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26 Apr

IOUG MySQL Council, Collaborate and MySQL CE

I’ve had a week to think about and listen to the varying feedback around the O’Reilly MySQL and Collaborate conferences. There are many good points in the conversation I’ve been listening to. In particular, Baron Schwarz reminds everyone that the O’Reilly Conference brings together a unique cohort once a year that everyone looks forward to. He’s right. We have a fantastic community and an incredible density at that conference. But, the event doesn’t make the community.

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13 Apr

Remote DBA for Drizzle

This morning at the MySQL User Conference and Expo, we’re excited to be included in Brian Aker’s keynote “The State of Drizzle” as one of the first organization to offer support for Drizzle now that it has reached GA with the release of Drizzle 7.  Brian Aker is the CTO of Data Differential and is the lead developer for the Drizzle Project.
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11 Apr

Blue Gecko at the 2011 MySQL Conference

Hello to those of you who are in Santa Clara!  Patrick Galbraith and I will be here this week, speaking and glad handing.  You can find us both in the Attendee Directory and identify either or both of us as someone you’d like to meet.

Patrick’s Sessions are:

5:15pm Wednesday – Perl programming with MySQL and Drizzle
11:55am Thursday – Narada: using Gearman, Sphinx, Memcached, Drizzle and PHP to build a search application

I’ll be speaking in Wednesday night’s Ignite MySQLconf and at:

10:50am Thursday – MySQL replication – all data everywhere, is it a good idea?

And, I believe we’ll both be at the MySQL Community Dinner tonight.  I’m looking forward to seeing many familiar and lots of new faces.  I’ll even have my recorder with me to capture sound bites for the OurSQL podcast.  See you at Pedro’s!

4 Apr

MySQL Council activities and presence at Collaborate and MySQL Conference

In the land of the MySQL council,  the IOUG has created a survey asking for community feedback on the future of the council and the IOUG’s programming for MySQL.  This is an excellent opportunity for us to shape how the largest independent user group supporting Oracle technologies helps our community grow and work with Oracle going forward.

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8 Mar

IOUG’s MySQL Council statement on public bug database uses

Being a MySQL Council member is something that takes up some of my time, but what I get in return is to help the community address issues in with Oracle when there is a lack of communication or understanding.

The council drafted a statement late last week after Mark Callaghan’s post “Where have all the bugs gone?” and has reached out to leaders in the Oracle support organization to draw attention to community concerns and drawbacks that we hope haven’t been previously considered.  More information as we have it.

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25 Feb

Ninja tricks in top!

One of our senior MySQL DBAs, Mike Hamrick, wasn’t feeling well this week and so stayed home from the office.  Instead of actually resting, produced this video about reading top output!  I leave it to you all to watch and learn from our local tool tip pro.

And, feel better Mike!

15 Feb

OurSQL update and recording day!

The OurSQL podcasts will eventually make it into the Blue Gecko blog.  But, in the mean time, I’d like to summarize what Sheeri Cabral and I have been getting up to.  As I mentioned in the OurSQL revival post we are working to bring you a podcast every week about something technical or community related.  Since mid-December, we’ve recorded and published eight podcasts. Read the full article…

29 Jan

Notes from International Oracle Usergroup Community Summit

Monday through Wednesday this week Oracle hosted nearly 200 community leaders from across the globe to talk about their communities, the products and interactions with Oracle. This year was the first year the communities from Oracle’s Sun acquisition were included.

I was traveling with the well connected IOUG [Independent Oracle Users Group] and representing the MySQL Council. In this capacity, I had the opportunity to speak with Luke Kowalski – VP, Corporate Architecture Group; Roseanne Park – Senior Director, Customer Support, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Oracle VM and MySQL about MySQL and what the Oracle acquisition means for the product and the community. It was reassuring to hear a consistent message that MySQL brings Oracle a new market segment. Everyone I spoke with was excited about the addition to the product portfolio and the opportunities that MySQL offers Oracle.

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25 Jan

2011 MySQL community dinner (west) at the O’Reilly MySQL Conference

This year’s facts:
What: MySQL community dinner (west)
Who: me, you, and many MySQL community members
When: Monday, April 11th – Meet at 6:30 at the Hyatt Santa Clara or at 7 pm at the restaurant
Where: Pedro’s Restaurant and Cantina – 3935 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara, CA 95054
How: Please RSVP and share this invitation with the community. Read the full article…

19 Jan

IOUG’s MySQL Council

I’m super excited to point all of our readers to the IOUG press release announcing the formation of the MySQL Council.

January 13, 2011 – The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), a community of more than 20,000 international database and technology professionals representing large, medium and small businesses, government agencies and educational institutions, today announced the formation of the MySQL Council..

I additionally have the privilege of leading this council in it’s first year and helping the MySQL community engage with the IOUG putting to use the relationship and history that the IOUG has with Oracle to help MySQL maintain and grow our community. Read the full article…