UKOUG 2007: Judging the abstracts
The marking categories have been expanded. Last year there were only four gradations and the majority of presentations were marked as 1. Which makes it hard to distinguish the very good from the run-of-the-mill. This year there are six grades, ranging from Must have to Don't bother, with some helpful variations in the middle range. So, with a bit of luck we'll get better differentiation of marks.
I have just been doing my bit. There are some very interesting submissions (and a few dogs). In the development stream the hot topics (the ones with the most submissions by different people) are:
- Application Express
- Incorporating AJAX into ADF applications
- Migrating client/server Forms apps to the web
Once again, not that much on PL/SQL or Java outside of building UIs. On the other hand this year had several submissions on process (as opposed to "cookbook" presentations) which is a hopeful sign.
I have tried to reflect the feedback from the DE SIGs, to select papers which I know address common concerns of the delegates, even though they might bore me. But after a while the abstracts for certain topics (such as AJAX and ADF) all start to read the same. And of course, my take on what constitutes a Must have presentation is idiosyncratic. That's why we need more judges.