18 July 2010

Announcement from Finn Ellebaek Nielsen

To all PL/SQL Challenge players

Having played a key role in the PL/SQL Challenge project almost since the beginning and having contributed significantly in delivering the first vital milestones, namely the initial release, UI redesign and the first quarterly championship, I now feel that it's time to turn my focus back to my own business on automated Oracle code testing, http://oracletesting.com.

I have been involved at all levels of this project, including business planning, feature planning, design, implementation of PL/SQL + SQL backend, APEX front end (including HTML, CSS and JavaScript), quiz reviews and the quizmaster role. It has been a good opportunity to work with all in the team and I've learnt a few new tricks on the way. Thank you very much to the growing number of players that support the PL/SQL Challenge and all the valuable feedback you've provided, thanks to the team for all your hard work and thank you very much to Steven for offering me this unique opportunity in the first place.

I wish the project every success and the team all the very best of luck in the future.

All the best,


  1. Thank you Finn, for making it all possible. You did a wonderful job.

  2. I should have been first to thank Finn, but Rob beat me to it.

    Finn describes accurately the extent of his involvement. He very politely does not explain how his skills as an Oracle generalist and his methodical approach to software development were such invaluable complements to my incredibly narrow specialization in PL/SQL and my, well, shall we simply say less disciplined style.

    Without Finn, we couldn't have enhanced the PL/SQL Challenge site so rapidly over the past several months. He was responsible for the redesign in 1.3, the implementation of the ToadWorld daily quiz, the playoff quiz series, the news ticker and so much more.

    I, of course, still have Sumneva experts at my disposal, but there is no doubt that:

    a. I will greatly miss Finn's contribution, guidance and care.

    b. The pace of change at the PL/SQL Challenge will slow down.

    But that's probably not such a bad thing. I realize that there are many features that you would like to add to the site, in particular more options to analyze the rankings information. And we will get to them over time. Please do check out the instructions for designing your own reports to add to the Statistics page, in the meantime.

    Finn, thanks for being such an excellent friend and critical support in this endeavor. I couldn't have gotten here without you.

    Warmest regards,

  3. Many Many Thanks Finn .

    Best Regards

  4. I've had email contact with Steven before where I thanked him for the PL/SQL challenge but I’ve never had the opportunity, or bothered actually, to thank you.

    Thank you Finn, your work is appreciated.

    May the tests be with you.