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.
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
- Best Practices for MySQL High Availability in 2017
- Cassandra Eye for the MySQL Guy
- MySQL vs MongoDB – Choosing right technology for your application
- Using Hierarchical Data in MySQL, Trees vs Nests
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.
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.
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 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.
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’!
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.