Its time to enlist. It really is. At least regarding the XMLDB related sessions and presentations during Oracle Open World 2009. As far as I have seen today, the hands-on workshop has almost no seats left and more than half already enlisted for my XMLDB New Features and XMLDB Performance related presentation.
Oracle Open World doesn’t have much XMLDB related sessions, until now from the 1800+ sessions, I only counted a dozen or so. If you want to have a peak of the ones I found, have a look at the following Oracle OTN XMLDB Forum thread.
I enlisted for most, as long as they didn’t interfere with my presentation schedule, if not only that I am very anxious about Mark Drake’s presentations about Google API mashups etc combined with the XMLDB functionality in the database and the, probably extended version of how to build an APEX content management system based on the versioning and filler capabilities of the XMLDB Repository. During OOW 2008, Carl Backstrom, helped and co-presented this APEX / XMLDB joined venture and, alas, this demo app. of the XFILES light weight XMLDB CMS based on APEX, never had (at least yet AFAIK) the chance to be a hit on the apex.oracle.com demogrounds or the OTN XMLDB main page after the source code had been cleaned-up.
For those who might enjoy photos from that presentation with Mark and Carl during Oracle Open World 2008:
Anyway, although not much XMLDB presentations, there are some you should see (sorry, can’t resist)
My Oracle XMLDB 11gR2 – New Features (S307480) presentation will contain information about those new XML Partitioning options and Structured XMLIndex (and the new speedup and maintenance capabilities they will deliver in this new release)
My Oracle XMLDB 11gR2 - Design & Performance (S307479) is, I think, the most interesting one, based on a customer use case (Oracle 9.2) and one that clearly shows, that if you put your mind in an "XML Relational mindset" kind of thinking, that you can increase performance enormously regarding XML data handling / transport / processing – even in an old version of Oracle 9.2 (imagine what you would be able to do in 11g).
So, if your lucky and you got a ticket for Oracle Open World this year, don’t forget to attend some of the XMLDB presentations during that week. You got 11 days left.
If your not so into XMLDB, then have a look at my colleagues (Lucas Jellema & Peter Ebel) presentations about, among others Editions and Coherence, and see if this is more to your likeing – Search for "AMIS" in the "company/name" search section of the OOW Content Builder menu. AMIS is this Oracle Open World 2009 conference good for, I think, 7 or 8 presentations in total !