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MySQL to get injection of Google code

By James Niccolai
October 23, 2007 12:00 PM ET

IDG News Service - PARIS -- My SQL AB has laid out its software road map through 2009, and it includes some code contributed by Google Inc. and security improvements that are due in MySQL 7.0.

Earlier this year Google signed a MySQL Contributor License Agreement, which provides the legal framework under which MySQL can include code from another company in its database, MySQL co-founder and Vice President David Axmark said on Tuesday.

Google is secretive about the distributed architecture underlying its services, but the company is known to be one of MySQL's biggest users, running hundreds or even thousands of its databases worldwide.

The search company has done a lot of work customizing MySQL to meet its special needs. Those efforts include improving database replication and adding tools to monitor a high volume of database instances, Axmark said in an interview at MySQL's user conference in Paris.

MySQL will include some of those capabilities in future versions of its database, probably in point upgrades to MySQL 6.0, which is scheduled for general availability in late 2008, Axmark said.

Google benefits because the add-ons become part of the official MySQL product and are included in big fixes and future upgrades. MySQL could benefit from some of Google's custom software -- although it requires considerable work by the database vendor.

"It takes time to analyze what's relevant for everyone, what's doable, and how can we work it into a new version," said Kaj Arno, MySQL's vice president for community relations. "There's huge potential, but there's also lots of work."

Google develops the add-ons only for the operating system it uses, Linux, so MySQL will need to port, test and document the additions for the 15 or so operating systems it supports.

The features in MySQL 6.0 are already fairly set, Axmark said, so the Google code won't appear before Version 6.1, which is due in early 2009. Some Google code is already in the source code for MySQL 4.1, he said, but that Google code is not in a supported MySQL product.

The companies are in close contact, Axmark said. The Google engineer in charge of Google's MySQL deployments spent several days at MySQL's internal developer meeting in Heidelberg, Germany, last month. Google has also released source code for some MySQL tools it has developed.

At its developer event in Paris, MySQL laid out an unusually long road map stretching to MySQL 7.0, which will be generally available in late 2009 and will focus on security improvements for corporate users.

"Many of you have told us you want better security in the database, and we have listened," Robin Schumacher, MySQL's director of product management, told developers.

Reprinted with permission from IDG.net. Story copyright 2014 International Data Group. All rights reserved.
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