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Questions worth asking Oracle at Percona Live …
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Oracle will be at Percona Live. This is a great news. Oracle was totally absent at last year edition. Not taking part to business event organized by competitors is a frequent Oracle Corporation behavior. Percona Live is a business event own by Percona (one of Oracle competitor) and some other Oracle competitors like SkySQL/MariaDB will [...]

Sessions at Percona Live MySQL Conference 2013: fun, competition, novelties, and a free pass
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The Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2013 is almost 1 month away. It's time to start planning, set the expectations, and decide what to attend. This post will give a roundup of some of the sessions that I recommend attending and I look forward to.

First, the unexpected!

After much talk and disbelief, here they come! Oracle (http://www.mysql.com) engineers will participate to the Percona Live conference. This is wonderful! Their participation was requested by the organizers, by the attendees, and by community advocates, who all told the Oracle management how important it is to be in this conference. Finally, they have

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North East Linux Fest and Open Database Camp - Boston, March 16-17 2013
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On Thursday, I will travel to Boston, MA, to attend the Northeast LinuxFest, which includes also an edition of the Open Database Camp. The events will be at one of my favorite places on earth: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a.k.a. the MIT. Every time I speak at an event there, I feel at home, and I look forward to be there once more.

The Open Database Camp is organized, as usual, with the formula of an un-conference, where the schedule is finalized on the spot.

There are a few ideas for sessions. I have proposed two of the topics I am most familiar with:

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Planet MySQL has a long history …
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MySQL has a long history since its birth 18 years ago when Monty Widenius and David Axmark started it. Planet MySQL started in 2004 and all its history is archived.  Let us dig in it. It is always good to look back at the past to get some lessons for the future. Here are the [...]

Enhance Your MySQL Skills with Virtual Developer Day: MySQL
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MySQL is the world’s most popular open-source database, and powers websites and applications of numerous leading and fast-growing organizations.


On March 12, we’re hosting the first Virtual Developer Day: MySQL at 9am PST to give you a one-stop shop to learn all the essential MySQL skills and the latest features in MySQL 5.6 GA. With a combination of presentations and hands-on lab experience, you’ll have the opportunity to practice in your own environment and gain more in-depth knowledge to successfully design, develop, and manage your MySQL databases.


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FOSDEM 2013
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 FOSDEM 2013

During the weekend of Feb 2-3, 2013, the 13th edition of FOSDEM (Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting) took place in Brussels, Belgium. This free event organized by volunteers brought together more than 7000 attendees from the open source community, which was much more than expected. It was located in the ULB Campus in several buildings covering about 488 sessions with a mix of keynotes, lightning talks, exams and developer rooms talks.

Both days were very busy on both places - MySQL stand and on Sunday also at MySQL & Friends developer room. We shared time on the stand with Lars Thalmann, Sveta Smirnova and Luis Soares - all had also very nice presentations at MySQL & Friends Developer room on Sunday, Feb 3rd. All 16 MySQL & Friends devroom sessions and its slides are or will be available at


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Helsinki MySQL User Group: Lari Pulkkinen shares experiences with adopting SSD
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The next Helsinki MySQL User Group is set for Tuesday, February 19. Lari Pulkkinen from Arbitron Mobile will talk about their project adopting SSD disks for better MySQL performance. Yes, there are benchmarks included.

Note the changed location: Oracle office in Gräsantörmä 2, Espoo. We are glad to have Oracle Finland sponsoring the user group by taking turns as meetup host. Food and sauna will be available after the talk as is customary.

More details and signup at Meetup.com.

MySQL Hall of Fame
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Friendly reminder that public nominations for MySQL Community Awards 2013 are open for another week. Please nominate persons, applications or companies/organizations that you think deserve it.

For inspiration, you may want to refresh your memory about winners from past years. They are all listed in the table below. Trivia: Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of PHP and inventor of the SQL LIMIT clause is a winner of this award.

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Call for Nominations: MySQL Community Awards 2013
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It is a new year and it's time again to start thinking of all the great people and companies that make the MySQL ecosystem so great. It is time to start thinking of this year's MySQL Community Awards.

Last year we had a record number of winners, eleven goblets were handed out! But behind the scenes things were even more exciting, there were several ties that forced the panel to do extra tie-breaking voting rounds. In one category we even had a 6-way tie! All of this just testifies to how much is happening in the MySQL world nowadays.

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Percona Live 2013 schedule released!
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I'm happy to report the release of the program schedule for the next Percona Live event, April 2013.

While you can see there are still some "TODO"s, and minor scheduling changes still to go, the overall reviewing process is complete, and the schedule is sound.

The committee has reviewed over 250 submissions in total, sessions and tutorials. It took two months to review the sessions and finalize the schedule. There were very good submissions, and it wasn't till I started building the schedule that I realized just how many.

You know the feeling: you're at a conference, and there's this time slot where you just can't make up your mind which session

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Innodb Read Only Mode
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Offers user a easy way to keep data write protected on RW and allows server to run even on RO media.
MySQL learning resources
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There are a few interesting learning resources recently created by activists in the MySQL community. I just wanted to link to them to spread the word. They are free and if you've been looking for a way to learn more about MySQL, you should have a look at these.

MySQL Marinate

This is something I haven't really seen done before (for MySQL): a virtual self study group. It is based on the idea of everyone reading the same book, and I assume Sheeri will then facilitate some commentary on what your read. Sheeri mentioned this in a blog post earlier, but yesterday I went to check the signup page and wow - there are already 117 (or 76, depending on whether you look to the left or to the right) students registered!

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MySQL December Webinars
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We'll be running 3 webinars next week and hope many of you will be able to join us:

MySQL Replication: Simplifying Scaling and HA with GTIDs

Wednesday, December 12, at 15.00 Central European Time

Join the MySQL replication developers for a deep dive into the design and implementation of Global Transaction Identifiers (GTIDs) and how they enable users to simplify MySQL scaling and HA. GTIDs are one of the most significant new replication capabilities in MySQL 5.6, making it simple to track and compare replication progress between the master and slave servers.

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MySQL 5.6: Building the Next


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Solving replication problems with Tungsten replicator
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On Monday afternoon, Neal Armitage and I will be speaking at Percona Live in London. It will be a three hours tutorial about Tungsten replicator.

The contents of this tutorial are mostly new. We have released recently a new and easier way of installing different topologies, in the shape of cookbook scripts, which are distributed with the replicator tarball.

Using this cookbook, any user can simply install multiple topologies, from the simple master/slave to all-masters, fan-in, and star.

There are recipes for showing the replication cluster, switching roles between master and a chosen slave, taking over MySQL replication, installing direct slaves with parallel replication, testing each topology, and

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Percona Live UK, Santa Clara 2013, Fosdem and other conferences
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The Winter season for conferences is catching up speed.

DOAG

As I write this the DOAG conference in Germany is happening. It is one of the biggest (or the biggest?) Oracle user group conferences outside of USA. Many of my European friends in the MySQL space are talking there. As you know I have been a big fan of Galera Cluster for MySQL for over a year now, but I was perhaps a bit of an early adopter. Lo-and-behold, I was surprised to see the DOAG related press-release from SkySQL puts the creators of Galera first in their headline: Codership, SkySQL und weitere Top-Experten rund um das Thema ‘MySQL Datenbanken” in Nürnberg

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MySQL-related events & the ecosystem
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I had an interesting conversation with Sheeri (who I’ve known for many years, so consider this friendly banter) on Twitter about my recent blog post titled: once again, a split in events.

Disclaimer/Bias Warning: For those that don’t know me, I write this as a perspective of a community member. I was the first ever Community Engineer at MySQL, followed by being a Community Relations Manager right up till I left Sun Microsystems. I now work on MariaDB which is a branch of MySQL, so naturally we are in competition for user base. But I’m writing this as a community member at large who cares about MySQL & the ecosystem.

First of, this is a focus

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Percona Live 2013: Tutorials schedule released!
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I'm pleased to announce the availability of the Tutorials Schedule for Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo, 2013.

This schedule comes as the outcome of hard work put by the reviewing committee members. Thanks! This work is much appreciated!

We got a good number of submissions. We've also reached out to prominent speakers and companies we felt would give great tutorials. All were reviewed, rated, discussed, compared; re-reviewed; some required further feedback from speakers.

Thank you to all speakers for submitting their proposals! I'm very sorry if your tutorial didn't make it through -- we have good tutorials left out -- there's only so much time in one day!

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Overwhelming response from the MySQL community in Barcelona
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Within hours of my post about meeting the MySQL community in Barcelona, we got several offers to help, and within one day, an event was created and agreed upon.

Thanks!

Today the event was posted at Evenbrite. It will take place on Tuesday, November 13th, at 7pm. It will be a one hour talk about State of the art in MySQL high availability and replication, followed by one hour of Q&A, networking, beer, and snacks.

Registration is necessary, because the seats are limited. If you want to attend, you should register as soon as possible!

MySQL community in Barcelona - Let's meet in November
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Update: With the enthusiastic responses that we have received from Barcelona, there is now an event defined at Evenbrite. If you are in Barcelona on November 13th, please register!



My company, Continuent, will have an engineering meeting in Barcelona, Spain, from November 11th to 16th.

We are meeting because, as we all work from home, we need to get in touch face-to-face at least a few times a year, and every time we try choosing a nice, inspiring place where we can both work and relax. This time, the choice went to Barcelona, which happens to be one of my favorite towns.

Now comes the community. We build software that is mainly directed to MySQL users (although we also dedicate much effort to replication to and from Oracle, Postgres,



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MySQL Conference & Expo Call for Papers - tips on submitting a great proposal
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It's the time of the year again: You have 2 more weeks to submit a great proposal to the biggest and baddest MySQL Conference: Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2013 (Santa Clara). Like many things in the MySQL community, this conference has also gone through a transformation over the past 3 years. But last year the growing pains and uncertainty ended with Percona putting up a great show. Attendance was up again (over 1000) and there was a sense of energy and excitement for the future of MySQL. If you are like me and like to dwell in nostalgia (so that you can get into the right mood for submitting great proposals) my coverage of last year's conference is found here: part 1,

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HERMES Medical Solutions Helps Save Lives with MySQL
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HERMES Medical Solutions was established in 1976 in Stockholm, Sweden, and is a leading innovator in medical imaging hardware/software products for health care facilities worldwide. HERMES delivers a plethora of different medical imaging solutions to optimize hospital

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MariaDB/MySQL Tokyo Meetup #1
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If you’re interested in MariaDB & MySQL and happen to be in Tokyo, do drop by the first ever MariaDB/MySQL Tokyo Meetup #1.

It happens October 16 2012, from 18.00-20.00. It is graciously hosted at K.K.Ashisuto (HQ) Salon Space (2nd floor). We have maps in Japanese and English.

See you there!

Simon Phipps explains the truth behind the missing test cases
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Simon Phipps, who's Computer World UK blog isn't aggregated on Planet MySQL, has a blog post which reveals the truth behind the missing MySQL test cases that many of us commented on some time ago (including myself). You can read Simon's blog post here.

As you remember, there were various things that happened (or rather ceased to happen) during the Summer which led to people complaining that Oracle's MySQL is closing down. As a result of the uproar, source code trees at Launchpad were immediately refreshed. Otoh, there was never any public explanation why test cases for new bug fixes are withheld.

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MySQL Connect and OurSQL Interview
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In the latest episode of our "Meet The MySQL Experts" podcast, I had the pleasure of being able to interview the hosts of the OurSQL podcast, Sheeri Cabral of Mozilla and Gerry Narvaja of Tokutek, about the upcoming MySQL Connect Conference.  Enjoy the podcast !

MySQL Connect Blog posts:



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MySQL Connect in 4 Days - Sessions From Users and Customers
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Let’s review today the conference sessions where users and customers will describe their use of MySQL as well as best practices.

Remember you can plan your schedule with Schedule

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MySQL Connect in Only 5 Days – Some Fun Stuff!
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We’ve recently blogged about the various MySQL Connect sessions focused on MySQL Cluster, InnoDB,

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My speaking engagements - Q4 2012
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After a long pause in the speaking game, I am back.

It's since April that I haven't been on stage, and it is now time to resume my public duties.

  • I will speak at MySQL Connect in San Francisco, just at the start of Oracle Open World, with a talk on MySQL High Availability: Power and Usability. It is about the cool technology that is keeping me busy here at Continuent, which can make life really easy for DBAs. This talk will be a demo fest. If you are attending MySQL Connect, you should see it!
  • A happy return for me. On October 27th I will talk about open source databases and the pleasures of command line operations at
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New strength for Continuent
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It is public news now that Continuent has three new hires. I am particularly pleased with the news, as we are improving the team in three different directions:
  • Services and management, with Ronald Bradford, with whom we have crossed paths several times, first in the MySQL community activities, then as colleagues at MySQL AB, and again in community cyberspace.
  • Development, with Ludovic Launer, a senior developer with a long experience in development and software architecture. This is an excellent injection of new blood for our development team.
  • Sales, with Robert Noyes, who has worked in enterprise sales for 25 years, and comes at the right moment to reinforce our business in the moment of its biggest growth that I have seen since I joined the company.
Welcome to our new colleagues!
MySQL: Best of Breed Database
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Oracle offers best of breed technology at every layer of the stack, from servers and storage to applications.

Discover why MySQL is a best of breed database solution for:

  • Web-based applications, including the next generation of highly demanding web, cloud, mobile and social application
  • Distributed applications requiring a powerful and reliable embedded database
  • Custom and departmental enterprise applications on Windows and other platforms

Check out our Resource Center to get access to white papers and other resources.

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State of the MySQL forks - conclusions
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I promised to still post some general comments about the MySQL ecosystem, to conclude my outlook of State of the MySQL forks and Drizzle. I will do this now in the form of answering questions I got in the comments, twitter and some that I make up just myself.

Oracle has not stopped updating bzr trees

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