I love this type of story.
In one line that stuck out, Noel mentioned that he was recently “bitten” by the Web 2.0 bug and that Twitter especially kept his interest. I snorted to myself, wondering how Twitter could keep anyone’s attention lately, due to its roller coaster status.
Anyway, I tend to forget that Web 2.0 is new to most people, and I was psyched to hear that Noel not only was “bitten” by the bug but that he had been fully zombied.
To gratify his desire to hack around, Noel built and deployed a Twitter clone called OraTweet. He wrote it in APEX and deployed it on his desktop. The feature set is nearly identical to Twitter’s. Noel supports 144 characters, +4 over Twitter, and he support groups, which is a long-standing Twitter enhancement request. He integrated the Twitter API, so you can associate your OraTweet account with your Twitter account and posts OraTweets to Twitter.
His version hasn’t tackled all the Twitter features, but it’s fast and slick and has way more 9s of uptime. Today, he blogged his PL/SQL stored procedure for updating Twitter.
Despite Rich’s scorn for PL/SQL, it’s still a hardcore skill that database and Apps developers need to have, and yes, I has it too.
Anyway, I dig Noel’s work. We can’t integrate it into our stuff just yet, but I really like to see people messing around and hacking together stuff in their spare time. If you work for Oracle and want to check out his work, drop him a note in his comments. Or hit me over email, and I’ll connect the dots.
Keep on hackin’ in the free world.