Wednesday Jun 09, 2010

MySQL University: Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL (rerun)

This Thursday (June 10th, 14:00 UTC), Darren Cassar will rerun his February 25 presentation of Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL. (Recording of the session failed in February; hopefully it will succeed this time.) According to Darren, the author of the plugin, Securich is an incredibly handy and versatile tool for managing user privileges on MySQL through the use of roles. It basically makes granting and revoking rights a piece of cake, not to mention added security it provides through password expiry and password history, the customization level it permits, the fact that it runs on any MySQL 5.0 or later and it's easily deployable on any official MySQL binary, platform independent.
More information here: http://www.securich.com/about.html.

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.)

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone. All sessions (slides & audio) are recorded; the links will be on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

Wednesday Jun 02, 2010

MySQL University: New Features in Connector/NET 6.3

This Thursday (June 3rd, 14:00 UTC), Reggie Burnett, head of Connector/NET development, will present the New Features in Connector/NET 6.3.

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.)

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone. All sessions (slides & audio) are recorded; the links will be on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

Tuesday Mar 02, 2010

MySQL University: MySQL Column Databases

This Thursday (March 4th, 15:00 UTC - slightly later than usual), Robin Schumacher will present MySQL Column Databases. If you're doing Data Warehouse with your databases this is a must-attend, but it's also interesting to learn what typical other scenarios there are for using column-based storage engines, and how column databases work in the first place.

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.)

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone. All sessions (slides & audio) are recorded; the links will be on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

Here's the tentative list of upcoming sessions:

  • May 27: Improving MySQL Full-Text Search (Kristofer Pettersson)
  • June 10: Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL (Darren Cassar; we've set up that second session because unfortunately recording of the original session didn't work)

As you can see, there are big gaps in the upcoming months. Care to fill them by giving a MySQL University presentation? If you'd like to be a speaker, have a look at this blog article!

Tuesday Feb 23, 2010

MySQL University: Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL

This Thursday (February 25th, 13:00 UTC - way earlier than usual!), Darren Cassar will present Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL. According to Darren, the author of the plugin, Securich is an incredibly handy and versatile tool for managing user privileges on MySQL through the use of roles. It basically makes granting and revoking rights a piece of cake, not to mention added security it provides through password expiry and password history, the customization level it permits, the fact that it runs on any MySQL 5.0 or later and it's easily deployable on any official MySQL binary, platform independent.
More information here: http://www.securich.com/about.html.

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.)

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone. All sessions (slides & audio) are recorded; the links will be on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

Here's the tentative list of upcoming sessions:

  • March 4: MySQL Column Databases (Robin Schumacher)
  • March 11: Improving MySQL Full-Text Search (Kristofer Pettersson)

By the way, did I mention that we need more speakers to fill up the 2010 schedule? If you'd like to be a speaker, have a look at this blog article!

Monday Feb 15, 2010

MySQL University: Performance Schema: Instrumenting Code

This Thursday (February 18th, 17:00 UTC - note the different starting time!), Marc Alff will present the brand new Performance Schema: Instrumenting Code. Marc is the implementor of the Performance Schema feature. His presentation will show how developers maintaining

  • the MySQL server code,
  • a storage engine,
  • or any type of plugin

can instrument the code to collect data for the new performance schema instrumentation.

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.)

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone. All sessions (slides & audio) are recorded; the links will be on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

Here's the tentative list of upcoming sessions:

  • February 25: Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL (Darren Cassar)
  • March 4: MySQL Column Databases (Robin Schumacher)
  • March 11: Improving MySQL Full-Text Search (Kristofer Pettersson)

By the way, did I mention that we need more speakers to fill up the 2010 schedule? If you'd like to be a speaker, have a look at this blog article!

Tuesday Feb 09, 2010

MySQL University: MySQL Galera Multi-Master Replication

This Thursday (February 11th, 14:00 UTC), Seppo Jaakola & Alex Yurchenko will talk about MySQL Galera Multi-Master Replication. Galera provides synchronous multi-master replication and uses a certification-based replication method for replicating transaction write sets in a DBMS cluster. The replication method requires close co-operation with database transaction processing and DMBS must support a specific replication API to be compatible with Galera. Codership has integrated Galera replication in the InnoDB storage engine, and the resulting MySQL/Galera cluster product has been published as a production-ready GA release in December 2009. The MySQL/Galera release 0.7 is available on the Codership and Launchpad sites.

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 tentative list of upcoming sessions:

  • February 18: Performance Schema: Instrumenting Code (Marc Alff)
  • February 25: Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL (Darren Cassar)
  • March 4: MySQL Column Databases (Robin Schumacher)
  • March 11: Improving MySQL Full-Text Search (Kristofer Pettersson)
By the way, did I mention that we need more speakers to fill up the 2010 schedule? If you'd like to be a speaker, have a look at this blog article!

Tuesday Feb 02, 2010

MySQL University: Optimizing Queries with EXPLAIN

This Thursday (February 4th, 14:00 UTC), Morgan Tocker will talk about Optimizing Queries with Explain. Morgan was a technical instructor at MySQL and works for Percona today.

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 tentative list of upcoming sessions:

  • February 11: MySQL Galera - Multi-Master Replication (Seppo Jaakola & Alex Yurchenko)
  • February 18: Performance Schema: Instrumenting Code (Marc Alff)
  • February 25: Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL (Darren Cassar)
  • March 4: MySQL Column Databases (Robin Schumacher)
  • March 11: Improving MySQL Full-Text Search (Kristofer Pettersson)
By the way, did I mention that we need more speakers to fill up the 2010 schedule? If you'd like to be a speaker, have a look at this blog article!

Tuesday Jan 26, 2010

MySQL University: Introduction to the Drizzle Microkernel

This Thursday (January 28, 17:00 UTC), we'll be resuming our MySQL University sessions with an Introduction to the Drizzle Microkernel by Brian Aker. Brian is located on the US West coast, so the session will start a bit later – see the information in the list of upcoming sessions. Brian started the Drizzle project and is the mastermind behind Drizzle development.

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 tentative list of upcoming sessions:

  • February 4: Optimizing Queries With Explain (Morgan Tocker)
  • February 11: MySQL Galera - Multi-Master Replication (Seppo Jaakola & Alex Yurchenko)
  • February 18: Performance Schema: Instrumenting Code (Marc Alff)
  • February 25: Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL (Darren Cassar)
  • March 4: MySQL Column Databases (Robin Schumacher)
  • March 11: Improving MySQL Full-Text Search (Kristofer Pettersson)
By the way, did I mention that we need more speakers to fill up the 2010 schedule? If you'd like to be a speaker, have a look at this blog article!


Friday Jan 15, 2010

MySQL University: Speakers wanted!

I may sound like a broken record, but currently we have only three MySQL University sessions scheduled for this year. In 2009, we ran more than 25 sessions, and I'd surely like to get anywhere near that figure.

Anyone who has something technical to say about MySQL qualifies as a speaker. MySQL University sessions take place on Thursday afternoons European time, and normally have between 20 and 30 attendees, but quite a lot of people listen to the recordings when the live sessions' time isn't convenient for them. We're using Dimdim as our conferencing system, so the setup for speakers is very simple: Just grab a headset, start a Flash-enabled browser on either Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or Solaris, perform a 10-minute test with the MySQL University host, and you're ready for the live session. Everything is done through the browser, so you don't even need a telephone.

So it's very simple to be a speaker, but what should you talk about? Well, maybe you already have an interesting topic suggestion (or, even better, a set of slides you can reuse), but you can also have a look at topics suggested by attendees:

http://forge.mysql.com/wiki/MySQL_University#Proposed_Sessions

MySQL University sessions are open to anyone, not just Sun employees. Sessions are recorded (slides, audio, and desktop sharing), so if you can't attend the live session you can look at the recording anytime after the session.

Please suggest your session(s) to me (stefan.hinz@sun.com), and let me know what date and time of the day would be best for you!

Wednesday Dec 02, 2009

MySQL University: Practical Full-Text Search in MySQL

This Thursday (December 3rd, 16:00 UTC – note the different time), Bill Karwin will talk about Practical Full-Text Search in MySQL. He'll introduce and compare five different approaches of full-text search with MySQL, using built-in functionality as well as third-party tools. It's interesting to see how vastly performance can vary, depending on which tools you use for which purposes.

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.

This session concludes the MySQL University program for this year. We'll start again on January 28th, 2010. Merry Christmas / a great winter break, and a Happy New Year to everyone!

Tuesday Nov 24, 2009

MySQL University: Speakers for 2010 wanted!

We'll soon have our last MySQL University session for this year, followed by a winter break until the end of January 2010. So far there's only one session scheduled next year, but we'd like to have one session per week, so we need lots more speakers!

Anyone who has something technical to say about MySQL qualifies as a speaker. MySQL University sessions take place on Thursday afternoons European time, and normally have between 20 and 30 attendees, but quite a lot of people listen to the recordings when the live session time isn't convenient for them. We're using Dimdim as our conferencing system, so the setup for speakers is very simple: Just grab a headset, start a Flash-enabled browser on either Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or Solaris, perform a 10-minute test with the MySQL University host, and you're ready for the live session. Everything is done through the browser, so you don't even need a telephone.

So it's very simple to be a speaker, but what should you talk about? Well, maybe you already have an interesting topic suggestion (or, even better, a set of slides you can reuse), but you can also have a look at topics suggested by attendees:

http://forge.mysql.com/wiki/MySQL_University#Proposed_Sessions

MySQL University sessions are open to anyone, not just Sun employees. Sessions are recorded (slides, audio, and desktop sharing), so if you can't attend the live session you can look at the recording anytime after the session.

Please suggest your session(s) to me (stefan.hinz@sun.com), and let me know what date and time of the day would be best for you!

Monday Nov 23, 2009

MySQL University: The Spider Storage Engine

This Thursday (November 26th, 14:00 UTC), Giuseppe Maxia will present the Spider Storage Engine. This session was originally scheduled for October 15th but had to be postponed for technical reasons.

Here's from the abstract: Everybody needs sharding. Which is not easy to maintain. Being tied to the application layer, sharding is hard to export and to interact with. The Spider storage engine, a plugin for MySQL 5.1 and later, solves the problem in a transparent way. It is an extension of partitioning. Using this engine, the user can deal transparently with multiple backends in the server layer. This means that the data is accessible from any application without code changes. This lecture will briefly introduce MySQL partitioning, and then show how to create and use the Spider engine, with some practical examples. The talk covers the latest version of the Spider engine, which includes a condition pushdown feature that increases performance significantly.

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 rest of this year:

  • December 3: Practical Full-Text Search in MySQL (Bill Karwin)

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 Nov 18, 2009

MySQL University: Memcached Functions for MySQL

This Thursday (November 19th, 14:00 UTC), Patrick Galbraith will present memcached Functions for MySQL (UDFs). This session is about a suite of functions available to use with MySQL that allow you to store, retrieve and delete data, as well as most of the functions and operations that are available with libmemcached, such as server connectivity to the client, server status, client behaviors, and more. You can combine the fetching of data from one or more tables with the fetching of data from memcached and be able to apply any SQL operations on that result set such as LIMIT, sorting and other conditional operations.

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 rest of this year:

  • November 26: The Spider Storage Engine (Giuseppe Maxia)
  • December 3: Practical Full-Text Search in MySQL (Bill Karwin)

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.

Friday Nov 13, 2009

Follow-up: MySQL University session recording on Gearman available now

Yesterday's MySQL University session on Gearman for MySQL had a rough start. After I had assigned Giuseppe presenter status we found out that Dimdim (our conferencing system) now turns on video when it discovers a web cam on the presenter's computer. That's not a bad thing in general, but you can't turn it off, which \*is\* a bad thing when your network bandwidth is less than superior. As a consequence, Giuseppe's voice came over very choppy, and the presentation stopped altogether after a few minutes.

For that reason, we decided to restart the session from scratch. This time Giuseppe turned off his camera before becoming presenter, and the session worked flawlessly. For those of you who've given up because of bad sound quality, the recording is here, and it looks and sounds good. You can find it on the MySQL University session page: http://forge.mysql.com/wiki/Gearman_for_MySQL. Enjoy (and sorry for the inconvenience)!

Wednesday Nov 11, 2009

MySQL University: Gearman for MySQL

This Thursday (November 12th, 14:00 UTC), Giuseppe Maxia of the MySQL Community Team will present Gearman for MySQL. Gearman is a client/server infrastructure for generic tasks, usable on distributed servers, with little worry about the details. No matter what language you speak, Gearman can meet your needs in C, PHP, Perl, Ruby, shell scripting, and several more. Gearman can also work in conjunction with MySQL, either using UDFs, or simply through its basic architecture. Giuseppe's talk will show examples of how to use Gearman for remote installation and how to call a complicate data warehousing function written in Perl from any other language, with no knowledge of Perl at all.

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 rest of this year:

  • November 19: memcached Functions for MySQL (UDFs) (Patrick Galbraith)
  • November 26: The Spider Storage Engine (Giuseppe Maxia)
  • December 3: Practical Full-Text Search in MySQL (Bill Karwin)

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.

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