Most of the talks have both slides and videos already uploaded on site, so you can check them and make your own conclusions, but my top 5 favorite talks (that have both videos and slides already available to community) were the following:
- "Un-split brain (aka Move Back in Time) MySQL", by Shlomi Noach. You can find slides at SlideShare.
This was a replacement talk that was really interesting and had proper style for FOSDEM. It was mostly a nice background story of creation of the gh-mysql-rewind tool, a shell script that uses MariaDB's mysqlbinlog --flashback option and MySQL GTIDs and allows to "rewind" row-based binary log to roll back transactions to some previous point in time. The tool should become available to community soon, maybe as a part of orchestrator. I was impressed how one can successfully use 49 slides for 20 minutes talk. That's far beyond my current presentation skills...
- "Test complex database systems in a laptop with dbdeployer", by Giuseppe Maxia. You can find slides at SlideShare.
I've already built and used dbdeployer, as described in my blog post, so I was really interested in the talk. Giuseppe was able not only to show 45 slides over 20 minutes and explain all the reasons behind re-implementing MySQL-Sandbox in Go, but also run a live demo where dozens of sandbox instances were created and used. Very impressive!
- "MySQL and the CAP theorem: relevance & misconceptions", second great talk and show by Shlomi Noach. You can find slides at SlideShare.
The "CAP theorem" says is a concept that a distributed database system (like any kind of MySQL replication setup) can only have 2 of the 3 features: (atomic) Consistency, (high) Availability and Partition Tolerance. This can be proved mathematically, but Shlomi had not only defined terms and conditions to present the formal proof, but also explained that they are far from real production objectives of any engineer or DBA (like 99.95% of Availability). He had shown typical MySQL setups (from simple async master-slave replication to Galera, group replication and even Vitess) and proved that formally they all are neither consistent nor available from that formal CAP theorem point of view, while, as we all know, they are practically useful and work (and with some efforts, proxies on top etc can be made both highly available and highly consistent for practical purposes). So, CAP theorem is neither representing real production systems, nor meeting their real requirements. We've also got some kind of explanation of why async master-master or circular replication are still popular... All that in 48 slides, with links, and presented in 20 minutes! Greatest short MySQL-related talk I've ever attended.
- "TiDB: Distributed, horizontally scalable, MySQL compatible", by Morgan Tocker. You can find slides at SlideShare.
It was probably the first time when I listened to Morgan, even though we worked together for a long time. I liked his way of explaining the architecture of this yet another database system speaking MySQL protocol and reasons to create it. If you are interested in performance of this system, check this blog post.
- "MySQL 8.0 Document Store: How to Mix NoSQL & SQL in MySQL 8.0", by Frédéric Descamps. You can find slides (70!) at SlideShare.
LeFred managed to get me somewhat interested in MySQL Shell and new JSON functions in MySQL, way more than ever before. It's even more surprising that hist talk was the last one and we already spent 8+ hours listening before he started. Simple step by step explanation of how one may get the best of both SQL, ACID and NoSQL (JSON, "MongoDB") worlds, if needed, in a single database management syste, was impressive. Also this talk probably caused the longest discussion and the largest number of questions from those remaining attendees.
He was also one of two "hosts" and "managers" of the devroom, so I am really thankful him for hist efforts year after year to make MySQL devroom at FOSDEM great!
|The only photo I made with my Nokia dumb phone this year in Brussels, on my way to FOSDEM on February 2. We've got snow and rain that morning, nice for anyone who had to walk 5 kilometers to the ULB campus.|