MariaDB Foundation polls are an informal way to get feedback from our community. They’ve always been a bit hidden, but the most recent poll sat on the mariadb.org front page for a while, and got a healthy 5,225 votes.
It asked “What programming languages do your applications that communicate with MariaDB use?”, and here are the results:
How do we use these results?
One of the most straightforward ways to add functionality to MariaDB or MySQL server instances is by creating a user-defined function (UDF). These are compiled functions loaded from dynamic binaries that can be much more performant and flexible than what can be written in SQL, providing the same capabilities as builtin functions.
These UDFs are typically written in C or C++, but a library is now available that makes it easy to write them in Rust. This blog discusses some of the reasoning for writing this library, followed by a very basic usage example that doesn’t require any experience with the language.