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April 21, 2005

MySQL Conference Wrap Up

Waiting in the lobby for the doors to open in the ballroom to hear Tim O'Reilly give some remarks as MySQL 2005 comes to a close. It is amazing that a single piece of software can pull together 1300 people for an entire week, with as many as 7 simultaneous sessions at any one time.

Like all good things, it's hard to see it end. The conference has been filled with useful sessions, in some cases more than one at a time that required choosing between two. On the flipside, I don't think I can process any more information and am ready to let everything sit for a few days before I have to give the abbreviated summary back at the office.

Favorite moments? It all seems like a blur. The two things I've been really fascinated by here have been first, hearing about how MySQL manages it's employees and development work. It's particularly amazing how diverse the employees are (spread around the world), yet how fast the projects move foward. I think it was the GUI team lead that said he's got three employees, one in Austria, one in Germany and one in South America.

The second thing that stands out is the progress being made on the database itself. Not only is 5.0 really getting there, a lot of talks hinted at 5.1 and the good things that already are, or will be happening there.

Posted by mike at April 21, 2005 6:14 PM