Friday Jun 06, 2008

Family of MySQL Cluster bloggers

While this blog is co-authored by the whole MySQL Telecom team, many members in or around the team also write their personal blogs, which you will find very useful. So please follow me on a tour on the absolute top MySQL Cluster blogs in the world:

Johan Andersson is the MySQL Cluster Principal Consultant, and has been with MySQL Cluster since the Ericsson days. He travels around the world to our most demanding customers and shares his guru advice. Rumor has it that recently on a training gig the students made him sign their MySQL t-shirts, can you get closer to living like a rock star than this? Occasionally he also shares some great tips and status info on his blog. Like right now you can find a set of handy scripts to manage all of your MySQL Cluster from one command line, definitively recommended to try!

Jonas Oreland is the Architect of MySQL Cluster. Now, us mere mortals may not always understand everything he is writing about in his blog, but if you want to know what is happening in the MySQL Cluster codebase right now, this is the place to go. And this is really cutting edge, the stuff he writes about in his last post may not appear in a GA release until next year.

Speaking of architects, it is natural to next introduce Mikael Ronström, Father of MySQL Cluster. Yes, Mikael is the one who came up with the whole architecture of MySQL Cluster, we have him to thank for 100,000 writes/sec and linear scalability. (Thank you!) Mikael actually isn't on the Cluster team anymore, he has for some time already been working on the general MySQL Server with things like replication and performance improvements. For newest benchmark of MySQL Server and MySQL Cluster, go to Mikael's blog.

Having dealt with the old and honourable Ericsson alumni, the next blog I want you to follow is Jon Stephen's. Jon is a technical writer, meaning he writes the MySQL Cluster manual. He is very diligent, constantly pestering the developers to divulge some information on how the Cluster work, to the benefit of all of us Cluster lovers. In short, if you want to know how Cluster works, ask Jon, he will know.

Like a cousin to Jon (in Cluster trivia, at least :-) is Ramon Graham, Product Manager for MySQL Cluster. A relatively new blog, but it appeared right in time to answer the worrying question, where did MySQL Cluster disappear? In general, if you are ever wondering where MySQL Cluster is going... talk to Ramon.

MySQL Cluster may have been born in Sweden, but there is a strong Australian angle to it... So let me finish by introducing our 2 Australian Cluster heroes. (I have a theory why these 2 hyperactive guys can get so much done every day, it is because Australia is in such an early timezone, they simply have more hours in a day as we others do!)

First up Stewart Smith, developer in the Cluster team and beloved lecturer about MySQL Cluster. Apart from Jonas' blog, this is another blog to follow if you want to follow how the development of MySQL Cluster. But Stewart writes actively about many things, in fact he is the president of organising the next linux.conf.au - one of the most popular Linux developer conferences in the world.

And we started with a consultant, we will end with a consultant: The MySQL-HA blog is where Monty Taylor is writing together with Alexander Rubin about Cluster, High Availability and performance. Monty is also one of those consultants traveling around the world from the Amazon basin in Brasil to various European capitals. He recently expressed that he has not yet ever been to China, so if you are in China and considering to hire a MySQL Cluster consultant, be sure to contact our Sales department! Monty is also the man behind the NDB connectors... hmmm, NDB bindings project which provides python/php/perl/ruby etc... bindings to the native NDB api of MySQL Cluster. If you want to qualify as a MySQL Cluster geek, get familiar with one of the NDB bindings! (Of course, the native C++ NDB API is also an option.)

I believe those are the blogs of the Cluster team & friends I know about. But if there are more, let me know and we'll add more blogs to the end of this post. By the way, the Cluster team is getting an infusion of old-Sun database cluster experts, maybe there are some blogs there we should know about? Let me know!

Update: Another Swede from the Cluster team, Magnus Svensson had unnoticedly joined the Cluster team just while I was writing this article. Today (June 24th) he has a great tip for those of you who want to have your first touch at the MySQL Cluster code: How to insert a simple printf statement for debugging purposes.

PS: I personally also have a blog, where I will never ever write about anything MySQL Cluster related (because that I do here) which focuses on Open Source: phenomenons, culture, business models and trends. Feel free to pop by for a leisurly non-technical read at The Open Life blog.

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