MySQL Community Rocks – look at all the contributed audio & video
The MySQL community is just great. I’ve been suggesting that we get recordings for the Conference & Expo, alas, its generally not in the roadmap. I mean, look at Apple and their WWDC – all attendees get amazing video recordings that switch between slides and the speaker. Last year, they even delivered it via iTunes! In previous years, they distributed DVDs (valuable, though with WWDC a lot is generally new technology announcements, and I can hardly want to reference what was cool for Panther or Tiger any longer…) Mad props also to the linux.conf.au 2007 team, who also did amazing recordings – sessions were available by the evening they were given!
The MySQL conference is a lot different. There are lots of reusable sessions. Some that you attend, you’ll get knowledge committed for life. The tendency to not see too many roadmap talks makes it very useful for future reference.
Back to why the community rocks. They’ve done exactly what should have been done – record the sessions. Give much applause to:
- Sheeri Kritzer, for a lot of 2007 MySQL User Conference & Expo Presentations & Videos. Sheeri walked around with tripod, and video camera, and did an amazing job. She has MP3 audio and VMV video (it plays on Linux…)
- Baron Schwartz, has a few files, that are available in OGG Vorbis format.
- However, that’s not so good for iPod users, so Kevin Burton decided to make MP3′s of Baron’s recordings!
If that wasn’t enough, let me take a moment to thank all the Planet MySQL bloggers, who pretty much created content so regularly, that you could follow the conference, even while you were not there. Kudos to all!