Category Archives: Meetup

Los Angeles MySQL Meetup on Wednesday & other news

With all the changes between MySQL and Meetup Corporation, our Los Angeles MySQL Meetup has been in flux. But I’m happy to note that Navicat was kind enough to sponsor us for now & if that ever falls through, OpenQuery with the administration of Sheeri are ready to step in as well if needed. This just shows what a great community MySQL is.

Now that we have some stability on that end, we finally have a Meetup scheduled for this Wednesday.

Tod Landis will present Entrance. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, please pop by. These Meetups are a lot of fun and very educational.

In other news, I’ve stepped down as lead organizer for the PHP and Semantic Web meetups. There are only so many hours in a day…

On the PHP side, I just wanted to kick start the Meetup in the hopes that someone else would take it over. Thankfully, Oleg Baranovsky agreed to take the lead and he’s done a great job so far with two meetups already behind his belt.

On the Semantic Web side, semweb guru Marco Neumann is back in charge, with a lot of help from the capable hands of Hung Tran.

I’m still a co-organizer for the other two and will try to help the new organizers out wherever possible. These are some quality guys who have stepped up to help the webdev community in Los Angeles.

Hope to see you all on Wednesday!

Slides & photos of L.A. Meetup presentations of Sphinx, Mysql Sandbox & MySQL 5.1 rolling in

We had a great meetup last night with Andrew Aksyonoff, Giuseppe Maxia and Sheeri Cabral. It was special to have so many top speakers all in one night. Here are the photos.

Sheeri filmed the meetup and will have the video up soon. Her presentation was on “What’s new in MySQL 5.1”. Here are the slides in PDF, and notes via blog post. If you’re thinking about upgrading, check it out. I had read the release notes earlier but there were definitely some points I didn’t quite realize until hearing the talk.

Giuseppe‘s slides will be up soon. The Sandbox is so cool. I will have to try it out after seeing that demo…

Andrew’s slides are here. It’s truly amazing what he has acheived with Sphinx. Among the major sites powered by Sphinx are, Meetup, Craigslist, phpBB, Geeks To Go,, and many more.

Need to tag your content? Use Open Calais

Tom Tague presented Open Calais to our Semantic Web Meetup in L.A. last night. If you need to tag your content, or pull semantically meaningful data AUTOMATICALLY, use Open Calais, API key needed. There is a WordPress plugin called Tagaroo. I wish I could install it here but it doesn’t work on (yet?).

The technology is damn impressive. Thanks to Marco for setting it up all the way from New York and Krista for all her hard work and the pizza of course!

Just for fun I’m going to run this post through the Open Calais demo and see the results. Watch for it in the comments.

How Open Calais tagged this post

How Open Calais tagged this post

Slides are in for Franck Leveneur’s MySQL Stored Procedures presentation

Franck Leveneur gave a nice tutorial on MySQL stored procedures and functions at Yahoo! on Tuesday and the slides are now in: HTML, PDF.

Navicat and ZManda offered license and discounts to attendees, and since we didn’t have a bowl to put everyone’s name in, Franck did a “SELECT * FROM participant ORDER BY rand() LIMIT 1;” to obtain the winner 🙂

PHP Meetup @ Mahalo was great, MySQL tonight

The Mahalo PHP Meetup was a lot of fun. Firstly, Sharon Levy had a great presentation with cool sound effects. That definitely gets your attention…

It’s always good to watch the best techniques presenters use to engage the audience, and not being afraid to play some mood music is definitely one to add to your bag of tricks.

Another cool tip is what I saw Tim Ash do at SES NY a year ago. Bribing. Ask tough questions and offer $10 to the person with the correct answer. Think the audience members were dozing off by the second question? I think NOT!

After Sharon’s presentation, the group stuck around about 7 hours(!) to chat and watch the web shows Mahalo put on. Jason Calacanis with Kevin Rose on This Week in Tech, followed by LeVar Burton and Samm Levine on Kevin Pollak’s very first web show.

On top of it, Mahalo bought plenty of pizza and refreshments to keep the crowd well fed 🙂 Pictures here.

Up tonight, Franck Leveneur‘s talk @ Yahoo! sounds like it will be very enlightening to the MySQL crowd.