2018 Events – February to April

January 12, 2018

2017 Was a very busy year for me (the two dozen events on the sidebar do not include a few user group and Meetups where I spoke) and 2018 is ramping up.

First up is FOSDEM.  FOSDEM is a free event in Brussels that i can best describe as organized chaos or chaotic organization.  The MySQL & Friends Dev Room is organized by the amazing LeFred.  This day will include some of the best technical talks on MySQL that from their short summaries given to us on the paper review committee (very honored to be on that committee) on MySQL related topics EVER!!  We had a dozen or so speaking slots and four dozen A-level talks out of sixty some submissions.  I could do a very successful conference with the talks not chosen. But look at the ones that where picked.  There is also a dinner and a free day with the MySQL Engineers.

Then it is off to SunshinePHP in Miami which attracts the top PHP folks to a warm Florida.  And the next weekend is PHP UK. MySQL is proud to sponsor these excellent events

Then I will head to San Diego to talk to the San Diego User Group, details to follow.

And once again the Southern California Linux Expo will feature a MySQL track where I will be speaking on MySQL Without the SQL — Oh My!

I will be teaching an Intro to Database course for ChickTech Austin (more later) and then back a month later for Longhorn PHP (a replacement for the departed Lonestar PHP).  So fellow Texans, watch out for me heading down I35.!

But between trips to Austin is a trip to YorkshirePHP where MySQL is proud to sponsor this second year event in the charming town of York.

April finishes, for me at least, with the Percona Live conference and then the amazing Linxufest Northwest.  Both are amazing shows.  The Santa Clara show has evolved from the Old MySQL User Conference to a multi database show.  LFNW is a few thousand folks at a small college in Bellignham Washington that is almost as bustling as FOSDEM, filled with great talks and a packed expo hall.

Nine events in three months is a lot of time in airplane seats for me but I hope to see you at these events.  All the above are worth your effort to attend if you can.  And if would like the MySQL Community Team to appear and/or sponsor your event, please contact me.



Confoo Vancouver

December 3, 2017

Confoo Vancouver is December 4-6th and I will be speaking on Why Your Database Queries Stink and MySQL Replication — From Simple to Group Replication. This is a very dynamic event and you still have a little time to buy tickets.


September 25, 2017

MySQL is proud to again sponsor SwanseaCon and I will be speaking on making MySQL Agile-ish. Recent advancements in MySQL such as the JSON data type and the document store help developers who need schema less data. With last week’s announcement of the MySQL 8 release candidate, atomic Data Description Language (DDL) changes will help bring more agility to projects using MySQL.

If you are in Swansea, I hope to see you at Liberty Stadium and please visit the MySQL booth!

NYC MySQL Innovation Day October 10th

September 15, 2017

You’re Invited to Oracle MySQL Innovation Day!

Join us to hear directly from MySQL’s lead engineers about MySQL’s latest advances and road map, which were developed with two goals in mind: to help you solve real-world challenges and innovate to get ahead.

You’ll get a view of our strategic direction,into specific capabilities, their use cases, and benefits in our interactive sessions.

Register for this no-cost event to:
Learn about MySQL’s advances and what’s ahead from Oracle MySQL’s leading engineers.
Discover new solutions and ways to sharpen your competitive edge.
Ask questions and engage in discussions with MySQL experts.
We look forward to seeing you there! Register Here!

Oracle MySQL Innovation Day
New York, NY
October, 10, 2017
8:00am – 4:00pm EST
Convene Conference Center
32 Old Slip
New York, NY10005

8:00am – 9:00am

Registration & Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am

Keynote: MySQL | State of the Dolphin
Tomas Ulin, Vice President MySQL Engineering
9:15am – 10:00am

MySQL 8.0: What’s New
Morgan Tocker, MySQL Senior Product Manager
10:00am – 10:45am

MySQL 8.0: CTEs & Window Functions
Manyi Lu, Director Software Development MySQL Optimizer Team

10:45am – 11:00am
Morning Break
11:00am – 11:45am

Developing Next Generation Applications for Web & Mobile
Morgan Tocker, MySQL Senior Product Manager

11:45am – 12:30pm
MySQL Enterprise Security
Mike Frank, MySQL Product Management Director

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:15pm
MySQL Replication
Luis Soares, Principal Software Engineer

2:15pm – 3:00pm
MySQL InnoDB Cluster
Matt Lord, MySQL Senior Product Manager

3:00pm – 3:45pm
MySQL Performance Tuning
Manyi Lu, Director Software Development MySQL Optimizer Team

Northeast PHP

August 4, 2017

Next week Northeast PHP returns to Price Edward Island and Charltottetown. Last year this event moved from Cambridge to Canada and found a wonderful audience. This year the conference is back and bigger than ever. And the local government is extremely supportive and had provided the organizers with a grant to help this year.

I will be presenting on Basic PHP Database Programming and Getting JSON Data in and Out of MySQL. Tickets are still available and there is a student discount.

Phoenix This Thursday

July 10, 2017

I will be speaking in Phoenix this Thursday!

MySQL introduced a native JSON data type with version 5.7. But how do you work with JSON data (even before 5.7), what are the ‘gotchas’, and how do you integrate it with other relational data. Plus see the new MySQL document store for those who do not know Structured Query Language (SQL) but still need a top quality data store.

6:30pm - 6:50pm : Meet/Greet and Bring Community Questions
6:50pm - 7:00pm : Announcements
7:00pm - 8:15pm : Presentation by Dave Stokes
8:15pm - 8:30pm : Questions

Thu, July 13, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM MST

515 East Grant Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

May and June Schedule

May 16, 2017

The months of May and June are very active in the MySQL Community. MySQL was a sponsor and had a booth at the always lively Linuxfest Northwest. 2,500 people can’t be wrong and I had several hundred great personal talks with attendees about MySQL and databases.

Thursday night the 18th I have a short talk on Nomad PHP on MySQL & JSON. This is an online PHP User Group and attracts some of the best in the PHP world (not sure how I got in there).

The always awesome PHPTek moves to Atlanta and I will present a three hour workshop on MySQL Replication 101 — Bring a laptop with Docker loaded and we will go from setting up basic master/slave replication to building a three node Group Replication cluster. This is the show on the PHP conference circuit that even log time PHP developers walk away with a skull full of new knowledge and a stack of new things to try.

Then to Charlotte to Southeast Linuxfest for three presentations. This is a fun event with a warm, friendly audience. There is a Zero to DBA track which is part of Oracle’s Diamond Sponsorship of the show. I will talk on MySQL 8, JSON Data and MySQL, and A Brief History of the Weird Side of Computing. This event has a wild set of evening activities for those who choose to partake.

Then it is off to Scotland to the UK Oracle User Group where I will be speaking on JSON and MySQL Best Practices.