Wednesday Oct 07, 2009
Tuesday Aug 18, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Aug 18, 2009
Giuseppe Maxia writes about the availability of the active development/test ("pushbuild") MySQL binaries for users—on multiple platforms.
This is a wonderful step forward in bringing greater openness to current MySQL development and in bringing greater value to the MySQL user community!
Monday Aug 10, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Aug 10, 2009
Reggie Burnett, the lead behind MySQL Connector/NET, will be presenting a MySQL webinar, "For ISVs: ADO.NET Entity Framework for MySQL", tomorrow at 10 Pacific Time!
Among other topics, Reggie will discuss how to
Develop your application against SQL Server and then switch it to MySQL with zero code changes
Optimize your database schema without requiring any code changes in your application
Use LinQ syntax for type safety in your applications
(Interest in using MySQL on Windows is growing. The 2008 MySQL OEM Annual Survey, which closed in March 2009, shows that some 73% of MySQL OEM customers develop applications on Windows, and some 59% deploy these applications on Windows.)
If you're interested in Windows programming with MyQL, do not miss Reggie's other upcoming webinar for Sept. 15: "For ISVs: What's New in MySQL Connector/NET 6.1".
Thursday Jun 04, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Jun 04, 2009
Wednesday Jun 03, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Jun 03, 2009
Monday Jun 01, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Jun 01, 2009
Wednesday May 20, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on May 20, 2009
Last year, competitive strategy guru and Harvard business school professor Michael Porter wrote about "Why America Needs an Economic Strategy." In this brief note for BusinessWeek, Porter emphasizes the importance of infrastructure, logistics and educational upgrades in the U.S. economic system, as key success factors.
These infrastructure upgrades will demand new IT technologies deployed throughout, including upgrades related to people logistics and transportation.
These upgrades, including upgrades that will affect the way we live and work in our urban and suburban environments and those that will make public transportation much more attractive alternatives, will also have a direct impact on other ecological problems we face, including the dangerous changes such as the ones that are now affecting the ice caps. See for example, the report in The Independent, "Exclusive: Scientists warn that there may be no ice at North Pole this summer."
System-level thinking teaches us that various domains of our activity and concern are in fact very well-connected and tied up in complex dynamics.
Tragedies occur when systems and their dynamics are not properly understood.
Relying on hasty moves, fire-fighting and denying the interplay of of dynamics and time has led to many mispercieved problems and "solutions" that only aggravate problems or create new ones.
Careful attention, deep study and addressing the root causes of these global and systemic problems may deliver a better future path to recovery.
In order to do all this, one needs to have a good understanding of complex systems and their dyamics. This is subtle art and requires a comprehensive understanding of various system components and how they interact, including a mental model for these interactions.
I'm afraid I have to bring the news that not everyone has had the experience or has accumulated the knowledge for that kind of integrative thinking. This is why we should set aside our bias against those who refuse to be dragged into firefights. These are people who pause to pay proper attention to problems and discover real solutions. This pause doesn't imply slow thinking, rather a paced mode of thinking. These people should be cherished rather than isolated, refused and blocked from hierarchical decision systems that emphasize perpetual firefights. (Studies have shown that "firefight" mode of thinking and acting is much more prevalent in U.S. business and government institutions when compare to Japan or other countries where root solutions are the focus. So, we may need a general cultural change to lay greater value to system thinking and problem-solving that addresses root causes.)
In general, systems thinking will get us to where we want to be. In general, symptomatic and firefight solutions may solve the problem momentarily but will only get us farther from where we want to head.
Friday Apr 17, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Apr 17, 2009
Thursday Apr 16, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Apr 16, 2009
Plus, they can sign up for CommunityOne at the same time.
Both passes are full conference passes with access to everything!
Educators can also get in free when they bring 10 students with them to the conference. If they aren't able to do this, they still get a fantastic deal of $895 for a full conference pass.
This is an unprecedented bargain and discount!
What is a Full Pass?
All the benefits of a FULL conference attendee, which includes: JavaOne general and technical sessions, panel discussions, HOLs (Hands-on-labs), BOFs (Birds-of-a-feather), the Pavilion and the After Dark Bash / Networking Mixer! Not to mention a "hang space" (which includes video games, movies & more!), plus you will be able to check email any time at one of our many hacker stations.
Admission to the CommunityOne Deep-Dives. What does this mean? FREE training by our very own SLS on some really great topics, plus hugely discounted certification (vouchers will be handed out at the event)- certification can even be done on-site! There will also be numerous parties and chances for you to network with the best and brightest in the industry, from community leaders to "Rockstars" and everyone in between.
Tuesday Mar 31, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Mar 31, 2009
Check out the ideas from MySQL for Google Summer of Code 2009!
These are specially-selected projects for students who are looking to do some coding in a real, open-source, highly-adopted software environment.
The learning experience will be tremendous given that MySQL engineers will be mentoring them.
Some student stipend is provided by the Google Summer of Code. It is intended for students to gain "exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits."
Friday Mar 13, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Mar 13, 2009
Janice has also written a very good summary of the interview. In conducting the interview, Janice gave me an opportunity to go over some of my own thinking in the subject matters we considered together. I'm truly grateful to her for turning this into a productive conversation that goes well beyond the expected questions. Thank you Janice.
Saturday Feb 28, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Feb 28, 2009
Chris Anderson's study of The Long Tail identifies three economic forces that the modern computing technologies, the Internet and the Web have helped unleash: (1) Improvements in tools of production of content and goods. (2) Improvements in tools of distribution. (3) Reductions in search costs through improvements in search technologies. (When we speak of "search technologies," we should understand them to mean any method of search, including the physical search, which is the "classic" search technology.)
These three forces join and orchestrate a move, in the consumption curve, from "hits" to "niches".
The argument is that this increases overall economic value. It does, indeed, for some firms and large numbers of consumers that engage in related "modern" search-and-consume activities on the Net. However, the classic market economy does not improve and will suffer, without a fast enough replacement in all niches and certainly in "hits" which provide the batteries for the classic market. Unless we reformulate the classic consumption game in new innovative ways, through innovations in general logistics of moving people and goods, I remain skpetical whether the replacement rate will be sufficient to outpace the overal reduction in consumption due to the diminishing physical search habits.
Friday Feb 13, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Feb 13, 2009
If you would like to contribute to MySQL development, you can read the relevant top-level page on the MySQL Forge.
This page has some useful links to various forms of contributing to MySQL, including contribution of code to MySQL. (The MySQL|Sun team have recently simplified some of these pages in order to make them more useful to community members and potential contributors.)
It is a common parctice to require initial paperwork to clarify rights to the contributed work. This practice is also used by other open-source communities such as the Apache Software Foundation.
It is worth quoting, from the the master document, that
As we gain more experience, absorb more contributions and receive feedback from the contributors, please expect some modifications to the contribution system described here.
Wednesday Feb 11, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Feb 11, 2009
Sunday Feb 08, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Feb 08, 2009
Most software professionals already know about the important role interoperability plays in fostering innovation. In a recent commentary in Financial Times ("Interoperability: the great enabler"), Michael Schrage, a researcher with the MIT's Sloan School of Management notes
Barriers to interdisciplinary innovation tumble. Favourable economics of interoperable innovation will tempt ambitious "inter-preneurs" to test their ideas.
How might interoperability between Siemens cochlear implants, Apple iPhones, Nike running shoes accelerometers, LG microwave ovens, Nintendo Wiis and BMW Series 3 Sedans create bold entrepreneurial, or diversification, opportunities? Who knows? But the fact that the question piques curiosity reveals fundamental changes in the global innovation climate.
A new innovator's dilemma begins to attend the extent of interoperability in products.
Monday Feb 02, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Feb 02, 2009
MySQL Conference and Expo is coming up to Santa Clara this April.
The program schedule is really easy to navigate and tells you about everything there's to partake of.
A quick review will show you that the quality of the no-nonsense presentations will be amazing, and it will be a true privilege to attend the conference. (We should thank the MySQL community team for helping ensure this high level of technical quality and relevance.)
Thursday Jan 29, 2009
By MortazaviBlog on Jan 29, 2009
Wikipedia receives between 25,000 and 60,000 page requests per second, depending on the time of day. Wikimedia needed to update its infrastructure to handle this huge volume of traffic and ensure that its systems were reliable, highly available, and easily scalable. It also wanted to expand its upload file limit from 20 MB to 100 MB to accommodate rich media (audio and video) content, but before it could do that it needed to expand its storage capacity.
Wikipedia should be the subject of extensive studies in various fields of sociology, economics and information systems: social knowledge, open-source, open-content, markets, information economics and open-scoeity.
Sunday Jan 25, 2009
Thursday Dec 25, 2008
By MortazaviBlog on Dec 25, 2008
I was reading about the Amistad case on Wikipedia, and noticed the interesting role that Josiah Willard Gibbs Sr., the theologian, had played in finding a Mende speaker. (Gibbs learned how to say numerals one to ten in Mende, shouted it in the New York Harbor, and found someone who understood the numbers.) Gibbs name, of course, made me curious about this relationship to the other Josiah Willard Gibbs, the mathematician and physical chemist, whose theories we constantly apply in chemical thermodynamics. (Josiah Willard Gibbs, Jr. also happens to have been awarded the very first U.S. Ph.D. in engineering, under a dissertation entitled: On the Form of the Teeth of Wheels in Spur Gearing.)
- Oliver Williamson Wins the Nobel Prize in Economics
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- Advancing MySQL Open Development One Important Step Forward
- A Prize Well-Deserved
- ADO.Net Entity Framework on MySQL
- How a Differential Gear Works
- Clunkers and Financial Institutions
- Workbench 5.2 Alpha
- Adam Bosworth
- Bryan Cantrill
- David Edmondson
- Edward Felton
- Hinkmond Wong
- His Holiness, The Duke
- James C. Liu
- Lawrence Lessig
- Paul Rogers
- Philip Greenspun
- Richard Friedman
- Richard Sharples
- Roberto Chinnici
- Seyed Razavi
- Simple Signs
- Simson L. Garfinkel
- Tim Bray
- Yusuf Goolamabbas
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