Tuesday Dec 16, 2008

Devoxx 08' - Java DB Quickie Presentations

I was at Devoxx (formely known as JavaPolis) 08' last week and like the previous years, the conference was packed with more than 3,000 attendees.

I had the opportunities to present 2 quickies and you can find the presentations below:

- How to JavaFX with Java DB in less than 10 minutes (pdf)

- Virtualization or How to query any dataset with Java DB (pdf)

Thursday Jan 24, 2008

The Three Database Musketeers: MySQL, PostgreSQL and Java DB

As you probably have heard already, Sun Microsystems has announced an agreement to acquire MySQL.

I have had several people asking me about my view on it and I thought I would offer it here, along with an analogy.

First of all, being part of the Database Technology Group at Sun, I'm very happy that Sun has entered into an agreement to acquire MySQL, the #1 open source relational database system.

Sun is one of the biggest open source contributors and it only made sense that eventually Sun would acquire MySQL to offer its users base various alternatives for their database needs.

Sun will now support 3 major database open source initiatives as MySQL, PostgreSQL and Apache Derby (Java DB).

As Jonathan Schwartz mentions it here in his blog, "This transaction increases our investment in open source, and in open source databases. And increases our commitment to Postgres - and the database industry broadly. The same goes for our work with Apache Derby, and our Java DB."

As far as the analogy with The Three Musketeers, I see these three databases as the database musketeers which are going to be working together, with each of them having very particular and unique capabilities that will satisfy various needs in the entreprise, such as embeddable Java store, data wharehousing, OLTP, Web 2.0, etc. Now I will let you guess who plays the role of D'Artagan and no, don't even go there with Richelieu ;-)

In reality, databases are not one size fits all and it is good to have choices and alternatives for the various applications' requirements out there. So the database musketeers's motto here won't be "One for all, all for one", but rather  "No one size fits all", otherwise one could end-up with something like this (joke aside).

Anyhow, here at Sun we're very excited in having MySQL being part of the adventure.


Tuesday Jan 30, 2007

Jim Gray missing

Jim Gray has been reported missing from his sailing outing on Sunday.

Weather conditions were apparently mild that day. Hope they find him alive and well.

Jim is a great guy - I had the opportunity to meet him at several occasions. He has written a lot of publications on transaction processing, scalability and performance. One of his famous book and publication is Transaction Processing: Concepts and Techniques - The bible of transaction processing!

Tuesday Nov 21, 2006

Databases community at OpenSolaris.org

There is a new databases community at OpenSolaris.org.

This community is about all databases on Solaris. It is for both users of databases as well as those of us involved in creating and delivering database technology.

Topics will range from:

\* How to make your database run best on Solaris
\* Ideas for improving Solaris to better enable database technology
\* Comparison and contrast of various database technologies
\* Pointers to open source database add-ons, tools, and other code
\* Other topics related to databases on Solaris

Please feel free to join in and participate!

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