Yesterday I have officially joined the MySQL web development team. During the Users Conference three weeks ago I have talked with Eric Braswell about joining the team and just after the Conference finished, he promised me the job offer. This was the perfect ending of a Users Conference that has also started incredibly perfect when I was awarded with the MySQL Community Award "Writer of the Year 2006". The last month was just absolutely fantastic!
It's such a great feeling to work for a company that I can fully identify with. I love the MySQL database server and I want MySQL to be the best database server of the world. I love the spirit of freedom that comes with Open Source and to work with people from all over the world who have the same goal in mind: providing the best, but still free database server of the world. I love to use English (which is not my native language) as working language and I love to learn new things. Even though I live in quite a remote area with no big city in a radius of more than 100 km, I can be part of a "huge world wide thing". Many other people of my age in this area have moved to Vienna or other urban areas to find good jobs. I got a great job that I can do at home - what more can I want? I will get the opportunity to travel and see new parts of the world. And I can arrange my working hours to work very much at night, which is the most convenient working time for me (which gives me the chance to do other things while most people work). There are many great things about working for MySQL!
However, the job will definitely not be easy and will include many big challenges. It's a high responsibility to provide a good service and there will be many technical issues that will be new for me. But of course it's also a perfect opportunity to learn a lot - and I'll do my best to get a good job done!