MySQL and NoSQL at Craigslist

  • June 13, 2012 · 6:30 PM


Craigslist uses a variety of data storage technologies, both SQL (MySQL) and NoSQL (Redis, MonoDB, memcached, etc).  Craigslist's Jeremy Zawodny will discuss some of the systems architecture at Craigslist, with a focus on data storage technologies: what is in use, where, why, and why not.


Jeremy Zawodny has been a software engineer at craigslist for the last 4 years,
focusing mostly on back-end data and systems including MySQL, Sphinx,
Redis, and MongoDB.  He codes primarilly in Perl and hopes to eventaully
pick up Ruby and Python.

6:30 - 7:00 -- Doors open/general socializing & food provided by Percona  
7:00 - 7:15 -- Intro/announcements  
7:15 - 8:00(ish) -- Main presentation  
8:00 - 9:00  -- General discussion/Q&A/networking/etc.  
After 9:30 -- post-event socializing... aka beers someplace nearby

Percona is the oldest and largest independent MySQL support and consulting company, with a global 24×7 staff of over 40 people serving more than 1000 customers in 50+ countries since 2006. Our clients achieve breakthrough results with MySQL: cost savings, faster time to market, higher system uptime, and long-term scalability. With Percona, you can execute with confidence and clarity. Anyone can claim expertise, but we show our abilities by creating open-source software for MySQL users, writing industry-leading books, and publishing original research on the widely read MySQL Performance Blog. We also organize the Percona Live series of conferences to share what we know.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to a video if one becomes available!

    June 28, 2012

  • Martha

    Excellent presentation, albeit somewhat derailed by too many off-topic questions from the audience.

    June 15, 2012

  • Kevin Pajak

    Was a really thorough and interesting presentation, with lots of opportunity for asking questions as well. Thanks to Jeremy from Craigslist for presenting, Yelp for hosting, and all sponsors! Great event.

    June 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    this was a great wealth of information.

    June 14, 2012

  • Erin O'Neill

    There was a video from last night. Just waiting on Yelp to provide it & then we'll make it available!

    June 14, 2012

  • andrew zygarewicz

    One of the best meetups I have been to. VERY VERY good detailed information.
    Thanks to our sponsors for providing a great location and food.

    June 14, 2012

  • John Dubchak

    Great venue and great presentation.

    June 14, 2012

  • Jason Dubaniewicz


    June 14, 2012

  • Dustin Calim

    Great speaker, answered lots of good questions

    June 14, 2012

  • C Tam

    Hi, is there a video capture last night? :)

    June 14, 2012

  • Claudio Santana

    The presenter, facilities, beer and pizza were great. The excessive questions interrupting the session were just unbearable.

    June 14, 2012

  • Dimitri Papaioannou

    The presentation was excellent but the freeform QA during the presentation somewhat disrupted the flow.

    June 14, 2012

  • Chris Cortese

    Great talk, and met some interesting folks

    June 14, 2012

  • Murray Brown

    Great speaker, great venue, beer and pizza. The perfect mix, well done!

    June 14, 2012

  • Guillaume Carre

    Geat venue, great speaker. Best meetup in months.

    June 14, 2012

  • Erin O'Neill

    Very fun & lively talk.

    June 14, 2012

  • Wing Wong

    Loved the talk by Craigslist

    June 14, 2012

  • Nestor Toro

    The presentation itself was great. Jeremy is an excellent speaker.

    Having said that, I also have to take this opportunity to rant. In all of my years going to meetups, talks, presentations, seminars, I have never witnessed a more annoying audience than I did last night. The presentation was constantly interrupted by audience commentary, questions, and follow-up question after follow-up question. Jeremy was barely able to get through his slides. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against asking questions, in fact, part of of the reason I enjoy attending these events is having the chance to interact with the presenter and fellow attendees. A few questions here and there is not going to interrupt the flow of the presentation, but last night was an absolute bombardment (by a handful of audience members). Way to take over a presentation guys. How about some common courtesy and consideration for everyone else in the room, more importantly, the presenter.

    June 14, 2012

  • Richard Goetz

    Very useful. Gave me lots of things to consider when scaling my data platform.

    June 14, 2012

  • Chang Lim

    Great meet-up session. Maybe someone should track and manage the time spent on Q & A. Still a great session!

    June 14, 2012

  • Alex Marinov

    Great stories behind running databases at Craigslist. Very engaging speaker and participating audience.

    June 14, 2012

  • Sumeet Bansal

    Everything was top notch. The presenter, Jeremy, The Organizers, Erin and Mike and the Yelp location made is awesome too.

    June 14, 2012

  • Joseph Miller­

    Jeremy mentioned in the presentation that he used these slides at the Percona conference. I just found them via Google.

    1 · June 13, 2012

  • Jeff Rule

    I think I heard the slides for this talk were available online. I can't seem to find a link to them. Anyone?

    June 13, 2012

  • Erin O'Neill

    Dan -- good catch! sorry with work & working with yelp that is WRONG! as usual the Main presentation is 7-8, with Q&A 8:15ish to 9ish. The raffle is after the main presentation.

    June 13, 2012

  • Dan Linder

    On the agenda, I see: "7:15 - 8:00(ish) -- Main presentation
    8:00 - 9:00 -- Main presentation" : what time is Jeremy's presentation expected to start and end? Need to set expectations on the homefront!

    June 13, 2012

  • Erin O'Neill

    We are hoping to tape it & then make that available on the website. But no live streaming.

    June 13, 2012

  • Nilesh Dosooye

    is there going to be a webcast?

    June 13, 2012

  • Erin O'Neill

    If you did NOT have a full name and you WERE on the LIST, and NOW you are giving me a full name you will be put on the waitlist! That doesn't mean you won't get it.

    June 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    David Ginsburg (I'm on the wait list, not sure if I'm too late to join you folks)

    June 13, 2012

  • Elisa Gomes

    Hi Erin,
    Elisa Gomes

    June 13, 2012

  • Erin O'Neill

    Alex, Kaan, Misha, Timothy - if I deleted you guys cause I didn't see your full names - I added you to the list. You can come!

    June 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kaan Meralan

    June 12, 2012

  • Timothy Evans

    Timothy Carey Evans

    June 12, 2012

  • Misha S

    Mikhail Neverov

    June 11, 2012

  • Alex Ng

    thanks for getting the larger space erin! looking forward to this event!

    June 6, 2012

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