Quarterly release structure delivers new features to the community faster
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and HELSINKI – December 9, 2021 – MariaDB Corporation Ab and MariaDB Foundation today announced a new release model for MariaDB Server, by MariaDB Corporation referred to as MariaDB Community Server, centered on the goal of delivering new features and innovation faster to the millions of MariaDB users around the world. Under the new model, new server release series, such as MariaDB 10.7 or 10.8, occur once a quarter, rather than once a year, bringing more opportunities for new features and contributions to be delivered to the MariaDB user base.
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We may not be as funny as the famous BBC2 sketch comedy aired 1979-82. Let me correct myself: We don’t even aspire to be funny. But we do want to be interesting to follow, and make it easy for you to keep watching – not switching off the MariaDB channel for something else.
And we do that by replicating the fast tempo of the comedy role model.
Dear FOSDEM fans! No f2f or even hybrid FOSDEM 2022 – we hear that with a combination of resigned sadness and understanding for those responsible of having 8000 people gather in one space. We would probably have come to the same conclusion, in their shoes.
At the same time, we keep hearing how so many good presenters suffer from online fatigue, and the lack of physical meetings. So we have a test balloon, that we’d like to launch – particularly into the MariaDB and database communities at FOSDEM.
What if MariaDB Foundation organised an informal f2f event two weeks prior to FOSDEM? …
Python is my personal favourite programming language, at least this century. So when the opportunity presented itself to have a talk at PyConZA, off I went. Not to South Africa in person, for a 40 minute talk, though.
It was a live presentation, streamed on Streamyard with chat on Discord. I complained of the bad connectivity I had in central Munich, much to the amusement of the South African audience, which evidently thought they were role models and market leaders when it comes to bad Internet.
Sometimes there is a need to combine data from different columns into one string. For example,
SELECT CONCAT(first_name, ‘ ‘, last_name) FROM employees;
This doesn’t look too bad, but can quickly get out of hand, if you need to do something more complex than that. For example, let’s say, we also need to mention the salary here:
SELECT CONCAT(first_name, ‘ ‘, last_name, ‘ -‘, CAST(FORMAT(salary, 0) AS VARCHAR(10)), ‘ ‘, currency) FROM employees;
Now is the time to try out the new candidate features of MariaDB Server 10.7, the next release series of MariaDB! This blog describes how the new preview releases work, and where we need your help as a MariaDB user.
Remember the challenges and visions I described two weeks ago? To address them we launch an experiment with several parallel preview releases of MariaDB Server 10.7 features.
This should solve two challenges mentioned in the blog: giving users early access to new functionality and making releases mature more rapidly through intensive internal testing.
Update your calendars: The MariaDB ServerFest has moved to be two weeks later, Tue-Wed 5.-6. October 2021. We hope the new dates fit your calendar!
The postponement is due to what is usually called “technical reasons”, which is an expression intended to obscure any underlying facts. In our case, we don’t need to obscure, but can openly disclose the reasoning and point to a few late speaker submissions and one early newborn.
The early newborn is my son Felix. Before we knew his gender, he went under the description “October Revolution”.
Update: MariaDB Server Fest 2021 will be held on the 5th and 6th of October 2021. You can find more information in this blog post.
It is time to feast! More specifically, it is time for the next full MariaDB Server Fest two weeks from now, 21-22.9.2021. Register for it! Plan for attending individual talks! And warm yourself up by watching our cool video – “forget everything you know!”.
You may recall that we at the MariaDB Foundation did our first MariaDB Server Fest in September 2020.