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July 2013

Kscope13 Recap

As with previous years, this year’s KScope conference did not disappoint!  The location, people, and content were all great.

While the weather in New Orleans was hot, the close proximity to many local attractions was cool and made it easy to explore the town between sessions.  The Sheraton was but steps to local dining, shopping, the historic French Quarter, and the Mississippi.  If you wanted to travel farther out, you simply had to walk out the front door and hop on a trolley car.

The record breaking drives of worldwide people who participated at the conference were great!  The organizers, venue staff, ODTUG Board Members, presenters, vendors, and attendees were all welcoming, helpful, and focused on making the conference successful.  The quality people that attend this conference make the conference special.

Overall, the content was exceptional.  Attendees had their pick of high quality content in all of the regular areas and even a few new areas such as .NET programming!  Oracle was on-hand to discuss the latest and greatest releases, consultants shared some of their secrets and best practices, vendors demonstrated their products, and employees provided real world case studies.

A few of my personal favorite sessions were:

* – Biased as this was MY session!

Speaking of sessions, I once again fielded a session focusing on API programming in EPM.  Unlike the 2012 session which took a shotgun blast approach to all sorts of EPM APIs, this year’s session shined a laser on the HFM COM API.  The goal of the session was to walk the attendees through an entire application build from scratch.

We covered installing the necessary HFM files to your computer, installing a development environment (Visual Studio), creating your first project, adding the necessary DLL file references, implementing key API calls, and compiling/executing your first program.  To further help the attendees get started, I provided a complete sample project that users could use as a starting point.

In case you missed my session(s) or you want a copy of the presentation deck, you can find them here:

2013 Session :

2012 Session :

NOTE:  Links to source code are included in the files at the end of the slide decks.

Hope to see you at Kscope14 in Seattle!


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