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!

Description:
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.
Schedule:

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

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

LOCATION
Galvanize
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.


Storage Engine Vendor Meeting

April 30, 2017

It was my good fortune to host a Storage Engine Vendor Meeting this past week. With very short notice, we had representatives from several companies who graciously arose early during the Percona Live conference. This was an opportunity to touch base with these vendors and put faces with names in a few cases. Several MySQL engineers were on hand to answer specific questions and those of us from MySQL received updates from the vendors. The MySQL Community is very fortunate to have so many talented folks contributing to it from these vendors.


Southern California Linux Expo’s MySQL Track

February 27, 2017

The Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) returns to Pasadena, California this week. This event is the largest event of its type in the US and will attract north of three thousand attendees. It attracts the best speakers from around the plant and the expo hall has exhibitors you will rarely see at other events. It is part Woodstock, part post-grad class in computer science, and 100% entertaining. The full pass is $75, unless you mention the “SPEAK” discount code to gt 50% off.

And for the fifth or sixth year, MySQL will be sponsoring the MySQL Track on Friday March 13th in Room 103.

  • MySQL 8
    10:00am
    Dave Stokes

  • Best Practices for MySQL High Availability in 2017
    11:30
    Colin Charles

  • Cassandra Eye for the MySQL Guy
    13:30
    Solomon Chang

  • MySQL vs MongoDB – Choosing right technology for your application
    14:30
    Peter Zaitsev

  • Using Hierarchical Data in MySQL, Trees vs Nests
    16:00
    Phillip Waclawski

And drop by the MySQL booth and say ‘hi’. And Saturday morning I will be part of the SCaLE 101 panel to help those who are first time attendees get the most out of the show.


Upcoming Talks

January 12, 2017

2016 was a very busy year and 2017 looks to be a continuation. First up for me is Sunshine PHP where I will be presenting on MySQL’s JSON Data Type and Document Store and oddly enough I presented on JSON last year and have had to update my slides several times. So many new features to JSON and then the new X Devapi information have kept me on my toes. See you in Miami February 2-4th.

LeFred will be running the MySQL dev room at Fosdem the same weekend. Fosdem is an intense, vibrant, and amazing event in Brussels. Also make sure to get your tickets to the community dinner.

The Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group will have its annual training days with a good amount of MySQL session including mine on MySQL 8.

I have been invited to speak at the Linux Foundation’s Leadership Summit in Lake Tahoe on Valentine’s day.

And then in March, MySQL will be a track sponsor at the Southern California Linux Expo.

Plus look for news on Oracle Code is a free event for developers to learn about the latest developer technologies, practices, and trends. Schedule TBD.


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.