Tuesday Jun 23, 2009

MySQL University: MySQL Code Contributions

This Thursday (June 25th, 13:00 UTC), Lenz Grimmer will explain how to contribute code to MySQL, in a MySQL University session titled MySQL Code Contributions. Lenz is a member of the MySQL Community Team. His session will give an overview about how code contributions to MySQL should be handled and performed. It will cover the ideal workflow, requirements and available infrastructure and toolchain that potential contributors should be aware of.

For MySQL University sessions, point your browser to this page. You need a browser with a working Flash plugin. You may register for a Dimdim account, but you don't have to. (Dimdim is the conferencing system we're using for MySQL University sessions. It provides integrated voice streaming, chat, whiteboard, session recording, and more.) All MySQL University sessions are recorded, that is, slides and voice can be viewed as a Flash movie (.flv). You can find those recordings on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone, not just Sun employees. Sessions are recorded (slides and audio), so if you can't attend the live session you can look at the recording anytime after the session.

Here's the schedule for the upcoming weeks:

  • July 2: Starring Sakila - a data warehouse mini-tutorial (Roland Bouman)
  • July 9 through September 3: Semester break
  • September 10: Customizing MySQL Enterprise Monitor (Mark Leith)
  • September 17: Architecture of MySQL Backup (Lars Thalmann)
  • September 24: Concurrency Control: How It Really Works (Heikki Tuuri)
  • October 1: InnoDB Internals: InnoDB File Formats and Source Code Structure (Calvin Sun)
  • October 8: Building MySQL Releases on Unix (Jörg Brühe)
The schedule is not engraved in stone at this point. Please visit http://forge.mysql.com/wiki/MySQL_University#Upcoming_Sessions for the up-to-date list. On that page, you can also find the starting time for many time zones.

Monday Mar 23, 2009

Google Summer of Code: Help improve MySQL documentation!

MySQL is participating in Google Summer of Code 2009 (GSoC for short), and so is the MySQL documentation team. We've just put our ideas on this page; you might want to have a look if you're interested in applying for a GSoc project.

One of the projects is purely technical and doesn't involve writing any documentation, but rather improving the technique that goes on behind the scenery.

The other project does involve writing documentation, but it's mostly (if not exclusively) about creating examples for the Connectors & APIs chapter of the MySQL Reference Manual, so you don't have to be a Pulitzer award winner to contribute, but you should rather have a good amount of experience using MySQL through drivers and APIs.

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