Monday Nov 03, 2008

Good Luck Jay, Welcome Dups!

Jay Pipes has joined the Drizzle project, and we have been busy looking for a replacement. Cloning Jay Pipes brought serendipitous results. You know that cloning is not an exact science, and we could not get a perfect replica. Perhaps it was a MySQL replication issue. We should try with row-based logging, next time. Anyway, we were looking for a replica of Jay's skillset, and instead we found a match for the kind of enthusiasm that brought Jay to start working for MySQL in 2006 and then to embrace Drizzle this year.

Exit Jay, whom we will miss dearly. He was the first person that I met in the MySQL community who went to work for the company. That's when I started thinking that maybe I could become an employee as well. Best of luck to Jay, and I am sure we will hear from him in the MySQL/Drizzle ecosystem

Enough with the past, fast forward to the present. Who is this Dups anyway?

Dups is a fantastic mixture of technical skill, enthusiasm, vision, and reliability. He's a doer with an attitude. He has a solid experience as a web programmer, an infectious sense of humor, a gift for simplifying complex problems and for describing them in plain English. Ah, and to solve them! Dups has a well deserved reputation of Getting Things Done ™.

I met him in cyberspace a few weeks before he came to work for MySQL, and we exchanged some very inspiring email messages. Since then, I have always had a high respect for his skills and his opinion, and when I finally met him in person I was confirmed that I was in front of a remarkable person.

That's why, when he sent me a message saying "how tempting ... ", minutes after I wrote the blog post in search of a new team member, I rushed to contact him in IRC and ask if he was serious.

He was! And the process of interviewing him and checking his requirements, his attitude towards community work, his set of values, was truly enjoyable. Dups has a vision, and he will show it in public very soon. He was not the only candidate. Within minutes, I got not one, but three candidates, and three more applied the next day. So it was a tough choice. Thanks to the ones who applied, and sorry I could not hire all of you!

So, welcome Dups! We needed new ideas, new energy, new expertise!

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