MySQL Gains Third-Party Support

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-04-11 Print this article Print

Announcements include new report-writing tools, backup technology and CRM applications.

A roster of third parties is expected to announce support for MySQL ABs open-source database on Friday, the second day of the companys first-ever users conference, including announcements of report-writing tools, backup technology and CRM applications. Blue World Communications Inc. is unveiling at the San Jose, Calif., show Lasso Reporter 6, a tool for creating reports from data within MySQL databases. The software runs on Lasso Professional 6, Blue Worlds Web application server, and is designed with an eye to cutting out the need for IT intervention when business professionals need to run reports. "Lasso Reporter was born out of a real knowledge management need within our own company as we migrated from an old workgroup database system to a new system and no longer had access to intuitive, GUI-based tools for quickly building reports," said Bill Doerrfeld, CEO of the Bellevue, Wash., company, in a statement. "In fact, the lack of easy reporting tools is one key reason why many knowledge workers hold off on migrating their solutions to more robust database systems. With Lasso Reporter, that barrier is removed."
Lasso Reporter 6 is scheduled to ship later this month. It will be available as a free download from Blue Worlds site and requires Blue World Lasso Professional 6.
Other announcements expected include a plug-in to perform backup on the recently released MySQL database for the 64-bit Intel Itanium 2 processor running the Linux operating system. The plug-in works with Version 5.1 of software from the plug-ins maker, enterprise backup vendor Arkeia Corp., of Carlsbad, Calif.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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