MySQL Group Replication July 7th at DFW Unix User Group

June 20, 2018

I will be speaking at the Dallas Fort Worth Unix User Group meeting July 7th MySQL Group Replication. Some folks asked for a reminder well beforehand especially with the upcoming US Holiday weekend, so here it is.

The meeting location is the IBM Innovation Center at 1177 South Beltline Road, in Coppell, just south of the Airline Drive traffic light. And just west of North Lake. Pizza at 6:45 and me at 7:00PM.
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Top Ten Thanks!

June 19, 2018


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Percona Live Santa Clara 2018

April 27, 2018

Whew! For those of you who missed the Percona Live show this week you really picked a bad time to miss a show. The big news was the release of MySQL 8.0.11 as Generally Available and the reviews have been excellent. Actually it was marked GA just before the show on Thursday. The response has been good and downloads are at a record pace!!

Okay Dave, but what about the non 8.0.11 stuff? Well, the biggest news, at least to me, was GraalVM, that will provide the ability to write stored procedures in multiple languages with a JIT compiler AND you can easily DEBUG the code. It used to be that MySQL databases did not house a lot of business logic compared to other databases. But with the changes in triggers in 5.7 and now GraalVM those days may be over.


MySQL was proud to sponsor the opening reception and MySQL Cmmunity Awards Reception

ProxySQL is getting richer with features. Vitesse is on my ‘need to get this learned when I get off the road’ category after hearing more about it. And Kubernetes seems to be running everything but the kitchen sink. Catch the slides for all session on the Percona Live site as there is a lot of great info there. Top recommendation is the Amazing Bill Kwarwin’s deck on How to Use JSON in MySQL Wrong.

The show was shorter by one day but was very with with many tracks. Many commented that the feeling was more like the European counterpart. And bittersweet was the announcement that Percona Live will not be back to Santa Clara next year — but the rumor I heard was that it will be in a city with In-and-Out burgers which will keep several MySQL Engineering Team members.

And I am off to the Pacific Northwest to their Linuxfest in Bellingham this weekend — lots of great swag, MySQL 8 info, and more if you can attend.

Longhorn PHP, Percona Live, and Pacific Northwest Linuxfest

April 18, 2018

Three big shows back to back to back these next ten days! I have not even fully unpack from the exciting PHP Yorkshire conference before heading down to Austin for Longhorn PHP where I sill; be speaking on the MySQL Document Store. be sure to stop by the booth to learn more about MySQL 8 and grab some swag!.

Then comes Percona Live where Fred DesCamps, Le Fred, and I will be filling in for some engineers who can not make the trip to Santa Clara! We will be speaking on the MySQL Document Store. If you can not make the show do try to make the annual MySQL Community Dinner at Pedro’s.

And then it is off to the very exciting LinuxFest Northwest where I will join 2,000+ opensource fans. I will be speaking on Database Programming Basics or Why Your Database Queries Stink!!!, Presentation Skills for Open Source Folks, and MySQL 8 — A New Beginning. And visit me in the booth, learn about MYSQL 8, and get your swag.

Yorkshire PHP & MySQL Innovation Days

April 12, 2018

PHP Yorkshire is April 13th and 14th in the wonderful city of York.  MySQL is proud to again sponsor this exciting conference and please stop by the MySQL booth and see if you can EARN a MySQL Plush Dolphin to go along with the very nice PHP elephant created by the organizers.

Live in Boston, Minneapolis, or the San Francisco area? Well, MySQL Innovation Days will be held in these three cities.

Register for these no-cost events:

April 27th, Redwood Shores, CA
May 1st, Minneapolis, MN
May 3rd, Boston, MA

There will be many topics covered but the highlights will be:

  • MySQL 8.0 for developing modern web and mobile applications
  • MySQL High Availability strategies using replication and MySQL InnoDB Cluster
  • MySQL Enterprise Security best practices
  • MySQL Performance Tuning tips



The Zero to DBA Hero Track at SELF is now TWO DAYS!

April 6, 2018

The Southeast Linuxfest is expanding Zero to DBA Hero track to two days for 2018. This is a big step for the show that is celebrating its tenth anniversary. I can not announce the subjects of the talks or the names of the presenters until the organizers have everything confirmed (and the call for papers is open until April 20th) but I hope to see you June 8-10, 2018 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. SELF Logo
This is a great event and the Zero to DBA Hero track is a great way to learn more about data and databases!Zer

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.

All Things Open to Zendcon next week

October 19, 2017

The week of the 23rd of October has two of my favorite shows and sadly, for me, they are at the same time on opposite sides of the country.

All Things Open has grown from a small show in Raleigh to a mega show with thousands of attendees.  It has an exciting and vibrant audience like the old OSCON shows had (but lost) and several tracks crammed with interesting sessions. This is a multi discipline show and there are always talks on new subjects that worth attending plus the latest on long time open source projects.  MySQL has sponsored this event since the beginning and continues this year.  Look for Andrew Rist in the MySQL booth.

I will be in Las Vegas for Zendcon and MySQL is also returning as a sponsor. This is a PHP centric show and has many sessions on the Zend Framework, other Rogue Wave products, and many PHP subjects. But is is just another PHP conference? No, it has a lot of heavy duty, in depth deep dives into what I would like to call industrial strength PHP development. This show has a lot of solid session for professional software developers. This is not he usual Vegas show with smoky passages and jarring slot machine noise and well worth the trip even if you are not a Viva Las Vegas type.


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!