So, first two days of mysqlconf’07 are finished now. What can I say is that without any doubts: It worth it! If you’re working on some high traffic projects, some high-loaded database driven systems, etc, you definitely should attend such conferences – you’d never be able to get such big amounts of information from the best people in the industry as you can get here.
I’ve been attending mostly practical MySQL scale-out sessions and BOFs and I’ve got really controversial impressions. No – everybody was great, controversial thing is my own level – I never before was so sure that I know nothing at all! I see people here for which most of new things for me (especially in MySQL scaling) are pretty obvious and it is hard to keep myself from some kind of self-beating because I don’t know these things.
Interesting thing happened today – I clearly realized why YouTube guys got their billion and we or someone else didn’t – IMHO – one of the major factors was their ability to handle all these users traffic efficiently. They’ve got one of the best (imho) technical people in their command. I was really impressed by one of their guys (sorry, but I’m too bad in remembering people’s names) – one of the two founders – who participated in MySQL replication and scale out BOF as attendee. He clearly showed me that they’re able to grow almost without any limits because of their skills which is one of the major requirements in today’s fast changung world.
Another interesting thing was that I realized that my spoken English could be really good when people speak clearly and I understand their questions. I spoke with some guys about our mmm project, about maby things and there was no problems at all!
So, its going pretty late and tomorrow going to be a long day so I want to repeat – if you have any chance to get on such conferences, DO IT! If your company can’t help you, spend your own money or find some other solutions, but DO IT! It is the best thing could happen to YOU as professional!
P.S. Just remembered – I saw some women-DBAs today! Really smart girls! I never thought that pretty girl can become such great IT prefessional and now I know – I was really wrong.
P.P.S. Sorry to russian-speaking readers – I will definitely translate my last posts later – just when I’ll come back home from this crazy (but the best) event with 14hrs of load a day