I’m now back from EuroOSCON 2006 which was the reason I was not posting for a while. Pretty interesting event, even though it looks like it is getting less geeky compared to OSCON in US I visited two years ago – a lot of presentations now shifted to philosophical, political and business issues. I however do not know might be this is just Europe thing.
We have plans to turn this presentation into article to publish here with some extra information and source code for all tests we’ve done so it will be helpful for full text search benchmarks with your own data.
It was great to see a lot of MySQL guys on the conference – Monty,David, Marten, Lars, Russell and ex MySQL guys such as Zak. We had good chat.
There was MySQL Best Practices BOF on the conference which surprisingly attracted very few people – there were more MySQL current and ex employees than attendees. Might be it was due to size of the conference which was not as big as in US or might be it was scheduled too late at night – I do not know.
This year were were quite a few talks related to Mobile market. It does not seems to have same opensource penetration yet as Server and even Desktop market but it seems to be coming.
With recent developments as SIP (Voice over IP) enabled phones and active growth of smartphones market we might soon end up with main function of Mobile operators to be provide connectivity than anything else which surely will hurt their margins but would be great for the users. Not sure when it would happen though.
There were also (of course) a lot of presentations on AJAX and Web 2.0 including presentation from Zimbra on best practices and from Yahoo team on their UI library (looks pretty cool)
In general conference was worth the trip, especially as I had combining it with visiting friends and Brussels sightseeing.