MySQL University – quick survey

MySQL University has been running for the last 18 months, and we’ve covered a wide range of topics, from the internals of MySQL right up to Amazon’s EC2, using MySQL in the Solaris/OpenSolaris Webstack and a description of the forthcoming MySQL Online Backup. Personally, I think they’re great. Obviously many times I am scribe and am there for the sessions, but I listen to lots of the sessions anyway, and I’m yet to be disappointed by the content. What’s really great is that in all the cases the person you are listening to is probably the person that either developed, or helped drive development of the particular function, or, in the case of some of the external tools (EC2, for example), these guys are expert in it. The experience is not quite as thrilling as attending the MySQL User Conference, but the content is just the same. The problem is that despite all the work we do to get the presenters, interesting topics, and promotion of the upcoming sessions, we don’t always get as many attendees as we want or expect. So, I’m wondering why this should be the case. We know that the current presentation system is not ideal (and we’re working on that), but I’m interested to hear people’s opinions on MySQL University. If you want to help shape the future of MySQL University, then comment here, and either answer the questions below, or make up your own.

  • Have you attended any MySQL University sessions. How many?
  • How would you rate the sessions generally? A simple good or bad will do
  • If you haven’t attended any sessions, or don’t regularly attend them, why not?
  • Have you ever looked at/listened to the past sessions that provide on MySQL Forge?

Please, I’m interested to hear.