Minnesota MySQL + PHP User Group

by Mike Willbanks on May 13th, 2009

With Oracle purchasing up Sun Microsystems (who hasn’t heard of all the rage), MySQL has decided that they were no longer going to support Meetup.com which they have been doing for the last 4 years. Their response to ending the support for Meetup is to have the user groups go to Facebook. This in my opinion is not a great place for a meetup and I will likely be moving the meetup to it’s own site.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the efforts of David Hedrick Skarjune for keeping this user group going for the last 4 1/2 years and look forward to guiding this group in the future as David has made me organizer.

Currently we take on PHP as a subset item, my plan is to separate this completely and focus on the MySQL User Group being more of a MySQL/Drizzle User Group. With the latest Oracle takeover I truly believe that we will see Drizzle take more strength and the project will see enormous growth as it becomes stable and starts sending out releases.

The current plan is to keep the Meetup membership going for a few months as we transition either to a new system or a custom built system that will give the flexibility that I feel that the user group will need going forward. Additionally I believe that we will see more presentations happening and several discussions spawned at the TC Web Design meetup tonight.

I look forward to organizing the group and we already have a few companies ready to provide space, pizza, pop and beer. If you are in the area and want to drop by or are willing to present or have any ideas that you would like to see this meetup produce, please feel free to let me know. I will be planning to have a meeting in June at some point. Presently I have no additional details on what we will be presenting or what topics are going to be coming up.

What are the other user groups using out there for a system to maintain their user groups? While I could build something custom, I certainly do not have the time to dedicate to building another system as I already have quite a few in the works.


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