David Stokes will be covering MySQL new features, particularly for developers, found in MySQL version 8, released earlier this year (the previous version was 5.7).
Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager for Oracle Corporation and travels extensively to promote MySQL, speaking over thirty times each year for the past several years. He is also the author of MySQL & JSON - A Practical Programming Guide which is a guide for those wishing to take advantage of the JSON data type and the MySQL Document Store. With degrees in computer science and business, you could find him pre-Covid on the road at shows like FOSDEM, SCaLE, Confoo, PHP UK, SCaLE, Scotland PHP, PyCaribbean, or maybe your local meetup (please let him know if you need a speaker!). Dave actually started programming in FORTRAN on punch cards on a Digital Equipment Corporation KL1091 36-bit computer and wants you to know that the dinosaurs roaming the earth at the time did make on-campus parking especially daunting. Has has been playing guitar (badly) for way too long. Dave resides in Texas with the mandatory hound dog and pickup truck.