This Week in Data with Colin Charles #5: db tech showcase and Percona Live EuropeColin Charles
Percona Live Europe 2017 in Dublin
There will also be a community dinner (Tuesday, September 26, 2017), so definitely watch the announcement that will be on the blog, and I’m sure on Twitter. Besides being fun, the Lightning Talks will happen during that time.
- MyRocks Experimental Now Available with Percona Server for MySQL 5.7.19-17 – the first full experimental release of MyRocks with packages for Percona Server for MySQL 5.7.19-17. This is a great moment, and I hope you start testing it.
- MariaDB 10.3.1 Release Notes – it is an alpha release, but note that it is just called MariaDB and not MariaDB Server? Comes with more “Oracle compatibility”, like the CHR function. Maybe more interesting is the PROXY protocol support, which is not based on the implementation in Percona Server but kept it compatible with a bunch of bugs fixed. The work by Kristian Nielsen on having per-engine mysql.gtid_slave_pos tables is now also complete.
- Running XtraBackup on Windows using WSL
- Mark Callaghan has been on a blogging roll lately, and here’s a highlight: In-memory sysbench, a larger server and contention – part 2.
- MongoDB says Farewell, Solaris. They will not be releasing for the platform anymore.
db tech showcase Tokyo, Japan
The annual db tech showcase Tokyo 2017 took place this week from 5-7 September. It was a fun event as always, with capacity for 800 people per day. The event grows larger each year, and reminds me of the heyday of the MySQL Conference & Expo.
The db tech showcase is a five-parallel-track show, with each talk approximately 50 minutes. The event started with a keynote by Richard Hipp, creator of SQLite (if you were a Percona Live Santa Clara 2017 attendee, you’d have also seen him there). The rest of the event is a mix between Japanese language content and English language content. The sponsor list is lengthy, and if you walk the floor you could collect a lot of datasheets.
One thing I really liked? At some talks, you’d get a clear folder with a contact form as well as the printed slide deck. This is a great way to let the speaker’s company contact you. It’s a common issue that I (and others) speak to large amounts of people and have no idea who’s in the talk. I can only imagine our marketing and sales teams being much happier if they could get access to an attendee list! I wonder if this will work in other markets?
It’s interesting to see that there is a Japan MariaDB User Group now. It’s clear the MySQL user group needs a revival! I saw a talk from Toshiba on performance tests using MariaDB Server, but not with MySQL (a little odd?). The MongoDB content was pretty latent, which is unsurprising because we don’t see a huge MongoDB uptake or community in Japan (or South Korea for that matter).
Will I go back? Absolutely. I’ve been going for a few years, and it’s a great place for people who are crazy about database technology. You really get a spectrum of database presentations, and I expect most people go back with many ideas of what they might want to evaluate for production.
I spoke about the Engineering that goes into Percona Server for MySQL 5.6 and 5.7, with a hint of MongoDB. The slides are in a mix of Japanese and English. The Japanese translation: Percona ServerをMySQL 5.6と5.7用に作るエンジニアリング（そしてMongoDBのヒント）.
Percona’s website keeps track of community events, so check there to see where to listen to a Perconian speak. My upcoming appearances are:
- Open Source Summit North America – 11-14 September 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Percona Live Europe Dublin – 25-27 September 2017, Dublin, Ireland
- Velocity Europe – 17-20 October 2017, London, UK
- Open Source Summit Europe – 23-26 October 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
Did you try replication-manager last week? Guillaume Lefranc, the lead developer, writes in to talk about the new features such as support for MySQL 5.7, Binlog Flashback, multi-cluster mode and various stability fixes.