MySQL Camp Details and Restaurant list!

As folks are making their plans to go to the MySQL User Conference, I just wanted to remind folks of the schedule of MySQL Camp.

One feature I put together for MySQL Camp but anyone can use is a restaurant list for the hotel area. There’s very little within walking distance, but many people will be local or will rent a car, so finding someone to drive with should not be a problem. The restaurant list is on the MySQL Forge Wiki at — updates are welcome!

About MySQL Camp: MySQL Camp is completely free, just walk on in and enjoy the sessions. All sessions are in the Bayshore room off the Mezzanine, and there will be signs directing you to the MySQL Camp room. I describe it as being like “an additional room for the MySQL Conference, but it’s free.” It also has some of the more technical, hands-on talks that did not make it to the conference.

Sunday, April 19th, 2009 from 12 noon until 12 midnight will be an informal gathering on the Mezzanine of the Hyatt (the conference hotel). We will have some fun, I will bring decks of playing cards and games that do not require a good grasp of English, as we are an international crowd. Bring yourself, your games, and maybe even your crafty things — I will probably be knitting or playing shorter games so I can meet people. Often folks want to meet old friends or new people, so whether this is your first conference or you’re a seasoned veteran, stop by! The Mezzanine is hard to miss, it is visible from the hotel lobby.

On Monday, April 20th from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon Mark Callaghan (Google) will be leading a hackfest. If you are not attending any tutorials this is a great opportunity to participate (or just listen and watch) in changing MySQL.

From 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm there will be an “Ask a Guru” session. Several well-known MySQL gurus will be around to answer your questions, whether they are theoretical or practical (ie, if you want to bring your laptop, and show your actual database, that’s acceptable). This is free — do not miss this!

Monday through Thursday starting at 10:50 am we will be having sessions, on the same schedule as the regular conference sessions. You can see the full list of sessions, including their descriptions, at the MySQL Camp Wiki Page. The titles and presenters are:

  • Learning from others’ MySQL Performance Mistakes, Matt Yonkovit (Sun/MySQL, Waffle Grid, Big DBA Head)

  • Intro to XtraDB, a Scalable InnoDB-based Storage Engine, Vadim Tkachenko (Percona)

  • Grand Tour of the Information Schema and its Applications, Roland Bouman

  • Setting up MySQL on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Ronald Bradford (42SQL)

  • NBD (MySQL Cluster) performance tuning and pitfalls, Yves Trudeau (Sun/MySQL, Waffle Grid, Big DBA Head)

  • InnoDB Database Recovery Techniques, Peter Zaitsev (Percona)

  • Chasing Bottlenecks, Morgan Tocker (Sun/MySQL)

  • Running Two MySQL Instances Using One Installation, Christos Kalanzis

  • Practical Object-Oriented Models in SQL, Bill Karwin

  • Open Source for Newbies, Leslie Hawthorn (Google)

  • Top 10 MySQL Pet Peeves and How to Workaround Them, Jeremy Zawodny

  • DHT-based P2P storage engine for MySQL, Davi Arnaut (Sun)

  • 8 Rules for Designing More Secure Applications Augusto Bott & Nicklas Westerlund (The Pythian Group)

  • Test Drive MySQL 6.1, Peter Gulutzan and Konstantin Osipov (Sun/MySQL)

  • Predicting Performance with Queuing Models, David Lutz

  • Closing Keynote: The State of Open Source Databases Brian Aker (Sun)

If you are attending the conference and want to compare the sessions, the camp and conference sessions are listed together at

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