By Duleepa Wijayawardhana on Nov 02, 2008
Stepping into Jay's position is nothing short of climbing the beanstalk and discovering that the giant's shoes are indeed the size of a house. But here I am so let's set the train on this track and see where it goes. It's going to be a fun ride and hopefully you all will come with me and/or join me along the way.
Wait, who the hell am I?
Well, I guess it's time for introductions. My name is Duleepa Wijayawardhana and for some reason everyone likes to use my nickname "Dups". Feel free to use any name that gets my attention, but certainly, Dups is preferred. I live in the wilderness of Canada in a small town called Montreal in a province called Quebec, but hail from the farthest place that you can go east in North America: Newfoundland.
Giuseppe and Kaj grabbed me from the embrace of the mysql.com web team, with whom I've been for the past year and a bit when I joined a company called MySQL AB, famous for Dolphins, Swedish drinking songs from Finland and a certain piece of database software. Before that I worked at game developer BioWare Corp. (later "BioWare/Pandemic" and even later after I left, "BioWare, an EA Studio") on various roles. One of these roles involved helping to set up their Neverwinter Nights and BioWare Community Sites initially on a piece of alpha software called MySQL 4.0.
I still miss the screams of "We need another slave, take a dump! Now!" -- I'll never know what an outsider would have thought of these conversations -- and praying to every known deity that an untested database software would not bring down a million strong community (4+ million now) and an important game launch.
I've been in love with MySQL ever since. Yes, we have a lot of challenges, but that's what we're here to do: to communicate, to work together and to overcome challenges. You, the community are critical to success and overcoming those challenges.
Now, I'll be slowly easing into doing community stuff over the next little while. I have many projects to complete for my current team. So don't expect too many updates on this blog between now and then, but please do contact me, let's start talking, this is exciting stuff.
Thanks Giuseppe, Kaj, Lenz and Colin for letting me join your family. Thanks also to Jeff Wiss, Kristina Hadges, Adam Donnison, Markus Popp, Aaron White and Niall Brown from the mysql.com web team and all of the Database Group Marketing/Demand Generation Team, not only for letting me go but for being one of the best teams I've ever had the pleasure of working with.