Almost a year ago we launched the AskMonty Knowledgebase, a home for information on MariaDB and MySQL. When we launched, only employees had access to write articles, though anyone could ask a question. This was done for technical reasons. The good news is that that has changed, with the latest version we just pushed live, anyone with an account (or an open ID) can create and edit articles.

There is only so much content we can write so we want your contributions, from completely new articles to editing and improving what we already have. If you have questions on how to get started, you can join the Maria Docs group on launchpad and ask on the mailing list. Or you can jump into the #maria channel on Freenode IRC and ask there (ask for dbart or balsdorf).

For those that want to translate articles into other languages (you know who you are) we haven’t forgotten about you. Our next major enhancement to the Knowledgebase is to add full i18n (i.e. internationalization) support. We’re working hard to get something workable up and available to one and all as fast as we can. Stay tuned!

Monty Program along with various guests and our friends at the recently founded SkySQL recently wrapped up a meeting in Istanbul Turkey. Sadly it rained most days but we had a good time and got a lot done.

Besides learning how to say “Şerefe” which is “Cheers” in Turkish, we discussed the future of MariaDB, our companies goals, the MariaDB knowledge base and many other topics. Since I am the web guy, I lead the presentation / talk on the KB and thought I would share some highpoints of it with you.

If you don’t know, the KB is located at http://kb.askmonty.org. The goal is to provide one location for MariaDB and MySQL documentation along with a place to ask questions (and have developers actually answer them). To start we have both information licensed under the GPL about MySQL, content from the “SQL-99 Complete, Really” book (still in the progress of adding the whole thing) and original articles by Daniel, Monty and others.

We want anyone to be able to create new articles, clean up existing content and categorize them but for the moment only editors can. This is a limitation in our permissions system that I will be addressing shortly. I also am in the planning stages of allowing all content to be translated into multiple language. If you would like to volunteer, keep reading this blog and I will let you know when it is ready.

The KB is written in python (Django) running against MariaDB. I wrote it over the course of several months using many Django libraries. Let me know any comments or questions you might have.