MySQL Community and User Group slides

This week I have been at the IOUC User Group Leader’s Conference, and I have met a ton of great folks who are user group leaders and made some great contacts for future speaking engagement. Follow this space to learn about calls for papers for international conferences! First up is the call for papers for the OUG Harmony conference.

The OUG is the Oracle Users Group for Finland and Latvia, in conjunction with Estonia and Russia. The Finland conference is specifically looking for MySQL content, and is May 30-31st in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Talks can be in Finnish or English, and they’re looking for good basic MySQL information.

I spoke today at the conference about the MySQL community – who it is, how it’s grown, and what the challenges are as we try to find our place under the Oracle banner. Slides are at

I have to say that I love doing slides in HTML and CSS, as I’m already very familiar with it, and I don’t have to worry about a separate Office program. I marvel at how open Mozilla is, and you too can make slides as I did, though I’d recommend changing the CSS so you can represent your company. It took me about 5 minutes to figure out how to work things, thanks to our public documentation at — which, by the way, I found by Google searching for “Mozilla slides”.

Note that anyone can develop slides on Mozilla’s site or export it yourself to work on offline…I found it handy to develop the slides right on the Mozilla type, and whenever I saved it the display version automatically updates. Pretty nifty stuff.

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