Some maybe have already noticed that a few weeks ago I opened a new chapter in my life. On February 23rd I joined the Oracle APEX development team!!!
It’s an exciting time and I have already started to work on the upcoming 4.0 release. It’s really cool to be able to implement some of my ideas I have into the core product and not have to create extra projects to enhance APEX as I did in the past with APEX Essentials, APEX Builder Plugin and ApexLib. What I have seen so far and what is planned, I think 4.0 will be a great release!
Trip to get to know each other
I’m currently in the States to visit some of the locations where the APEX team is located at. Marc Sewtz in New York, Joel Kallman and Jason Straub in Columbus, Ohio and Mike Hichwa and Christina Cho in Reston which is near Washington DC. After my journey I will work from the Oracle office in Vienna, Austria. It seems to be quite common at Oracle that you work with a team which is located at different places in the world. I still have to get used to that, that my teammates are not sitting next to me and you can’t just go to there place if you want to talk to them. Instead you use Instead Messenger, mail and the phone quite heavily. That’s why it’s great that I can meet most of the other developers face by face and not just have an anonymous IM username.
How is it to work in the Oracle office in Vienna?
The Oracle office in Vienna is really nice. It’s located next to the United Nations building and is perfectly connected to the subway of Vienna. I have attached some pictures of the office at the bottom of the posting.
The interior of the office is very bright and there are also many green plants all over the place. We have a so called “net.café” where you can always grab fresh fruits or vegetables for a quick bite – helps you to stay healthy. Or you can just relax a little bit, drink a cup of coffee with your colleagues or just read a magazine or newspaper. Another really great concept in the office are the “quiet rooms” – If you have a phone conference or you need a place where you do not get distracted by others, you can just go there. As I said, great idea.
And most important for me, I have also already hooked up my MacBook Pro into the company’s network and synced my iPhone with the internal calendar. That’s the working environment I want to have!
That’s it for now, I will keep you updated.