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Thoughts on Java Report November 2017: Even More Conferences and 1 Year Anniversary

It has been 2 busy months since the last Thoughts on Java Report. During that time, I celebrated my 1 year anniversary of becoming a freelancer, the Thoughts on Java YouTube channel reached 2000 subscribers, and I spoke at 6 events in 3 different countries. I had a great time

In total, I gave a 2-day workshop, 3 1-day workshops, and 4 regular conference talks. It was a lot of fun, and the questions and discussions that I had at the conferences provided great inspiration for new blog posts and videos.

But it’s also good to be home and to stay here for a few weeks. The conferences required a lot of time and energy. Due to this, I’m behind my schedule for …

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1 Year Anniversary – Working as a Freelancer


Yesterday, 1 October 2017, was my 1 year anniversary of quitting my day job and starting as an independent trainer and consultant. To be honest, it feels like yesterday that I said goodbye to my coworkers and started to work for myself. This was the quickest, most intense, challenging, stressful and fun year I ever had in my career. Thanks to everyone who followed me on that journey, joined my Hibernate online or classroom training, got my Hibernate Tips book or said “hi” at a conference!

Looking back, it’s hard to believe what you can achieve within such a short timeframe if you follow your passion and …

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Thoughts on Java Report August 2017: Finally back on track

So far, this year had been crazy. But July provided a nice change of pace.

Within the first ~3 months, I wrote and launched the Hibernate Tips book with huge success. As of today, I sold more than 1100 books and e-books. As I’ve learned recently, that are more copies than some traditional publishers expect in the lifetime of a book. Thank you to everyone who got a copy and made this possible!

Shortly after that, I had to migrate Thoughts on Java with all the blog content and courses to a new web hosting company and platform. The company, that built and managed the platform that I used before, announced to change their overall strategy. So, I either had to leave or stay as a customer who no longer fit into the overall strategy. I decided to migrate everything to a new web hosting company. That also required me to change the underlying platform. All of that had to be …

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Why MySQL Quicksand?

Why MySQL Quicksand? Well, that’s easy enough: from experience I’ve learned that the margin between a fully functional MySQL database server and one that’s going into a grinding halt can be a very thin hairline. Getting it back to work may be a hell but it will, most of the time, be very possible to save your server.

Quicksand has the same trouble: it may appear to be quite sold, but a very small disturbance can cause a sudden decrease in viscosity and change it from solid to a liquid like substance. You will sink into it but, generally, not drown.

What will be posted here? Well not everything will be exclusively MySQL but mostly be related to it. You can expect warstories, brainstorms, reposts, links, etc.

My main goal is that whatever I post here will be useful for someone else.


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I have joined Percona

Effective April 1, I will join Percona full-time as a consultant. I’ll be helping people build high-performance applications with MySQL, but I’ll also be continuing to develop and improve tools such as Maatkit.

This career change has been a long time in progress. I’m really looking forward to it, but at the same time it’s hard to leave my current employer, The Rimm-Kaufman Group (RKG). Working with them has been the best job I’ve ever had. But ultimately, my dream job is to help as many people as I can, and consulting will be a better way to do that.

At a time like this, I like to reflect on the trail that has led here. It’s a good opportunity to realize how fortunate I really am and fill up my gratitude tank. So I’d like to thank everyone who has …

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What I?ve been doing lately

I haven't been blogging about the things I used to -- how-tos and technical hacks -- because I've been working quite hard on MySQL Toolkit and, believe it or not, innotop. I've made it possible to write innotop plugins, which have been very useful to our team at work, and I'm working on documentation. Plugins won't make it into the upcoming release; it'll just be bug fixes and documentation. These projects have taken up most of my free time.

I've also tentatively joined a group of people working on a very large, exciting, secret project which may consume the rest of my summer and/or much of the rest of the year. (I've been turning down consulting gigs and other projects because of this). If this secret project works out, I'll be writing more about it here, you can count on that.

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I?m going to the upcoming MySQL Camp

I've bought plane tickets to the upcoming MySQL Camp in November. This is looking like a very fun time, with lots of community members, MySQL employees, and Google developers attending. It's an "un-conference," which means there is no set schedule, and it's up to us to make out of the event whatever we wish it to be. If you've been reading my articles or using my tools, is there anything you'd like me to present on? I'd be happy to do it.

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