Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

MySQL Community awards 2009

Attending the MySQL Users Conference in 2006, I had one of the best days of my career. At the morning keynote, my name was called, and I found myself on stage, together with Markus Popp, Roland Bouman, and Rasmus Lerdorf, being awarded a Community Member of the year crystal ball. That day is permanently in my mind as a very fond memory.

For this reason, it is a particular pleasure for me to be in a position to suggest the next ones who will hold the community awards. It is a collegial decision, not my own. Each member of the community team submits a few names, we discuss the pros and the cons, and then we settle for the first three names in the list.

This year, the agreement fell on three names, who were included for different reasons.

MYSQL UC 2009 - Marc Delisle Marc Delisle should be familiar to anyone working with MySQL.

As the author of phpMyAdmin, he deserves gratitude and respect from the community.

For the few who are unfamiliar with it, phpMyAdmin is a web based GUI for MySQL, which has helped millions of users to improve their experience with MySQL from beginner to expert.

Probably the only question that everyone in the community will ask is "what? He was never awarded before?". Indeed. This award was long overdue.

Good job, Marc! The MySQL community would not be as large and happy without your contributions.

MYSQL UC 2009 - Ronald Bradford Ronald Bradford has been a community member for long time, with with a genuine passion for MySQl and its ecosystem.

I remember when, in 2006, he fought Sheeri in an auction to get a T-shirt with the developers name. At the end of the day, he had earned himself a mention in MySQL source code, and a solid reputation as a lover of community.

After a brief period as MySQL employee, Ronald has gone back to the trenches, and his contributions to the community have always been constant and of high quality.

Whenever I can, I enjoy working with him. He is a fine analyst and a hard worker.

Well done, Ronald!

MySQL UC2009 - Shlomi Noach

Shlomi Noach is the new blood among the award winners.

His contributions are proof that you don't need to be a superhero to become a good community member. As Sheeri said in her keynote, you just need to do something well. If there is something that you enjoy and can help others, don't ask questions, and do it.

Shlomi's fresh approach in the community arena is a very welcome and necessary addition. The community needs both the extremely advanced articles of Matt Yonkovit and Shlomi's wake-up posts that make some experts scratch their heads and keep them on their toes.

Thanks, Shlomi. Keep being curious! We like it.

Monday Apr 27, 2009

Presentation slides online at slideshare

I decided to give a try to slideshare. So I uploaded the slides from my most recent talks, and will eventually catch up with the old ones. My slides repository is http://www.slideshare.net/datacharmer.

If you are looking for the slides from MySQL Conference 2009, here are the shortcuts:

Friday Dec 19, 2008

Registration for the MySQL Conference and Expo 2009 now open

Registration for the MySQL Conference and expo 2009 is now open.

Kudos to Colin Charles, who has the not easy task of being the program chair of the conference, for pulling the schedule together.

The schedule is not complete yet. If you haven't got either an approval or a rejection, your proposal is still under review. In the previous years, some of my talks were approved as late as February, but we are trying to finish off the schedule much earlier this time.

This is my last blog post for this year. I am going on vacation this evening. No computers, no internet. Therefore, no comments are enabled for this post (there would be nobody to moderate and approve them).

Happy new year, Community!

Saturday Nov 01, 2008

UC2009 - A few days, a few wishes

We are almost there. Four days more, and then it's over. The CfP for the MySQL Users Conference 2009 ends on November 5th, 2008.

We have already received more proposals than we got last year, and (yes!) many of them are innovative.

Thanks to all the submitters.

I have still a few wishes, though.

There are still no proposals or very little on

  • The event scheduler
  • OpenOffice integration
  • Java
  • The plugin architecture
  • MySQL Proxy
If you have a technical story to tell about one of the subjects above, don't be shy, and come forward!

And of course, if you have some innovative ideas on any topic related to MySQL, feel free to submit a proposal.

Thursday Oct 23, 2008

UC2009 proposals, wow! A near miss

OK. I was exceedingly optimistic, but not too much. I said that we may get enough submissions by the end of the regular CfP, and I was almost right. At midnight of October 22nd, we got 284 submissions, which is about 100 proposals more than last year (before extending), but not as much as we got after the extension.

Well done, MySQL Community!

But since we are hard to please, we want to have at least the same number of proposals that we had last year (I am sure we'll get more!), and so we are extending for two weeks. You have time until November 5th to submit a proposal.

What's missing?

Surprisingly, participation from other Sun communities is low. Solaris, Java, NetBeans, Glassfish, OpenOffice have either a token representation or are just silent. I know that there has been much going on between MySQL and these communities, and thus I am surprised to find so little.

Do you have a good technical MySQL presentation about one of the above topics? Then show us!

Remember that the theme of the conference is Innovation Everywhere. Anything technical and innovative about MySQL will be well received.

Friday Oct 17, 2008

MySQL Users Conference and Expo 2009 : CfP -5 days!

Still 5 days until the end of the call for participation.

Hurry up! The deadline is October 22, 2008.

Yes. I know what you are thinking. Every year it's hurry hurry and then they extend at the last minute.

Probably so. Or maybe not. After my last reminder, the number and the quality of submissions has improved. And we may manage to get what we want without extensions. If that happens, your only chance for a podium is to submit before October 22nd.

If we get enough good submissions by them, we won't extend. Meaning that if you were counting on an extension to send your proposal, it may be too late.

Of course, if we find out that on the 22nd, laziness was more influential than worry and we don't have as much choice as we expect, we will extend. But don't count on that. Too many ifs.

The 22nd is next Wednesday!

Saturday Oct 04, 2008

MySQL UC2009 - Little innovation so far

MySQL Community, I am disappointed.

Innovation Everywhere is the theme of the Users Conference and Expo 2009, and yet, in the proposals that I have received so far I have seen very little innovation. Few daring technical proposals. Few accounts of truly novel exploits.

Instead, I've seen very similar topics to past years, without the spark of experimentation that we look for as an extra spice for the year where the topic is Innovation.

If I look at Planet MySQL, I see plenty of movement. New projects, new releases of old projects, people trying exciting technologies, others combining old technologies with new platforms. And yet, some of the people who are posting these exciting news are proposing the same old story.

Now, I don't mean to say that everyone has to propose something extremely new, but I can't believe that all the innovation going around in blogging and mailing lists is going to be kept in your drawers.

And innovation does not mean invention. It's time to see accounts of early adoption of MySQL 5.1 in production. As you have seen in our Use Case competition articles, there are some brave souls who are using the new release with satisfaction. It's time to show some concrete innovation with facts. This is the conference for MySQL users, by users. It's your conference, where you come to see cool things created by other users, and you should be itching to tell the world the cool things you have done. It's time to show off.

It's time for innovation. Don't be shy. Please submit a cool proposal.

Oh, by the way. Innovation, yes, but not vaporware, please. If you have something advanced to show, you will make the whole voting committee happy, but please show the code. Have a project that will shake the foundations of the database business? Great! But add a link to a site where we can see and touch your new creature. When you show off, you may as well start with your proposal.

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