Updated for 2011!
While I’m not going to Open World this year, I’ve never let a little thing like that keep me from giving someone my advice. Especially when it’s to strangers on the Internet!
If I were attending as a developer/DBA, here are the things I would be doing:
Stuff I learned in 2010
- Find an expert to get you into the Oracle Closed World sessions. Held at the Thirsty Bear, smart people drink beer and and talk about all things Oracle
- Queue up EARLY for the free concert, or take a cab.
- Don’t spend too much time in the vendor showcase space. Go on the first day for all the swag. Then go early on the last day when the crowds have died down. You can find someone who still has their voice and get more personal time for your questions and networking.
- Pack light – bring an empty duffle bag for all the extra stuff you’re going to bring home with you.
- If you’re a blogger, be sure to sign up for a blogger ribbon.
- Try to go meet @oraclenerd. Buy one of his T-Shirts and wear it to the show. This might be the one place people won’t give you a hard time for wearing the shirt.
I do get to attend one very cool conference this year!
I’ll be attending SQL Saturday #46 right here at home in Raleigh, NC. It’s free, and I get to take off the uniform and go be a sponge and learn from the experts.