Percona Live Moves to Austin for 2019

December 19, 2018

Percona Live 2019 will be in Austin. Usually the event has been in Santa Clara and I am sure many of your are wondering about Austin in particular and Texas in general. I moved from Southern California to Texas many years ago and I want to assure you that Austin has many unique properties and well worth the trip.

Austin’s motto is Keep Austin Weird. Most of the population seem to be actively working on keeping the promise of that motto. The Museum of the Weird is in downtown and at sunset bats fly from under the Congress Avenue Bridge. There is lots of nightlife on 6th Street and Congress Avenue. So the nightlife, live music, and local vibe is much moire vibrant than Santa Clara.

Food will be the downfall for many of you. There are lots of great BBQ places but The Salt Lick in Driftwood outside of town is the best in my opinion but there are scores of other places worth a visit. For breakfast you have to try the pineapple upside down pancakes at Snooze. You can find steaks, pizza, vegetarian, and every other variety of food, usually in great quantities. So bring a pair of sweatpants to wear home when you ‘outgrow’ your regular pants. Sadly you will miss the January 8th birthday celebration where anyone dressed as Elvis (or Priscilla) eats for free but it is still some of the best Tex-Mex food (ask to sit in the Hubcap Room). And I assure one of the MySQL Engineering team members that we do have In-N-Out burgers in Texas as well as Whataburger.

Barton Springs is a great place for a swim. The pool itself measures three acres in size and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees. There are bike lanes and running trails for those wanting to exercise.

Texas are friendly especially when they are having fun. So plan to make a side trip to Schlitterbahn, a very unique water park. For something less strenuous you can tube the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers. These attractions are about a half hour south of Austin but well worth the trip. So plan another day just for this and then stop in New Braunfels for great German food and then stop in Gruene to visit the famous dance hall where many now big musical acts started their careers.

Motorcycle rides may want to arrive a few days early to ride the Circuit of the Americas. Or ride the Three Sisters to see the Hill Country.

So while there are some aspects of Santa Clara that may be missed (I really can’t think of any), I hope that all y’all make the trip to Austin. Grab an iced tea, some brisket, and enjoy the weirdness.

Little Rock Tech Fest, Symfony Live, Zendcon, Oracle Open World, Oracle Code One, and Madison PHP

September 26, 2018

October promises to be a busy month. I will be at the Little Rock Tech Fest Little Rock Tech Fest Image October 4th and 5th speaking on The Proper Care and Feeding of a MySQL Database and MySQL 8. Then I am off to San Francisco to speak on MySQL Tips and Tricks on October 12th at Symphony Live USASynfony Live USA. Then it is off to Las Vegas and Zendcon where I will speaking on MySQL 8 and MySQL Without the SQL. Zendcon and Open Enterprise

Next is the dynamic duo of Oracle Openworld and Oracle Code One. I have a talk at Oracle Code One on the MySQl X DevAPI and PHP with lots of coding examples (too many? Nah!) and I will have a book signing sometime during the expo show hours. And the MySQL Community Reception is moving to a new location, details to follow..Oracle Code One

Then to round off the month is my first trip to Madison PHP where I will speak on MySQL 8. Madison PHP Image

PHP on the West Coast

September 14, 2018

I was barely back from the UK when I got back on a jet and made my way to Portland for CascadiaPHP where I will speaking on the MySQL Document Store.

Then it is down to my home town of San Diego for WavePHP to talk about MySQL 8.

The PHP community has been blessed this year by the big shift to the PHP 7 series AND a slew of new shows. Austin, Detroit, Nashville, Portland, and San Diego.

If you attend either show, I have lots of swag — plush dolphins, squish dolphins, stickers, and a handful of my book. And if you are good on all that please stop by and say hello.

Wales and London next week

September 5, 2018

Next week is a trip to Swansea in Wales for SwanseaCon on Monday the 10th where I will be speaking on MySQL 8 Server Optimization. And then the next day in London is the London MySQL Meetup.

SwanseaCon is a one day, agile development and software craftsmanship conference for Software Developers, Software Testers, Business Analysts, Scrum Masters, Software Architects, Project Managers and Consultants in Wales. This is the forth year in the beautiful sea side city and the audience is extremely sharp. The talk subjects range from mine to The Systemics of the Liskov Substitution Principle, and I am here for an argument – Working with conflict in teams.

The London MySQL Meetup is a fantastic group. They tend to meet in pubs (Highly recommended on my part) and the members are an amazing cross section of MySQL talent. Admission is free, by the way.

I hope to see you at either (or both) events if you can make it.

MySQL Group Replication July 7th at DFW Unix User Group

June 20, 2018

I will be speaking at the Dallas Fort Worth Unix User Group meeting July 7th MySQL Group Replication. Some folks asked for a reminder well beforehand especially with the upcoming US Holiday weekend, so here it is.

The meeting location is the IBM Innovation Center at 1177 South Beltline Road, in Coppell, just south of the Airline Drive traffic light. And just west of North Lake. Pizza at 6:45 and me at 7:00PM.
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Top Ten Thanks!

June 19, 2018


Thanks to all who read this blog and my other blog at!

Percona Live Santa Clara 2018

April 27, 2018

Whew! For those of you who missed the Percona Live show this week you really picked a bad time to miss a show. The big news was the release of MySQL 8.0.11 as Generally Available and the reviews have been excellent. Actually it was marked GA just before the show on Thursday. The response has been good and downloads are at a record pace!!

Okay Dave, but what about the non 8.0.11 stuff? Well, the biggest news, at least to me, was GraalVM, that will provide the ability to write stored procedures in multiple languages with a JIT compiler AND you can easily DEBUG the code. It used to be that MySQL databases did not house a lot of business logic compared to other databases. But with the changes in triggers in 5.7 and now GraalVM those days may be over.


MySQL was proud to sponsor the opening reception and MySQL Cmmunity Awards Reception

ProxySQL is getting richer with features. Vitesse is on my ‘need to get this learned when I get off the road’ category after hearing more about it. And Kubernetes seems to be running everything but the kitchen sink. Catch the slides for all session on the Percona Live site as there is a lot of great info there. Top recommendation is the Amazing Bill Kwarwin’s deck on How to Use JSON in MySQL Wrong.

The show was shorter by one day but was very with with many tracks. Many commented that the feeling was more like the European counterpart. And bittersweet was the announcement that Percona Live will not be back to Santa Clara next year — but the rumor I heard was that it will be in a city with In-and-Out burgers which will keep several MySQL Engineering Team members.

And I am off to the Pacific Northwest to their Linuxfest in Bellingham this weekend — lots of great swag, MySQL 8 info, and more if you can attend.

Longhorn PHP, Percona Live, and Pacific Northwest Linuxfest

April 18, 2018

Three big shows back to back to back these next ten days! I have not even fully unpack from the exciting PHP Yorkshire conference before heading down to Austin for Longhorn PHP where I sill; be speaking on the MySQL Document Store. be sure to stop by the booth to learn more about MySQL 8 and grab some swag!.

Then comes Percona Live where Fred DesCamps, Le Fred, and I will be filling in for some engineers who can not make the trip to Santa Clara! We will be speaking on the MySQL Document Store. If you can not make the show do try to make the annual MySQL Community Dinner at Pedro’s.

And then it is off to the very exciting LinuxFest Northwest where I will join 2,000+ opensource fans. I will be speaking on Database Programming Basics or Why Your Database Queries Stink!!!, Presentation Skills for Open Source Folks, and MySQL 8 — A New Beginning. And visit me in the booth, learn about MYSQL 8, and get your swag.

Yorkshire PHP & MySQL Innovation Days

April 12, 2018

PHP Yorkshire is April 13th and 14th in the wonderful city of York.  MySQL is proud to again sponsor this exciting conference and please stop by the MySQL booth and see if you can EARN a MySQL Plush Dolphin to go along with the very nice PHP elephant created by the organizers.

Live in Boston, Minneapolis, or the San Francisco area? Well, MySQL Innovation Days will be held in these three cities.

Register for these no-cost events:

April 27th, Redwood Shores, CA
May 1st, Minneapolis, MN
May 3rd, Boston, MA

There will be many topics covered but the highlights will be:

  • MySQL 8.0 for developing modern web and mobile applications
  • MySQL High Availability strategies using replication and MySQL InnoDB Cluster
  • MySQL Enterprise Security best practices
  • MySQL Performance Tuning tips



The Zero to DBA Hero Track at SELF is now TWO DAYS!

April 6, 2018

The Southeast Linuxfest is expanding Zero to DBA Hero track to two days for 2018. This is a big step for the show that is celebrating its tenth anniversary. I can not announce the subjects of the talks or the names of the presenters until the organizers have everything confirmed (and the call for papers is open until April 20th) but I hope to see you June 8-10, 2018 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. SELF Logo
This is a great event and the Zero to DBA Hero track is a great way to learn more about data and databases!Zer