Friday Feb 06, 2015

MySQL Writer Wanted!

As MySQL is thriving and growing, we're looking for an experienced technical writer to join the MySQL documentation team. The documentation team is located in EMEA and in North America, and so you should be.

For this job, we need the best and most dedicated people around. You will be part of a geographically distributed documentation team responsible for the technical documentation of all MySQL products. Team members are expected to work independently, requiring discipline and excellent time-management skills as well as the technical facilities and experience to communicate across the Internet.

Candidates should be prepared to work intensively with our engineers and support personnel. The overall team is highly distributed across different geographies and time zones. Our source format is DocBook XML. We're not just writing documentation, but also handling publication, including maintenance of our toolset (XML, XSLT, Perl, Python). This means you should be familiar with DocBook and related areas, and willing to learn our publication infrastructure.

Your areas of responsibility would initially be MySQL Optimization and Performance Tuning, MySQL Information Schema and Performance Schema, and MySQL High Availability. Documenting APIs, especially with a focus on JSON and NoSQL, should not be foreign to you. This means you should be familiar with MySQL in general, and preferably also with performance tuning and optimization of relational databases. A MySQL certification will be considered an advantage.

Other qualifications you should have:

  • Native English speaker
  • 5 or more years previous experience in writing software documentation
  • Familiarity with distributed working environments and versioning systems such as SVN or Git
  • Comfortable with working on multiple operating systems, particularly Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • Ability to administer own workstations and test environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to provide (online) samples of your work, e.g. books or articles

If you're interested, contact me under stefan.hinz@oracle.com.

Tuesday Nov 05, 2013

MySQL documentation writer for MEM and Replication wanted!

As MySQL is thriving and growing, we're looking for an experienced technical writer located in the UK or Ireland to join the MySQL documentation team.

For this job, we need the best and most dedicated people around. You will be part of a geographically distributed documentation team responsible for the technical documentation of all MySQL products. Team members are expected to work independently, requiring discipline and excellent time-management skills as well as the technical facilities and experience to communicate across the Internet.

Candidates should be prepared to work intensively with our engineers and support personnel. The overall team is highly distributed across different geographies and time zones. Our source format is DocBook XML. We're not just writing documentation, but also handling publication. This means you should be familiar with DocBook, and willing to learn our publication infrastructure.

Your areas of responsibility would initially be MySQL Enterprise Monitor, and MySQL Replication. This means you should be familiar with MySQL in general, and preferably also with the MySQL Enterprise offerings. A MySQL certification will be considered an advantage.

Other qualifications you should have:
  • Native English speaker
  • 5 or more years previous experience in writing software documentation
  • Familiarity with distributed working environments and versioning systems such as SVN
  • Comfortable with working on multiple operating systems, particularly Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • Ability to administer own workstations and test environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to provide (online) samples of your work, e.g. books or articles
If you're interested, contact me under stefan.hinz@oracle.com.

For reference, the job offer can be viewed here.

Wednesday May 25, 2011

Tech Writer Wanted for MySQL Workbench & Connectors

The MySQL Documentation Team is looking for a senior technical writer. Main areas to cover are MySQL Workbench and MySQL Connectors. The position is for EMEA.

Candidates should be prepared to work intensively with our developers and support organization when writing documentation. Being a distributed team,  we meet mostly on IRC and coordinate our work through email and versioning systems such as Subversion. The base format we're using is DocBook XML, and we're not just writing but also processing and publishing all our documentation ourselves.

This means you should be ready to use "non-wysiwyg" text editors, have a clue about XML and XSL, and be prepared to communicate over the Internet most of the time. Naturally, you should have some experience documenting database software. We're striving for high quality (good and understandable writing, accuracy, completeness, attention to details, timeliness) — people are actually reading the documentation we provide; our online viewable formats get millions of page views every month.

If you think you qualify, drop me a mail, and let me know what time would be best to get together on the phone.

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