Features Roadmap

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-04-16 Print this article Print

Whats the features roadmap looking like? Youve got stored procedures, and youve said that you foresee triggers appearing in MySQL 5.1. Is that still on track? What else? We are still on track on the roadmap, except that some features may be available earlier than we previously had anticipated. In the upcoming 4.1 release, we have subqueries, prepared statements, cluster and a myriad of smaller features that make users lives easier. The big three features coming up after that are stored procedures, triggers and views. Stored procedures are in alpha now with MySQL 5.0. Views are in a prerelease form; weve shipped them to some customers on request. Triggers are a little further out, but I think all of them will be available by end of year.
What is sure is that 5.0 will have stored procedures—its already available for download from our public source repository. Views, cursors and triggers are scheduled for Version 5.1, which should be released as source/alpha during Q4.
MySQLs product release schedule historically has been pretty long. Youve said youre looking to cut release schedules to six months. Whats motivating that? We have always believed in pushing out new technology fast. In fact, all our development code is available for download from our public source trees as soon as its written. We strive to release binary development releases once a month. Because not everyone is comfortable using our alpha/beta releases, which are actually used in production by many companies, we are cutting release cycles for production releases to six months to ensure that all users can feel confident using MySQL in production in environments. Its a balancing act. There are some features customers are eager to get, like subqueries in MySQL 4.1. Thats very important. And of course, stored procedures. But we want to make sure that MySQL stays rock-solid. We have customers like NASA who have had the database running without interruption for more than two years! We want to make sure we maintain very high quality. Next page: The database market is undergoing a sea change, Widenius says.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com 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 eWEEK.com, 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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