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April 27, 2006

MySQL Users Conference Winds Down

All of the closing-social ice cream is gone and the conference center has quieted down to just folks putting equipment away. The "MySQL" wireless network is the last remaining indicator of the weeklong activities here in the Santa Clara Convention Center.

(Oh dear, I'm starting to sound like a reporter doing an intro to a technology segment).

It's been a jam-packed 4 days here in Santa Clara at the MySQL 2006 Users Conference. There has been so much that has happens since arriving on Sunday morning it seems more like a long, quickly moving blur.

For me this year was such a different experience from last year. The content was the same high quality as it has been in the past (this is my 3rd conference), but returning this year to familiar faces and having made connections with folks over the past year on planetmysql and other MySQL online gathering places has added a much larger social element to the conference. Also met a lot of new folks in sessions, at meals, during the evening BoF or social events. Even met some folks who had read the book and recognized the name on the tag.

Am so looking forward to the next year with MySQL. Not only have there been a number of new exciting things announced that MySQLers can be looking forward to, I've also got some big hopes for ramping up our system at work and using some of the things I've learned while here for implementing a solid architecture to carry the system at work through the next few years.

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Posted by mike at April 27, 2006 8:55 PM