Beta Test MySQL SWAG

The latest version of MySQL Sakila SWAG is being beta tested this week at the Pacific Northwest PHP Conference.

Plush Sakila on left, Stress Relief Sakila on righ
Plush Sakila on left, Stress Relief Sakila on righ
The plush toy version of Sakila is very popular but the MySQL Community Team is exploring an alternative stress relief version.

Why a new Sakila when the old one is so popular? We on the MySQL Community Team are always looking for ways to extend and enhance our outreach. Plush toys often encounter a harsh environment such a drool from small children or pets, tearing from rough handling, and finally they get dirty from repeated handling. The new Sakilas have a plastic coating proven to be largely drool resistant and washable. Both are about the same size and weight (important when you bring a hundred to a show and have to carry them around!) and have inherent Dolphin cuteness.

Comparison of the two Sakilas
Comparison of the two Sakilas
So please, if you get the change, test the new Sakila and send any bug reports to me.

Zero to DBA Track at SELF

MySQL is proud to sponsor the Zero to DBA Track at the Southeast Linuxfest next June 11th-14th! Hotel rooms at the conference rate are going very quickly.

So what do you learn at the Zero to DBA sessions? There are two days of presentations from the MySQL and Postgresql communities. The goal of this track was to take novices and turn them into DBAs or at least give novices a good ‘leg up’ in the world. This is a friendly crowd with lots of other non-database sessions and many great non-tech social functions.

The Proper Care and
Feeding of MySQL for the
Busy Linux Admin
Dave Stokes

The MySQL Ecosystem
Colin Charles

Binary Log Management
Made Easy With MySQL
Charles Bell

Scaling MariaDB and MySQL
Max Mether

To Shard or Not To Shard
Peter Zaitsev

Nulls Make Things Easier?
Bruce Momjian

MariaDB/MySQL Security
Colin Charles


Common Table Expressions
Richard Hipp

Practical MySQL
Performance Optimization
Peter Zaitsev

MySQL Workbench
Dave Stokes

DFW Unix User Group – MySQL Workbench January 8th

MySQL Workbench will be the subject of the January 8th presentation of the DFW Unix User Group. Pizza before the meeting at 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.

MySQL Workbench Performance Dashboard

Joomla! World, PHP[World], and Live360

Joomla! and MySQL — Slightly Different Paths to the Same Target will be the subject of my presentation at Joomla! World and it will be the Sunday morning keynote. Then I fly to Washington, D.C. for the first ever PHP[World] where I hold a SQL for PHP Developers workshop and have a session on MySQL 5.7! And then I am off to Oralndo for Live 360 megaconference to show off MySQL to a very large gathering of Windows developers.


Fossetcon starts today and the schedule features lots of MySQL Content. I have a MySQL Query Tuning for The Squeemish presentation after lunch. On Friday, MySQL is sponsoring breakfast and Ligaya Turmelle is presenting MySQL Server Performance Tuning. On Saturday I am also presenting on MySQL’s NoSQL Interface — Best of Both Worlds.

If you are in Orlando for the show, drop by Booth 202 and say hello.