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#1 zeroday

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 15:15

This morning, Sun Microsystems announced plans to acquire MySQL AB.

After all the industry speculation about MySQL being a “hot 2008 IPO”, this probably takes most of us by surprise — users, community members, customers, partners, and employees. And for all of these stakeholders, it may take some time to digest what this means. Depending on one’s relationship to MySQL, the immediate reaction upon hearing the news may be a mixture of various feelings, including excitement, pride, disbelief and satisfaction, but also anxiety.

Being part of the group planning this announcement for the last few weeks, I have had the fortune to contemplate the consequences during several partially sleepless nights (I usually sleep like a log). And over the coming days and weeks, I’ll provide a series of blogs with various viewpoints of the deal.

First of all, let’s point out a couple of facts about Sun Microsystems — since all MySQL stakeholders may not be fully up to speed about Sun.


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#2 EL1TE

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 15:17

I'm sorry, but this has already been posted.

Closed.

#3 EL1TE

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 15:58

Well, looks like i've made an error, sorry about closing the topic.

My apologizes, it won't happen again.

Continue the discussion please. :)

#4 tiagosilva29

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 16:38

While this could be aimed at the 'SunDB' issue, I'm positive that this is a good business for Sun.
A) They're are investing in OS technologies B) They will improve, optimize and support these technologies.
Native support and optimization in the enterprise Java for MySQL?
Heck, my university's DB teaches SQL via Oracle and Java. Time for a change?

#5 HawkMan

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 17:15

I don't think a lot of universities and such will change their curriculum from Oracle to mySQL. ORacle do tend to sponsor the school quite a bit and when you get to the business market you're more likely to be using oracle anyway. I'm not enitrely sure but I doubt you'd see mySQL used in a lot of critical enterprise markets. especially with how long it has take mySQL to even become a true relational DB.


Sun however can put a lot more resources ehind mySQL and make it more interesting for the enterprise markets. having a big name like that behind yougives you power and also gives confidence in your product. As long as you can prove the product deserves the confidence though. Wich shoudl lead to even more developement push by Suninto mySQL to make sure it's absolutely stable and gets more competitive on features.

including adding some fomr of Java fucntionality into the database to compete with Oracle's PL/SQL (wich is a horrible language, though it gives you a lot of power, I'd rather have code/fucntions in the database writtenin Java than PL/SQL)

#6 vetmarkjensen

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 19:46

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Sun however can put a lot more resources ehind mySQL and make it more interesting for the enterprise markets. having a big name like that behind yougives you power and also gives confidence in your product.
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I agree. And I think that is exactly what Sun is after. A company makes an investment in something with potential to grow and produce revenue. Perhaps their plan is to take MySQL and beef it up where it might be needed, and stand behind it as a product. This will get more enterprises interested in it that way than as a smaller stand-alone or independently-supported application.

#7 tiagosilva29

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 20:07

including adding some form of Java functionality into the database to compete with Oracle's PL/SQL (which is a horrible language, though it gives you a lot of power, I'd rather have code/functions in the database written in Java than PL/SQL)

Couldn't agree more.

#8 Echilon

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 20:56

Fantastic news. Better MySQL support in Java would be great. :yes:

#9 Steven

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 22:15

Fantastic news. Better MySQL support in Java would be great. :yes:


Something wrong with the current support? http://www.mysql.com...ts/connector/j/

#10 Echilon

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 20:29

Something wrong with the current support? http://www.mysql.com...ts/connector/j/

No, but if Sun own MySQL and Java, the support should improve.

#11 hagjohn

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 19:59

Lets hope they don't screw up Mysql.