website offering examples of how to leverage APEX Dynamic Actions (http://dynamic-actions.com). But for all his technical excellence, Juergen really shines in his promotion of Application Express. He is the "inventor" of the a'peks stickers that adorn many developer laptops. He even ships them for free to whomever wants them! He helped launch APEX Meetups and maintains a website allowing developers around the world to meet with and learn from other APEX programmers. He hosts the German-language Facebook APEX group (http://bit.ly/apex_on_facebook). Juergen's most recent initiative is the Oracle APEX Talkshow, a podcast that's "all about APEX".: http://apex.press/talkshow.
Morten Braten has been working as a consultant and software developer for almost 20 years (since 1997), with a special passion for relational databases. Morten maintains several open source projects, including the Alexandria PL/SQL Utility Library, and the Thoth Gateway, a mod_plsql alternative running on Microsoft IIS. He has been blogging since 2008 at http://ora-00001.blogspot.com/. The Thoth Gateway, "a bridge between an Oracle database and a Microsoft web server", allows you to develop PL/SQL web applications in Application Express, and then serve the content using Microsoft's Internet Information Server. To support the Application Express community, Morten has created two popular plug-ins (http://ora-00001.blogspot.com/2013/10/pivot-table-plugin-for-apex.html and http://ora-00001.blogspot.com/2012/11/apex-plugin-execute-plsql-code-and-return-content-to-page.html) and an "integration kit" for the jQGrid component for APEX (http://code.google.com/p/jqgrid-for-plsql/). Demonstrating Morten's love of "pushing the envelope," he put together "ApexGen" - http://code.google.com/p/apexgen/: a framework for generating Apex apps using PL/SQL code (using unsupported APIs and not updated since Apex 3 or thereabouts, but as Morten says "Still... I think it was a good idea and a fun exercise! :-)").