Şerefe! – The MariaDB Knowledge Base in Istanbul
Monty Program along with various guests and our friends at the recently founded SkySQL recently wrapped up a meeting in Istanbul Turkey. Sadly it rained most days but we had a good time and got a lot done.
Besides learning how to say “Şerefe” which is “Cheers” in Turkish, we discussed the future of MariaDB, our companies goals, the MariaDB knowledge base and many other topics. Since I am the web guy, I lead the presentation / talk on the KB and thought I would share some highpoints of it with you.
If you don’t know, the KB is located at http://kb.askmonty.org. The goal is to provide one location for MariaDB and MySQL documentation along with a place to ask questions (and have developers actually answer them). To start we have both information licensed under the GPL about MySQL, content from the “SQL-99 Complete, Really” book (still in the progress of adding the whole thing) and original articles by Daniel, Monty and others.
We want anyone to be able to create new articles, clean up existing content and categorize them but for the moment only editors can. This is a limitation in our permissions system that I will be addressing shortly. I also am in the planning stages of allowing all content to be translated into multiple language. If you would like to volunteer, keep reading this blog and I will let you know when it is ready.
The KB is written in python (Django) running against MariaDB. I wrote it over the course of several months using many Django libraries. Let me know any comments or questions you might have.
Is the knowledgebase code itself available as open source yet? I can imagine there are people who could help with the missing features. There are many who are interested to help, but don’t know C++.
Henrik: Not yet. There has been talk about open sourcing the code but it just hasn’t happened yet. If there is a lot of interest in this we can discuss it more.
Yes, I would be interested in helping with the KB software. If Monty Program decides opening the code, I will try to help.
In the meanwhile, my italian translation work is ongoing.
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