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The State of MySQL

Jun 02, 2009, 17:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Zawodny)

"It has not been the smoothest of sailing recently. MySQL was having problems even before the Sun acquistion shook the community. In it's effort to help the product "grow up" and cater both to enterprise users (which means adding more functionality) and newer, less sophisticated users (which means making things more friendly and approachable–and building more tools), the team seemed to lose direction and ended up being spread too thin.

"The large gap of time between MySQL 5.0 and 5.1 is partly to blame on management and priorities. But it's also largely the result a codebase badly in need of a good cleanup and refactoring--something that has not happened to this day (though there are signs of that changing). The unnecessary complexity and lack of clear standards not only slowed down existing developers but was surely a barrier for new developers as well.

"These problems continued and people began to depart Sun not long after the acquisition. Members of the senior management team as well as some of the most experienced and talented developers are no longer there to guide the development. A subset of those who've left are actually contributing to the MySQL community in other ways--more on that later."

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