Collaborate 15

Last week I had the privileged to attend Collaborate 15 in Las Vegas.

The facilities at the Mandalay Bay were top notch.  The food was very good and there were plenty of quiet comfortable places where you could catch your breath, relax and catch up.

I was only able to attend for a couple days at the end, but I still learned a lot and made a few great connections. I came away with new useful information from every session I attended, even the one I jumped into late just for a place to sit down. A couple of my favorite sessions had lively discussions that were focused, on topic and helpful.

I think most people prefer substance over flash when they chose a conference, at least I know I do, but some flash is fun.  I really enjoyed the mix they put together. The floor exhibits were interesting and there were a lot of them.  The 60s party was a blast and the band was awesome. Just when I would reach the “my brain is full” point, there was something shiny to focus on while my mind absorbed the info and I could relax before loading up the next chunk of information.

Overall I thought it was a great conference and I would definitely recommend it.

Diving into Python

I’m going to start learning Python.  I’ve wanted to pick up Python for a while now and it seems like a great place to dig in.

I’m starting at the very beginning (Howdy World) with the goal of developing a few tutorials to showcase the cx_Oracle driver using some of the newest Oracle Database 12c features.

At this stage, I’m collecting a resource list for getting started tutorials and a decent IDE.   I prefer hands-on tutorials over videos, mainly because I like to copy, paste and break the example code.   But I also like videos, especially when I feel like trying to type fast and keep up with the presenter.

If you have any suggestions for tutorials or IDEs, just drop it in a comment and I’ll give them a shot.

Learn -> Code -> Share

A little about me and what I’m trying to accomplish.

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I’m Blaine Carter.  I’m part of Oracle’s Developer Advocate team.  My ‘focus‘ is open source. Having such a narrow focus, I’ll be jumping around a lot. Going deeper into some things I think I know and learning some new stuff.

I tend to pick up new things fairly quick.  I like to learn a bit, then code something.  Preferably something that interests me, that makes it stick in my head better.  However, the thing that really makes the learning stick is when I share what I’ve learned.  To that end, I’ll be making some tutorials, videos and posts.  I’m sure they won’t be anywhere near perfect, but it will help me learn and I hope help others avoid some of the mistakes I’m going to make.

If something I’m doing is wrong, don’t be afraid to let me know. I’ve got a pretty thick hide on me and I think we learn more from what we do wrong than from what we do right.

That’s really the point of this blog. I’d like to help encourage people to Learn -> Code -> Share -> repeat.