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Press Release: September 2, 2008

MySQL Conference & Expo Opens Call for Participation

MySQL Conference & Expo Opens Call for Participation
Open Source and Database Enthusiasts Gather to Work/Learn Together

Sebastopol, CA--O'Reilly Media has opened the Call for Participation for the 2009 MySQL Conference & Expo, scheduled for April 20-23, in Santa Clara, California. Conference program chair Colin Charles and the program committee invite proposals for conference sessions, panel discussions, and tutorials. More than 2,000 attendees are expected to participate in over 120 sessions at next year's event.

Proposals can be submitted here: The deadline runs through October 22, 2008.

Co-presented by O'Reilly Media and Sun Microsystems, the MySQL Conference & Expo is the largest gathering of MySQL developers, users, and DBAs worldwide. The event reflects MySQL's wide-ranging appeal and capabilities. The open atmosphere of the MySQL Conference & Expo helps IT professionals and community members create the best database applications, tools, and software through expert instruction, hands-on tutorials, and interaction with readily available MySQL developers. Users gain the knowledge they need to rapidly build solid applications with MySQL that scale with the enterprise. New to the 2009 program will be MySQLCamp, a place where any and all participants can create an "unconference" within the larger event.

MySQL Conference & Expo 2009 is organized around and invites proposals for the following database tracks:

  • Architecture and Technology
  • Business and Case Studies
  • Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
  • Cloud Computing
  • Java
  • LAMP
  • Migration
  • MySQL Cluster and High Availability
  • .NET/Windows
  • Performance Tuning and Benchmarks
  • PHP and MySQL
  • Replication and Scale-Out
  • Ruby and MySQL
  • Security and Database Administration
  • Storage Engine Development and Optimization
  • Web 2.0, Ajax, and Emerging Technologies
  • MySQL Enterprise Monitor & Query Analyzer

The hot topics emerging for 2009 include:

  • Memcached
  • Advanced development techniques using the most modern PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby, .NET, and Java frameworks and toolsets
  • Enterprise database administration and security
  • Embedding or building MySQL in applications
  • Enterprise 2.0
  • MySQL Workbench
  • VLDB and massive data warehouse applications, including MySQL 5.1 partitioning strategies
  • Advanced business intelligence (BI) technology and tools
  • Pluggable storage engine development and optimization
  • Web 2.0 and emerging web technologies
  • Cloud computing
  • The world behind MySQL Proxy
  • MySQL 6 and beyond

Now in its seventh year, MySQL Conference & Expo offers attendees more than 120 sessions on multiple tracks encompassing a wide range of skill levels; in-depth tutorials to help develop technical skills and learn new tricks; and inspirational keynote presentations that describe the future of software and the evolution of open source in the enterprise and beyond. Attendees will also experience the gathering of over 2,000 MySQL developers, gurus, experts, and users under one roof; an Expo Hall featuring dozens of the latest tools and products from third party vendors, which will include a DotOrg Pavilion showcasing community projects; the opportunity to become MySQL Certified; the new MySQLCamp; and fun evening events such as Birds of a Feather sessions and plenty of networking opportunities.

Past sponsors included Kickfire, Zmanda, Continuent, EDS, JasperSoft, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, XAware, DataDirect Technologies, Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, Hewlett Packard, Infobright, Linagora, Microsoft, OpSource, Innobase/Oracle, Pentaho, R1Soft, Redhat, and Ticketmaster.

Proposals will be accepted through October 22, 2008, and early registration for attendees and media will open in December 2008.

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