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Archive for October, 2008

BarCampDC2 Unconference for Web Geeks and Geekettes

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Yesterday I got to experience my first BarCamp right here in DC.

For any of you not familiar with the BarCamp movement, this was a volunteer-run tech community gathering based on the principle that every participant should actively contribute in some way to the event. Newcomers especially are encouraged to give a talk or to facilitate a discussion.

Sessions I attended (speaker/facilitator):

The Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University graciously provided the space including the central meeting room and several breakout rooms.

Many of us wandered over to McFadden’s for an afterparty, partly financed by sponsors. It was great to see many familiar faces and to meet several new people in a fun and friendly environment.

Optimizing MySQL for Web Applications

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

If you have a slow web app and you suspect the database is part of the issue, then this is for you.

I gave a version of this talk last night to the DC PHP Developers Group.

I’m not pretending to be a Join-fu Drunken Query Master at this point, but I’ve had success dealing with poorly performing database-driven applications, based on research and tweaking. The slides are a slightly prettified version of notes I originally collected for myself. YMMV.

I’d love to learn about your experiences, and I think the community would also like to see whatever you can share.