MySQL involvement in OSCON opening keynote

Before I get to post my OSCON reflection I see I didn’t post this (which I reference).

At OSCON opening keynotes Tim O’Reilly Interviews Monty Widenius & Brian Aker. This provided some interesting answers in a Q & A session. Here is some of the discussion.

TO: So 6 months in. How is it with Sun?
BA: Really rewarding environment. My first question was? You are going to send me free H/W. No H/W has been delivered yet, or access to the masses, still hoping. Sun is a very engineering driven company.
MW. Thanks God we didn’t go public. Starting to do closed sourced components, going public this would have continued.

TO: Sun saved MySQL from public market/ insulated from market.
MW: 6 months in, Sun still trying to figure out what they bought. Sun has made a commitment to open source throughout the organization. Engineers who have been working in closed environments, now seeing this all in public, and opens yourself up to more inputs and exposure.

TO: You have your own projects within sun, how does that affect with the main line of development of MySQL, Monty you with the Maria Storage Engine, Brian you with Drizzle.

TO: What is the Support like in Sun?
BA: My boss got it. We are looking at going after different market area, niche and ecosystem. There is certain direction the main codebase is heading such as enterprise features, oracle like replacements. There is a core set of environments what they aren’t needed. Additional new requirements like a proximity data storage, historically Postgres has been good for this type of GIS data. This is a new type of data store. location/time and proximity of objects.
Sun has given us more free hands to work for best features of MySQL. For Drizzle, to strip it down into more components architecture and extensibility. It’s a micro-kernel there will be an interface for large parts of the code.

TO: What do you think about Google?
BA: Happy opening up more of their data, and trying to turn the world into their own 20% of time project.

TO: What do you think about Amazon?
BA: Interesting position, secretive company. At the beginning how little anybody though of Amazon in a service marketplace.

TO : What do you think about Microsoft?
MW: less and less things are good.
BA: Irrelevant.

TO: What do you think about Apple?
NW: More afraid of Apple then Microsoft
BA: Really want an iPhone, but hoping Google will get Android out and it works.

TO: What are the cool things MySQL can do on the Sun field, and reverse?
BA: Both Sun and MySQL Engineers thought about open source differently. MySQL has created a set of steps of evolution, e.g. employees contributing to open source projects. MySQL’s DNA was very small, it’s interesting how fast this is influencing Sun’s approach
MW: MySQL has become to management driven in previous years, Sun has enabled us to get back to our roots.

MySQL Proxy lua scripts from presentation

The following Lua scripts are the examples are from my MySQL Proxy @ OSCON 08 presentation.


MySQL Proxy Analyze Query.

Requires MySQL Proxy Logging Module.

What is released is the Version for MySQL 5.0. A generic version for all MySQL versions is not yet released.


This script is part of the standard MySQL Proxy examples.

Other Scripts

Additional Lua scripts from MySQL forge are available here.

MySQL Proxy @ OSCON 08

Today I presented with Giuseppe Maxia of Sun Microsystems Inc at OSCON 08 on “MySQL Proxy: From Architecture to Implementation”. I was surprised to find that MySQL has a strong showing with a number of presentations this week.

Our talk covered the basics of MySQL Proxy, what’s coming in future features, and a number of examples of how I have used Proxy in consulting engagements to improve the information retrieval particularly for identifying performance problems.

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The lighter side at O'Reilly OSCON 08

Between the keynotes, general sessions, BoFs that are plenty of events at OSCON 08.

Last night in the BoF time, a selected few enjoyed the relaxed music mode of the Good Company Soul and Blues Review. You can find my photos of what I’ve deemed the O’Reilly Band here.

Lacking the offers of free beer and activities of the larger events, may missed out on knowing about a great time, it was most enjoyable and relaxing. I think they should warm up for the keynotes in future, but then who would run all the AV!

The lights were rather bright, so grayscale actually helped out, so I’ve got a mixture of color and black and white.

larger versions.

The fast paced open source ecosystem

This morning at OSCON 08, Tim O’Reilly’s opening keynote Open Source on the O’Reilly Radar included a slide on Drizzle, giving this new project maximum exposure to the Open Source community.

Drizzle was only officially announced yesterday in Drizzle, Clouds, “What If?” by primary architect Brian Aker. Things move fast. There has been a number of comments from people yesterday including Mark Attwood, Monty Widenus,Monty Taylor,Ronald Bradford, Arjen Lentz, Lewis Cunningham, Jeremy Cole, 451 Group,Matt Asay, Assaf Arkin, SlashDot, and MySQL HA.

The Drizzle Launchpad project has reached 5th on a Google Search.

Unfortunately, not all uptake and feedback was positive. The official Wikipedia page for Drizzle was marked for speedy deletion almost instantly, and within a few hours permanently deleted.

An East Coast option

Within the present MySQL ecosystem, there are limited options for dedicated MySQL Consulting in the US. Outside of the official Sun/MySQL Consulting, Percona and Proven Scaling both based in Silicon valley are the only options generally known and accepted by the MySQL Community.

There is now an east coast option based in New York, and that is Ronald Bradford. Providing expert MySQL Consulting in Architecture, Performance, Scalability, Migration and Knowledge Transfer.

With two decades working in the IT industry, Ronald is well qualified in MySQL having previously provided consulting services for MySQL Inc combining 9 years experience with the product. His consulting experience is not limited to MySQL, having also worked extensively with Oracle, and previously with Ingres. More details of this experience is available at Linked In

This week you will find him on the west coast. If your at OSCON 2008, then please track me down. You can use my Contact Form, email [me] at [this domain], ping me on Twitter, track me on irc:// (~arabxptyltd) or drop in to my OSCON session at 2:35pm Thursday.

Off to OSCON

I will be heading to my first OSCON next week where I will be presenting MySQL Proxy: from Architecture to Implementation in conjunction with Giuseppe Maxia .

As was written by Colin Charles Our booth is yours… Sun at OSCON, Sun/MySQL would appear to also have a reasonable turnout. So it will be good to see some old colleagues and friends, and hopefully meet some new contacts.

While I am based on the East Coast, I do also provide expert MySQL consulting for clients in any location. Should you like to find out more about my offerings covering Architecture, Performance, Scaling, Migration and Knowledge Transfer for MySQL Solutions, please Contact Me and I will arrange a time to meet next week.