Thursday Apr 24, 2014

MySQL at OpenSUSE Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia & JavaScript UnConference, Hamburg, Germany

The OpenSUSE Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia started today and will continue till Monday April 28, 2014. MySQL team is going to be part of this event. Do not miss to visit our booth, which will be located on the ground floor as well as come to listen 2 MySQL talks (see OpenSUSE schedule):

  • Georgi Kodinov is going to have a talk about "Protect your MySQL server". His talk is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 13:00 in Ragusa mtg.room 
  • Norvald Ryeng will talk about "The upstream view" - Package maintenance as seen from MySQL Engineering. His talk is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 13:00 in Ragusa mtg.room

For the whole conference plan you can check the Schedule section on the OpenSUSE website.

The second event is a small one-day one called JavaScript UnConference, it's taking place in Hamburg, Germany on Apr 26, 2014. Ulf Wendel will attend this UnConference and will be available at MySQL table as well as around the event. Since no schedule is usually done prior the UnConferences there is no official schedule announced. However attendees usually pick the most interesting topics on place, so do not miss the chance to vote for MySQL talk given by Ulf!

We are looking forward to talking to you at OpenSUSE & JavaScript UnConference! 

Friday Apr 04, 2014

MySQL at OpenSource Developer Conference, Taiwan (Apr 11-12, 2014)

It is our pleasure to announce MySQL presence at the OpenSource Developer Conference in Taipei, Taiwan next week. MySQL has secured 2 talks and the booth where you can meet our MySQL experts. Please mark your calendars for April 11-12, 2014, especially for following MySQL talks:

  • Sharding and Scale-out Using MySQL Fabric by Ryusuke Kajiyama, the OSS specialist with over 10 years of experience in system design utilizing MySQL and Open Source solutions. His talk is scheduled for Apr 11 @ 10:20-10:50.
  • MySQL Utilities by Ivan Tu, the MySQL Sales Consultant in Taipei. Ivan has Java programming background and is experienced in both, MySQL and Oracle database. His talk is scheduled for Apr 11 @ 11:50-12:20.
We are looking forward to talking to you at the OSDC next week!

Thursday Apr 03, 2014

MySQL at LOADays Conference in Antwerp, Belgium (Apr 5-6, 2014)

This weekend we are going to be part of the LOADays Conference (Linux Open Administration Day) a free open source event hold in Antwerp, Belgium, followed by the tutorial on Monday, April 7th.

Do not miss to attend this small but friendly event hold in Antwerp, the second biggest city in Belgium and the capital of the Antwerp province. So, you can join the sightseeing with attending LOADays and getting in touch not only with a Linux people but also with MySQL!!

MySQL is represented by our colleague Carsten Thalheimer who is going to have a talk about "Why MySQL in a Business critical environment". His talk is planned for Sunday, April 6, 2014 @ 13:30.

For the whole conference plan you can check the Schedule section of the LOADays website.

See you there! 

Thursday Jun 20, 2013

MySQL at several conferences in EMEA

MySQL team has recently attended several conferences and events in EMEA. At some cases we have managed only talks at some events we run a booth too, for the list of events we have been presented so far see below. For the upcoming shows we are going to be presented, please see our Wikis page.

  • NoSQL Search Roadshow in Copenhagen on Jun 13, 2013:
    • At this show the MySQL talk on "NoSQL & MySQL" given by Ted Wenmark got more than 50% of the total 80-90 attendees. Ted got good response to the presentation, several attendees wanted to get in contact with him and wanted his slides (can be downloaded from Slideshare).
      One very interesting attandee was a speaker Frank Schroeder from Marktplaats (Ebay of Neterlands), he got very interested in MySQL Cluster for the system he was presenting, this is a click-tracking system for adds on Ebay.
  • Dutch PHP Conference, Amsterdam, Holland on June 6-8, 2013:
    • The conference ran Thu-Sat and was co-located with the Dutch Mobile Conference (DMC). Thursday was tutorial/workshop day, Fri+Sat regular conference days with 3 DPC and 3 DMC talks parallel on each slot. The conference was run by the Dutch company iBuildings, a Dutch PHP and mobile software development and consultancy company.
    • Johannes Schlueter from MySQL attended as a speaker at this conference talking on "The latest MySQL with PHP", scheduled for Friday, Jun 8 @ 10:00. The talk got about 120 attendees and as usual 45 minutes were not enough! His slides can be found here.
  • PHP Interntaional Conference, Berlin, Germany, Jun 4-5, 2013:
    • Our speakers here were:
      • Ulf Wendel, "MySQL meets NoSQL", scheduled for Jun 4, @10:00 & "An auto-sharding Database Cluster in a Nutshell" scheduled for Jun 5@12:15 - both slides can be found at Ulf's slideshare. Ulf got assigned a room with about 100 seats for the non-technical MySQL meets NoSQL talk. The room turned out to be too small: it did not fit all attendees!! Due to high demand the organizers stopped people from entering the room and the talk was repeated later the day. Upon repetition the room filled up again. The estimate was 200 listeners in total. The second talk "An auto-sharding Database Cluster in a Nutshell" was more technical and about 70 people attended.
      • Andrey Hristov on "Write your own SAPI", scheduled for Jun 5, 15:45. Andrey got about 20 attendees at his talk. The topic was pretty technical and going quite deep that actually the auditory for it is small. After all the talk went very well.
    • We had a MySQL booth in the exhibition area with Mario Beck, Werner Ressle, Juergen Giesel and Lenka Kasparova staffing that. A few people stopped at the booth talking about MySQL & Oracle. The most common interest we heard was about the plans Oracle has with MySQL, we ensured attendees that MySQL is not going to be killed and will stay open sourced!
    • Some Photos taken by organizers:
  • Linux Solutions, Paris, France, May 28-29, 2013:
    • Olivier Zemrag presented talk on "NoSQL & MySQL" with very positive feedback. We had also a booth shared with Oracle Linux and VM team. All groups reported a lot of attendees and interest in Oracle's solutions. Xavier Gerald also got a chance to talk about MySQL at Plateau TV (available at YouTube). Thanks everyone who stopped at our booth!
  • DrupalCamp Goteborg, May 25, 2013:
    • Sven Sandberg attended and gave a speech on "Scalability and Availabiltiy with MySQL Replication" at this show. Slides can be downloaded from Slideshare. There were about 100 registered participants, but not everyone was there all the time. There were two parallel sessions, Sven's one was in the bigger room with the audience of ~30-40 people. People were very positive and interested and asked a lot of questions during the talk, most of them were on technical aspect of Sven's material.
  • NoSQL Search Roadshow in Berlin on May 16, 2013:
    • NoSQL Roadshows covers all databases as long as they are "NoSQL". People giving introductions to Riak, Neo4j, BigData, MongoDB. Overall the show got 90 attendees with 35 of them on our talk given by Mario Beck the MySQL Sales Consultant attended the NoSQL Roadshow in Berlin talking about "MySQL & NoSQL: Best of both worlds". Mario got very positive feedback with a lot of questions.

Wednesday Jun 12, 2013

Recent MySQL Announced Releases

Recently a several releases of MySQL Server were announced to our mailing lists. Do not miss following news:

Wednesday May 15, 2013

Upcoming EMEA Events with MySQL!

MySQL Community team is pleased to announce following events as the ones supported by us with a great MySQL staff attending. Find more details below (or at our Community wikis).

  • NoSQL Roadshow, Berlin Germany, May 16, 2013
  • Solutions Libres & Open Source, Paris, France, May 28-29, 2013
    • Talk: NoSQL & MySQL by Olivier Zemrag
    • Meet MySQL, Oracle Linux and VM team at our booth E40 in the main exhibition hall!
  • International PHP Conference, Berlin, Germany, June 4-5, 2013
  • DevConf 2013, Moscow, Russia, June 14-15, 2013
    • MySQL team has submitted about 5 talks, however the CfP is still open, so the accepted talks are not yet announced.
    • Lets meet our technical team at the MySQL booth!
  • OpenSUSE, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 18-22, 2013
    • You can find MySQL team at the MySQL booth as well as find several talks at openSUSE!
  • Froscon 2013, St. Augustin, Germany, August 24-25, 2013
    • Froscon is starting to be a tradition. Same as last year you can find our MySQL staff at the booth and also talking about MySQL news during the conference!
  • DrupalCon, Prague, Czech Republic, September 23-27, 2013
    • We are pleased to invite you to visit our MySQL booth as well as find several MySQL related talks we are planning to submit!

If you are interested, you can find the other conferences we are attending (above EMEA area) at our MySQL Community wikis. We are looking forward seeing and talking to you!

Tuesday May 14, 2013

MySQL "mini-seminar" in Trondheim, Norway!

I would like to invite everyone who is around Trondheim, Norway to the "MySQL mini-seminar" taking place on June 19, 2013 in Oracle office. Do not miss this great opportunity to meet great MySQL engineers who are looking forward to meeting you and talking about MySQL!!!

Please see the official invitation in English and Norwegian below.

Invitation to MySQL mini-seminar

Many people are unaware that a great number of the MySQL developers are located in Trondheim, Norway, and that we have a lot of competence we would love to share.

We therefore invite anyone in Trondheim who's interested in MySQL to a mini-seminar located the Oracle's offices on Lade, June 19 at 3 pm.

The agenda will be:

  • Presentation: MySQL Query Optimizer: an overview, by Jørgen Løland, MySQL Optimizer team
  • Q&A, discussions
  • Suggestions for presentations on future mini-seminars
  • Food and mingling.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with other MySQL users and developers behind the worlds most popular open source database system!

Date: June 19
Time: 3pm - 6pm
Location: Oracle, Haakon VIIs g 7b. (across the road from City Lade)
Registration: jorgen.loland@oracle.com
Remember to register so we know how many to expect.


Invitasjon til MySQL mini-seminar

For mange er det ukjent at en stor andel av utviklerne bak MySQL holder til i Trondheim, og vi har mye kompetanse som vi gjerne vil dele.

MySQL-interesserte i Trondheim inviteres derfor til mini-seminar i Oracles lokaler på Lade 19. juni kl 15:00.

Programmet vil bestå av:

  • Faglig: MySQL Query Optimizer: an overview, ved Jørgen Løland, MySQL Optimizer team
  • Spørsmål og diskusjon
  • Forslag til faglig innhold ved framtidige mini-seminarer.
  • Mat og mingling.

Ikke gå glipp av denne muligheten til å møte både andre MySQL brukere og utviklere bak verdens mest populære open source databasesystem!

Dato: 19. juni
Tidspunkt: 15:00 - 18:00
Sted: Oracle, Haakon VIIs g 7b. (rett over veien fra City Lade)
Påmelding: jorgen.loland@oracle.com
Husk å melde deg på slik at vi vet omtrent hvor mange vi blir.

Friday Mar 29, 2013

“Let’s Celebrate MySQL 5.6 GA!” - MySQL Community Reception by Oracle

Join Oracle’s MySQL Team on April 22, 2013, as we celebrate the general availability of MySQL 5.6. With product demos and fun activities in a relaxing atmosphere, this is the party for the MySQL community to get together and have a toast on the work all of us did to make MySQL 5.6 the best release ever. Whether you are an attendee at Percona Live, a member of local MySQL user groups, a MySQL user in the San Francisco Bay Area, or simply interested in MySQL technology, you’re all invited to Oracle’s MySQL Community Reception.
    •    Mingle with your peers and learn from real-world experiences.
    •    Meet MySQL engineers and get the first-hand information on the latest product development.
    •    Have lots of fun!

Date: Monday, April 22, 2013

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: TechMart Santa Clara
5201 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA, USA
(1-minute walk from Hyatt Regency Santa Clara)

Registration will be open soon. Mark your calendar today so you don't miss the opportunity to enjoy an evening of casual but informative conversation, with complimentary food and refreshments from Oracle!

Friday Aug 24, 2012

Interview with Lenz Grimmer about MySQL Connect

Keith Larson: Thank you for allowing me to do this interview with you.  I have been talking with a few different Oracle ACEs   about the MySQL Connect Conference. I figured the MySQL community might be missing you as well. You have been very busy with Oracle Linux but I know you still have an eye on the MySQL Community. How have things been?

Lenz Grimmer: Thanks for including me in this series of interviews, I feel honored! I've read the other interviews, and really liked them. I still try to follow what's going on over in the MySQL community and it's good to see that many of the familiar faces are still around. Over the course of the 9 years that I was involved with MySQL, many colleagues and contacts turned into good friends and we still maintain close relationships.

It's been almost 1.5 years ago that I moved into my new role here in the Linux team at Oracle, and I really enjoy working on a Linux distribution again (I worked for SUSE before I joined MySQL AB in 2002). I'm still learning a lot - Linux in the data center has greatly evolved in so many ways and there are a lot of new and exciting technologies to explore.


Keith Larson: What were your thoughts when you heard that Oracle was going to deliver the MySQL Connect conference to the MySQL Community?

Lenz Grimmer: I think it's testament to the fact that Oracle deeply cares about MySQL, despite what many skeptics may say. What started as "MySQL Sunday" two years ago has now evolved into a full-blown sub-conference, with 80 sessions at one of the largest corporate IT events in the world. I find this quite telling, not many products at Oracle enjoy this level of exposure! So it certainly makes me feel proud to see how far MySQL has come.


Keith Larson: Have you had a chance to look over the sessions? What are your thoughts on them?

Lenz Grimmer: I did indeed look at the final schedule.The content committee did a great job with selecting these sessions. I'm glad to see that the content selection was influenced by involving well-known and respected members of the MySQL community. The sessions cover a broad range of topics and technologies, both covering established topics as well as recent developments.

Keith Larson: When you get a chance, what sessions do you plan on attending?

Lenz Grimmer: I will actually be manning the Oracle booth in the exhibition area on one of these days, so I'm not sure if I'll have a lot of time attending sessions. But if I do, I'd love to see the keynotes and catch some of the sessions that talk about recent developments and new features in MySQL, High Availability and Clustering . Quite a lot has happened and it's hard to keep up with this constant flow of new MySQL releases.

In particular, the following sessions caught my attention:


Keith Larson: So I will ask you just like I have asked the others I have interviewed, any tips that you would give to people for handling the long hours at conferences?

Lenz Grimmer: Wear comfortable shoes and make sure to drink a lot! Also prepare a plan of the sessions you would like to attend beforehand and familiarize yourself with the venue, so you can get to the next talk in time without scrambling to find the location. The good thing about piggybacking on such a large conference like Oracle OpenWorld is that you benefit from the whole infrastructure. For example, there is a nice schedule builder that helps you to keep track of your sessions of interest. Other than that, bring enough business cards and talk to people, build up your network among your peers and other MySQL professionals!

Keith Larson: What features of the MySQL 5.6 release do you look forward to the most ?

Lenz Grimmer: There has been solid progress in so many areas like the InnoDB Storage Engine, the Optimizer, Replication or Performance Schema, it's hard for me to really highlight anything in particular. All in all, MySQL 5.6 sounds like a very promising release. I'm confident it will follow the tradition that Oracle already established with MySQL 5.5, which received a lot of praise even from very critical members of the MySQL community. If I had to name a single feature, I'm particularly and personally happy that the precise GIS functions have finally made it into a GA release - that was long overdue.

Keith Larson:  In your opinion what is the best reason for someone to attend this event?

Lenz Grimmer: This conference is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the key people in the MySQL community and ecosystem and to get facts and information from the domain experts and developers that work on MySQL. The broad range of topics should attract people from a variety of roles and relations to MySQL, beginning with Developers and DBAs, to CIOs considering MySQL as a viable solution for their requirements.

Keith Larson: You will be attending MySQL Connect and have some Oracle Linux Demos, do you see a growing demand for MySQL on Oracle Linux ?

Lenz Grimmer: Yes! Oracle Linux is our recommended Linux distribution and we have a good relationship to the MySQL engineering group. They use Oracle Linux as a base Linux platform for development and QA, so we make sure that MySQL and Oracle Linux are well tested together. Setting up a MySQL server on Oracle Linux can be done very quickly, and many customers recognize the benefits of using them both in combination.

Because Oracle Linux is available for free (including free bug fixes and errata), it's an ideal choice for running MySQL in your data center. You can run the same Linux distribution on both your development/staging systems as well as on the production machines, you decide which of these should be covered by a support subscription and at which level of support. This gives you flexibility and provides some really attractive cost-saving opportunities.

Keith Larson: Since I am a Linux user and fan, what is on the horizon for  Oracle Linux?

Lenz Grimmer: We're working hard on broadening the ecosystem around Oracle Linux, building up partnerships with ISVs and IHVs to certify Oracle Linux as a fully supported platform for their products. We also continue to collaborate closely with the Linux kernel community on various projects, to make sure that Linux scales and performs well on large systems and meets the demands of today's data centers. These improvements and enhancements will then rolled into the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, which is the key ingredient that sets Oracle Linux apart from other distributions. We also have a number of ongoing projects which are making good progress, and I'm sure you'll hear more about this at the upcoming OpenWorld conference :)

Keith Larson: What is something that more people should be aware of when it comes to Oracle Linux and MySQL ?

Lenz Grimmer: Many people assume that Oracle Linux is just tuned for Oracle products, such as the Oracle Database or our Engineered Systems. While it's of course true that we do a lot of testing and optimization for these workloads, Oracle Linux is and will remain a general-purpose Linux distribution that is a very good foundation for setting up a LAMP-Stack, for example. We also provide MySQL RPM packages for Oracle Linux, so you can easily stay up to date if you need something newer than what's included in the stock distribution.

One more thing that is really unique to Oracle Linux is Ksplice, which allows you to apply security patches to the running Linux kernel, without having to reboot. This ensures that your MySQL database server keeps up and running and is not affected by any downtime.

Keith Larson: What else would you like to add ?

Lenz Grimmer: Thanks again for getting in touch with me, I appreciated the opportunity. I'm looking forward to MySQL Connect and Oracle OpenWorld and to meet you and many other people from the MySQL community that I haven't seen for quite some time!

Keith Larson:  Thank you Lenz!


Friday Aug 10, 2012

Interview with Giuseppe Maxia "the datacharmer" about MySQL Connect

Keith Larson: Thank you for allowing me to do this interview with you. What have you and Continuent been up to lately?

Giuseppe Maxia:  Hi Keith. It's my pleasure.  I (and the whole team at Continuent) have been quite busy releasing version 1.5.1 of our flagship clustering and HA product, Tungsten Enterprise. Apart from the pleasure of the growing business that makes us all very happy, we enjoy the rare geeky joy of working at a product at the highest levels of innovation and technical effectiveness.


 I am also happy, at a personal level, because my current job keeps me in touch with the MySQL community. The products that we develop, both the open source and the commercial solutions, depend heavily on the ubiquity of MySQL. When I dedicate some time to the MySQL community, I am doing at the same time something that I like and that is ultimately beneficial for my company's business. For this reason, my company has no objections to my work in open source projects that I started long ago, such as MySQL Sandbox.

Keith Larson: MySQL Sandbox is great, thank you for that!

Giuseppe Maxia:You're welcome! This one of the many MySQL related open projects that are maintained by community members. The MySQL world is a better place thanks to this distributed effort.

Keith Larson: What were your thoughts when you heard that Oracle was going to provide the community the MySQL Conference ?

Giuseppe Maxia: I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I was happy that Oracle has dedicated more attention to the MySQL community, by creating this event. On the other hand, I was a bit taken aback, because the decision to organize MySQL Connect came at the same time when Oracle made it known that it was not sending anyone to the April conference in Santa Clara. I understand very well the reasoning. That conference is organized by a competitor, and Oracle didn't want to help a competing business. However, there were more than one thousand MySQL users at that event, and many of them would have been quite pleased to meet and listen to Oracle engineers.

I also understand that Oracle wants to give the MySQL community a proper home within its conference infrastructure. All in all, I consider MySQL Connect a positive step in the right direction. I hope and expect that MySQL Connect will grow in next editions, and that Oracle will offer an event that matches the scope of MySQL conferences that we are used to in the past.


Keith Larson: Since you are part of the content committee, what did you think of the submissions that were received during call for papers?

Giuseppe Maxia:  Reviewing the submissions for this event was a difficult task. We had to limit the entries to the allotted number of sessions (56), and thus we had to leave out many proposals that would have been quite nice to have in a conference. The level of the proposals was quite high. In my initial screening, I found about 90 sessions that I wanted to get in, and the hard was to cut off the ones over the quota.

Keith Larson: What sessions do you look forwarding to attending?

Giuseppe Maxia: Surely I will attend most of the sessions where Oracle engineers explain the latest features and improvements of MySQL products. I will also attend sessions by other professionals who talk about my fields of interest, namely replication, high availability, performance, cloud integration.

Keith Larson: How do you feel the MySQL Community has changed in the recent years ? Do you feel it is different outside of the United States?


Giuseppe Maxia: The MySQL community has grown. In several directions. The community has followed many leads. There were some prophets of doom that announced the death of MySQL. They gathered credit because sometimes the ones who shout louder get more followers, regardless of their merits.
 There were more people, including several Oracle competitors, who believed that Oracle doesn't have any interest in killing MySQL, and instead it will be better off keeping MySQL alive and thriving. Which is what Oracle has been doing in the last few years, quite effectively so! The way I see it, the MySQL community is getting the message that MySQL is improving under Oracle stewardship, and concentrating on practicalities rather than philosophical diatribes.


 The places where the masses are less inclined to being practical and keep pursuing forks and changes for the sake of it are in the associated communities, those that depend in some extent by MySQL, or where MySQL is an important component, like content management projects, Linux distros, language infrastructures. I often see discussions that say "we should abandon MySQL and use instead a fork, because Oracle can't be depended upon for keeping the project alive." There is no amount of reasoning that can be injected in discussion that start by denying the current evidence, so I know that the community will keep this state of fluidity for a while.
 I haven't attended many events in Europe this year, so my feelings are based on what I see online. I feel that the community in the US is being more empirical than in Europe.


 My personal stand is that as long as Oracle keeps the work on MySQL to the current level, there is no need to worry for the open source community about the fate of MySQL.

Keith Larson: What features of MySQL 5.6 do you look forward to the most ?

Giuseppe Maxia: The improvement on the binary logging API and replication are among the most interesting ones. There are the obvious advances in performance, which everyone should expect from a new MySQL release. I have tested MySQL 5.6 replication features quite a lot. At the time of my testing (in April), there were some gaps in the integration between the main features. I hope such gaps will be filled in the final release.

Keith Larson: Would you consider the MySQL 5.6 release a major/big step forward in terms of Replication ?

Giuseppe Maxia: MySQL 5.6 is certainly a big step forward. I am cautious about its final outcome, as I have mentioned above, since I wait to see if the new features will become better integrated among them and with the rest of the server. There are great features, but you surely know that MySQL has historically had integration problems with new code, which sometimes resulted in the so-called "half-baked features."  I am not saying that this is the case with 5.6, but my first tests show that some features do not play well with the others in the same release. To give you an example: we have Global Transaction ID (GTID) and multi-thread slaves. If you enable GTID, the multi thread slaves still keep track of their work using binary log file names and position. This is the status for 5.6.5. I don't know if it has already been addressed.

Keith Larson:You attend a lot of conferences. What would you recommend for people who attend this conference.

Giuseppe Maxia: There are two main benefits by attending this kind of conferences: the first and most obvious is what you get by attending well selected sessions. The second, and sometimes more productive benefit is given by meeting other people who share your interests, and exchanging views with them. I would say that I have learned as much during social events and corridor chats as at the sessions themselves. The greatest benefit of this conference is the chance of talking with the people who work at the products that we use on a daily basis, and give them feedback about our experience.

Keith Larson: Since your often speaker at conference, what would you consider the ideal audience? What do you want or prefer from them?

Giuseppe Maxia: I am a geek. As such, I love talking to technically oriented users. It's very rewarding when you can address an advanced audience about demanding topics. But I also like explaining things to beginners. I remember my learning curve when I was a rookie, and I try to give my audience what I would have liked to get when I was in their position. So, while my ideal audience is a crowd of hackers, I feel perfectly at home talking to a roomful of motivated beginners.
 What I would like from my audience is to be inquisitive, and not to take anything for granted. When I talk at a conference, I often learn something new from the audience questions. For this reason, I encourage questions at any time during my presentations, unless the time is really short.

Keith Larson: So any tips you would give to people for handling the long hours at conferences?

Giuseppe Maxia: The first thing to do is getting organized by knowing what sessions you want to attend. Once you prioritize what you can't possibly miss, you can start organizing the rest of the time. There is no obligation to attend a session if there is nothing that appeals to you in a give slot. No need to feel guilty if you skip one slot to do something else, like visiting the expo hall or meeting friends. However, you should get organized, so you won't waste time.
 It's quite effective using Twitter with appropriate hashtags before and during the conference, to find people you know and to meet new ones with the same interests. Reading blogs and forums in the weeks before the conference will give you most of the ideas. For the ones who didn't do their homework, hanging around the MySQL community booth can give you useful information about who's there, what's going on, and what you can do productively in the next 50 minutes.

Keith Larson: What would you consider to be the top argument to persuade a boss to allow you to attend MySQL Connect?

Giuseppe Maxia:  It's the conference where we meet the creators of MySQL. If this is the main tool for our company, that's the place where we need to go to get first hand information. Besides, San Francisco is a great place!

Keith Larson: Anything else you want to add...

Giuseppe Maxia:  I am glad that Oracle is keeping the doors open for the MySQL community. My personal opinion is that it can open way more than that, and I hope that such further opening will happen in the time being. As an Oracle ACE Director, I feel it's my duty to smooth the path in that direction, by advising Oracle on what the community expects, and by giving objective and useful information to my fellow community members.
 I wish to see a 4 days MySQL event next year!

Tuesday Jul 24, 2012

Early Bird Registration Rate for MySQL Connect Ends on July 27

If you haven't already registered for MySQL Connect, now is the time to do it.

Looking for the right reason to attend? Here are the TOP THREE REASONS...

  • You'll get the chance to hear directly from users including PayPal, Verizon, Twitter, Facebook, Ticketmaster, Ning, Mozilla, CERN, Yahoo! and more, about best practices for deploying MySQL based solutions.
  • Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet the engineers developing and supporting the MySQL products, all in a single location. You'll be able to ask them all your questions and provide them feedback.
  • Acquire detailed knowledge about the latest innovations in InnoDB, the MySQL Optimizer, high availability strategies, performance and scalability, security improvements and numerous other topics. You'll hear it straight "from the horse's mouth" and from other MySQL experts in the ecosystem.

Early bird registration rate offering a saving of $500 ends this friday, July 27. Don't miss out...Register Now.

 

  • Wednesday Jun 27, 2012

    Interview with Ronald Bradford about MySQL Connect

    Ronald Bradford,  an Oracle ACE Director has been busy working with  database consulting, book writing (EffectiveMySQL) while traveling and speaking around the world in support of MySQL. I was able to take some of his time to get an interview on this thoughts about theMySQL Connect conference.

    Keith Larson: What where your thoughts when you heard that Oracle was going to provide the community the MySQL Conference ?

    Ronald Bradford: Oracle has already been providing various different local community events including OTN Tech Days and  MySQL community days. These are great for local regions both in the US and abroad.  In previous years there has been an increase of content at Oracle Open World, however that benefits the Oracle community far more then the MySQL community.  It is good to see that Oracle is realizing the benefit in providing a large scale dedicated event for the MySQL community that includes speakers from the MySQL development teams, invested companies in the ecosystem and other community evangelists.

    I fully expect a successful event and look forward to hopefully seeing MySQL Connect at the upcoming Brazil and Japan OOW conferences and perhaps an event on the East Coast.

    Keith Larson: Since you are part of the content committee, what did you think of the submissions that were received during call for papers?

    Ronald Bradford: There was a large number of quality submissions to the number of available presentation sessions. As with the previous years as a committee member for the annual MySQL conference, there is always a large variety of common cornerstone MySQL features as well as new products and upcoming companies sharing their MySQL experiences.

    All of the usual major players in the ecosystem will in presenting at MySQL Connect including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Continuent, Percona, Tokutek, Sphinx and Amazon to name a few.  This is ensuring the event will have a large number of quality speakers and a difficult time in choosing what to attend.

    Keith Larson: What sessions do you look forwarding to attending?

    Ronald Bradford: As with most quality conferences you can only be in one place at one time, so with multiple tracks per session it is always difficult to decide. The continued work and success with MySQL Cluster, and with a number of sessions I am sure will be popular. The features that interest me the most are around the optimizer, where there are several sessions on new features, and on the importance of backups. There are three presentations in this area to choose from.

    Keith Larson: Are you going to cover any of the content in your books at your MySQL Connect sessions?

    Ronald Bradford: I will be giving two presentations at MySQL Connect. The first will include the techniques available for creating better indexes where I will be touching on some aspects of the first Effective MySQL book on Optimizing SQL Statements.  In my second presentation from experiences of managing 500+ AWS MySQL instances, I will be touching on areas including SQL tuning, backup and recovery and scale out with replication.   These are the key topics of the initial books in the Effective MySQL series that focus on performance, scalability and business continuity.  The books however cover a far greater amount of detail then can be presented in a 1 hour session.

    Keith Larson: What features of MySQL 5.6 do you look forward to the most ?

    Ronald Bradford: I am very impressed with the optimizer trace feature. The ability to see exposed information is invaluable not just for MySQL 5.6, but to also apply information discerned for optimizing SQL statements in earlier versions of MySQL.  Not everybody understands that it is easy to deploy a MySQL 5.6 slave into an existing topology running an older version if MySQL for evaluation of many new features.  You can use the new mysqlbinlog streaming feature for duplicating master binary logs on an older version with a MySQL 5.6 slave.  The improvements in instrumentation in the Performance Schema are exciting.   However, as with my upcoming Replication Techniques in Depth title, that will be available for sale at MySQL Connect, there are numerous replication features, some long overdue with provide significant management benefits. Crash Save Slaves, Global transaction Identifiers (GTID)  and checksums just to mention a few.

    Keith Larson: You have been to numerous conferences, what would you recommend for people at the conference?

    Ronald Bradford: Make the time to meet and introduce yourself to the speakers that cover the topics that most interest you. The MySQL ecosystem has a very strong community.  The relationships you build with presenters, developers and architects in MySQL can be invaluable, however they are created over time. Get to know these people, interact with them over time.  This is the opportunity to learn more then just the content from a 1 hour session.

    Keith Larson: Any additional tips to handling the long hours ?

    Ronald Bradford: Conferences can be hard, especially with all the post event drinking.  This is a two day event and I am sure will include additional events on Friday and Saturday night so come well prepared, and leave work behind. Take the time to learn something new.   You can always catchup on sleep later.

    Keith Larson: Thank you so much for taking some time to do this I look forward to seeing you at the MySQL Connect conference.

     Please stay tuned here for more updates on MySQL. 


    Monday Nov 28, 2011

    MySQL 5.5.18 Debian packaging now available

    I am happy to announce that MySQL 5.5.18 is now available via Debian native packaging.  We have gotten many requests for this and our build and release teams have pulled together to ensure that our DEB packages are delivered with the highest quality. 

    You can download MySQL 5.5.18 Debian 5 and 6 packages from the MySQL Community Download page or from the My Oracle Support portal.

    As always, thanks for your continued support of MySQL!

    Wednesday Sep 07, 2011

    MySQL Community Reception at Oracle OpenWorld

    If you missed the MySQL Community Reception in Santa Clara in April, here is another opportunity to mingle and have fun!

    Come celebrate the growth of the MySQL community with Oracle's MySQL team in San Francisco, CA on October 4, Tuesday. Although the event is held in conjunction with Oracle OpenWorld, no conference registration is required; everyone is invited to the MySQL Community Reception. If you're attending the sessions in the MySQL Track at Oracle OpenWorld, the reception is conveniently located in Marriott Marquis where all the MySQL sessions will be held, so you definitely shouldn't miss it! Come meet with members in the MySQL ecosystem, and have a casual conversation over a glass of beer, wine or vodka – the famous tradition of MySQL. RSVP today and reserve yourself a spot in the party!

    Time:
    Tuesday, October 04, 2011
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    Location:
    San Francisco Marriott Marquis - Foothill G
    55 Fourth Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    If you want to register for Oracle OpenWorld and attend the 40+ MySQL sessions, MySQL Workbench Hands-On-Lab, 3 MySQL Demo Pods and all other exciting activities, there is still time! You can even take advantage of the discount code "MySQL11", exclusively for the MySQL community, to get an additional $500 off on top of the pre-registration rate. To view all the MySQL sessions, select "MySQL" Track under "Database" in the Content Catalog. Also check out the special offer for the Discover Pass.

    Hope to see you at the Community Reception at Oracle OpenWorld!

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