The London MySQL Meetup

April 25, 2017

The various MySQL User Groups or MySQL Meetups around the world are made of up of various groups of individuals that all have a passion for MySQL. Some are large and intense like San Francisco or Boston. Others are fun loving like Chicago or obviously vary hard working like Oklahoma City. I recommend for those of you that travel to connect with these groups. But there is one group that is a little special. They meet in a pub, upstairs in the back. There is a bar and bartender. The food is very good and the attendees very sharp. If you get a chance, visit the London MySQL Meetup

I had been in York a few days before and was invited by Ivan Zoratti, a long time institution of the MySQL Community and Meetup organizer to present on MySQL 8. I made it to The Lamb</b., a pub on Conduit street and made my way to the meeting room. I was greeted by the bartender (a nice addition to your meeting if you can arrange it) and soon the room filled. I gave my presentation and we then started a fun question & answer period.

All too soon we realized it was getting very late and had to disband. But I had a wonderful time and decided that I need to make a return visit.

So if you find yourself in London, please take the effort to try to attend one of the London MySQL Meetup meetings.


Talks in April – Las Vegas, UK, TX, Santa Clara, and Oracle HQ!

March 28, 2017

April is going to be a busy month for yours truly. First up is the big Oracle Users Groups show in Las Vegas Collaborate 17 at Mandalay Bay April 2nd through 6th. This show features over 1,250 session, thousands of attendees and me (with Kathy Forte) at the MySQL Demo Pod.

From there I am off to Yorkshire PHP where I am proud to be speaking at this new event on MySQL 8. That is on Saturday the 8th in York but I will head down south on the 11th for the London MySQL Meetup to talk more about MySQL 8.

Then it is the closest show to home for me, the final LoneStar PHP. I will be giving a talk on the basics of database programming with PHP.

The month ends with Percona Live the 24th through the 27th and followed by Oracle Innovation Day on the 28th; the agenda for the FREE innovation day follows.

08:00 a.m. – 09:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

09:00 a.m. – 09:15 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

09:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

MySQL 8.0: What’s New

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

MySQL 8.0: CTEs & Window Functions

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Morning Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

MySQL in Oracle Public Cloud

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

MySQL Enterprise Security

12:30 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.

Lunch

01:30 p.m. – 02:15 p.m.

MySQL Group Replication

02:15 p.m. – 03:00 p.m.

MySQL InnoDB Cluster

03:00 p.m. – 03:15 p.m.

Afternoon Break

03:15 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.

Best of Both Worlds | MySQL as a Document, Relation, and Combined Store

04:00 p.m. – 04:45 p.m.

MySQL Performance Tuning

04:45 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.

Wrap up


Southern California Linux Expo’s MySQL Track

February 27, 2017

The Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) returns to Pasadena, California this week. This event is the largest event of its type in the US and will attract north of three thousand attendees. It attracts the best speakers from around the plant and the expo hall has exhibitors you will rarely see at other events. It is part Woodstock, part post-grad class in computer science, and 100% entertaining. The full pass is $75, unless you mention the “SPEAK” discount code to gt 50% off.

And for the fifth or sixth year, MySQL will be sponsoring the MySQL Track on Friday March 13th in Room 103.

  • MySQL 8
    10:00am
    Dave Stokes

  • Best Practices for MySQL High Availability in 2017
    11:30
    Colin Charles

  • Cassandra Eye for the MySQL Guy
    13:30
    Solomon Chang

  • MySQL vs MongoDB – Choosing right technology for your application
    14:30
    Peter Zaitsev

  • Using Hierarchical Data in MySQL, Trees vs Nests
    16:00
    Phillip Waclawski

And drop by the MySQL booth and say ‘hi’. And Saturday morning I will be part of the SCaLE 101 panel to help those who are first time attendees get the most out of the show.


Upcoming Talks

January 12, 2017

2016 was a very busy year and 2017 looks to be a continuation. First up for me is Sunshine PHP where I will be presenting on MySQL’s JSON Data Type and Document Store and oddly enough I presented on JSON last year and have had to update my slides several times. So many new features to JSON and then the new X Devapi information have kept me on my toes. See you in Miami February 2-4th.

LeFred will be running the MySQL dev room at Fosdem the same weekend. Fosdem is an intense, vibrant, and amazing event in Brussels. Also make sure to get your tickets to the community dinner.

The Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group will have its annual training days with a good amount of MySQL session including mine on MySQL 8.

I have been invited to speak at the Linux Foundation’s Leadership Summit in Lake Tahoe on Valentine’s day.

And then in March, MySQL will be a track sponsor at the Southern California Linux Expo.

Plus look for news on Oracle Code is a free event for developers to learn about the latest developer technologies, practices, and trends. Schedule TBD.


Last Conference Trip of the Year

December 4, 2016

ConFoo has now a West Coast version which has its initial dates this week in Vancouver. This is in addition to their spring show in in Montreal. This will be my forth time in Canada this year. Northeast PHP moved from Cambridge to Charlotteville, LinuxCon NA was in Toronto, and now a new ConFoo. Canada seems to doing very well even before recent threats of many Americans to move North.

2016 saw a lot of old shows in new locations — Zendcon, SCaLE, PHPTek. But many have anchored to their venues — RMOUG Training Days, Collaborate, FOSDEM, Ohio Linuxfest, All Things Open — and have improved greatly. And many new shows –Swanseacon, Scotland PHP, ContainerConNYC — have appeared and run as a smoothly as if they were old, long established shows with veteran crew.

For sheer pandemonium, nothing beets FOSDEM. This show has dozens of small rooms, short session times, and what seems like 99% of all the computer folk in Europe rushing around a university campus. Ironically Linuxfest Northwest is also a great many bodies rushing around a slightly smaller college. The energies at both events is very high and you will feel exhausted when they finish just from the hub-bub and frenetic pace.

SCaLE moved from slightly seedy LAX to posh Pasadena. The new venue is very posh, the content still amazing, but the local eateries are bit more upscale and I miss the old Carl’s Junior.
Northeast PHP was in very beautiful Prince Edward Island. Red sand beaches, lobster, and a a large developer community that caught almost everyone by surprise.

Scotland PHP sort of cheated. They had Arthur’s Seat looming over their venue and were next to a castle, the Scottish Parliament, and a lot of great single malt. That would be enough for many conferences but the organizers went to school on other events and put together a very smooth show with great speakers. The audience was friendly, very inquisitive, and asked a lot of tough questions.

I liked the St Louis location for PHPTek but it seems nobody else did. Next year the show relocates to Atlanta. Speaking of the south, All Things Open has grown from a few hundred folks to well over two thousand in four years. Todd Lewis and crew run very smooth shows and treat vendors and speakers very nicely. It is always a pleasure to be at those shows.

I will be travelling less in 2017 (hopefully). My counterpart, LeFred, has been a great addition to the team and has taken some of the travel stress off me. Sadly there are only two of us travelling and many new shows appearing on the calendar.

A big thank you to the organizers of the shows MySQL sponsored this year. The first hurdle is getting these shows into the Oracle Purchase Order system which includes a tough bunch of paperwork. Then each event has it own set of documents to be completed. This can be arduous for smaller shows and a nuisance for the bigger shows. But they did it well and with style. BTW if you want MySQL to sponsor you event, drop me a note and I will contact you.


Four Conferences — All Things Open, Scotland PHP, & Buzzconf

October 31, 2016

Computer conferences each have their own personalities. Sure their are some common flavors — Utilikilts at Linux events for instance — but each have developed their own quirks. These character traits develop around the content of the show, the core beliefs of the organizers, and passion of the attendees who stride through the doors.

This past week All Things Open was held in Raleigh and Scotland PHP was held in Edinburgh. ATO has grown from four hundred attendees to twenty four hundred over four years. Scotland PHP was a first time event with about one hundred fifty or so present. Todd Lewis and the ATO crew have mastered providing great content at a very low cost at a show where offer a wide menu to many. Paul Dragoonis (to pick on one organizer) and his mainly Scots cohorts carefully studied other conferences to get just the right mix. Both had vibrant audiences who had direct and detailed questions about product, best practices, and implementation. Both made sure their attendees had exactly what information they needed on wifi, locations, supporting events, and schedule. And their venues were both amazing all though Scotland PHP was in the Dynamic Earth facility with a castle, Arthur’s seat, and a Parliament build very nearby that could have proven breathtaking distractions if the content of the show had not been so outstanding.

This week in New York is Container Days NYC where they have a mix of unconference, talks, workshops, and open spaces on putting software into containers. See you there!

Buzzconf is November 25th-27th in Australia (and sadly will be only show mentioned in this blog that I will not be able to attend) and has a wide content offering of virtual reality, Internet of Things (IoT), robots, machine learning, augmented reality, and space exploration (stuff out side the Earth’s atmosphere, not at all InnoDB related).

As a sponsor and/or speaker, you can tell a lot about the show by the quality and quantity of communications from the organizers. Those that sweat the details well beforehand tend to have a much more smoothly running event. MySQL has (or is) sponsoring all the above events and the forms to get into the Oracle purchase order system are very detailed. Then the purchase order itself must be accompanied with more documents. For small shows these bureaucratic tasks often chew up time and manpower, usually not on their PERT or GANTT charts. The above shows went throw this process with much more aplomb than I do. Hats off to all of them.

Final thought: If you attend a conference and had a good time, learned something, hated something else, or see something obviously wrong that nobody else has spotted– please tell the organizers and volunteers. They put on these events for you, the community. Believe me that they could easily go to bed early, make a few more kid’s sporting events, code a few more lines, or just have many more quiet minutes with the time they spend agonizing over details.

And the next time they have the urge to walk away they just might remember you and your saying ‘thank you’. Those two words have a lot of weight for only eight letters.


NomadPHP, Zendcon, All Things Open, & Scottish PHP

October 12, 2016

Busy couple of weeks coming up for yours truly! On Thursday October 13th I will be presenting a lightening talk on the MySQL JSON data type before Chuck Reeves presents How the 3rd Normal Form Destroyed a Family— Get your tickets here

Zendcon returns to Las Vegas October 18-21st. MySQL is a sponsor, we will have a booth, and best of all Ligaya Trumelle is presenting on MySQL Server Performance Tuning 101. I have presentations on the MySQL Document Store and a Replication Update. Stop by the booth and win a dolphin if you can pass the MySQL quiz!

Next is All Things Open in Raleigh October 26th & 27th. where MySQL is a very proud to be returning sponsor and I will be presenting on database programming basics. Stop by the booth and win a dolphin if you can pass the MySQL quiz!

The a dash to Scotland for Scotland PHP on the 29th!