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!
As Hakan mentioned previously, the full text of SQL-99 Complete, Really by Peter Gulutzan and Trudy Pelzer, is now in the AskMonty.org Knowledgebase. Importing the text and formatting it for the Knowledgebase was a major project and I’m glad that it’s done.
Having the full text of this book freely available is a great thing for anyone who uses SQL because the book is about the SQL-99 standard and not about any particular database implementation. They do talk about different implementations, but those sections are clearly marked as such, and serve as examples of how some databases implement (or diverge from) the standard.
The question now is: What’s next? Both for the SQL-99 section, and for the Knowledgebase in general?
First, we want to integrate the SQL-99 text into the rest of the Knowledgebase. At present, it is largely isolated from the other main section (the MariaDB section). We’ll start by cross-linking between SQL-99 and MariaDB articles. Going forward we will incorporate the SQL-99 text into new and existing MariaDB-related articles, where appropriate.
Beyond SQL-99, we also want to grow the Knowledgebase into a repository of all sorts of database-related information. To that end, we’re on the lookout for more ready-made content to add to the Knowledgebase. If you own or control the rights to a database-related book, and would like to see it added, please contact us. We’re even willing to purchase the rights, if necessary. Bonus points if the book is directly about MariaDB or MySQL, but we’re also interested in other databases.
Speaking of the Knowledgebase, we just rolled out some updates to make it easier for anyone who wants to to participate in creating and editing content to get started. If you’d like to help out, please do! If you have questions on how to get started you can almost always find me and other Knowledgebase admins in #maria on Freenode (my Freenode nick is dbart) or you can join the maria-docs mailing list and ask there.
I was happy to see the announcement yesterday from Tokutek regarding their addition of MariaDB to their list of supported platforms for the TokuDB storage engine.
One particular item in the press release caught my eye: “Our customers are choosing MariaDB more and more frequently for their most demanding database applications.” We’ve added many new features over the past year in our various 5.1 and 5.2 releases, but beyond the new goodies we’ve focused a lot of energy on removing bugs and improving performance. We’ve known for a while that MariaDB is the best version of MySQL out there; it’s nice that others are starting to see the same thing.
Welcome Tokutek and TokuDB to the MariaDB family!