New “Meet The MySQL Experts” Podcast Series

During the past year, we’ve put a lot of emphasis at Oracle on sharing information with the MySQL Community. Actions included PR and communications not only about GA products but also about development milestone releases and features available in labs.mysql.com, as well as more technical articles, more blogs, participation to conferences…etc. We very much value the feedback and discussions such communications generate.

We therefore plan to keep communicating this way, and do even more. This is why we’re now very pleased to announce a new Oracle podcast series entitled “Meet the MySQL Experts”! We plan to, once a month, interview an Oracle MySQL Engineer who will share information about his/her domain expertise, and what he/she is currently working on.

For the first edition, it was my pleasure to interview Mats Kindahl about MySQL Replication.

We hope you enjoy the new podcast series, which we think will be a good complement to the great “OurSQL” podcast that Sheeri and Sarah are running.

Feedback welcome, including about topics that you would like us to cover in subsequent editions.

Comments:

A podcast about some of the people behind bugs.mysql.com like Valeriy Kravchuk would be nice.

Posted by Danël van Eeden on July 14, 2011 at 04:22 AM GMT #

Danël, thanks for the suggestion! Good idea.

Posted by Bertrand Matthelie on July 15, 2011 at 12:47 AM GMT #

Surely if it is “Meet the MySQL Experts” podcast it should include the experts that are also part of the wider MySQL ecosystem, not just the ones inside Oracle?

Otherwise it probably should be “Meet the Oracle Experts”.

Posted by LinuxJedi on July 15, 2011 at 03:10 AM GMT #

Thank you for your comment LinuxJedi. A primary objective of this podcast is to share more information with the wider MySQL ecosystem about what the MySQL Experts at Oracle are working on. Perhaps down the road we'll enlarge the scope, but Sheeri and Sarah's OurSQL podcast also gives voice to the wider MySQL ecosystem, so it's a good complement.

Posted by Bertrand Matthelie on July 15, 2011 at 03:38 AM GMT #

Hi Bertrand,

Thanks for your response.

I wasn't debating the content, just the name.

So, to be clear. You are saying that by calling it “Meet the MySQL Experts” all experts are equal, but some are more equal than others?

Posted by LinuxJedi on July 15, 2011 at 04:25 AM GMT #

LinuxJedi, there's a very large team of MySQL Experts at Oracle, working hard to drive MySQL innovation in different areas. We got feedback earlier that Oracle should communicate more about the work they do, and we are now doing so via this podcast.

FYI I'm about go offline on vacation now so I will no be able to address any other comment for a while.

Posted by Bertrand Matthelie on July 15, 2011 at 05:26 AM GMT #

Thanx for the shout-out! If you have a promo blurb we'll play it on the podcast, and we'll be sure to mention it in our news section.

Also, LinuxJedi -- Yes, it's "Meet the MySQL Experts at Oracle" -- because Oracle is producing it! If Percona did a "Meet the MySQL Experts" you probably wouldn't see any Oracle personnel showing up on the podcast (though you would see other community/corporate folks like Ronald Bradford, SkySQL folks, etc).

Is the name potentially misleading? Yes. Is it *intentionally* misleading? Absolutely not, and I can say this with certainty because if Oracle intended to mislead people to think it wasn't just folks who work for the MySQL part of Oracle, you wouldn't have seen this description, and you would have to listen to several podcasts before realizing that hey, they're only going inside Oracle.

Posted by Sheeri on July 15, 2011 at 07:53 AM GMT #

(also, the answer to "why isn't it meet the Oracle experts?" is because then you wouldn't find it by searching for "MySQL". "Meet the MySQL experts at Oracle" is a bit long and awkward.

Also, perhaps they'll interview community members when appropriate, such as when they put a community feature back into MySQL. Such as an interview with a patch submitter plus the person who decided "yes, let's put that in".

And I'll iterate again, Oracle already sponsors a community podcast, so if you'd like the Oracle community podcast to interview a MySQL Expert, let us know what topic and whom you'd like us to interview. www.oursqlcast.com has an "About" link where you can find contact information.

Posted by Sheeri on July 15, 2011 at 07:58 AM GMT #

I'm glad to see this. I'm adding it to my Google Listen subscription.

Posted by Baron Schwartz on July 15, 2011 at 02:42 PM GMT #

So it's a good complement.

Posted by Zach Thomas Jersey on July 16, 2011 at 01:08 AM GMT #

I am very glad that you are trying to maximize the developers inform me in particular is a very big help.

Thank you!

Posted by Mark Cialis on August 14, 2011 at 06:59 PM GMT #

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