Now that it's Friday, I can finally come up for air and say that both the MySQL and Percona Conferences (which I wrote about earlier) surpassed my expectations. Having the two going on semi-concurrently worked out pretty well. At no time did I find myself without at least two sessions I wanted to see. Often times I had to really cut lunch short to make sure I didn't miss anything.
Other MySQL Conference veterans I asked has very similar responses.
There's a ton of other stuff to digest, and I hope to write up some thoughts in the coming days and weeks.
As usual, a big part of the conference for me was being able to meet up with people I don't see often or who I've never met face to face. Meeting up with people solving similar problems at places like Facebook, Google, Mixi, and other high-traffic sites is invaluable.
Being able get a good sense of what new storage engines are out there and how modern hardware is changing database systems (SSDs, multi-core servers) proved to be very educational in ways I didn't expect.
All the politics and posturing around the Oracle/Sun buyout weren't as significant as I'd expected. People really wanted to get down to business and technology.
I enjoyed giving my talks and answering questions about problems that we have and haven't solved yet at Craigslist.
I'm heading over to Drizzle Devloper Day in a couple hours.
Posted by jzawodn at April 24, 2009 07:30 AM