I finished Thursday with Connor's presentation, and started Friday with another, 'Being a successful Oracle developer'. As I mentioned, I've got Connor's Mastering PL/SQL book, as well as Tom Kyte's Expert One-on-one, Effective Oracle Design and Expert Oracle Database Architecture. I also follow AskTom as well as I can. So I knew 90% of what he presented, but it was well structured and ANYONE taking on an Oracle project would benefit by making everyone on the team attend this presentation. As soon as the conference papers become available, this one is getting printed out and attacked with a highlighter for use a reference.
Marcel Kratochvil's talk veered wildly between AJAX and the PL/SQL preprocessor (or conditional compilation, if you prefer the term) but worked well. I like the concept of AJAX (and anything else that might mean I don't have to learn Java) and referring to Application Server as a legacy technology sounds interesting.
After lunch, I tried Anjo Kolk's talk on cursors and the shared pool, but it was a bit over my head, probably because I'm a developer not a DBA. I think I grasped the issue (that cursor caching isn't always appropriate) but not what I'm supposed to do about it.
Then Tony Jambu woke up everyone who attended his 'Database Hacking - Is your database safe ?" talk. I keep an eye on Pete Finnegan's blog and forum, so wasn't as shocked but probably just as scared. Hey, these databases have OUR credit card numbers !
Finally another Connor talk on 'Odds and Ends'. I was tempted by more on 11g Availability by Mark Townsend, but with 11g the best part of a year away, I figured I'll find out more details closer to the time.
There were other sessions I wish I could have attended. However I'll have to make do with the conference papers (or winning the lottery and flying to Perth for the West Coast version at the end of this week).