Friday Dec 19, 2008

Registration for MySQL Conference and Expo 2009 is now open

MySQL Users Conference and Expo 2009

Registration is open for the MySQL Users Conference and Expo 2009. The review committee had 350 proposals to choose from, and most of the schedule is already done.

The tutorials section is complete, with a juicy choice of topics from popular classics to the newest ones, all of them with some innovative contents, as the theme Innovation Everywhere requires.

Register before February 16, and save as much as $200.

Sunday Dec 07, 2008

... Reglib or JQuery, IPS and UpdateCenter, and Wikipedia and MySQL

Some recent news of interest:

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JQuery is a small and fast JavaScript Framework (Wikipedia, homepage). JQuery is very popular (Google Trends!), but Greg (Reimer - one of the developers of Sun.Com) was interested in exploring a declarative approach to JavaScript programming and created reglib (for registration library). JavaScript fiends can start at Reg's reglib vs JQuery post, and then browse though his Other posts, and then go Download the code.

The pack(5) (i.e. IPS) toolkit continues to make progress. Although it came from the OpenSolaris effort it is really platform independent and IPS is at the core of the new Update Center for GlassFish v3. Check the IPS blog and the IPS Best Practices Wiki. A recent good presentation is outlined in Intro to pkg(5) - I'd like to schedule one for TheAquarium Online series.

Finally a story that is a couple of weeks old; Wikipedia is going to use Sun's OpenStorage products to run MySQL (see Jonathan's entry). Hopefully we will see many more to come in the future as we continue to Optimize the Performance of MySQL on Sun's Systems.

Thursday Dec 04, 2008

MySQL-SailFin White Paper: Creating a Carrier Grade Service Execution Environment

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SIP technology, the basis of Project SailFin, is consolidating its position as the leading standard for setting up and tearing down converged multimedia communication sessions. Communication Service Providers are investing in Service Delivery Platforms (SDP) to leverage the opportunity presented by the network convergence.

The Service Execution Environment is a key layer of any SDP, and the application servers and databases are the key components of this layer.

A new white paper about Creating a Carrier Grade Service Execution Environment with MySQL Cluster and the Sun GlassFish Communications Server is available now. Take a look. You need a MySQL account to access the white paper.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting a series of entries to take a closer look at SailFin, specifically the SIP container. If you havent tried SailFin so far, give it a whirl.

Wednesday Nov 26, 2008

MySQL 5.1-GA released

MySQL 5.1

MySQL, the most popular open source database, releases today, November 27, 2008, its version 5.1 GA (General Availability). Downloads are available for all operating systems.

Version 5.1 introduces several enhancements to the already rich set of features. Most notable are partitioning, row based replication, the event scheduler, a new plugin infrastructure, and logs on demand.

There are more new features, but the general improvement is better performance and manageability. Many users have already adopted MySQL 5.1 in production. Their feedback has been reported in the MySQL technical articles. Check them out. MySQL 5.1 is ready for prime time!

Sunday Nov 23, 2008

AddOns for OpenSource - The MySQL Query Analyzer

Commercial Open Source is a game changer, but it is also a game of balances between different interests: the free user and the paying customer, the individual developer and the partner and the corporate developer, short-term adoption and long-term revenue. There are a number of different business models for OpenSource that attempt to navigate these interests and Sun follows a combination of support, services, hardware/systems drag, and Add-Ons.


Sun just announced a new Add-On as part of the MySQL Enterprise Subscription. The MySQL Query Analyzer is designed to save time and effort in finding and fixing problem queries; "time and effort vs money" being the trade-off between the free and for-pay offerings. For details, check the Overview article, Zach's Introduction and the interview with the project lead, Mark Matthews.

Coverage of the new offering includes InformationWeek and ComputerWorld. There is already a very nice testimonial from the Clickability CTO; another report (nb. from a sun employee) is here. And you can make your own evaluation through the MySQL Trials offering.

Monday Nov 10, 2008

Leading Price-Performance Results with Open Source Stack: MySQL, GlassFish and OpenSolaris


Sun has posted SPECjAppServer 2004 results for a full OpenSource stack including MySQL 5.0, GlassFish v2 U2 and OpenSolaris 2008.05 on Sun's 1U SunFire x4150. The setup uses two x4150 running GF and one running MySQL, all on OpenSolaris.

Check out the detailed posts by BMSeer and Tom (Overview and Price Analysis). Also see the SPEC detailed submission and the relevant x4150 Benchmark page. The results take advantage of recent MySQL Performance Improvements including [1], [2], [3], [4].

Note Required disclosure : SPEC and SPECjAppServer are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from as of 11/05/2008. 2xSun Fire X4150 (8 cores, 2chips) and 1xSun Fire X4150 (4 cores, 1 chip) 1197.10 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard; Best result with 8 cores in application-tier of the benchmark: 1xHP BL460c (8 cores,2chips) and 1xHP BL480c (8 cores,2 chips) 2056.27 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard; Best result with 2 systems in application-tier of the benchmark: 2xDell PowerEdge 2950 (8 cores, 2 chips) and 1xDell PowerEdge R900 (4 chips, 24 cores) 4,794.33 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.

Sunday Nov 09, 2008

MySQL Community on the road

MySQL East Coast mini tour

The MySQL community team has a new manager for North America. Dups and Giuseppe will be touring the East Coast to speak at several meeetups and attend the OpenSQLCamp.

Nov 10 - Boston, MA
Nov 11-12 - New York, NY
Nov 13 - Baltimore, MD
Nov 14-16 - Charlottesville, VA

Sunday Oct 26, 2008

... The Best AppServer, New MQ Site, MySQL in NB, SocialSite and REST, Compliance Manager, OpenStorage and SSDs

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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Any Best poll is always subjective in one way or another, so here are two more :-) First What's the Best AppServer - with several references to GlassFish. The second is a question from a prospective GF user that elicited a Very Nice Testimonial... which is a good time for a call for Adoption Stories; if you have any, drop us a mail at stories at sun dot com.

The OpenMQ community page sports a new, clearner-looking OpenMQ WebSite. I hear they also have testimonials and performance numbers cooking; stay tuned.

The Identity folks at Sun have released a new Compliance Manager product that elicited good press coverage (BusinessWire, SearchSecurity). This is part of Sun's Identity Products, and, like with OpenSSO, I expect the usability and applicability - not just the functionality - of all these products to continue to spread in the future.

NetBeans 6.5 (now in RC) has improvements in MySQL support, including knowing about the Sakila sample, improvements to the SQL Editor, SQL code completion, displaying multiple rowsets, and SQL history. Check out Andrei's NetBeans.TV Screencast, and thanks to John for the tip.

Roy (Fielding) has specific objections to the RESTful API for OpenSocial - see Roy's note and Dave's links (Roy points the comment to SocialSite, but it really is about OpenSocial). It seems there is a discussion thread on the OpenSocial group discussing how to incorporate that feedback into the spec.

Finally, on the OpenStorage side, a couple of good videos discussing the role of Flash in Storage, (both available in two sizes): Bill Moore ([medium], [ipod]) and Andy Bechtolsheim ([medium], [ipod]). The ipod-sized presentation are ideal for flights :-)

Thursday Oct 23, 2008

Extended innovation : MySQL Conference 2009 CfP open till November 5

MySQL Users Conference and Expo 2009

The MySQL Users Conference and Expo 2009 call for participation has been extended. You have now time until November 5th to submit a proposal.

At the end of the regular CfP, we received 284 proposals, which is about 100 more than we got last year, before the extension. So, we are pleased, but we want more proposals for a better choice.

In particular, what is notably absent from the proposals, is contribution from other Sun communities. Java, Glassfish, Netbeans, Solaris, OpenOffice, are either completely amiss or faintly represented. We need good technical presentations on the above topics, involving MySQL usage and integration. And remember, the theme of the conference is Innovation Everywhere.

If you have missed the October 22nd deadline, here's your chance! Submit a proposal, now!

Thursday Oct 02, 2008

MySQL adopts Sun Contributor Agreement


Until a few months ago, the MySQL community had several complaints about the contribution process. The two biggest obstacles were an unfriendly revision control system and a too demanding contributor agreement.

The revision control system was changed in June. Exit BitKeeper, enter Bazaar. And now goes the second obstacle. Today, Kaj Arnö announced that MySQL has adopted the Sun Contributors Agreement. Kudos!

There are still a few impediments, but the database group management seems well determined to tackle the problem and become contributions friendly. There is more in the making. Stay tuned!

Monday Sep 29, 2008

JRuby for Java Skeptics, GAP in Sao Paolo, Brazil, OpenSSO, OpenDS and GF, MySQL Users Conference

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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From Ruby-land, Zargony is warming up to JRbuy and explains Why I'm starting to like JRuby even though I dislike Java. And Arun writes a short list of the Advantages of JRuby over MRI.

We have been sending notifications to GAP (the GlassFish Awards Program) for a while but on MOnday we had a Press Release aligned with the first SunTech Days in Sao Paolo to celebrate the winners located in Brazil. Special congratulations to Claudio and Reginaldo who were at the event. We are planning a number of blogs to highlight the GAP winners; we won't be able to cover the 108 of them (!) but we will sample a few.

And, Arun is visiting Sao Paolo (and other cities in Brazil) and writes about ES JUG... And about Embu das Artes and about Travel Tips in Brazil.

Showing part of the spread of the Friends and Family part of the GlassFish Server two tutorials: First Sidharth and Marina show OpenSSO on GlassFish, and then Ludo points to John Yeary's Doing authentication and authorization with GlassFish and OpenDS.

Giuseppe points out that the call for papers for the MySQL Users Conference is still open.

PS. There is a lot of work to do before GFv3 prelude goes out; tracking the news during the next few weeks is going to be tricky, please bear with us.

Friday Sep 26, 2008

WebSynergy Community Build 5 Available!


Hot on the heels of SB2, WebSynergy continues its cadence of builds with the latest, Project WebSynergy Community Build 5 [download].

This build incorporates additional samples, a bridge between JSR 286 events and the built-in services (e.g. the activities service), WSRP improvements, jBPM workflow integration into SAW, and a first cut of SWA. On the development side, Portal Pack 3.0 has a new download page and updated NetBeans and Eclipse plugins.

A few articles have been written recently: Maruthi on Presence (and a screencast), Allan on Q&A on Message Boards, and Mahipal on i18n.

Can't wait to see the next Stable Build (3) !

Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

Developing Kenai - Agility on an OpenSource Enterprise Foundation

Last week Kenai went beta, with the usual services in a development hub site plus an additional "connected" angle. Our GF CORBA project is already using its Hg repository but another very interesting angle is the technology mix.


Kenai acheived development agility with reliability by using a combination of our scripting (JRuby/Rails) and enterprise (GlassFish v2, MySQL, OpenSolaris) technologies. These combinations are beginning to pop all over and are one of the key targets of GlassFish, using JRuby (see Nick's Blog site), Groovy (see Glenn's GroovyBlogs), or others.

Back to Kenai, check out Tim's Interview with Nick, and some Technical Details on Caching and in Testing/Performance Methodology. Also see Pictures from Austvik, Spotlight from Arun and Lenz's Technology Overview.

Friday Sep 12, 2008

MySQL Use case Competition - When theory meets practice

Sakila Writer

MySQL 5.1 is almost ready for prime time, but in the meantime some brave users have already started putting it to work in production environment.

MySQL wants to hear from these intrepid souls. The MySQL 5.1 use Case competition is under way. We want feedback from users who have found a practical usage for 5.1 features, and also from the ones who have met usability challenges.

Two articles have already been published from the competition submissions. One showing a popular soccer team using MySQL 5.1 and one proposing a creative way of managing large storage. More articles will come with your feedback

If you are using MySQL 5.1 in production, please let us know!

Tuesday Sep 09, 2008

Stésud, GlassFish and MySQL - A Multi-Million Sun Deal


This morning Sun issued a Press Release (Sun, Reuters) on a multi-million dollar deal with Belgium-based ERP vendor Stésud s.a.. Quoting from there:

Java-based GlassFish was the first piece of the puzzle we identified to meet our stringent new infrastructure requirements. As soon as Sun acquired MySQL, we decided to employ it as our new database rather than Oracle. With Sun behind both GlassFish and MySQL, it was the best open source infrastructure combination for our needs and for our customers' operations.

You can read about more adoption at our informal Stories blog and at the more formal Customer Success Stories site.