MariaDB 10.1 shipped a few days ago, so it’s now a good time to focus on another important event. Last week we had a three day MariaDB developers meeting. It took place in Amsterdam (Oct 13-15). Meetings like this tend to have a great impact on the roadmap of the product. Booking.com was very kind to offer their facilities for the developer meeting.
Thank you Booking.com!
The day before the developer meeting there was a MySQL meetup arranged at eBay’s office in Amsterdam since, naturally, a lot of MariaDB developers were already in town for the developers meeting. The meetup was done in lightning talk style where developers went through cool features in MariaDB. It ended up being a packed meetup with about 50 participants that lasted for about 3.5 hours. Many talks, great discussions, good pizza, and drinks!
Thank you eBay!
Back to the MariaDB developers meeting. In the end 60+ persons attended the developer’s meeting and every day we had close to that amount of people present. The attendees came from 10 different companies/organizations. There definitely seems to be interest in these kinds of meetings.
The schedule for the developers meeting included sessions about upcoming features in MariaDB like window functions, new things in InnoDB and Spider, but also tools used in development. There were also separate tracks for MaxScale and Galera, in which both current state and roadmaps were presented and discussed.
A very active contributor to the MariaDB project, Daniel Black from OpenQuery, had a very good presentation including how MariaDB is becoming/should become more than a fork and things learned from the field. The slides from the presentation can be found here.
I myself tried to pull together what was discussed during the days in one of the finishing sessions called “MariaDB 10.2 roadmap”. The slides from my session are available on Speaker Deck.
Help us focus on the things that matter by voting on feature requests in MariaDB project tracking. A list of features for 10.2 ordered by most votes can be found here.
The 2015 MariaDB Developers meetup is taking place in Amsterdam, from October 13th to 15th. Anyone who is interested in contributing to the MariaDB project is welcome to join!
The event will be held in unconference style with lots of opportunities for discussions and collaboration around any topic, ranging from performance, new features, connectors to packaging and documentation. All core MariaDB developers will be present and available for discussions.
The meetup lasts for three days and you can join for the whole time, or as little time as you wish.
The schedule is drafted in a public spreadsheet. The schedule is not fixed and the idea is the following:
Everyone attending the meeting can help set the agenda by adding sessions to the session backlog.
Everyone attending can/should vote on the session of interest in the backlog by raising the count in the Votes column.
The final schedule will be agreed and published week 39.
The MariaDB Foundation Board has been meeting monthly since February and on Monday this week had the third meeting of the year. Here is an update on a couple of things from the meeting.
We’re happy to announce that Booking.com has renewed their support to the foundation. As a major corporate sponsor Booking.com has been offered a seat on the Foundation board. Booking.com nominated Eric Herman. Eric has a history with MySQL dating from 2004 where he joined MySQL working on the server and tools. In 2010, Eric joined Booking.com where he works on database scaling challenges and BigData. As a community member, he has contributed to the perl MySQL client driver, the perl interpreter, and other Free Software. To represent community and industry interests in line with the Foundation mission, Eric Herman has joined the Board.
The current Members of the Board ordered by last name are:
Sergei Golubchik, Chief Architect, MariaDB Corporation
Eric Herman, Principal Developer, Booking.com
Espen Håkonsen, CIO of Visma and Managing Director of Visma IT & Communications
Rasmus Johansson (Chair), VP Engineering, MariaDB Corporation
Michael Widenius, CTO, MariaDB Foundation
Jeremy Zawodny, Software Engineer, Craigslist
Last but not least secretary of the Board is the Foundation’s CEO Otto Kekäläinen.
The list of corporate sponsors so far this year are:
Odin (formerly Parallels Hosting and Cloud Service Provider Solutions), www.odin.com
In case your company is interested to support the MariaDB project through the MariaDB Foundation please contact ”foundation ‘at’ mariadb (dot) org”.
It might be of interest that the mariadb.org website is getting a facelift to both look more appealing but also include more relevant information about the project and the Foundation. More about that later.