Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

MySQL documentation writer for Connectors and Cluster wanted!

(No, this is not a duplicate of the previous blog post I wrote. It's for another position!)

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 Connectors, particularly Connector/NET, and MySQL Cluster connectors and APIs. This means you should be familiar with MySQL in general, with the .NET framework, and preferably also with the MySQL Cluster. 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.

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 Feb 27, 2013

MySQL documentation writer wanted

MySQLAs MySQL is thriving and growing, we're looking for an experienced technical writer located in Europe or North America 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 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 InnoDB, MySQL Enterprise Backup, and MySQL Connectors. This means you should be familiar with MySQL in general, and preferably also with MySQL Cluster and the MySQL Enterprise offerings. A MySQL certification will be considered an advantage.

Other qualifications you should have:

  • Native English speaker
  • 3 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
  • Curiosity to learn new technologies

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

Tuesday Oct 23, 2012

MySQL tech writer position on Oracle jobs site

Just in case you missed this, last week I announced that my team is looking for an experienced technical writer. Now the job offer has gone live on the Oracle website. Have a look! That's the EMEA job site, but the position is actually available for Europe or North America. The job offer should appear on the American site soon, too.

If you want to join a great team, or if you know someone suitable who does, don't hesitate to contact me!

Tuesday Oct 16, 2012

MySQL documentation writer wanted

As MySQL is thriving and growing, we're looking for an experienced technical writer located in Europe or North America 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 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.

Candidates should therefore be interested not just in writing but also in the technical aspects of publishing documentation. Regarding your initial areas of authoring, those would be MySQL Cluster, MySQL Enterprise Monitor and Backup, and various parts of the MySQL server documentation (also known as the MySQL Reference Manual). This means you should be familiar with MySQL in general, and preferably also with MySQL Cluster and the MySQL Enterprise offerings.

Other qualifications:
  • Native English speaker
  • 3 or more years previous experience in writing software documentation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to provide (online) samples of your work, e.g. books or articles
  • Curiosity to learn new technologies
  • 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

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


Wednesday Jun 13, 2012

MySQL Curriculum Developer Wanted

If you want to be part of the team that creates the official Oracle training on MySQL and meet the following criteria ...

  • Experience of course design
  • Experience with databases such as MySQL
  • Fluent in English - written and spoken
  • Keen to keep on learning
... then this is the opportunity for you! Learn more about our open position for MySQL Curriculum Developer here.

Thursday Feb 09, 2012

Linux Documentation Writer Wanted!

The Oracle Linux and Virtualization Documentation Team is seeking an experienced Technical Writer
with a focus on writing documentation for the Oracle Linux product. (The MySQL Documentation Team is part of that group as well.)

Applicants should be located in either Ireland, the UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, or Finland (click on the links for a detailed job description).

We're a vastly distributed team, with writers in Australia, North America, and Europe. Our infrastructure is based on DocBook XML, and we're not just writing docs, but also maintain the whole processing and publication work chain.

Key competencies you should have include:

  • 3 or more years previous experience in writing software documentation (please provide URLs of your writings I can look at!)
  • Experience with writing documentation for system level software and operating systems
  • Strong knowledge of the Linux operating system
  • Strong knowledge of XML, DocBook XML, and XSL style sheets (and motivation to help maintain and expand our tools and infrastructure)
  • Ability to administer own workstation and test environment
  • Good experience with distributed working environments and versioning systems such as SVN

If this sounds like something for you, follow the links above and send in your application!

Friday Aug 12, 2011

Hiring a MySQL Curriculum Developer

My colleague Antoinette is hiring a MySQL Curriculum Developer. To raise awareness, here's her blog post again:

Looking to join Oracle’s MySQL team? Our training team is hiring a MySQL curriculum developer!

You can find the job description and apply here.

While the job description refers to Dublin as location, applicants can actually be based pretty much anywhere. Your curriculum development/design experience, database & MySQL expertise and proficiency in English will matter most than location.

If you have experience in designing and developing training courses, and are passionate about databases in general and MySQL in particular, we look forward to hearing from you!

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.

Monday Sep 06, 2010

Farewell CHM, hello EPUB!

For a long time, the MySQL Documentation Team has been providing CHM files for most MySQL documentation we publish. Like many other formats, CHM-format docs can be downloaded from http://dev.mysql.com/doc. CHM (Compiled HTML Help) has been the de facto standard help file format on Windows since 1997, but the technology behind it is outdated and has all kinds of quirks. The successor format introduced with Windows Vista is AP Help, but it hasn't taken off in practice so far. So, with CHM being outdated and AP Help spread anything but widely, lots of vendors have started providing documentation on Windows in PDF or HTML format.

Building CHM-format documentation is a challenge of its own. I'll not go into details here, so let me just state that it requires a dedicated Windows box (or VM), and while it can be automated using Power Shell commands, there's no way to find out whether or not a CHM file was built correctly, except by manual inspection. This makes it different from all other documentation formats where technical QA is done (successfully) in an automated fashion.

With the increasing complexity and size of our documentation (the MySQL 5.1 Manual contains more than 1.6 million words now!), providing CHM has become more and more of a pain, because builds tend to break more often. We've stopped shipping CHM with the MySQL Server on Windows months ago because we simply couldn't guarantee that the help file shipped with the software would work. Also, we're running short on hardware resources, so we'd rather stop wasting the resources we have on building a format that's of limited use, anyway.

This is why we'll stop providing CHM for any of the documentation we publish.

To alleviate potential pains anyone might have with this decision, let me tell you that we've started providing EPUB-format docs. EPUB (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPUB) is an open standard format for screen readers, mobile or not, and is fairly easy (and not resource-intensive!) to compile. Thanks to Lenz for suggesting to build EPUB!

Go to http://dev.mysql.com/doc to grab MySQL documentation in EPUB format. To read EPUB on desktop machines, I use a Firefox add-on, unsurprisingly called epubreader, which loads EPUB documents fast and renders them nicely. That said, please be aware that EPUB can't do anything about the fact that the MySQL Reference Manual is huge, so downloading it to a mobile device can take a while. The MySQL 5.1 Manual is currently a whopping 15 MB!

Wednesday Jun 09, 2010

MySQL University: Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL (rerun)

This Thursday (June 10th, 14:00 UTC), Darren Cassar will rerun his February 25 presentation of Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL. (Recording of the session failed in February; hopefully it will succeed this time.) According to Darren, the author of the plugin, Securich is an incredibly handy and versatile tool for managing user privileges on MySQL through the use of roles. It basically makes granting and revoking rights a piece of cake, not to mention added security it provides through password expiry and password history, the customization level it permits, the fact that it runs on any MySQL 5.0 or later and it's easily deployable on any official MySQL binary, platform independent.
More information here: http://www.securich.com/about.html.

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.)

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone. All sessions (slides & audio) are recorded; the links will be on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

Wednesday Jun 02, 2010

MySQL University: New Features in Connector/NET 6.3

This Thursday (June 3rd, 14:00 UTC), Reggie Burnett, head of Connector/NET development, will present the New Features in Connector/NET 6.3.

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.)

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone. All sessions (slides & audio) are recorded; the links will be on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

Tuesday Mar 02, 2010

MySQL University: MySQL Column Databases

This Thursday (March 4th, 15:00 UTC - slightly later than usual), Robin Schumacher will present MySQL Column Databases. If you're doing Data Warehouse with your databases this is a must-attend, but it's also interesting to learn what typical other scenarios there are for using column-based storage engines, and how column databases work in the first place.

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.)

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone. All sessions (slides & audio) are recorded; the links will be on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

Here's the tentative list of upcoming sessions:

  • May 27: Improving MySQL Full-Text Search (Kristofer Pettersson)
  • June 10: Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL (Darren Cassar; we've set up that second session because unfortunately recording of the original session didn't work)

As you can see, there are big gaps in the upcoming months. Care to fill them by giving a MySQL University presentation? If you'd like to be a speaker, have a look at this blog article!

Tuesday Feb 23, 2010

MySQL University: Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL

This Thursday (February 25th, 13:00 UTC - way earlier than usual!), Darren Cassar will present Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL. According to Darren, the author of the plugin, Securich is an incredibly handy and versatile tool for managing user privileges on MySQL through the use of roles. It basically makes granting and revoking rights a piece of cake, not to mention added security it provides through password expiry and password history, the customization level it permits, the fact that it runs on any MySQL 5.0 or later and it's easily deployable on any official MySQL binary, platform independent.
More information here: http://www.securich.com/about.html.

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.)

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone. All sessions (slides & audio) are recorded; the links will be on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

Here's the tentative list of upcoming sessions:

  • March 4: MySQL Column Databases (Robin Schumacher)
  • March 11: Improving MySQL Full-Text Search (Kristofer Pettersson)

By the way, did I mention that we need more speakers to fill up the 2010 schedule? If you'd like to be a speaker, have a look at this blog article!

Monday Feb 15, 2010

MySQL University: Performance Schema: Instrumenting Code

This Thursday (February 18th, 17:00 UTC - note the different starting time!), Marc Alff will present the brand new Performance Schema: Instrumenting Code. Marc is the implementor of the Performance Schema feature. His presentation will show how developers maintaining

  • the MySQL server code,
  • a storage engine,
  • or any type of plugin

can instrument the code to collect data for the new performance schema instrumentation.

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.)

MySQL University is a free educational online program for engineers/developers. MySQL University sessions are open to anyone. All sessions (slides & audio) are recorded; the links will be on the respective MySQL University session pages which are listed on the MySQL University home page.

Here's the tentative list of upcoming sessions:

  • February 25: Securich - Security Plugin for MySQL (Darren Cassar)
  • March 4: MySQL Column Databases (Robin Schumacher)
  • March 11: Improving MySQL Full-Text Search (Kristofer Pettersson)

By the way, did I mention that we need more speakers to fill up the 2010 schedule? If you'd like to be a speaker, have a look at this blog article!

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