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.