MySQL Central @ Oracle Open World Wrap Up

October 30, 2015

MySQL Central @ Oracle Open World 2015 is over. For the MySQL Community Team the event feels like juggling running chainsaws while riding a unicycle on top of a surfboard that is plunging down the face of a monster North Shore typhoon driven wave. For those who have never attended Open World, it is an extra 50,000+ bodies in downtown San Franciso and Moscone Center, the site for the event, hums with people for a week. Add in an Elton John/Beck concert on Wednesday night for a full nights entertainment. Plus the week before this overwhelming event, MySQL 5.7 was made generally available which added yet another level of excitement this year.

So what did you miss?

Sadly Moscone Center was being remodeled during OOW this year and we lost about fifteen percent of the meeting space. For some of the bigger products in the Oracle portfolio, this was a major inconvenience. For MySQL, it meant that roughly a dozen or more sessions were off the slate. Ouch! The keynote was in the afternoon which was a bit anticlimactic as some of the ‘news’ was in earlier sessions. But the session we had were all amazing, most of them being packed, leaving many to stand at the back of the room.

There were many simply amazing sessions and you have probably already seen links to the talks on the Oracle Open World site or on Planet. Besides 5.7 and a new Enterprise Manager, there were sessions on MySQL Router and Group Replication plus deep dives into generated columns. Pinterest announced many of their MySQL tools are open source.

Best title for a session? Bill Karwin’s InnoDB Locking Explained with Stick Figures and the session grew an audience of old MySQL hands and novices, even if it was the last session of the last day.

For many the highlight was seeing old friends at the Community Reception. This event was open to the public (and will be again next year, mark your calendar!) and many familiar faces appeared. The highlight was former MySQL AB CEO Marin Mikos and Rich Mason, SVP and General Manager of the MySQL GBU, cutting a cake to celebrate MySQL’s 20th anniversary.

Cake Cutting

Richard Mason and Martin Mikos cut the MySQL 20th Anniversary cake at the 2015 MySQL Community Reception

Many attendees took the time to quiz MySQL Engineers on the finer points of their products. And MySQL staff had the chance to learn from customers like, Live Nation, Pinterest, Yahoo, and others. Several attendees were especially impressed with how Ticketmaster gets tickets into the hands of their customers. Take a look at the nearby illustration of their servers to get a glimpse of what it takes to sell 20,000 tickets in under a minute.


So how do you sell 20,000 tickets to a fight in under a minute. Just follow this simple diagram (and work really, really hard)

In a few days I will post links to the various talks. Please check back after I have time to recover and find the links.

We will be back at Jillian’s on Tuesday next year so mark it on your calendar and help us celebrate MySQL turning 21.

MySQL Community Reception 2015

October 28, 2015

Cake Cutting

Richard Mason and Martin Mikos cut the MySQL 20th Anniversary cake at the 2015 MySQL Community Reception

The annual MySQL Community Reception brought over one hundred and seventy members of the MySQL Community Together for a night of friendship, nostalgia, and entertainment. As in 2014, the event was held at Jillian’s on the Tuesday Night of Oracle Open World. I was working the door making sure those attending got their wrists bands that ensured the free food and drink were available to the holders. The event was open to all and not just OOW attendees.

It was great to many old faces. Martin Mikos, MySQL’s first CEO, joined us in celebrating the twentieth anniversary of MySQL. He later cut a cake with Rich Mason who now heads MySQL. There were too many others to name all but look through the pics in this post and you will see many folks from the MySQL Community from past, present, and future.




Rick James

Rick James MySQL Forums Racontour


Ligaya Turmelle of MySQL Support


The cake

Martin Mikos, Rich Mason, and Andrew Rist

Martin Mikos, Rich Mason, and Andrew Rist

Lots of food, discussion, and an an open bar

Lots of food, discussion, and an an open bar


Next year we will be back at Jillian’s on Tuesday night and I hope to see you there.

MySQL Sessions @ Oracle OpenWorld

October 20, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld can be pretty intimidating. Besides the extra fifty thousand bodies in an around Moscone Center in San Francisco, there is an overload of amazing information that bombards you from all directions. And then comes the really hard decision of which sessions to attend. This year MySQL has three rooms being used for sessions.

The Catalog of sessions shows over 1800 session and MySQL is the subject of fifty three of those. The problem is that you can not be in three places at once!

For example on Monday morning there are two tutorials and a great session at the same time.

  • MySQL Essentials—Getting Started with MySQL [TUT2356]
    Ligaya Isler-turmelle, Principle Technical Support Engineer, Oracle
    Jeremy Smyth, Course/Curriculum Developer, Oracle
    Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone South—254

  • MySQL Replication Tips and Tricks [TUT5467]
    Joao Gramacho, Software Developer, Oracle
    Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone South—250

  • Architecture and Design for MySQL-Powered Applications [CON5041]
    Peter Zaitsev, CEO, Percona Inc
    Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone South—262

Another example?

  • MySQL Server Performance Tuning 101 [CON2353]
    Ligaya Isler-turmelle, Principle Technical Support Engineer, Oracle
    Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone South—262

  • Yahoo Case Study: MySQL GTIDs and Parallel or Multithreaded Replication [CON5409]
    Yashada Jadhav, MySQL DBA, Yahoo
    Stacy Yuan, Sr. MySQL DBA, Yahoo
    Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone South—250

  • Feed Your Streams: Zendesk’s Maxwell Generates Kafka Event Stream from MySQL Binlogs [CON3340]
    Ben Osheroff, Principle Engineer,

If you are a first time attendee, make sure you arrive early for your desired sessions. Rooms fill very quickly and some talks will be standing room only. And there are some talks where you may not get in so have a secondary target. Take advantage of the Session Builder software and plan strategically.

And be sure to RSVP for the community reception Tuesday night and avoid the signup lines.

Beta Test MySQL SWAG

September 11, 2015

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.

Texas Linuxfest and MySQL’s No SQL

August 20, 2015

The Texas Linxufest is Friday and Saturday in San Marcos, Texas. Come hear me speak about MySQL’s NoSQL on Saturday and get a MySQL plush dolphin . Drop by the booth for MySQL SWAG and to see MySQL 5.7.8-rc!

Sakila Toy Dolphin

Plush Sakila MySQL mascot toy

Chicago — MySQL Meetup & PhpTek

May 14, 2015

I will be in Chicago next week talking about MySQL Replication with GTUDs at the Chicago MySQL Meetup and at PHPTek! MySQL is the Training Sponsor for PHPTek for the second year. If you are in the area, please say ‘Hi!’

Zero to DBA Track at SELF

May 6, 2015

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


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