MySQL Conference 2008

Once again I spent a week in the San Francisco Bay Area. This time around it was for LugRadio Live USA 2008 and the MySQL Conference & Expo 2008.

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

I flew in on April 12 (from FRA via LAX to SJC) and arrived in the hotel, the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, in the afternoon.

Downtown Mountain View

The next morning I left the hotel around 7:00 in the morning for a genuine experience of what they call public transportation in the bay area. It took me three hours to travel the distance of about 40 miles from Santa Clara to downtown San Francisco:

The most frustrating part of this experience was the fact that you buy separate tickets for each leg of the trip as the trains are operated by different carriers and that there is no integrated timetable online.

LugRadio Live US 2008

At LugRadio Live USA 2008 I attended the following sessions:

I also got to talk briefly to Jono Bacon and Allison Randal before I had to start the three hour trip back to Santa Clara.

MySQL Community Dinner

I got back to Santa Clara in time for the MySQL Community Dinner that was initated by Arjen Lentz.

Exhibition Area

Unlike with the PHP-focussed conferences that I usually present at, I managed to attend a session in almost every timeslot (each of which had 8 sessions to choose from) at the MySQL Conference & Expo 2008.

I had a great time at the conference. I met a lot of nice people, had plenty of interesting discussions, and I learned a lot in the sessions.