Monday Mar 30, 2009

MySQL University: How to Create a Test Case

This Thursday (April 2nd, 14:00 UTC), Patrick Crews will give a MySQL University session on How to Create a Test Case. This is an updated session of a talk we had in 2007, but this time it will be recorded (slides and audio). Patrick is a database engineer who works in the server QA department, so test cases are his daily bread.

For MySQL University sessions, point your browser to this page. You need a browser with a working Flash plugin. You may register for a Dimdim account, but you don't have to. (Dimdim is the conferencing system we're using for MySQL University sessions. It provides integrated voice streaming, chat, whiteboard, session recording, and more.) All MySQL University sessions are recorded, that is, slides and voice can be viewed as a Flash movie (.flv). You can find those recordings on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone, not just Sun employees. Sessions are recorded (slides and audio), so if you can't attend the live session you can look at the recording anytime after the session.

Here's the schedule for the upcoming weeks:

  • April 2, 2009: How to Create a Test Case (updated session from 2007) (Patrick Crews)
  • April 9, 2009: No MySQL University session scheduled (due to upcoming Easter vacation in Europe)
  • April 16, 2009 (tentative): Going Nuts - How to write MySQL test cases in Perl (Luis Soares, Alfranio Correia, Serge Kozlov, Lars Thalmann)
  • April 23, 2009: No MySQL University session during MySQL Conference & Expo 2009
  • April 30, 2009: Testing Multiple Servers With MySQL Sandbox (Giuseppe Maxia)
  • May 7, 2009: MySQL Replication: Walk-through of the new 5.1 and 6.0 features (Lars Thalmann)
  • May 14, 2009: Programming Towards Multi-Core CPUs (Mikael Ronström)
  • May 21, 2009: No session scheduled
  • May 28, 2009: No session scheduled
  • May 28, 2009: Architecture of MySQL Backup (Lars Thalmann)
  • June 4, 2009: Boosting Performance With MySQL 5.1 Partitioning (Giuseppe Maxia)
  • June 11, 2009: Building MySQL Releases on Unix (Jörg Brühe)
  • June 18, 2009:  Architecture of MySQL Backup (Lars Thalmann)
  • July 2 (tentative): Starring Sakila - a data warehouse mini-tutorial (Roland Bouman)

The schedule is not engraved in stone at this point. Please visit http://forge.mysql.com/wiki/MySQL_University#Upcoming_Sessions  for the up-to-date list. On that page, you can also find the starting time for many time zones.

Wednesday Dec 17, 2008

MySQL University session on December 18th cancelled

Due to illness, the MySQL University session "Using DTrace with MySQL" has been moved to February 12th, 2009. Sorry for the short notice (blame it on the flu which came on short notice, too.)

As a bonus, here's the MySQL University schedule for the beginning of next year:

January 15, 2009 17:00 UTC / 9am PDT (Pacific) / 11am CST (Central) / 12am EST (Eastern) / 17:00 GMT (London) / 18:00 CET (Berlin) / 20:00 MDT (Moscow) Low-Level Locking in mysqld and InnoDB - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Tim Cook
January 22, 2009 08:00 UTC / 8:00 GMT / 9:00 CET / 11:00 MDT (Moscow) / 13:30 IST (India) / 16:00 CST (Beijing) / 17:00 JST (Tokyo) / 19:00 EDT (Melbourne) Scalability by Design - Coding for Systems With Large CPU Counts Richard Smith
January 29, 2009 16:00 UTC / 8am PDT (Pacific) / 10am CST (Central) / 11am EST (Eastern) / 16:00 GMT (London) / 17:00 CET (Berlin) / 19:00 MDT (Moscow) Scalability Challenges in an InnoDB-based Replication Environment David Lutz
February 5, 2009 08:00 UTC / 8:00 GMT / 9:00 CET / 11:00 MDT (Moscow) / 13:30 IST (India) / 16:00 CST (Beijing) / 17:00 JST (Tokyo) / 19:00 EDT (Melbourne) MySQL Performance and Scalability Project - Issues and Opportunities Allan Packer
February 12, 2008 14:00 UTC / 8am CST (Central) / 9am EST (Eastern) / 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET / 17:00 MDT (Moscow) Using DTrace with MySQL MC Brown
February 19, 2009 14:00 UTC / 8am CST (Central) / 9am EST (Eastern) / 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET / 17:00 MDT (Moscow) Developing MySQL on Solaris MC Brown & Trond Norbye
February 26, 2009 14:00 UTC / 8am CST (Central) / 9am EST (Eastern) / 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET / 17:00 MDT (Moscow) Backing up MySQL using file system snapshots Lenz Grimmer
March 5, 2009 14:00 UTC / 8am CST (Central) / 9am EST (Eastern) / 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET / 17:00 MDT (Moscow) Good Coding Style Konstantin Osipov
March 12, 2009 14:00 UTC / 8am CST (Central) / 9am EST (Eastern) / 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET / 17:00 MDT (Moscow) MySQL and ZFS MC Brown

The session address (Dimdim URL) for all sessions is:

http://webmeeting.dimdim.com/portal/JoinForm.action?confKey=mysqluniversity

Please bookmark this address, since it will remain valid for all future MySQL University sessions. Remember, though, that the meeting room will open only 15 minutes before the session starts.

Dimdim is the conferencing system we're using for MySQL University sessions. It provides integrated voice streaming, chat, whiteboard, session recording (slides and voice), and more. All you need to do to attend MySQL University sessions is point your browser to the address given above.

Since I've got many questions about this: All MySQL University sessions are recorded, that is, slides and voice can be viewed as a Flash file (.flv).

Have a great Christmas season/winter break, everyone!

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