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Read this before submitting a conference proposal

The O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo 2010 Call for Participation ends in just under 3 weeks. I am on the conference committee, and thus get to see and review all the conference proposals. This blog post will briefly explain the how each part of the proposal is used, then have a list of what not to do in your conference proposal, and end with a checklist of questions to go over your proposal before submitting.

Active support for MySQL 5.0 ends soon

According to the official lifecycle calendar, active support for MySQL 5.0 (including regular binary updates) will end on December 31st, 2009. Upgrading to MySQL 5.1 is not difficult, though it requires more steps than just upgrading the packages. There is a link to a post which walks you through the upgrade.I hope this helps folks out, and please feel free to ask any questions. Pythian is available to assist you in the upgrade process, just contact us if you want to engage our help.

Today’s Perl Lesson

One thing I find fascinating in Perl is that I am always seeing new ways to perform the same mundane task. Today I had to output some tabular data, so I thought it would be nice if I alternated colors for each row. Easy enough in Perl—just create a hash with your colours as the value and then the swapping variable as the key, like this…

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