Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Meet MySQL's everyday heroes

Lenz GrimmerDuleepa Lenz Grimmer and Duleepa Wijayawardhana have made a series of interviews with the everyday heroes of MySQL. Some are oldtimers, others are new. Some previously worked for MySQL AB, others joined our team through Sun. But all are part of the fabric of today's MySQL.

Lenz and Dups asked a number of interesting questions from these guys:

Lars HeillAlexander Adam DonnisonMasood MortazaviStewart SmithIgnacio Galarza

  • What are the key principles of open development?

  • Whose philosophy is "My job is not to get excited. My job is to worry about our customers."

  • What are the "hidden ingredients" to make scale?

  • What are the challenges for the Release engineering team preparing for the post-5.1 GA world?

  • What will enable the Drizzle team to show the user how much memory each query consumed at various points of execution?

  • Who has run MySQL 5.1 in production for 18 months?

  • Why is the Win32 API a challenge?

  • Who is a generalist with a preference for the Windows platform?

  • Who has a perspective on the MySQL Support Team dating all the way back to 2002?

  • Who is looking forward to the MySQL Cluster 6.4 release?

  • What is the SunInventory web service?

  • Who was born in Northern Norway? Who has family in Iran, Turkey and Germany?

  • Whose Ph.D. dissertation was titled "Vortex-Vortex Interactions and Probability Density Function Methods"? Who has written COBOL for a living?

  • Who thinks "Photography feeds my soul"?

  • What is the meaning of the acronym "WTF"?

  • Whose office is "a semi-grown-up nerd's playroom"?

  • Who worked as root@local.internet.provider and didn't find Oracle for Linux and hence started with MySQL 3.22?

  • Who works daily on C, C++, Pascal, JavaScript, CMake, WiX, Lua, Perl on Windows, Linux and Mac?

  • Who isn't even 30 years old yet, but claims to look older?

  • Who wants to make MySQL development processes contributor friendly?

  • Whose beard froze in the -25 to -30 degree winters in China's northeastern provinceof Heilongjiang?

  • Who works in Menlo Park? Trondheim? Melbourne? Orlando? Sofia? Rural Victoria?

  • Will the next Bourne film be called "Database supremacy"?

For the answers (or hints at answers) to these and other questions, go read the interviews!

Thank you, Lars, Masood, Stewart, Salle, Adam and Iggy -- both for your daily heroics, and for telling us about it!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Recipe for celebrating MySQL 5.1 GA

Here is my personal recipe for celebrating MySQL 5.1 GA (called "Five shot one"):


Served in:

  • Five Iittala shot glasses from Finland

  • One HB 0,5 litre Weißbier glass from Hofbräuhaus, Munich

Thank you, MySQL Engineering Team!

Monday, 8 December 2008

MySQL 5.1 is GA -- including a behind-the-scenes report

I suspect that few of the readers of my blog have missed it, but MySQL 5.1 is GA. And I suspect it was no surprise to my readers, nor those of Giuseppe, the Community Team Lead. Nor those who read Sheeri's blog, with the picture of Dups unmistakably setting GA date expectations at the OpenSQL Camp a number of weeks ago.

OpenSQLCamp - breaking news

In addition to our communication, there has been some, ehmm, complementary communication on MySQL 5.1 GA, its history, its quality, and its timing. Some of that may have been a tad one-sided, painting the world in a bit darker colours than absolutely needed.

As an outside observer, it may be hard to read properly between the lines, and interpret what's really going on behind the scenes. Now, Giuseppe has made all that quite a bit easier with his fresh posting.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Back from Ukraine and Russia

Now being back from last week's trip to Ukraine and this week's trip to Russia, it's time for an overview.

MySQL was prominently present at both Sun events, the one in Kiev on 26.11.2008 and the one in Moscow last Tuesday 2.12.2008. It was good to discuss with local Sun guys, and to meet MySQL community people and colleagues in both places.

The two first pictures in this post are from the community event at a university of economy in Moscow.

Like elsewhere, I started in the local language (which, perhaps surprisingly, frequently seems to be Russian also in Ukraine), followed by a "MySQL in the Web Economy" presentation in English.

Russia and Ukraine are interesting places, so I blogged quite a bit about the event. But I don't want to spam Planet MySQL with travel tips and reports of Russian saunas, Russian taxis and Russian food. So here's a short overview of the other blogs I wrote.

In Swedish:

In German:

In English:

In Russian:

Let me conclude by sharing some of the pictures found in the detail blog postings, in miniature format:

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Freedom to work anywhere

You remember our slogan "Freedom to work anywhere", meaning that MySQL doesn't require you to relocate to Uppsala, Cupertino, München or anywhere, to join the company? And that you sometimes can work even far away from home? Sun continued this policy, more or less. Now, Dups is taking the policy to extremes.

Background: As a colleague and fellow mountaineer, I had heard of Dups wanting to do some mountaineering in the Andes well before hearing that he would want to join the Community Team. And hence, it was an easy thing for Dups to convince Giuseppe and me that he would retain his mountaineering plans, even though he joined our team. Hey, he can work nearly as well from Quito as he can from home.

Basically, Dups hasn't necessarily done anything more just now than fulfilling those plans. Nonetheless, I feel compelled to share what he's done, since Dups has given a perfect illustration of the extremes to which you can take the Freedom To Work Anywhere, by posting an 8 min 13 sec long video on YouTube.

So if you want 8 min 13 sec of impressive distraction, then I suggest you go take a look at his video.

This is what impresses me (not necessarily in this order):

1. That Dups climbs Rucu Pichincha, 4,784 m
2. That he videotapes it
3. That he speaks coherently [*] for 8 min 13 sec without interruption
4. That he puts it up on YouTube in real time
5. That he dedicates the video to Giuseppe, at about 4:15
6. That he is now back working, at his keyboard

[*] Relatively speaking, given the altitude and strain

I still have quite a bit of catching up to do, Dups. But I have already booked my trip to Kilimanjaro, so I am following your footsteps!


Monday, 1 December 2008

MySQL 5.1 release schedule

With the delivery of MySQL 5.1 GA, our release policy sees a couple of changes in relation to that of MySQL 5.0.

First, initially we will deliver both MySQL Enterprise Server and MySQL Community Server in parallel. The bug fixes to the initial MySQL 5.1 GA releases will thus be delivered also in binary form for both MySQL Community Server and MySQL Enterprise Server.

Second, after a period of time, we will revert to the different release schedule for MySQL Enterprise Server and MySQL Community Server that we have been using. MySQL Enterprise Server will have more frequent binary releases. However, at this point, we do not have an exact date or a release number, when the first Enterprise only release will happen.

Third, we have done away with odd and even numbering. Whenever MySQL Community Server is released, it will carry the same release number as the corresponding MySQL Enterprise Server.

Fourth, MySQL Enterprise Server comes in more flavours than the MySQL Community Server. This will allow us to offer different optional pricing levels for our commercial subscriptions -- where a customer will only have to pay extra for MySQL Enterprise support if he/she plans to use the higher-level features. Hence, MySQL Enterprise Server "Advanced" includes support for partitioning. However, do note that the MySQL Community Server provides the full partitioning functionality.

MySQL 5.1 Use Case Competition: Position 1

MySQL 5.1 is here! It's announced! And it's time for the overall winner, Position 1 in the MySQL 5.1 Use Case Competition.

1. Greg Haase (Lotame Solutions Inc., Elkridge, Maryland, USA): Using Partitioning and Event Scheduler to Prune Archive Tables. See Greg's DevZone article, and his blog.

Thanks and congratulations, Greg! I absolutely hope you are in a position to take advantage of your free MySQL Conference & Expo 2009 Pass, including a dinner with MySQL co-founder Michael “Monty” Widenius.