Monday, July 24, 2006

Current activities and plans

It's very important for me to keep closely in touch with MySQL's products and all the fun stuff that comes with working with databases which is also a good way to keep in memory what the background of my job and our company is. A job is much more fun if you know and use the products that the company you work for produces instead of only doing it to get paid (that's something I also know well from local companies I worked for earlier - that makes a huge difference). Because of this, I never want to lose the fun side that comes with Community activities which involves to sometimes simply play and experiment with various things that come to my mind and write about that.

Unfortunately I found a little less time recently for Community related activities than the months before, but there are plans which I hope will bring that back to what it used to be. During the next months I plan to reorganize my working environment and my PC infrastructure which involves setting up a new office. My current office is quite a mess and now during the summer heat it gets unpleasantly hot here, so I'll move downstairs where a nice, quite large room is free and where it doesn't heat up as much as upstairs, so I can setup my new working place exactly according to my needs which will certainly raise my productivity for both my job as well as my Community work.

The reorganization of my PCs includes to start using MySQL 5.1 as my production system (besides moving many things that still run under Windows to Linux) - which will certainly bring up new topics to blog about. The same is planned for - until autumn I'd like to move everything to one single MySQL 5.1 server (probably set up a second server as replication slave to provide better security) - so there will be a large amount of new 5.1 users who will contribute in testing 5.1 in production and hopefully provide valuable feedback to us.

So there's definitely a lot to come ;-).

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Forum navigation now available!

Many people have complained that the new MySQL Forum misses an appropriate navigation. Now it's back:

MySQL Forum navigation

Stay tuned - more enhancements are to come!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

mysqldump improvements

Since the last few versions and especially since 5.0.23, the mysqldump command includes new and very important bug fixes.

I'd like to mention three of them that I was affected by:

Bug 16878 (fixed in 5.0.19, 5.1.8): Dump of triggers
Bug 17201 (fixed in 5.0.23, 5.1.12): mysqldump sometimes creates database twice
Bug 18462 (fixed in 5.0.23): mysqldump does not dump view structures correctly

Friday, July 07, 2006

New GUI Tool bundle available

You may have noticed the new link on to the MySQL GUI Tool Download.

This bundle includes new beta versions for MySQL Administrator, MySQL QueryBrowser, the MySQL MigrationToolkit and a new alpha version of MySQL Workbench. All these GUI products are supposed to be offered in one single package in the future.

To get all details, read Mike Zinner's Announcements in the forum:,100559,100559#msg-100559,100561,100561#msg-100561

Needless to say, Feedback and Bug Reports are very much appreciated ;-)!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Installed MySQL 5.2 today

You think I'm kidding? No way!

There is this web page (I blogged about it a few months ago) where you get an interface to BitKeeper to watch the development activities:

Just for fun I replaced 5.1 with 5.2 and - it worked. So I followed the instructions from the manual and only replaced 5.1 with 5.2 again. This way, I ended up with a MySQL 5.2.0-alpha installation:
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 3 to server version: 5.2.0-alpha

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.


I doubt that there are many (if any at all) differences to the current 5.1 development source - but it's nice to see that MySQL 5.2 is on the way.

And I'm really excited to hear about the new features that are planned for 5.2!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Welcome on board, Roland and all the best to Frank!

I have been knowing that Roland Bouman is about to join 
Carsten Pedersen's MySQL Certification team for quite a while, 
but now - as of 1st July - it's official and time to wish him all the best 
and much fun in his new job!

Also Frank Mash has recently moved to New York and started
a new job as MySQL DBA (I hope, I remember everything
correctly). Also my best wishes for him!

MySQL not only rocks as a database server, but also for great job
opportunities! And the best thing is - MySQL is currently hireing ...
so check out MySQL's job page - there might be the right job for you!