MySQL Conference and Camp Timings

As many of us know, the 5th annual MySQL Conference and Expo is happening April 20-23rd, 2009 in Santa Clara, California. The theme is Innovation Everywhere, and this year the conference organizers have taken an innovative page from OSCon and decided to host a free “camp” during the conference.

As far as I know, MySQL Camp is the only free, non-commercial programming occurring. We already have a fantastic lineup of speakers and last week I was surprised with another bounty — MySQL Camp has been extended to Thursday!

While you are making your travel and lodging arrangements, remember that on Sunday April 19th on the mezzanine of the conference hotel there will be a Games Day from 12 noon – 12 midnight. Stop by, play a game (bring your own if you want), or just watch. Find a dinner buddy, meet up with old friends or just start meeting new people before the conference starts on Monday. If you want to find me, I will be the one who’s trying to knit and play a game at the same time.

The speakers and MySQL Camp sessions are listed at If that’s too long to remember, is a custom alias that goes there.

I am excited to be running MySQL Camp, but I will not be spending the entire time at Camp — I am speaking at the conference as well! I will be presenting:

Together with Patrick Galbraith – a Monday tutorial, “Understanding How MySQL Works by Understanding Metadata”. The description we wrote sums it up best: “You don’t have to read source code — understanding how MySQL works can be achieved through the system data. Learn a wide range of topics in this 3-hour tutorial, and leave armed with tons of knowledge about how MySQL 5.0, 5.1 and 6.0 work. You will take home a healthy understanding of performance tuning, storage engines, replication and many tips and tricks to help you be a better DBA.”

On Tuesday, April 21st at 11:55 am, Laine Campbell and I will present “Agile Environments and DBAs”, which is a summary of the tips and tricks we have learned on how to be a good DBA in an Agile environment, where frequent code changes often require frequent schema and data changes.

And finally, on Wednesday April 22nd I will present “Connect and Replicate Securely: How to Use MySQL with SSL”. This session will show you how to set up SSL connectivity with MySQL, and how to use an encrypted connection, including how to replicate using an encrypted connection.

Feel free to comment with any feedback; and if you see me at the MySQL Conference or MySQL Camp, say “hi”, sit down at the lunch table with me, and give me your opinions in person.

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