Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

MySQL Community awards 2009

Attending the MySQL Users Conference in 2006, I had one of the best days of my career. At the morning keynote, my name was called, and I found myself on stage, together with Markus Popp, Roland Bouman, and Rasmus Lerdorf, being awarded a Community Member of the year crystal ball. That day is permanently in my mind as a very fond memory.

For this reason, it is a particular pleasure for me to be in a position to suggest the next ones who will hold the community awards. It is a collegial decision, not my own. Each member of the community team submits a few names, we discuss the pros and the cons, and then we settle for the first three names in the list.

This year, the agreement fell on three names, who were included for different reasons.

MYSQL UC 2009 - Marc Delisle Marc Delisle should be familiar to anyone working with MySQL.

As the author of phpMyAdmin, he deserves gratitude and respect from the community.

For the few who are unfamiliar with it, phpMyAdmin is a web based GUI for MySQL, which has helped millions of users to improve their experience with MySQL from beginner to expert.

Probably the only question that everyone in the community will ask is "what? He was never awarded before?". Indeed. This award was long overdue.

Good job, Marc! The MySQL community would not be as large and happy without your contributions.

MYSQL UC 2009 - Ronald Bradford Ronald Bradford has been a community member for long time, with with a genuine passion for MySQl and its ecosystem.

I remember when, in 2006, he fought Sheeri in an auction to get a T-shirt with the developers name. At the end of the day, he had earned himself a mention in MySQL source code, and a solid reputation as a lover of community.

After a brief period as MySQL employee, Ronald has gone back to the trenches, and his contributions to the community have always been constant and of high quality.

Whenever I can, I enjoy working with him. He is a fine analyst and a hard worker.

Well done, Ronald!

MySQL UC2009 - Shlomi Noach

Shlomi Noach is the new blood among the award winners.

His contributions are proof that you don't need to be a superhero to become a good community member. As Sheeri said in her keynote, you just need to do something well. If there is something that you enjoy and can help others, don't ask questions, and do it.

Shlomi's fresh approach in the community arena is a very welcome and necessary addition. The community needs both the extremely advanced articles of Matt Yonkovit and Shlomi's wake-up posts that make some experts scratch their heads and keep them on their toes.

Thanks, Shlomi. Keep being curious! We like it.

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