Tag: Pythian Europe

Webinar for EMEA, June 4: Migrating to an Open Source DB Platform

Paul Vallée, Pythian’s founder and Executive Chairman really opened our eyes. Paul talks about Oracle’s 11G features with the same enthusiasm he has for MySQL’s federated architecture, or for SQL Server’s peer-to-peer replication technology. You could hardly find anybody who presents his visionary views of the new technology trends like cloud computing, virtualization, or server consolidation with such a deep understanding of the topics. Here is your opportunity to confer with Paul Vallée on Thursday, June 4, 2009 12:00 PM–1:00 PM CEST (11AM–12:00 PM GMT) in a free webinar, Database Platform Migration.

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Killing an Oracle Job Dead

If you ever thought it was easy to kill an oracle job, let me show you something that gave me a headache today. The steps are simple enough: remove/break all jobs in question, kill the jobs that are running, recompile the packages with new the version, and submit/un-break the jobs again. This time, however, things were not going as smoothly as I expected. Let’s have a look.

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UKOUG 2008 Highlights

Tonight I returned from my first UKOUG conference. I’ve been to smaller conferences like Microsoft Technet and big ones like European Oracle Open World before, but this was without a doubt best one so far (measured by the value of content and amount of fun). I couldn’t attend all the sessions that aroused my interest, there were simply too many of them. From those I attended, there are few I’d like to mention as highlights of the conference. Here they are…

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MMUG: Second Meeting Review and Slides

The Malta MySQL User Group (MMUG) met for the second time this Thursday, and compared to last time, we had a much better venue: Ixaris Systems let us use their board room, so we had all the tools we needed to have a good meeting. Overall, I’m very pleased with this meeting, we had some valuable talks and questions raised during the presentations, and some very good company in good venue. I’d like to thank Pythian, Ixaris, and the MySQL Community team for their support in helping us.

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MMUG: Community, Education, and Good Company in Malta

In this second MySQL User Group meeting, we’ll again focus on general best practices and free discussions, in order to share our knowledge as much as we can. The last meeting was in Mellieha and it was a success — we had a good turnout and some very interesting discussions. Darren, one of our members, blogged about our meeting and so did I in one of my previous posts. If you’d like to learn more about MySQL, or if you’re a DBA (doesn’t matter which level) I encourage you to email us (and sign up to our mailing list) at malta (at) ug.mysql.org. Or subscribe here. You can also, as always, email me directly at: westerlund (at) pythian.com

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Join us! Pythian Europe Launch Event in Prague on Wednesday

I’m pleased to announce that there will be the formal launch of Pythian Europe at the premises of the Canadian Embassy in Prague on Wednesday the 6th of August from 17:00 to 18:30. This historic event will be announced by Mrs. Sameena Qureshi, Trade Counsellor, Embassy of Canada; and Paul Vallee, President and Founder, The Pythian Group. Present will be various members from the press (IT and Business), as well as representatives from Oracle and Sun Microsystems, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Prague, and many more. We will prepare some unusual and very tasty snacks and refreshments.

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Next week, meet me in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich or Prague!

I am traveling to Europe next week to brief major prospects in Germany (Daimler, MAN) as well as to attend to administrative matters at Pythian Europe in Prague and would love to meet any readers of this blog during this trip!

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First MMUG Meetup in Malta

So, the Malta MySQL User Group has had its first ever meet-up today, and it was a success! he evening proceeded with a introduction of ourselves, our interest in MySQL, and mainly talk about weird bugs that we had encountered during our careers. Oh, we also discussed Kickfire a bit, and it does indeed sound like a very interesting product, which I’d love to try out one day. Overall, I am very satisfied with this meeting and the turnout.

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On Joining Pythian

‘ve joined Pythian and thought I would present myself and give my initial opinions on Pythian as a employer. So far, I really enjoy everything that Pythian has, excellent co-workers, great spirits, nice work environment and fun challenges. Plus this will be my first time ever in Canada, so that’s something I will show too, I just hope it’s not that cold during July.

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When (and How) Europe Met Pythian

Thanks to Paul for announcing the founding of Pythian Europe. Paul finished his blog by inviting me to tell you the story about “how we met Pythian”. Here it is.

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