About the Author
has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Rutgers University and has been working in the technology industry for 11 years. Starting off as a junior Ada software developer for a government systems integrator, he has spent the past 7 years with Oracle, most recently as a principal technologist. He specializes in core database technologies and web application development. Beck is also a cocreator of Oracle Portal, a commercial product that began as, in Beck's own words, a "science project," then became known as WebView.Joel Kallman
is a web systems technologist for Oracle Corporation. His work over the past 13 years has centered around database and content management, from SGML databases and publishing systems to text and document management. He is currently developing solutions and tools for customers to easily build database-centric web applications. Joel is a proud alumnus of The Ohio State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in computer engineering. He and his wife, Kristin, reside in Powell, Ohio.
A bio is not available for this author.Connor McDonald
has worked with Oracle since the early 1990s, cutting his teeth on Oracle versions 6.0.36 and 7.0.12. Over the past 11 years, Connor has worked with systems in Australia, the U.K., southeast Asia, western Europe, and the United States. He has come to realize that although the systems and methodologies around the world are very diverse, there tend to be two common themes in the development of systems running on Oracle: either to steer away from the Oracle-specific functions or to use them in a haphazard or less-than-optimal fashion. It was this observation that led to the creation of a personal hints and tips website (http://www.OracleDBA.co.uk)�and more, presenting on the Oracle speaker circuit in an endeavor to improve the perception and usage of PL/SQL in the industry.