I turned this interview over to Monty Latiolais, fellow ODTUG Board Member and content chair for this year’s Kscope. Monty took the time to solicit the following answers from oraclenerd himself,Chet Justice. Chet is familiar with many in the Oracle community. He is a prolific blogger, and anOracle ACE. Breaking the mold, he is also the first interview from this year’s Kscope conference series that has never attended a Kscope event before. So, let’s make sure we initiate him properly in Long Beach (don’t worry, Chet, we’ll teach you the secret handshake later).
Take it away, Monty…
ML: What’s the best thing about Kscope conferences?
oraclenerd: “I have never been to a Kscope conference, this will be my first. I have bugged a few people about blogger passes the past two years though (I’m never afraid to ask).
I first heard about ODTUG through Lewis Cunningham just a few years ago. Not sure how I missed it during the first 5 years of my Oracle career, but I did.
I’m incredibly excited to be going. Not only going, but I get the pleasure of organizing theDatabase Development Tools, Tools, Tools Symposium on Sunday. Not sure exactly what led me to volunteer for such a spot, but I am glad I did. The lineup will be awesome. Cary Millsap, Sten Vesterli, Sue Harper, Kris Rice, Jeff Smith and Marc De Oliveira. And that is just Sunday.”
ML: Who do you most look forward to seeing a presentation from at Kscope and why?
oraclenerd: “I’ve never seen Cary Millsap, he is the one I am most interested in seeing. Why? Well, mostly it’s obvious, it’s Cary Millsap (MR: see Cary’s blog here). From what I have read over the years, Cary is one of the best speakers/presenters out there. What makes it more interesting, from my perspective, is that I don’t understand much of what he is talking about. From a high level I do, of course, but the devil is in the details. That’s where I hear Cary shines. He makes the material easily consumable by mere mortals like myself. That makes him not only a great speaker and topic expert, but a teacher. That’s something I aspire to.”
ML: Why Kscope and not somewhere else?
oraclenerd: “I like the focus on the technical. I do not expect as much marketing fluff as I would get at another conference and from the abstracts that I read through, that is the case. Though I will admit that much of my desire is around the opportunity to meet and talk with all of these people. That’s where I get value from a conference like this. I can bounce ideas off of them or I can just sit back and listen. Either way, I come out ahead.”
oraclenerd: “I have been to both. I lived in Simi Valley, CA when I was younger (8-12 years old). I remember going to the Queen Mary when I was around 9 or 10. It was gigantic. Not as big as today’s cruise ships, but still impressive.”
ML: Your all time favorite Kscope moment is…
OracleNerd: “…I should have a few for you after the event. ”
I’m sure that you will…
Thanks Monty for reaching out on this interview, and thanks Chet for your input. We’ll see you in Long Beach, and I hope we live up to your expectations!