Posts Tagged ‘phpMyAdmin’

Google Summer of Code in the mid-term

We had 12 projects, and by the time we’ve hit mid-terms, we’ve decided to cull 2 project so far, leaving us with 10 projects.

This year, the MySQL project can really divide itself into three groups – those hacking on MySQL, Drizzle, or phpMyAdmin. Next year, will we see others? I certainly hope so…

Drizzle – Padraig O’Sullivan is doing an excellent job at working on a new implementation of the INFORMATION_SCHEMA. Nathan Williams is doing great work at code cleanup for Drizzle, and making it conform to C++ standards. Jiangfeng Peng is hacking on batch nested loop join’s in Drizzle.

phpMyAdmin – Derek Schaefer is adding import improvements to phpMyAdmin, while Tomas Srnka is working on adding MySQL Replication support for phpMyAdmin (and impressing his mentor!). Zahra Naeem is working on change tracking of data/structures, and you’d expect some more work after the mid-term, once some problems are worked through.

MySQL – Joseph Lukas is working on new commands to allow the changing of session variables temporarily as needed in a query. Haihao Tang is working on WL#4034, which is focused around the I_S storage engine. Tulay Meuzzinoglu is working on an SQL optimiser for mod_ndb, and there’s a lot of good stuff already going into the codebase, as is.

Common problems? Timezones and language barriers. How do other open source projects deal with this?

Much thanks to all the mentors who are doing a great job! If you want to keep track, either watch the individual Launchpad accounts, or check out the summer of code list for weekly progress reports

Video: Interview with Marc Delisle, of the phpMyAdmin project

I caught up with Marc Delisle (we have a relatively old interview with him on the MySQL DevZone) recently, and got him to give us an introduction to phpMyAdmin, the several books he’s written, and how the project gets new features from the Google Summer of Code. What’s really impressive? They continue winning awards (Marc won one from MySQL in 2009 as well!), and have a user base of nearly 18.5 million (this is downloads — not just users, considering how common it is in shared hosting environments). Watch the video for more.