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.


Northeast PHP in Charlottetown PEI

August 4, 2016

Northeast PHP moved to Charlottetown on Price Edward Island this year to reach a new audience. Roughly one hundred developers are attending and only a handful have been to other conferences. And these developers have access to some of the best and brightest in the PHP world.

One of the amazingly great things about the PHP community is that sharing of information from all levels of developers seems to be a core component of the group. The attendees not only hear sessions on many hot topics from the experts in their subjects they are encouraged to interact — to ask questions and test their knowledge — and help each other. This is the old adage of a rising tide rising all boats. With 80% of the web based on PHP, the PHP community is doing this very, very well.

I will be presenting on the MySQL JSON Data Type and Common Database Problems. Sadly my box of swag has been delayed so those attending will have to wait for some goodies until after lunch.


MySQL 5.7 Security in Detroit

July 13, 2016

I will be speaking at the Converge Security Conference on July 14th on MySQL 5.7 security. There were many changes in 5.7 and it has been very hard to get the majority of those changes in a forty minute presentation. And is with just scratching the surface with the new encryption for InnoDB. If you are are attending please say ‘hi’!


Texas Linuxfest – MySQL Quiz for prizes

July 7, 2016

I hope to see y’all at the Texas Linxufest this weekend in Austin. If all you all are looking for some MySQL swag (push dolphins, squish dolphins, hats) you will need to answer some new MySQL quiz questions to win. And y’all all are welcome to be in room Three at 3:00PM to hear me talk on MySQL & JSON — I have had to update this presentation after several new features in MySQL 5.7.13.


A Quick Review of Percona Live 2016

April 21, 2016

Percona Live 2016 was the most impressive show in a long line of shows that started with the old MySQL Users Conference. There were a lot of old familiar faces or familiar faces grown old. During my stint as MySQL Certification Manager I usually was at the other end of the conference center / hotel complex administering exams. But this year I would be able to attend sessions, network, and see the heart of the MySQL Community.

Bill Nye

Bill Nye

From the opening keynotes featuring TV personality Bill Nye to the final drawing where I won a Bill Nye autographed book, the show was filled with information on several data stores just not MySQL. This show was more about managing data with the proper tool and not just managing data with MySQL. All the session were recorded and will be posted — have patience as it takes time to get all 195 speakers’s material formatted.

MySQLEnginnering

Meet the MySQL Engineering Team Birds of a Feather Session

The highlight of the first day was having the available MySQL engineers reveal their plans and answer questions from an audience that was universally happy with the course Oracle has set the MySQL ship on for the next several years.

Tuesday started with Tomas Ulin reiterating the the release of MySQL 5.7 and then covering many of the new software features revealed last week like the ability to use MySQL as a document store. IMG_5352

2016 featured sessions on many facets of MySQL and a great many on MongoDB, Cassandra, RocksDB, and more. I am note if the show will encompass all the open source data stores but there was enough information on many of technologies to get any journeyman level DBA started on becoming a polyglot DBA. IMG_5376 And the new 5.7.12 document store features are going to be a big game changer as MySQL become more of a universal storage tool rather than just a relational database.

And a big salute to the show organizers and the entire Percona staff for showing their commitment and love to the open source world by providing such an awesome event.


Webinar, Talks, and more in April

April 5, 2016

April is busy.

  • First I speak at LonestarPHP on Relational Theory for Budding Einsteins April 6th at 1PM.
  • Then: 5 MySQL Security Vulnerabilities and What to Do About Them
    Live Webinar: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10am ET/2pm GMT Regsiter Here
  • Collaborate is the BIG Oracle User Groups conference in Las Vegaand you can find me in the Oracle DemoPod Area or at my talk on MySQL Certification.
  • Percona Live Data Performance Conference
  • Linuxfest Northwest where I will be speaking on the MySQL JSON Data Type and The Proper Care and Feeding of a MySQL Database for Linux Admins.
  • And finally it is MySQL Innovation Day
  • And I was interviewed By Cloudways.


MySQL and JSON at Great Wide Open

March 15, 2016

I will be speaking in Atlanta this week at the Great Wide Open conference. This is a fantastic multi-track conference but I hope you bought your tickets as Thursday is sold out and Wednesday about to be.

I will be speaking on the new JSON Data Type in MySQL 5.7 and Percon’s Peter Zaitsev will be speaking on Running MySQL on Linux. Please drop by the MySQL booth for some great swag (MySQL baseball hats, Boogiebots, and more).