Monday, 18 April 2011

Last Week in Drizzle

Welcome to this week's edition of Last Week in Drizzle.  Unfortunately I could not write this at the Drizzle Developer Day because it is was much busier than I expected.  So this one had to wait until I landed in the UK :)

O'Reilly MySQL Conference and Expo

Last week was the MySQL Conference which at this point should probably be called the MySQL & friends or the Open Database Conference.  We had many talks, great exposure and some fantastic questions and feedback of ideas we had never thought of during the week.  I urge anyone who wasn't there to watch Brian Aker's keynote on the State of Drizzle.

Drizzle Developer Day

On the Friday after the conference we had Drizzle Developer Day which contained people from every level, new users to some of the biggest names in MySQL development.  A great many topics were discussed such as the catalogs work, replication and storage engines.  There were also discussions governance and I hope there will be announcements on this in the near future.

Development Goes On!

All last week the Drizzle Developers at Rackspace were giving talks and meeting people at the conference so we didn't get a lot of time for actually writing code, but there have been many branches and merge requests thanks to the fantastic community around Drizzle.  I still haven't caught up with all the work merged in within the last week!

Drizzle Support

A few companies have come out in the last week offering support services for Drizzle such as Blue Gecko and Percona which is fantastic to see.  This is on top of companies such as SkySQL already providing support for Drizzle.  There could also be announcements from more companies in the near future, so watch this space!

Rackspace and Drizzle

If you have watched the keynote from Brian Aker referenced above you will notice near the end he talks briefly about the developers getting hired by other companies.  Rackspace have done a fantastic job in supporting and funding us right up through the GA but unfortunately can no longer go on providing resources for us.  What does that mean for us?  Most of the developers who work for Rackspace are moving to other companies, many of whom will continue to work on Drizzle.  What does the mean for Drizzle?  Not a whole lot really, development will continue as before.  The great thing about Drizzle is the Rackspace developers were actually the minority, there are many other companies as well as community developers involved.  The features that were originally planned will continue to be developed, Google Summer of Code will also go on as before.

My Next Adventure

My last day at Rackspace was last Friday, today I start my new adventure as Senior Sustaining Engineer at SkySQL.  This means I will still get to work on Drizzle as well as providing fantastic support and development resources for MySQL and MariaDB.

Final Thoughts

I'd personally like to thank everyone for their fantastic feedback at the conference and developer day last week.  It is great to hear that people think we are on the right path with the technology and many of the ideas and discussions that came up last week will help shape the future of Drizzle.

As always if you have any feedback or topics you would like me to cover, please let me know.


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