MySQL Certified!

It took a while, but I finally found time to upgrade my MySQL certifications from 4.1 to 5.0 and also the Cluster 5.1 one. Good feeling I passed them all on the first try! But, it ain’t easy! Even me having worked on some questions, and reviewing the Cluster ones more than a year ago, I made mistakes. Not easy!

My summary of FOSDEM 2008

I came home very tired yesterday, just walking around as a big MySQL billboard and I left with mixed feelings really.

First feelings were Happiness + Anger (=Love??). I had a nice dinner with Bruce and Magnus (PostgreSQL) on Thursday, met others at their booth and attended a few talks both Saturday and Sunday. I’m interested in their stuff, I do like PostgreSQL, just like probably everyone else in MySQL. But, I got very angry about 2 remarks made in the DevRoom: “MySQL loses data” and the infamous and idiotic “MySQL has no transactions”. FFS! The latter was corrected on the spot, that REALLY pissed me off (remark made by non-PostgreSQL crew btw).
Anyway, overall, I did like what I was hearing, the project is going well, and lots of cool stuff coming in! Very nice! Funny thing though: “Who’s using Partitioning?”, one guy (as far as I could see) put up his finger.

Next feeling: Amazed! Drupal! I don’t like PHP, bah, in fact, I’m happy I’m not doing it anymore. But what Drupal is doing there, and the attention it gets is just great! I really liked what I heard and the way it’s used to teach Managers about web design (or something) is pretty cool. MySQL Cluster was tried, but it can’t fit a moderate Drupal database. This is pretty normal, and the talk of Kris Buytaert actually mentioned alternatives (Master-Master replication, MySQL Proxy, ..) to overcome this. I had the opportunity to actually tell the crowd that MySQL ain’t just for small websites.. Another one of these lies and myths..

Last feeling for the future: hopeful! Yes, I tried to get us a place in FOSDEM next year, and it looks like it might getting somewhere! We should have a DevRoom there! *hint*!

Interesting is also a new PHP user group getting formed, but that will get some attention later on. I’ll try to help the guys out to get it running. Meeting up with Patrick from Sun was also great. Seeing old friends, drinking a beer (Duvel, counts for 3), and surviving wearing a MySQL shirt. My colleagues kept lower profile, hehe, I felt like a billboard.

‘t Hofke, or perfect dinner in Antwerp

A perfect dinner is more about the company, but a good restaurant helps too! If you’re in Antwerpen (Belgium) you’ll have to reserve a place at ‘t Hofke (website in Dutch, but there are pictures and coordinates). The street to get to the restaurant is already worth going through.

Attending FOSDEM 2008

I think last time I attended FOSDEM it was not yet called like that.. was it 2001? Yeah, think so. Well, now 7 years later, I’m working for MySQL and I’m going back. Together with couple of other colleagues (Suzanne, Hartmut, Lenz, Jan, Roland, ..), we’re going to be hanging around, and hopefully meet new colleagues from Sun. I’m even invited for a dinner-meeting with some PostgreSQL dude!

The session I’m most interested in is from Kris Buytaert, talking about MySQL Cluster and Drupal. I’m specializing in Cluster within MySQL and communicating with the big Telco’s. Amazing where Cluster is running, I tell you! And now, Kris talks on how to do it with Drupal. Hehe. I’m curious!
Jan is talking about MySQL Proxy, which has a beautiful future ahead. Just like his lighttpd, but no talks about that, odd.

Since I’m a bit into HA with MySQL Cluster, I’ll have to check out the PostgreSQL HA session. The SWOT PGSQL/MYSQL is of course also interesting. Not to know the differences, but to see the pillow fight..

My next glasses from Theo!

Past weekend I went to Antwerpen (Belgium) with one of my best friends, checking out Theo glasses. We went actually to their offices, which I really wanted to see because it has a very nice painted wall (I met the artist that day!). The actual shop is located on the Eiermarkt (near the Hilton).. and I’m totally excited! I mean, Theo glasses! Belgian stuff!

The above picture is a screenshot from the Theo website (I hope they don’t mind hehe..), but these are the glasses I am going for: VINGT+UN. Of course, my friend didn’t like them being black, she said I’m to dark, but that’s me!

Wim Somers and Patrick Hoet are great designers. Just like lots of others in Belgium, they are trendsetters. They have also an exposition in the Design museum of Gent. Twenty glasses are shown there, for 20 years of Theo.