We're coming onto the last call for papers at the 2006 MySQL Users Conference. That's right, get your submissions in by November 7. Since the conference team is normally swamped with papers that come in during the last 24 hours, you do get a bit of a competitive edge if you get your paper in early. Also be sure to target your talk to the audience. Pick the track that you want to focus on and make sure your presentation includes practical information that is helpful to MySQL users, not just theory. Topics that show real world use, best practices and showcase unique capabilities of MySQL tend to be very popular. Hands on information, technical details, performance tips, tuning & optimization, use of new features in 5.0 or MySQL Cluster are always welcome, as are meaty case studies. But leave behind the commercial pitches.
The conference is held April 24-27 in Santa Clara, California and features pre-conference tutorials, hands-on workshops, certification programs, a conference expo and more. It's the conference for MySQL users, DBAs and developers.