Schedule

Below are the confirmed and scheduled talks at MySQL Conference & Expo 2008 (schedule subject to change).

Monday, 04/14/2008

8:00am

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9:00am

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12:30pm

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2:00pm

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4:00pm

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5:30pm

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Monday, 04/14/2008
Location: Santa Clara Ballroom Audience level: Novice
MySQL will host a partner meeting, in conjunction with our Conference, on Monday April 14, 2008 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. As a current or prospective partner, this is a unique opportunity to learn about company goals, future directions, product roadmaps, partnership opportunities. Read more.

Tuesday, 04/15/2008

7:30am

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8:30am

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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Intermediate
Mårten Mickos (MySQL), Rich Green (Sun Microsystems, Inc)
In his annual State of MySQL keynote, Marten discusses the current and future role of MySQL in the modern online world. The presentation also covers the acquisition by Sun of MySQL, the role open source is playing for users and customers all over the planet, and what the visions for the future are. Read more.

9:05am

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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Jonathan Schwartz (Sun Microsystems)
Free software and open communities are the lifeblood of network innovation. Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz will highlight the rising open source tide and how Sun's recently announced acquisition of MySQL furthers free software as a platform for the web economy. Read more.

9:40am

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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Werner Vogels (Amazon.com)
There are many challenges when building a reliable, flexible architecture that can manage unpredictable behaviors of today's internet business. This presentation will review some of the lessons learned from building one of the world's largest distributed systems; Amazon.com. Read more.

10:20am

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10:50am

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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Architecture and Technology, LAMP, PHP and MySQL
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Intermediate
Sebastian Bergmann (thePHP.cc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
PHP/MySQL applications are used more and more to perform enterprise-critical tasks. The audience will learn how to efficiently test PHP/MySQL applications with PHPUnit and its DbUnit extension. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
.NET/Windows, Java, PHP and MySQL, Ruby and MySQL
Location: Ballroom B Audience level: Novice
Michael G. Zinner (Sun Microsystems)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
A hands-on discussion of the MySQL Workbench tool showing the benefits for Ruby/Python/PHP, as well as .NET/Java developers. Efficient database schema design and maintenance has never been so easy. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Chuck Bell (Oracle)
This session presents the new Online Backup capability. Existing backup options and details of how they compare with the new features will be presented. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
MySQL Cluster and High Availability, Performance Tuning and Benchmarks
Location: Ballroom D Audience level: Intermediate
Mikael Ronstrom (MySQL)
Learn about all the tricks required to make MySQL Cluster high performance. This includes using real-time scheduling, batching in all its form, cluster interconnects, and locking threads to CPUs. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Architecture and Technology
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Intermediate
Sergey Petrunia (MySQL)
This talk describes new subquery optimizations in MySQL 6.0: what they are, how they are reflected in EXPLAIN output, and how they give orders-of-magnitude speedups for real-world queries. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Performance Tuning and Benchmarks
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Intermediate
Mariella Di Giacomo (The Hive), Daniel Chote (The Hive), Geoff Harrison (The Hive)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
Learn about a horizontal scalable architecture for accessing exponentially growing datasets, and performance results obtained on several filesystems, MySQL storage engines, and partitioning. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Novice
Robin Schumacher (Sun/MySQL), Miriam Tuerk (Infobright Inc), Victoria Eastwood (InfoBright Inc. )
As organizations struggle to cope with increasing amounts of data, MySQL users are looking for ways to scale their data warehouse system. Come learn about new engine technology with proven scalability to 30TB, designed to support complex, ad hoc queries. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom H Audience level: Novice
Ian Fyfe (JasperSoft), Mary Flynn (Ten Pages)
This presentation and demonstration will highlight advances that are bringing the power of interactive Ajax web technology and powerful metadata to bring secure self-service business intelligence to business-users and OEM applications. Topics covered will include drag & drop report and dashboard design, JSR-168 portal support, and the new ad hoc query facility. Read more.

11:55am

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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
.NET/Windows, Web 2.0, Ajax, and Emerging Technologies
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Intermediate
Jeffrey McManus (Approver.com)
In this session we'll go beyond the basics to demonstrate the creation of data-driven applications using .NET and MySQL. We'll include discussion of ASP.NET Ajax with MySQL and LINQ in .NET 3.x. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Architecture and Technology, General
Location: Ballroom B Audience level: Novice
Robin Schumacher (Sun/MySQL), Rob Young (Oracle/MySQL )
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
What enhancements can you expect in the MySQL Server in the next few years? What new tools, services, and software is MySQL going to deliver this year and next to help you deploy and maintain MySQL applications? This session will let you in on all the plans MySQL has for the server, the Enterprise Monitor, the upcoming Load Balancer and Query Analyzer, management tools, and more. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
General
Location: Ballroom C Audience level: Intermediate
Beat Vontobel (MeteoNews AG)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
Why would you join a table to itself? It's an elegant solution to many problems beyond the text book example of an employee's table! And if you're brave, you might even solve a Sudoku with one SELECT. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Replication and Scale-Out
Location: Ballroom D Audience level: Novice
Patrick Galbraith (Hewlett Packard)
Replication is one of the most important features in MySQL. Having the ability to replicate data across data centers is invaluable. Learn how to set up replication, monitoring, and problem-solving. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Architecture and Technology, Performance Tuning and Benchmarks
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Intermediate
Alexander Rubin (MySQL)
This presentation covers new Full Text Search features in MySQL 5.1. We also show some common tasks and solutions with Full Text Search in MySQL as well as benchmark results. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Web 2.0, Ajax, and Emerging Technologies
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Intermediate
Domas Mituzas (Facebook)
A walk through modern web application database development tips and tricks: MySQL-specific features, web-oriented schemas and queries, and storage engine behavior. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Novice
David Wartell (R1Soft )
Online backup and restore of mission critical MySQL servers has never been easy. Sure it’s not so bad if you have a small data set and you can afford to take your server offline for a backup. Seriously, how many MySQL deployments fit those requirements? This session helps you make sense of the myriad of MySQL backup options out there. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom H Audience level: Novice
Mike Frost (DataDirect)
In this presentation, Mike Frost, product manager for DataDirect Technologies, will introduce a strategy for separating application logic from MySQL database access logic. The presentation will describe the benefits of a loosely coupled approach for all application and data access logic. Read more.

12:40pm

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2:00pm

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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Web 2.0, Ajax, and Emerging Technologies
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Intermediate
Brian Aker (MySQL)
Not heard of Memcached? This means you haven't scaled your application yet, or that you are having problems. Lets consider some solutions. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Security and Database Administration
Location: Ballroom B Audience level: Novice
Sheeri K. Cabral (Mozilla Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
Novice and experienced DBAs alike will learn, share, and discuss best practices that will help them be successful. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
MySQL Cluster and High Availability
Location: Ballroom C Audience level: Intermediate
Stewart Smith (Percona), Monty Taylor (HP)
A discussion of the use of and internals of the NDB API (through C++ and Java) and execution in MySQL Cluster. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Architecture and Technology, General, Performance Tuning and Benchmarks
Location: Ballroom D Audience level: Intermediate
Baron Schwartz (VividCortex)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
EXPLAIN is one of MySQL's most-used and least-understood features, and it's not documented fully. This session helps EXPLAIN make sense by showing how it really maps to a query execution plan. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Security and Database Administration
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Learn the places in MySQL that need to be secured and how to secure them for most commercial security audits. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Architecture and Technology
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Novice
Heikki Tuuri (Innobase / Oracle Corp.), Ken Jacobs (Oracle / Innobase)
Ken Jacobs and Heikki Tuuri will describe the InnoDB architecture in depth, and discuss the new powerful performance-enhancing capabilities in InnoDB. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Novice
Kirstan Vandersluis (XAware, Inc.)
Have you been ripping your hair out trying to mix and mash multiple data sources, all of different formats, into something that actually makes sense? There's something to be said for getting all your ducks in a row, and in this session, we'll show you how to regain your sanity when it comes to a distributed, heterogeneous data environment. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom H Audience level: Novice
Robert Hodges (Continuent.com)
Replicated databases are complex to manage, don't provide seamless availability, and require application changes to provide scaling benefits. We show how Continuent's new Tungsten architecture rides new technology trends to create data services with high availability and performance using commodity hardware and off-the-shelf MySQL databases. Tungsten: it's coming to open source! Read more.

3:05pm

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3:50pm

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4:25pm

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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Ruby and MySQL
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Novice
Jeremy McAnally (Arcturo)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
This talk will cover the basics of using MySQL with Ruby, providing an overview of the three most popular and pragmatic options: the mysql gem, DBI/DataObjects, and ActiveRecord. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Security and Database Administration
Location: Ballroom B Audience level: Intermediate
Frank Mashraqi (Opportunities)
What’s the worst disaster you expect to happen? What can you do to better prepare for the disaster? Join us in this heart-racing, real-life inspired presentation for answers to these questions and more. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Architecture and Technology
Location: Ballroom C Audience level: Expert
Sergei Golubchik (MariaDB)
This talk will describe the MySQL Plugin API, its design principles, how it is used, and what plugin types are supported. It will cover both old and very new features, and discuss the future of the API. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Naoto Yokoyama (NIFTY Corporation), Kenji Hirohama (Sumisho Computer Systems Corp.), Lisa Phillips (Six Apart), Garth Webb (Six Apart)
NIFTY Corporation will discuss their experiences with MySQL and how they changed the configuration in TypePad to meet the Japanese market's requirement, such as more availability, more cell phone support, and so on. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Architecture and Technology, Replication and Scale-Out
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Intermediate
Lars Thalmann (Oracle), Mats Kindahl (MySQL)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 2 ratings)
Tips and tricks to speed up deployment of your replicated database server environment. Come learn all the goodies from the creators of the MySQL replication system! Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
General, Replication and Scale-Out, Web 2.0, Ajax, and Emerging Technologies
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Intermediate
Morgan Tocker (Oracle), Carl Mercier (Defensio)
This talk tests Amazon EC2's (Elastic Compute Cloud) suitability for MySQL scale-out applications, including benchmarks and war-stories from active deployments. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Novice
Heikki Tuuri (Innobase / Oracle Corp.), Ken Jacobs (Oracle / Innobase)
If you're new to MySQL, new to transactional applications, or wondering about how InnoDB compares to other emerging storage engines, this session is for you. Your business can depend on reliable, fast, and proven transactional capabilities. Read more.
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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom H Audience level: Novice
Reggie Burnett (Oracle), David Sceppa (Microsoft Corporation)
LINQ is perhaps the most powerful new feature in the .NET Framework, allowing you to query in memory structures like tables in a database. Learn how to use the ADO.NET Entity Framework to construct LINQ queries or Entity SQL queries to interact with data in your MySQL database. Read more.

5:15pm

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6:00pm

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7:30pm

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Tuesday, 04/15/2008
Location: Ballroom Foyer Audience level: Novice
Following the planned sessions during the day, it's time for MySQL participants to take the floor. BoFs are informal conversations that you and other participants plan. Check the BoF board in the Grand Ballroom Foyer for schedule information. Read more.

Wednesday, 04/16/2008

7:30am

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8:30am

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Rick Falkvinge (Swedish Pirate Party)
Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, talks about the rise and success of pirates and why pirates are necessary in today's politics. He'll also outline the next steps in the pirates' strategy to change global copyright laws. Read more.

9:15am

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Kaj Arnö (SkySQL Ab), John Allspaw (Etsy), Jeff Rothschild (Facebook.com), Monty Taylor (HP), Domas Mituzas (Facebook), Paul Tuckfield (YouTube), Frank Mashraqi (Opportunities)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
This lively panel discussion keynote will address the challenges large, modern web properties face in scaling MySQL. Panelists from Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr pair up with MySQL engineers in discussing the current and future problem domain and possible solutions. Read more.

10:00am

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Raj Cherabuddi (Kickfire)
Average rating: *....
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The history of computing is full of algorithms such as graphics processing that are fine-tuned in general purpose CPUs over decades. Only when they are finally ported to dedicated hardware are tremendous improvements in speed, cost, and power realized. Raj Cherabuddi explains how a new SQL chip will revolutionize today’s database query processing. Read more.

10:20am

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10:50am

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Architecture and Technology, Ruby and MySQL, Web 2.0, Ajax, and Emerging Technologies
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Intermediate
Seth Fitzsimmons (Yahoo! Inc.)
MySQL's Spatial Extensions and Ruby on Rails are a powerful combination for quickly and simply creating powerful spatially enabled applications. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Architecture and Technology, General
Location: Ballroom B Audience level: Novice
Chuck Bell (Oracle)
In this session you will learn how to create embedded MySQL applications through a tour of the MySQL embedded library C API. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Learn how Paggo utilized a Replicated Cluster to guarantee the necessary High Availability and contingency for financial transactions. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Robert Hodges (Continuent.com)
This talk presents new open source tools that allow users to set up and run database scale-out benchmarks easily. Hodges illustrates with benchmark results from your favorite MySQL configurations. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Architecture and Technology
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Roland Bouman (XCDSQL Solutions / Strukton Rail)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
The information schema is an underestimated feature: it has many applications but many people are unaware of them. This talk will introduce its components and demonstrate its applications. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Security and Database Administration
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Intermediate
Giuseppe Maxia (Continuent)
MySQL Sandbox is a tool to install a side server or a replication system in "seconds," in complete isolation, without need to remember complex sequence of commands. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Architecture and Technology, MySQL Cluster and High Availability
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Intermediate
Florian Haas (LINBIT Information Technologies GmbH), Philipp Reisner (LINBIT Information Technologies GmbH)
A high-level introduction to high-availability database clustering on Linux with MySQL Enterprise, Heartbeat, and DRBD. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom H Audience level: Novice
Raj Cherabuddi (Kickfire)
Learn about the revolutionary hardware and software behind the first high-performance database appliance for MySQL. Find out how Kickfire packs the power of 10s of CPUs into a single SQL chip and delivers record-breaking query performance for reporting and analysis in the industry’s smallest form factor appliance. Raj Cherabuddi will explain all and share the astounding benchmark data. Read more.

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Java
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Intermediate
Mark Matthews (Oracle)
Learn how to use Connector/J's extension points to solve interesting problems and add functionality without changing the core code of the driver. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Chris Kasten (eBay)
This presentation discusses how MySQL was leveraged to provide a large scale personalization technology platform solution for a site like ebay.com, which processes over 2 billion URL requests per day. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Architecture and Technology, Performance Tuning and Benchmarks
Location: Ballroom C Audience level: Novice
Tom Daly (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
This technical session highlights three benchmark tools that MySQL users and web developers can use to compare, test, and tune MySQL performance: SPECjAppServer2004, EAStress, and FABAN. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
General
Location: Ballroom D Audience level: Intermediate
Phil Hildebrand (thePlatform)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Take advantage of MySQL partitioning to allow your database applications to scale in both size and performance. A practical look at applying partitioning to OLTP database systems. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
General
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Intermediate
Mark Leith (MySQL)
MySQL 5.1 includes new functionality that allows you to create your own INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables with the new plugin interface. Learn how to implement these along with some real-world examples. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Jim Starkey (MySQL), Ann Harrison (MySQL)
This talk is intended for users contemplating using Falcon for new applications. Starkey and Harrison will discuss the differences between Falcon and other storage engines, the types of applications for which Falcon is a good fit, and ways to exploit Falcon's strengths at the design stage. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
General
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Novice
Colin Charles (SkySQL Ab/MariaDB Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
MySQL has created many resources online for opening up contributions from the community. From MySQL Forge, to the DevZone, to code reviews in public, MySQL is primed for more external contributions! Read more.

12:40pm

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2:00pm

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Migration, Security and Database Administration
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Intermediate
Michael G. Zinner (Sun Microsystems)
The power of MySQL Workbench will be shown by using it in several real world scenarios. These will cover migration, automation of schema transformation processes, and schema reporting. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
General
Location: Ballroom B Audience level: Novice
Mike Hillyer (Message Systems)
At some point in every software project involving a database it becomes necessary for the developers who created (or inherited) the project to step back and take a look at their database. Mike Hillyer will guide the audience through the principles of database normalization and review some common normalization scenarios encountered by many application developers. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Architecture and Technology, Performance Tuning and Benchmarks
Location: Ballroom C Audience level: Intermediate
Igor Babaev (MySQL)
Batched Key Access is an advanced technique that is able to speed up the execution of queries with multitable joins to the factor of 5 and more. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
Location: Ballroom D Audience level: Intermediate
Sean Kelly (Stumbleupon.com)
In this discussion we'll focus on the architecture, approaches, and challenges of cheaply loading the daily and historical stock market data into MySQL necessary for financial data applications. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Architecture and Technology, Performance Tuning and Benchmarks
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Expert
Michael Widenius (Monty Program Ab)
A deep tour into the design of Maria, a new MVCC storage engine for MySQL from the original authors of MySQL that is designed to support transactions and automatic recovery. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Performance Tuning and Benchmarks
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Intermediate
Tobias Asplund (Marin Software), Jay Pipes (Rackspace Cloud)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
In this session we'll put features that do the same thing up against each other and see which performs better. We find the optimal way to do smaller things. Everything is backed up by benchmarks and discussion. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
General
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Intermediate
Domas Mituzas (Facebook)
Experience from international customer base and multilingual projects: character set conversion issues, performance impact, limitations, security concerns, and more. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom H Audience level: Novice
Ritu Kamboj (Sun Microsystems, Inc), Luojia Chen (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
This session explains how MySQL can take advantage of advanced technologies in the Solaris OS, thereby expanding the MySQL user base into new and larger enterprises. Read more.

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Java, Storage Engine Development and Optimization
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Intermediate
Paul McCullagh (PrimeBase Technologies GmbH)
This session explains how the BLOB Streaming engine solves the problems involved in storing pictures, films, MP3 files, and other binary and text objects (BLOBs) in the database. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Kian-Tat Lim (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center)
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will produce a 20 petabyte database. To support this huge database, we are investigating a new generic scalable architecture with MySQL as a core component. Learn how it can be used by others to manage extremely large databases. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Brian Miezejewski (MySQL), Mark Atwood (Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
One of the most powerful, yet underutilized MySQL features are User Defined Functions and Aggregates. Learn how to use them to dramatically improve the speed of your data warehouse processing. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
PHP and MySQL
Location: Ballroom D Audience level: Intermediate
How to extend your LAMP stack for rapid web application development by using an integrated environment of various frameworks (Zend for PHP, YUI for Ajax), Smarty for templating, and other libraries. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Architecture and Technology, Web 2.0, Ajax, and Emerging Technologies
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Nathan Letwory (Blender Foundation)
MySQL can bring a production environment the basis needed to create the tools for managing large datasets. Searches can be implemented in an efficient manor and the database lends itself for collaboration between multisites. dbBlender is a project to integrate MySQL in Blender to solve many of the problems with large datasets and multisite projects. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Architecture and Technology
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Novice
Baron Schwartz (VividCortex)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Understanding and tuning the query cache can be daunting. It's not really complicated; it only seems that way. Baron will explain it in ways you'll understand and remember. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Intermediate
Julian Hyde (SQLstream)
This session will describe the benefits and approach to building OnLine Analytical Processing (OLAP) applications using MySQL Enterprise and Pentaho's Mondrian OLAP Project. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom H Audience level: Novice
Ed Presz (Ticketmaster, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
With the help of MySQL 5, Ticketmaster event databases are meeting the growing global live entertainment demand. Learn how they are implementing databases for the Beijing Olympics, and the new features and limitations they encountered upgrading from MySQL 4 to 5. Read more.

3:50pm

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4:25pm

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5:15pm

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Ruby and MySQL
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Intermediate
Jeremy McAnally (Arcturo)
It's very important to have a firm grasp of ActiveRecord if one plans on using it with Rails or Ruby; this talk will cover ActiveRecord from the top level abstractions to the nitty-gritty with SQL. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Security and Database Administration
Location: Ballroom B Audience level: Intermediate
Lenz Grimmer (Sun Microsystems)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
This session offers an introduction to the concept of utilizing LVM filesystem snapshots to perform consistent backups of MySQL databases without having to interrupt the normal server operations. While this technique isn't a "real" hot backup, it still provides a viable and free alternative to other backup methods like SQL dumps. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Brian Moon (dealnews.com)
The more popular a web site gets, the more power it takes to run it. Brian Moon will share the journey of their web site from one server, to the cluster they run today, including how they have used MySQL. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Performance Tuning and Benchmarks, Security and Database Administration
Location: Ballroom D Audience level: Novice
Tom Hanlon (Cloudera)
Join us for a presentation of the wonderful world of benchmarks and monitoring tools. Here you will learn what is available, how each tool works, and a demonstration using each tool against a running database from a veteran MySQL expert. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Andy Bang (MySQL)
Automatically detect your replication environments and display their configurations. Monitor the health and performance of those systems. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Architecture and Technology
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Intermediate
Brian Aker (MySQL)
MySQL has a wealth of extension points. Through plugins and UDFs you can extend the server to create custom environments. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
General
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Intermediate
Jess Balint (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
Deadlocks, wait timeouts, and other transaction issues—how to develop transactional applications with InnoDB and what to expect from Falcon. Read more.
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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom H Audience level: Novice
Ann Ruckstuhl (Zmanda, Inc.)
Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL is a comprehensive, certified, enterprise backup and recovery solution specifically designed for MySQL databases. With ZRM, MySQL database administrators (DBAs) can manage mission-critical, high-volume transaction processing environments with confidence. Read more.

5:30pm

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Location: Bayshore Ballroom Audience level: Novice
Sun Microsystems and JasperSoft invite all MySQL OEM customers and prospects to join us for a cocktail reception, Wednesday, April 16, 2008, from 5:30PM-7:30PM, in the Bayshore Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. Read more.

7:00pm

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Novice
The MySQL Conference Quiz Show pits teams of contestants against each other in a battle of geek wit, ingenuity, MySQL knowledge, and speed. Read more.

7:30pm

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Location: Ballroom Foyer Audience level: Novice
Following the planned sessions during the day, it's time for MySQL participants to take the floor. BoFs are informal conversations that you and other participants plan. Check the BoF board in the Grand Ballroom Foyer for schedule information. Read more.

8:30pm

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Wednesday, 04/16/2008
Location: Santa Clara Ballroom Audience level: Novice
Have a drink, mingle with fellow conference participants, and enter our raffle to win great prizes, including a a Sony PS3! Sponsored by Sun Microsystems. Read more.

Thursday, 04/17/2008

7:30am

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8:30am

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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Dick Hardt (Sxip Identity Corporation)
Much of the data in a database is about people. Identity 2.0 technologies will lower the friction for people to provide and easily move data about themselves online. This fast paced keynote will offer a background on Identity 2.0, discuss current roadblocks and future opportunities, and explore the potential impacts these will have on databases. Read more.

9:15am

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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Jeff Rothschild (Facebook.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Social applications integrate information about many different facets of people’s lives. Join us as Jeff Rothschild from Facebook looks at the power of the social graph, how it can increase the utility and adoption of applications, and its implications on storage architectures. Read more.

10:00am

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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Chander Kant (Zmanda)
Protecting corporate data through effective backup and recovery is the most critical task for a database administrator. As MySQL moves into mission-critical transaction environments, the ability to perform online backups without causing any application downtime is a must. Similarly, the ability for MySQL DBAs to go back in time and restore data just before an error is equally important. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Event
Location: Ballroom Foyer Audience level: Novice
New addition to the MySQL Conference & Expo for 2008, the MySQL open source career fair offers sponsors the opportunity to promote job openings to the hundreds of MySQL developer DBAs and system administrators attending the conference. The one-day fair will take place on the last day of the conference, Thursday, April 17, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Read more.

10:20am

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10:50am

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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Frank Mashraqi (Opportunities)
In this presentation learn how MySQL, InnoDB, and Solaris helped Fotolog gain the top performance it desired as the world's largest photo blogging community through tuning and schema optimizations. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Architecture and Technology, General, Security and Database Administration
Location: Ballroom B Audience level: Intermediate
Alexander Nozdrin (Oracle (MySQL division)), George Trujillo (MySQL )
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
This presentation will consist of two major blocks: explaining tricky features of stored routine behavior and providing examples of advanced use, such as using dynamic SQL in stored routines. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Architecture and Technology
Location: Ballroom C Audience level: Intermediate
Michael Widenius (Monty Program Ab), Jay Pipes (Rackspace Cloud)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
MySQL Fellow, Monty Widenius, will talk about the architectural and design challenges currently facing the MySQL server developers, including a bit of history behind why the architecture of MySQL looks the way it does. He will then talk about the future architecture of the MySQL server and the plans he and others have to solve the design issues of the present day. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Britt Crawford (Cafepress.com), Justin McCarthy (CafePress.com)
Some data, such as user-created content, grows so large so fast it simply can't be stored in one database. This session will present HiveDB, an open source system for horizontally partitioning MySQL. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Eric Ries (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), Chris Hondl (IMVU)
In the course of six months IMVU’s user base quadrupled in size. This session will focus on the techniques used to incrementally add scalability without making large changes to the application layer or disrupt ongoing feature development by the rest of the team. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Architecture and Technology
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Intermediate
Jan Kneschke (MySQL), Jimmy Guerrero (Oracle-MySQL)
MySQL Proxy is a tool to route, rewrite, handle, and block queries on the MySQL Protocol level. Load Balancing, Query Replay, Online Query Rewrites, and more with a grain of scripting. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Storage Engine Development and Optimization
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Intermediate
Paul McCullagh (PrimeBase Technologies GmbH)
This session takes a tour of the internals of the PBXT storage engine, revealing some unique solutions to the problems of transactional isolation, consistency, and durability. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Jeremy Cole (Twitter), Eric Bergen (Proven Scaling LLC)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
In this session, Cole and Bergen will take a look at the hardware of recent past, today's hardware, and what hardware trends will become interesting during 2008 and beyond. Read more.

11:55am

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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Architecture and Technology, Java, Web 2.0, Ajax, and Emerging Technologies
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Intermediate
Antony Curtis (MySQL), Eric Herman (MySQL)
A lightning tour of the design, implementation, and use of MySQL External Language Stored Procedures framework, with examples using C, Java, XML-RPC, and more. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Security and Database Administration
Location: Ballroom B Audience level: Intermediate
Sheeri K. Cabral (Mozilla Foundation)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
For many companies, getting hacked is a matter of when, not if. This session shows how to find database vulnerabilities by Google hacking, providing methods minimizing the impact of being hacked. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
General
Location: Ballroom C Audience level: Novice
Andrew Aksyonoff (Sphinx Technologies), Peter Zaitsev (Percona LLC)
Sphinx is an open source full-text search engine designed for indexing databases and integrated especially well with MySQL. We'll talk about its features, capabilities, and real-world applications. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Performance Tuning and Benchmarks
Location: Ballroom D Audience level: Intermediate
Mark Callaghan (Facebook)
Mike Callaghan will describe enhancements to InnoDB that improve its scalability on servers with many disks and many CPU cores, results from benchmarks, and results from production systems. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Architecture and Technology, General
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Intermediate
Joshua Drake (Command Prompt, Inc.)
Designed to deliver pointed information on the flaws in the MySQL and PostgreSQL communities, what they can learn from each other and how they both can improve the open source database landscape. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Performance Tuning and Benchmarks
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Intermediate
Ben Rockwood (Joyent Inc)
Noted Solaris and DTrace expert Ben Rockwood will show how to evaluate and introspect MySQL's behavior, and gain information that isn't normally attainable by developers and system administrators. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Architecture and Technology, LAMP, PHP and MySQL
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Expert
Your first MySQL Plugin or UDF extension is only 10 minutes away using this code generator. Focus on the actual functionality and let the generator take care of glue code and build infrastructure. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Location: Ballroom H Audience level: Intermediate
Damien Seguy (Nexen Services)
A wealth of tips and tricks to solve real world SQL problems with SQL wizardy and MySQL magic. All you need is your commandline, and a lot of curiosity. Read more.

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2:00pm

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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Architecture and Technology, Java, Replication and Scale-Out
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Intermediate
Kevin Burton (Spinn3r), Jonathan Moore (Tailrank/spinn3r)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Most existing work in scaling MySQL has focused on high read throughput environments similar to web applications. Burton and Moore will present the backend architecture behind Spinn3r—their scalable web crawler. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Ronald Bradford (EffectiveMySQL)
Each database product has strengths and weaknesses. Having chosen MySQL as your database product, leverage the strengths of the product to maximize design and performance. Learn the things to avoid. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Products & Services
Location: Ballroom C Audience level: Novice
Joseph Chamdani (Kickfire)
Traditionally running complex queries on large database workloads requires expensive high-performance hardware. In this talk, Chamdani will present the key system techniques that remove the I/O bottlenecks to deliver order of magnitude(s) performance improvements on large query intensive applications. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Richard Chart (ScienceLogic, LLC)
Harnessing the performance of MyISAM to simply scale-out highly write-intensive applications. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Dathan Pattishall (Rockyou)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Flickr implemented a real-time collection of referrers to Photos, streams, sets and collections. MySQL myISAM/INNODB, curl, Java are the only component used in the setup and it scales linearly. This talk is about building a model for capacity planning, scaling for triple the request rate, and scaling linearly for an intensive application. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Storage Engine Development and Optimization
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Novice
Moshe Shadmon (ScaleDB)
ScaleDB is a transactional storage engine for MySQL. It is based on innovative indexing technology that provides high performance for large, disk based data sets. It provides for MySQL the functionality of Materialized Views and as it operates over the source data, it obviates the need to maintain a replica and synchronize between the source data and the replica. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Architecture and Technology
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Intermediate
Derek Gottfrid (The New York Times)
This talk will present a basic introduction to the DBAccessLayer or DBSlayer, a lightweight web-friendly mechanism for connection pooling and proxying against MySQL. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Joseph Hill (Novell), Joe Audette (Source Tree Solutions, LLC)
This session provides an introduction to application development with Mono and MySQL; the current state of Mono, including its support for databases through ADO.NET and LINQ; and explores how one open source ASP.NET application provides support for Mono and MySQL. Read more.

2:50pm

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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Performance Tuning and Benchmarks, PHP and MySQL
Location: Ballroom A Audience level: Intermediate
Arjen Lentz (Open Query)
A popular and lighthearted session in quiz format. Fun and educational, a broad range of "what not to do" is explored, taking examples from the scary real world. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Business and Case Studies, General
Location: Ballroom B Audience level: Novice
Gregg Kitaeff (LogicWorks), John Rowell (OpSource, Inc.), Bruce T. Guptill (Saugatuck Technology), Uday Shanmugam (Relationals)
This panel will discuss the impact of Open Source Software on Software as a Service (SaaS)companies and their ability to effectively deliver on Service Level Agreements to their clients. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Patrick Bolduan (MTV Networks Japan KK), Yoshinori Matsunobu (DeNA)
Average rating: ***..
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This session will cover issues including High Availability database architecture using MySQL/DRDB/Heartbeat, modular application design, scale planning, and day-to-day operations of an HA MySQL implementation. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Architecture and Technology, Java, Replication and Scale-Out
Location: Ballroom D Audience level: Intermediate
Charles Lee (Hyperic, Inc.)
This talk will focus on the significant changes Hyperic’s developers made to Hyperic HQ's underlying database code in order to add support for a MySQL backend, and provide tips for other developers. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Robin Schumacher (Sun/MySQL), Brian Miezejewski (MySQL), Charles Hooper (Pro Relational Systems), Paul Whittington (NitroSecurity, Inc.), Raj Cherabuddi (Kickfire), Victoria Eastwood (InfoBright Inc. )
A panel discussion hosted by Robin Schumacher that presents topics to a variety of data warehousing experts about issues concerning their industry. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
.NET/Windows, Business and Case Studies, Migration, Replication and Scale-Out
Location: Ballroom F Audience level: Intermediate
Marc Taillieu (Roadtrips)
TheTicketDepartment.com is an Online Ticket Brokerage that ties into approximately 800 brokers. Learn how they have tied MySQL 5.1 DB into a MySQL 3.23 DB App using replication and triggers. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Architecture and Technology, Java, Ruby and MySQL
Location: Ballroom G Audience level: Novice
Frank Mashraqi (Opportunities)
Lucene is a high performance, scalable, full-text search engine library that allows you to add search to any application. This presentation shows you how you can use Lucene within your environment. Read more.
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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Architecture and Technology
Location: Ballroom H Audience level: Intermediate
Alexander Rubin (MySQL)
Geo distance / proximity search is a very common task in social networking (and other Web 2.0) applications. Example: "For the given user, find all users that live near by." Learn how to perform geo distance searches with MySQL. Read more.

3:35pm

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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Intermediate
Jacek Becla (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center)
Scientists are trying to understand dark matter, discover distant galaxies, hunt for the Higgs boson, detect asteroids, and take movies of molecules. Their science is fascinating but their analysis requirements may seem like science fiction. Few have experienced the reality of petascale analytics so far, but everybody, including you, will face it tomorrow. Are we ready? Read more.

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Thursday, 04/17/2008
Location: Ballroom E Audience level: Novice
Take the opportunity to network one last time at this closing event. Say thank you and exchange contact information until next year. Read more.
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