A lot is happening in the world of MySQL lately. If you’re in Asia, SkySQL has been organising roadshows. On May 18, there was a captive audience in Singapore, listening to David Axmark (advisor to SkySQL, co-founder of MySQL Ab), Daniel Saito (SkySQL), and Colin Charles (Monty Program). On May 20, there was a huge audience in Manila, and I was totally bummed to have missed out on it.

I’m told there’s going to be an awesome audience tomorrow, May 27, in Seoul, South Korea. Lotte Hotel will be abuzz with all things SkySQL, Monty Program, and MariaDB, and it will feature Kaj Arno and Daniel Saito from SkySQL, and Colin Charles from Monty Program.

May 30 brings upon the SkySQL Roadshow in Tokyo, hosted at the Yurakucho International Forum.

If you plan to attend any of these events (Daniel tells me they’re also reaching capacity) and are in the area, don’t hesitate to drop daniel[at]skysql[dot]com an email and I’m sure he’ll furnish you with the relevant information.

Santa Clara, CA, USA Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Monty Program Ab today announced that SkySQL Ab is the first partner to achieve Platinum Support Partner status with Monty Program. The criteria include offering 24 x 7 support worldwide, a proven ability to handle first and second level support cases for MySQL® and MariaDB®, as well as having delivered a certain amount of well-defined commercial 3rd level support cases in the form of bug fix requests to Monty Program Ab.

“We’re happy to work with the SkySQL support team” says Rasmus Johansson, COO of Monty Program Ab. “The requests for bug fixes we get cover both MySQL and MariaDB, and they’re well researched, enabling us to deliver solutions quickly,” Johansson continued.

“Working with the Monty Program Ab team feels very natural for us, and enables us to provide a high level of service for our customers” confirms Dean Ellis, SkySQL Ab Director of Support. “This is no surprise to us, of course. We use the same methods, tools, and working relationships that had been in place for years when we were colleagues at MySQL AB.” Ellis highlights the Eventum system for support tickets, which both companies use and have interfaced.

“SkySQL’s capable Support Team, both expert and new users can get the best level of MySQL and MariaDB support in the industry. And should a support case involve bug fixing, we are there to correct the problem,” said Michael “Monty” Widenius, CEO of Monty Program Ab. Widenius also stressed that “the commercial agreement with SkySQL enables us to develop MariaDB further.”

Via the press release.

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.