I am now back in Finland after the Monty Program Ab / MariaDB meeting in Istanbul.
As all our meetings, this meeting was also open to the public (except a few closed session about Monty Program Ab internals). As before, we had guests attending, and this time we had people from Facebook, Intel, Galera, Percona, SkySQL and from another database company. PBXT sent their greetings but could not attend because of customer meetings.
During the meetings, we presented our development plans for replication and for the new Knowledgebase system (KB). One of the objectives with the KB is to eventually create a free MariaDB / MySQL manual, but it's also a place to ask questions and find/get answers. We also had some hacking sessions, which gave me time to review the phone home feature that we will add to MariaDB 5.2. We also discussed the dynamic columns feature that is planned for MariaDB 5.3. We also had great presentations from Facebook and Intel that will help us improve MariaDB.
You can find the full Istanbul program here.
It was also very fun to be part of the SkySQL kickoff meeting that also happened to be in Istanbul (We didn't know that SkySQL would also be there when we planned our meeting. The two teams were mostly meeting at separate locations, but sharing one day together.). It was great to see a lot of old friends from the MySQL time and it felt like we had used a time machine to go 5 year back into the past (especially when "Helan går" was sung many days in a row by people that doesn't really speak Swedish). The old MySQL spirit is very much alive!
We had of course also a lot of good food (mostly kebab in a lot of different forms, including raw), visited a hamam, and did some sport and dancing. Henrik Ingo has documented some (un)memorable pieces in his blog.
What is becoming more and more clear is that MariaDB is not only a Monty Program Ab project. MariaDB is not only getting a lot of contributions from individual developers but there is also an increasing collaboration between companies working on the code. MariaDB 5.2 includes for example code (in no particular order) from Percona, OpenQuery, Primebase, Google, Sphinxsearch and Stardoll, and naturally from Oracle. In 5.3 and/or 5.5 we will in addition work with companies like Galera, Facebook, eBay, Sphaera and of course SkySQL to add many new features into MariaDB.
Next Monty Program Ab / MariaDB meeting will probably be in 6-9 months in Lissabon. Hope to see many of you there!