Over the recent months I’ve been pushing myself to be more of a software engineer than a “coder”. To that end I’ve been investing my time heavily in a lot of things, and part of that is attending talks and conferences on interesting topics. So when I saw the tweet below, I jumped at the chance!
— Web & PHP (@webandphp) October 2, 2013
I earnestly entered and chance would have it, I won two tickets to Percona Live. The boss, Mike Nolan, graciously decided free was a good amount to spend on professional development. It probably didn’t hurt that I offered him the second ticket.
We unfortunately didn’t get to attend the well regarded Percona Live tutorials, something I was reminded of talking to other attendees when they mentioned quite how good they were. We did however try to attend different sessions on the conference schedule.
The keynotes were both informative and amusing, Mike hadn’t previously been aware of the animosity between Monty and Oracle, by the end of the keynotes he was. Nothing serious, just veiled digs!
Here’s the breakdown of my day:
- MySQL Performance: Benchmarks, Tuning, and “Best” Practices
- Practical sysbench
- Scaling to 500,000,000 Database Tables and Beyond – The WordPress.com Story
- Backups in the Real World: Challenges and Solutions
- MySQL, the ebay Classifieds Way
- How To Understand Galera Replication
Whilst I took notes in most of the talks covering tips, tricks, tweaks.. my biggest take home was from Luis Motta Campos‘ talk about MySQL, the ebay Classifieds Way. It was really interesting to see things we do (and have planned to do) at Edge Hill University, done on such a scale in a truly professional way. It both reinforced my plans for our own infrastructure and heavily added to my wishlist and roadmap!
Hopefully I’ll get some more time next week to do a more detailed break down of the individual talks. Or perhaps cover PHPNW 2013 or the Inviqa TDD Immersion day I did over the past couple of months!