By Giuseppe Maxia on Jul 13, 2009
I have had a wish for a few years. I wanted to find a way to put together the valuable information that the community produces about MySQL, a way that would let me easily find the interesting content that I may have missed when on vacation, or when busy with a conference, a company meeting, or a long stream of coding.
That wish started to take shape last year, when I was traveling with Dups during the East Coast tour. I drove, he took notes. He drove, I took more notes. During meals and walking breaks we discussed and refined the idea. When we went back home, a plan was ready. Dups started coding in January.
At first, his changes were completely invisible. He was refactoring the Planet MySQL code to integrate it with the advanced features that had been developed for the main site. After a series of secondary changes, there came the substantial one. The voting system allows people to show their appreciation or dislike of a post. The tagging system makes the blog posts easy to search.
However, that's only blogs. What about presentations, videos, pictures? Welcome to the MySQL Librarian, the coronation of my wish. My congratulations to Dups for coding it under the pressure that a community relations manager is subject to, while traveling across the continent several times, talking at conferences, dealing with communities, paperwork, blogging, his cat, and some more stray duties that fall on his head regularly.
The Librarian is the place where the community creates, collects, improves, and maintain high quality contents. What you find in the Librarian is not the result of a search engine. It's the refined outcome of cherry picking MySQL related articles, videos, presentations, and pictures, done by dedicated users. The MySQL Community. You. Me. Everyone interested.
There is a detailed description of the Librarian in the Dev Zone. No need to duplicate it here.
Please, share my dream. Come make the MySQL community Librarian the best place to find and post valuable information.
Thanks to the early testers for their patience and valuable advice. The MySQL Librarian is good also because of their comments!