On Conferences: Time to Put Tips & Tricks to Pasture?

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I love performing my tips & tricks session. No two talks are alike. I frequently update the slides and content to account for new things I’ve learned and new features we’ve added.

But.

I’ve been delivering this talk going on 4 years now.

Should I let my talk at Open World 2015 be my last hurrah of this topic for awhile? Maybe do more talks on Oracle Cloud, REST, data modeling, reporting, tuning, database administration, etc?

And I realize that many of you have never seen me deliver this talk because you don’t attend conferences, so maybe this isn’t pertinent to you – thanks for allowing me to take a second to talk about meta-things here.

I won’t do a formal poll, but I will read with great interest your comments here, tweets, and random FB/LinkedIn jabs and insults 🙂

The Talk in YouTube format:

45 minutes, recording from Oracle Open World 2014

45 minutes, recording from Oracle Open World 2014

The Slides via SlideShare:

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  1. Hello Jeff, I agree with the other comments, Tips and Trics are the pepper and salt of sqldev – its dull without them.
    –Koen

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      Where do you call home Parley?

      Many conferences now are streaming content on-line or are recording sessions for playback later. My session from Open World 2014 are avail online for free for example…

  2. I’ve seen it at least 3 times now and I will continue to attend it – unless there is a session on my main product of expertise at the same time. As you change the content regularly, I always discover a few new tips that improve my productivity a lot on a daily basis.

    Thanks to these sessions, I’ve converted a few colleagues and clients to SQL Dev.

    I agree with Erik, if you are not bored by the session and if the crowd is still coming – or is it only for the stickers? – then you should continue.

  3. I think you shouldn’t stop giving this talk as long as:
    1. You don’t wake up in the morning thinking “Oh no, not again”
    And
    2. This talk gets selected for conferences and the room stays packed as it is up to now.

    1 is crucial for the talk to remain interesting.
    And 2? Well as long as that’s happening, the receiving side obviously still has a need for it.

    Personally, I like the talk and the way you do it.
    I try to attend when I can, although I must admit that given another interesting session at the same time I am quite likely to think: “I can learn more from the other one”.

    In general I think your tips and tricks are the most valuable for making people consider sql developer over or next to their current tool of choice.
    ‘General’ sessions on sql developer that will introduce people to it will mainly work for people not using a gui at all.
    People that have a favorite tool right and attend such sessions will tend to think: “my tool can do that too” and “my tool does that a lot easier”.
    It’s the tips and tricks, the not extremely obvious gems, that can make people like that (read: me) realise there are at least some things the tool can do that theirs can’t or can’t as easy.

    That’s how I got to adopt sql developer alongside my (still) favorite tool (plsql developer).
    Just because of your tips and tricks talks on conferences and your blog.
    And the fact that I still mainly use the other tool is probably just because I haven’t had the time to get to know sql developer well enough to blindly find what I’m looking for as I can with the other one.

    So, if you want the number of users to keep growing: don’t stop!

  4. Putting it here along with the other places.

    Personally, I think this particular session is very valuable. With it you hit all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Though it is semi-scripted, I think part of the appeal is that you open it up to particular questions from the audience and work their particular problem (which is why many attend conferences, to solve some specific issue they’re having). It is highly attended and according to the ratings that I’ve seen over the years, very well liked by the audience.

    Keeping this doesn’t preclude you from doing others either (well, mostly, since most conferences only allow so many slots).

    I like the session. I learn something new each time. I’m also very selfish. So there.

  5. I still attend your sessions when I can. I seem to get something out of them even if half of it is old news to me. And I know that there are a number of people still converting from PL/SQL Developer and Toad to SQL Developer that would find them useful.

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