The Oracle Developer Advocates Team

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    The Oracle Developer Advocates Team

     

    Formed in 2014, Oracle Developer Advocates is a team of expert and entertaining Oracle technologists with the following mission: help our users fully leverage the application development features of Oracle Database to build secure, fast and maintainable applications. Too many people think of databases as simple "bit buckets", good for little more than reading and writing rows of data, with all the interesting and important work done in the application layer. That might be true for some databases, but the Oracle Database is packed full of features that can greatly simplify application development, while at the same time providing better performance. These features include SQL, PL/SQL, edition-based redefinition, Oracle Text, Oracle Spatial, Oracle REST Data Services, and so much more.

     

    Of course, Oracle Developer Advocates are not the only people inside and outside of Oracle to take on this mission. We plan to complement existing efforts by focusing on the creation of high quality multimedia resources, including videos, podcasts, MOOCs and more, that will more effectively transfer knowledge and reach the next generation of developers, who grew up on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

     

    Steven Feuerstein - Team Lead and PL/SQL Advocate

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    Steven Feuerstein is an expert on the Oracle PL/SQL language, having written ten books on PL/SQL, including Oracle PL/SQL Programming and Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices (all published by O'Reilly Media). Steven has been developing software since 1980, spent five years with Oracle back in the "old days" (1987-1992), and was PL/SQL Evangelist for Quest Software (and then Dell) from January 2001 to February 2014 - at which point he returned joyfully to Oracle Corporation. He was one of the original Oracle ACE Directors and writes regularly for Oracle Magazine, which named him the PL/SQL Developer of the Year in both 2002 and 2006. He is also the first recipient of ODTUG's Lifetime Achievement Award (2009).

     

    YouTube: Practically Perfect PL/SQL

    Twitter: @sfonplsql (with an added bonus of his personal Twitter account @stevefeuerstein)

    Blog: stevenfeuersteinonplsql.blogspot.com

    Email: steven.feuerstein@oracle.com


     

    Connor McDonald - SQL Advocate

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    Connor McDonald has, over the past 18 years, worked with Oracle Database systems in Australia, the UK, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States. He's co-authored 3 books, and is a popular speaker at Oracle conferences around the world, specializing in topics on the database engine, in particular SQL and PL/SQL. He has twice won the Inspirational Speaker award by the UK Oracle User Group.  Whether speaking in a full day seminar to a room of developers, or just a "Hey, check out this cool feature" to the person sitting next to him, Connor has always loved sharing information about technology with others.  He and Chris Saxon now form the Ask Tom Answer Team.

     

    Twitter: @connor_mc_d

    YouTube: Simply Smarter SQL

    Blog: connormcdonald.wordpress.com

     


     

    Chris Saxon - SQL Advocate

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    Over the past ten years Chris has worked as an Oracle developer, DBA and architect. During this time he's built up a passion for interacting with data using SQL and helping others do the same. Combining this with a love of games and quizzes, Chris started the Database Design quiz on the PL/SQL Challenge in 2013. He's looking forward to helping spread the word about SQL so that people get the most out of their data. He and Connor McDonald now form the Ask Tom Answer Team.

     

    YouTube: The Magic of SQL YouTube Channel

    Twitter: @sqldaily , @chrisrsaxon

    Blogs: blogs.oracle.com/sql


     

    Dan McGhan - Advocate for JavaScript and HTML5

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    Dan suffers from Compulsive Programming Disorder, which is believed to be linked to his balding. Having started his development career in the land of MySQL and PHP, he was only too happy to have stumbled upon Oracle Application Express (APEX). Since then, he’s dedicated his programming efforts to learning more about Oracle and web based technologies in general. These days he enjoys sharing the passion he's developed for JavaScript and HTML5 with others.

     

     

    Twitter: @dmcghan

    Blog: JavaScript and Oracle

    YouTube: JavaScript and Oracle

     


     

    Blaine Carter - Advocate for Open Source

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    Blaine started programming in 1995.  For most of his career, he used Oracle software to build applications, including Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports, Java, and a whole lot of SQL and PL/SQL. He then explored a wide variety of open source technologies: Perl, Solr and Elastic Search as a database for  small projects, Ruby for a small Autism center, lots of JavaScript. Now he applies his exploratory eye and tinkering inclinations to the  intersection of open source software and Oracle Database.

     

    Twitter: @OraBlaineOS

    Blog: learncodeshare.net

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/BlaineCarter