MariaDB 10 is nearing GA, and it makes sense to make sure that the test suite from MySQL 5.6 is merged into MariaDB 10. Svoj is doing a lot of this work, and then we like to look at features, especially ones that are deprecated upstream. We don’t do that on blogs, but on the maria-developers mailing list.

I bring to your attention: Intermediate status for test cases merge. We see that INSERT DELAYED and SHOW PROFILE for example are deprecated in MySQL 5.6. The only way for feedback to the MySQL team seems to be comments on Morgan’s blog. However with MariaDB, especially with the feedback plugin enabled, we have an additional layer of information besides just comments on a blog or mailing list. 

We see from the features being used, INSERT DELAYED and SHOW PROFILE are still being used. The rest of the thread is an interesting read, as for example we should probably follow 5.6 in making NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION to be the default. Also if you’re interested in the reason behind YEAR(2) existing, there is reasoning to why it exists.

The list continues. If you’re interested in MariaDB development, please ensure that you’re subscribed to the maria-developers mailing list, and if you’re a user, please consider enabling the user feedback plugin.

MariaDB is participating in the Google Summer of Code 2014. Students are encouraged to propose a project before the deadline (this Friday!).

This is our second year participating, and as always we have an ideas page available. We also have a list of things we think are achievable in JIRA – check out our gsoc14 tag.

In 2013, we had three projects, of which two are in MariaDB 10.0: PCRE regular expressions and Roles. The other will be targeted towards MariaDB 10.1. There’s nothing like having GSoC students participate and have their code in shipping products.

So if you’re interested in all things MariaDB/MySQL, want to make a meaningful contribution to an opensource database, don’t hesitate to apply as a student!

Percona Live London 2013 is almost here: November 11-12 2013. Team MariaDB & SkySQL will be present, and here’s an agenda if you’re interested in all things MariaDB:

  1. Monday, 11.11.2013 – 2-5pm – What’s New in MariaDB 10 and MariaDB Tools – a tutorial from Ivan Zoratti. This is a hands-on lab, complete with virtual machines provided by Ivan. You’ll also get to see MariaDB Manager from the abstract.
  2. Tuesday 12.11.2013 – 9.45-10.00am – What’s New in MariaDB 5.5 and what will happen with MariaDB 10.0 – a keynote from Michael “Monty” Widenius of the MariaDB Foundation. 
  3. Tuesday 12.11.2013 – 2.50-3.40pm – MariaDB 10 Feature Overview – a session from Colin Charles on features available inside of MariaDB 10.

Don’t forget that on Monday 11.11.2013 from 4-7pm, there are also free drinks for all attendees of Percona Live London at a bar about a 2-minute walk away. Find out more about MariaDB/SkySQL drinks.