Wanted: Web Developer @ MySQL
By Duleepa Wijayawardhana on Dec 05, 2008
Now here's also the inside scoop. The MySQL Web Developer is a position which combines pure PHP Development, some DBA work and some Sysadmin work so if that appeals to you then great. You'd be working on improving the external sites as it relates to Demand Generation which is mainly www.mysql.com and our partner sites. Believe me when I say there is a lot of work and you get to really customize that work to make it fun for you.
In addition, I can say that I've had a lot of fun working with the team. The #web IRC channel is always busy and usually quite fun with subjects ranging from strange storms as is happening as I blog this ("niall: the gods are angry with you dups") or help with whatever you might be working on. There's also the fact that the sites with its millions of visits/day leads to some interesting collaborations with our developer and engineering teams. Check out Adam Donnison on running MySQL 5.1 on production. There's great collaboration between Developer, Community, Support and Web which makes it a great environment to be in.
So who's in the team? Kristina Hadges is the Project Manager and Manager of the team, Markus Popp, a developer in Austria, Aaron White, a developer in Colorado, Niall Brown, a developer in my home town of Montreal and lastly, but certainly not least: Adam Donnison, the person with whom this position would collaborate heavily with and who hails from somewhere near Melbourne in Australia. Watch out he brews a mean cider, which he kindly smuggled in for us at our last company meeting in Florida. He also likes being woken up in the wee hours of the morning (sshhh don't tell him I told you).
Oh yes, and sadly you'll be working with me and the others on the Community Team as well so I have a vested interest in this position being filled with someone with a great attitude, humour and experience.
So if you dream about PHP, have an interest in working for MySQL and seeing/changing things from the inside, like working from home (though if there is a Sun office you can work from there too), are independent, have no problems enjoying a few laughs on IRC and want to make a difference as we work our way through the pitfalls of all that is MySQL and open source databases, then I strongly urge you to apply.