A few weeks ago, I took a week-long training course on MySQL development. The course was fantastic, but extremely intensive. I learned quite a bit about using MySQL.
In addition to all of the MySQL development I picked up during the course, I was also privy to some “inside” information about Sun’s possible acquisition of MySQL.
First of all, although it is 99.9% sure that Sun will acquire MySQL, it’s not an absolute certainty, yet. There is still quite a bit of negotiating to be done before the acquisition goes through.
Secondly, although a lot of people seem to think this acquisition spells doom for MySQL and its open-source, free software, it should be an extremely good thing for MySQL and Sun’s products. Rumor has it that Sun decided to acquire MySQL because of the incredible experience MySQL has monetizing open-source software. Sun has had trouble with that proposition since the beginning. MySQL has done fairly well with it.
Sun decided to pick up MySQL as much for their business sense in the open-source software world as for the product they produce.
On a side note, while this probably won’t do anything phenomenal for those of us interacting with MySQL through PHP, developers using Java will probably have a whole lot more support and tools at their fingertips than ever before.
Over the next week or two, I will be posting my notes from the MySQL developer course. They might not make a whole lot of sense, but hopefully they’ll do somebody some good. I know they’ll do a lot of good for me in the future. Hopefully I’ll be able to get certified in MySQL before too much longer.