Welcome to MySQL Magazine. This is the magazine for the community of MySQL databaseadministrators and developers who use MySQL on a daily basis to provide some of the bestinfrastructure available on the Internet.What will you find here? News, articles on both administration and devlopment, feedback from theusers. Simply anything relating to MySQL!!
MySQL in the News
The biggest news of the past few months for MySQL users has to be the MySQL Conference that was April 23rd through the 26th. If you didn’t go-you missed out! There were many speakers including our own Baron Schwartz. Topics ranged from building your basic knowledge, improving the performanceof your servers and quite a few presentations on how large “Web 2.0” companies such as Digg andFlickr handle their traffic loads. Many of the speakers have their slides available for viewing. You canfind them and other informaion about the conference at:http://www.mysqlconf.com.In addition thereare several people in the MySQL community who have graciously supplied audio and video from theconference. An RSS feed of mp3s that will work with itunes is at http://download.tailrank.com/mysql-conf/mysqlconf.rss. Kevin Burton created these mp3s from ogg vorbis recording that Baron Schwartzmade (available at http://www.xaprb.com/presentations/mysqlconf2007/). In addition, Sheeri Kritzer,has made available her recording (both audio and video) of presentations at the conference. They areavailable at http://technocation.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=54 As an aside, Sheeri does a great MySQL podcast called OurSQL (available from the itunes store).Next year the conference will be April 15-18. Go ahead and make plans to attend. You won’t regret it!MySQL AB has also recently announced the addition of two new certifications. In March MySQL ABannounced the new Certified MySQL Cluster DBA. Next, in April, MySQL AB announced the newCertified MySQL Associate. The CMCDBA (rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?) shows mastery of all facetsof the new MySQL cluster server. The CMA is a more entry-level certification showing basicknowledge of the MySQL server.
One of the books on my bookshelf is
by Michael Kruckenberg and Jay Pipes. This is anexcellent book for someone seeking information about MySQL that goes beyond the basics. At almost700 pages (not including index) this book is divided into two parts. The first part is devoted to thearchitecture of the MySQL server and MySQL-based devlopment. The second half of the bookdevoted to database administration.Some of the topics include benchmarking/profiling (worth the cost of the book alone), storage engines,security, backup, replication and clustering. Each is covered in-depth from true experts.This is a well written book. If you consider yourself a professional MySQL DBA the information isinvauluble. This book makes a great reference for topics that you might not deal with on a day to daybasis. My only quible would be that it needs to be updated. It was printed in 2005 and covers up toversion five of our favorite database. In particular the informaiton on clustering is dated (because withversion 5.1 the tables are no longer required to be in memory). Even so the book is still well worth themoney.