MySQL Oracle Connect 2012: Day One

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I attend five sessions today, and I think that some of them were very interesting, like the one on the Optimizer insight. It was quite informative and accurate.

Another one, done by the MySQL Cluster (NDB) group on the installer and new Javascript API interface, left me a little bit…foggy. Why? Because in my mind, one of the most important things to accomplish in NDB is the correct dimensioning of the memory, buffers, possible operation, attributes, and so on. All these things should come from the schema definition review and from the application analysis.

Now given the review analysis of the schema is still not present in the installer, I think that we missed a very important piece of information. When I raised the issue, Bernd mentioned that they were thinking of integrating that as well. It’s a good move, and I hope to see it soon. About the JavaScript API, I honestly think this was a real waste of time, but maybe someone will use it.

The next two were from Peter Z. and Vadim, both containing material I already saw and nothing really new.

The last one was on MySQL Migration wizard. It is good to see that Oracle decided to revive the project. I was expecting something more then what was presented, given that what was there was mainly in the old MySQL Migration Toolkit, both the good and the bad. In short, the main work done was to port the code from Delphi and Java Lua to Python and C++.

Yet, old issues remained, like data streaming from source to destination using a third element (box) where the tool needs to run. Also, there is still no control on the data loading status, which in the case of a crash, is bound to reload all data from start. I think there is a lot of work to do in this project, and I am convinced that the developers need significant help in order to focus on the real issues that could be the real value of the tool instead of useless cosmetics.

In general, the day was good. However, my honest impression is that Oracle is in good shape on the product side but not in other areas like interaction and presentation with customers and partners.

This is where the great MySQL diaspora hit Oracle the most, but this first conference could be the indication of a change of direction.

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With nearly three decades of experience, Marco is still fascinated by technology and its evolution, but his passion has since evolved with an emphasis on the human interaction — whether he is helping to develop his team’s capabilities or his relationships with his clients, Marco enjoys helping people personally and professionally. His colleagues and clients can always rely on him to “find a needle in a haystack” when others are unable to identify a solution. He credits this ability to using reverse brainstorming — starting with the root of an issue and working back. When he isn’t working, Marco can be found spending time with his family and playing sports.

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