A Sound Business Decision?

A few years ago, a regionally local grocery store chain made an innovative decision to begin offering free daycare within the store. As far as I know, they were the first (and, the only) major grocery chain to attempt something of this nature. The chain is known as Giant Food or Martin’s, depending on where the stores are located, and they are operated out of Pennsylvania. The chain dots most of the central-eastern seaboard from Pennsylvania down to North Carolina.

As I said, they opened centers inside of many of their stores called “Tree Houses”, which were structured environments in which children from ages three to ten could be entertained while their parents did the grocery shopping. Each patron of Martin’s, upon registering with the Tree House, could leave their children with the helpful, capable staff within the Tree House for up to 90 minutes on each shopping trip.

Why Do Web Developers Neglect Their Own Sites?

In the last six months or so, I’ve noticed a rather disturbing trend amongst Web developers and designers: We seem to neglect our own Web sites. There are so many sites for Web developers and designers that go months (even years) without any changes or updates. I won’t link to any in particular, as I don’t want to call anyone out. But it seems to happen fairly universally; moreso among those of us that do design and development as a side business, while working full-time jobs. I know I’ve noticed no less than 10 other Web sites that suffer from the same problem over the last few months.

Good articles from BNET

Every few days, I receive some sort of newsletter from BNET, the business-focused arm of CNET. The newsletter I received today actually had a few good articles that I wanted to share.

Sun Microsystems to Acquire MySQL

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.