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The Oracle developer community selected 6 finalists from a broad field of nominations in the ORDS category.
Many Thanks to our judges:
Christian Rokitta ~ Gwen Shapira ~ John Scott ~ Kris Rice ~ Martin D'Souza
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.
Dietmar Aust works as a freelance consultant in Germany, focusing on Oracle Application Express. Starting in 1997, he worked for three years as a consultant for Oracle in Germany. Since then, he has helped numerous leading companies in Germany to successfully deliver web-applications based on the Oracle product stack, especially the Internet Application Server -- Oracle Portal and Reports. Throughout the years he has developed a deep understanding of the infrastructure required to run Oracle APEX applications efficiently. In the beginning it was the Oracle Web Application Server, the Oracle Http Server powered by Apache or the Oracle Internet Application Server, which were based mainly on mod_plsql as the gateway for Oracle APEX. Nowadays Oracle Rest Data Services (ORDS) is the preferred gateway. Dietmar notes: "It is especially powerful when used in conjunction with an Apache http server." Dietmar has created a step by step guide to optimally configure ORDS in conjunction with a plain Apache http server to support caching, compression and url rewrites: http://daust.blogspot.de/2015/09/presentation-slides-for-my-ords-talk-at.html
Dimitri is an active member of the Oracle Application Express community and has most recently used that as a launch point into the new ORDS toolset. From the very first moment (end of 2009) that the APEX Listener / ORDS became available, Dimitri not only started to use it, but also began to present on this exciting new technology (example: a post from 2010 http://dgielis.blogspot.be/2010/02/apex-listener-ea2-with-native-excel.html). As an early adopter, he saw many advantages for its use, both within and outside of APEX. After offering a number of sessions at conferences dedicated to educating users on the architecture and broad use cases of ORDS, Dimitri has more recently shifted to exploring practical applications of ORDS, especially combined with JSON.
Morten Braten has been working as a consultant and software developer for almost 20 years (since 1997), with a special passion for relational databases. His favorite tool by far is the Oracle database with PL/SQL and Application Express. He has been blogging since 2008 at http://ora-00001.blogspot.com/. 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.