Thursday, 9 March 2006

Sorrento MySQL Developers Conference

Tomorrow, I'll be taking off for Sorrento close to Naples in Italy. Some MySQLers are already there, and most of us will come during the weekend. It's the yearly Developer Conference, where large parts of the Services organisation is also taking part.

I'll use the time to interview some of our devs about MySQL 5.1 and their User Conference presentations.

Tuesday, 7 March 2006

SWPATs: Florian starts to blog

Florian Müller has started his own blog. His new website promotes his book on the EU fight against Software Patents in 2004 and 2005. As part of it, he has also started a blog, well worth following.

Saturday, 4 March 2006

BOF sessions during MySQL UC

What are we going to have BOF (Birds-of-a-Feather) sessions on during the MySQL UC?

Looking at the corresponding web page, the list is short today. It just has Zak Greant and myself moderating a GPLv3 Jam Session.

So please submit your own ideas into our BOF Request Form.

I'd be interested in seeing BOF sessions on topics such as

  • Performance Tuning

  • Architecture

  • Cluster

  • Replication

  • GUI tools

  • MySQL Network


  • Java

  • .Net

The ground rules on our BOF web page are:

Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BOFs can be organized for individual projects or broader topics (best practices, open data, standards). BOFs are entirely up to you. We post your topic online and onsite and provide the space and time. You provide the engaging topic.

If you're interested in moderating your own BOF, please fill out the questionnaire today. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Vee McMillen via email:

Please note that audio/visual equipment, including projection equipment, will not be available for BOF sessions. If you require any audio/visual equipment, you may contact, the official convention audio/visual producer, for rental rates.

Friday, 3 March 2006

Hiring: Developers, developers ...

Believe it or not, we have a shortage of developers at MySQL. We have more positions open than there are candidates to fill the posts with.

As such, MySQL AB enjoys an inflow of quite a lot of applications. It feels like a privilege to be attractive to professionals across the world.

MySQL developers on conference in Malta

However, we have very specific needs. On, I counted eight positions open regardless of your location in the world, and five of them are in development:

There are other worldwide positions in Services (Support Engineer, Senior Consultant, Senior Curriculum Developer) and five European positions in Services/Engineering (SAP Practice Manager, Senior Consultants, Senior Instructor, Technical writer - Certification Exams, Development Engineer / Unit-Testing and Benchmarking).
Brian (part of)
A hurdle? See Step 1.


  1. read "Finding an open source programming job", an interview of Brian Aker, our Director of Architecture and a benevolent hurdle to pass for anyone interested in a Dev job at MySQL

  2. do your background research on MySQL (at least the product, preferrably also the company)

  3. do something (code, implement) related to MySQL and your desired position

  4. send a personal email to whomever you might know (or have met, or have heard presenting) inside MySQL AB; this speeds things up, but is obviously not a requirement

  5. fill in our Job Application Form on the web (it'll likely be processed faster than if you email, especially addressing how you fit the qualifications