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MySQL 5.1: a hot skill for 2009
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Today Giuseppe pointed me to Hot skills: MySQL 5.1, an article in ComputerWeekly.com.

The takeaway from the Gartner report quoted?

  • Gartner published a report titled “The Growing Maturity of Open-Source Database Management Systems” in November 2008, and found that there was a 50% increase from 2007 to 2008 in the usage of open source DBMS’s in production.
  • “Gartner says the major open source DBMSs are now available for installation as packages, without involving the source code, and include tools to help support administrators and managers.” I’d like to state that, MySQL has always been available in packaged format, and you don’t need to fudge with the source code if you do not want to. In fact, its
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Pythian adds another Certified MySQL Cluster DBA
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The Pythian Group added another feather to its cap today. Our Nicklas Westerlund passed his MySQL Cluster DBA Certification (http://www.mysql.com/certification/) exam, making him part of an elite group of 57 MySQL Cluster Certified DBAs worldwide, and now two here at Pythian, the other being Augusto Bott. We have a wealth of hands-on experience setting up and maintaining the MySQL Cluster. Nick’s and Augusto’s certified creds make them our go-to guys for MySQL Clustering.

Congratulations, Nick!

Certification Magazine's 2008 survey
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Certification Magazine has published their 2008 salary survey. But it is more than just a salary survey. Responses from more than 150 countries revealed some very interesting information.

Who has the certifications: 60% percent of those surveyed were in their current job for less than four years. The majority were in IT for less than a decade. But the majority had at least three certifications:

Who paid: 48.3% have their employers pay for their certifications.

How did they study for their exams: Over 48% used self-study books. Practice exams and on-the-job training were used by over 66%. About 75% viewed their prep materials as good or better.

What are they being paid:

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Getting Certified with MySQL
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Certifications are "in". Nowadays you can get certifications for almost every aspect of life. Admittedly, some of those certs you can just get by surviving a boring day in a classroom or more luckily for having joined a 2 week 20k yacht trip offshore hawaii that was just regularly interrupted by attending conference speaches, workshops or lessons.

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The Case for MySQL Cluster Certification
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Why are the best technical books also the thinnest? To make the case, I highly recommend the MySQL 5.1 Cluster Certification Study Guide In rack units, it’s a 1U; it fits nicely into my laptop bag; and if you’re considering implementing MySQL Cluster, it can save you a world of time.

Of course, if you get the book, you should consider the certification itself. There’s a legitimate debate about the usefulness of certification exams, but the MySQL 5.1 Cluster certification is a little more important than others for a couple of reasons:

1. In case you haven’t heard it by now, Cluster isn’t always the best fit. In many cases, an active/passive failover setup is a much more flexible and

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Remember to sign up for MySQL Conference and Expo!
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You have only a few more days to sign up for the MySQL Conference and Expo before the early-bird discount goes away. Check out the schedule of speakers and tutorials, and sign up soon! And just in case you didn't get one from any of the other people blogging about it, you can email me for a code that's good for a 20% discount.

I'm presenting two sessions: one on the query cache, and one on EXPLAIN. Both are manageable for an hour-or-so talk. I'm not trying to boil the ocean, but rather to help you understand these important topics in ways you'll remember after leaving the conference.

I was also on the voting committee for the proposals, so I've read them all. I really believe this event is worth every penny. (Of course, as a

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MySQL Conference ?07 Certification Exam Pass Rates
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Mark writes:

At the 2007 conference, they had certification tutorials for CMDBA I and II, along with MySQL Cluster . I attended the CMDBA tutorials, both tracks and it was excellent. It was also packed with attendees, and I can say what I learned there helped me greatly in passing both exams. You should know, only about a third of the attendees taking the CMDBA I exam, and about half taking the CMDBA II exam passed last year. The last years final numbers can be found

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More Info on MySQL Certification
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I suppose most readers get the contents of this blog through planetmysql — if you do, you can stop reading here.

If you do not subscribe to planetmysql, you may have missed out on Dave Stoke’s excellent writings on the subject of MySQL certification. Dave has been busy analyzing the results of previous certification exams, and he has authored several articles on the subject in the past few weeks.

Go read’em.

The Value of Vendor-Neutral Database Certification
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A company has come up with a vendor-neutral database certification exam. Some are wondering how much use this will be, as it doesn’t go into vendor-specificities. Now, the specifics of how a query optimizer handles queries, how backups, restores and security are done and with MySQL specifically, how different storage engines act are [...]
MySQL Certification
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In June 2007, I became a Certified MySQL 5.0 DBA. A couple of days ago, decided to see what was in the account at http://www.mysql.com/certification/candidate/. It's possible to create special account for people who want verify my certification. I think it's useful, for example, during interview with the employer.

Interesting statistics http://www.mysql.com/certification/candidates.php?exam=4. In Ukraine, only 3 people, including me, who are certified as MySQL 5.0 DBA. Apparently IT market is not in need of MySQL DBA and this is confirmed by Ukrainian job sites. I met only one vacancy, which assumed duties as the work solely as a DBA.

Vendor Neutral Database Certification
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First saw this off of Planet MySQL:

 New Vendor Neutral Database Certification (Dave's Stuff)

Following the link to the CIW site, there are six domains that are being tested:

  • Relational Database Fundamentals
  • Relational Database Design and Application
  • Normalization and Database Design
  • Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Relational Algebra and Databases
  • Transactions, Concurrency Control and Security
  • I wonder how much traction this independent certification will get, given the flavors each of the various database platforms use of SQL

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    MySQL Cluster Certification Guide now available at Amazon
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    For those that worried about having to go to lulu.com to order copies of the Cluster certification study guide, I just noticed that the Amazons of the world now have the book listed:


    US:   UK:  

    Not only do they have them, they stock them too, so you can have immediate delivery.

    If you’re not an Amazon customer, you will undoubtedly be able to find/order the book in other places as well.

    Happy New Year!
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    I know it’s a little late, but as this is my first post of 2008 I wanted to start on a high!

    After receiving my copy of the MySQL 5.1 Cluster DBA book at Christmas, I spent an hour or so each day with my head engrossed in MySQL Cluster (http://www.mysql.com/products/database/cluster/) technology, so much so that my goal of reading every Perl book I own (cover to cover) has been somewhat put on hold…

    The book was much smaller than I expected, in both physical size and pages (266) which was not a bad thing as I could carry it around if needed, and each chapter could be read within 15-20 minutes, just

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    Cluster Certification Study Guide Available
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    The words were written, reviewed, re-written, put aside while figuring out how to get them published, then taken up once again and finally delivered to the publisher.

    Today, we finally got word of the happy news:

    Starting immediately, you can pick up your own copy of the MySQL 5.1 Cluster DBA Certification Study Guide and get started polishing your skills for the Cluster DBA certification exam.

    From the cover blurb:

    Covering the Certified MySQL 5.1 Cluster Database Administrator exam, this study guide is the one authority to look to when you?re preparing for the test. The book teaches you all the concepts, principles, and techniques that you?ll need to know for the exam, with many practice

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    Japan: Be Quick! 20% Off Certification Exams
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    Following up on the release of the Japanese versions of the certification exams, our Japan office has decided to run a campaign with a 20% discount off the exam price.

    You gotta be quick, though… this is only for the first 100 takers!

    One thing about this campaign that’s pretty cool is that you get a choice: You can either take a straight discount, reducing the exam price by 20% up-front. Or you can pick another option and get a gift card to Amazon for the same value.

    More information (in Japanese, of course) available here (http://www-jp.mysql.com/news-and-events/news/article_1443.html).

    Passing the Zend Certified Engineer exam
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    After successfully passing the MySQL 5.0 Developer exams earlier this year the next step was preparing for the Zend Certified Engineer.

    For preparation I first took php|architect's Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide from the bookshelf and started reading. The book gives a good overview of the topics covered in the exam and I even learned a few things while reading that I did not knew of before. Unfortunately it contains too many errors and mistakes in the printed examples and there is no errata on the internet.

    After reading through the book I first did not really knew how to proceed in preparing for the exam. I did not have the feeling of being prepared to pass an exam, although I would think myself of a quite good and experienced PHP programmer. A really good thing is that everyone at

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    Japanese MySQL Certification Exams now avaible
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    Hot on the heels of the MySQL Japan User?s Conference, the Japanese-language versions of the Developer and DBA certification exams were published on Sep. 25.

    This means that the following exams are now available in Japanese:

    • 003-002 : Certified MySQL 5.0 Developer Part I
    • 004-002 : Certified MySQL 5.0 Developer Part II
    • 005-002 : Certified MySQL 5.0 DBA Part I
    • 006-002 : Certified MySQL 5.0 DBA Part II

    As always, the exams are available through Pearson VUE, and all 121 Japanese testing centers are standing by to help you with the exams.

    For more information on the Japanese certification exams, see http://www-jp.mysql.com/certification/ (http://www-jp.mysql.com/certification/)

    A Happy Winner
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    During the MySQL User’s Conference in Japan, we’re offering people the opportunity to test their knowledge with a practice exam. The exams are going to be available in Japanese as of Sept. 25.

    Today, we upped the ante a bit when Pearson VUE were so kind as to bring along some very nice prizes to hand over to those that answered all questions right.

    Attaining those prizes turned out to be a lot harder than we expected… it took several hours before we finally got a winner and I got to hand over a nice notebook to none other than Kei Sakai from the

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    MySQL Certification ? Japanese Style
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    It’s now officical: Japanese translations of the Developer (http://www.mysql.com/certification/candguide#t26) and Database Administrator (http://www.mysql.com/certification/candguide#t31) certification exams will be available all over Japan as of September 25. As usual, the exams will be delivered through Pearson VUE.

    We’re obviously pretty excited about this, and so are visitors to the MySQL Japan User’s Conference that is going on right now. Pearson VUE are here with two testing stations that have a few sample exam questions. Visitors have a lot of fun testing their

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    Can You English Write?
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    If you’re good at English and skilled at using MySQL, you should know that we have recently posted an opening for a certification exam writer to bolster the maintenance and creation of new MySQL certification exams.

    It’s a job with a lot of aspects: Targeting new MySQL products, translations, updating our exams to match the evolving features of the existing products, and much more. There is much work to do, but too few heads and hands to put to the task of doing all this.

    What I’m looking for is a person who has the right combination of excellent written English-language skills, careful attention to details, and of course good working knowledge of MySQL. If you have experience working with training materials or testing, all the better!

    Your skills in producing error-free, well-constructed writing is the most important aspect of the job. If you have

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    A certification worth having?
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    After taking a well earned break from studying, I dusted off my copy of the MySQL Certification Guide and lost my head again for a good 4 days or so.

    My goal this time was to achieve Certified MySQL 5.0 Developer through upgrading my Core certification - sounds easy right?.

    That’s what I though. I totally underestimated this exam, thinking it was just an upgrade and that the questions would be straightforward, after all there are only 60 questions in this exam

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    Certified MySQL Associate (CMA) Exams Available July 18
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    The Certified MySQL Associate certification that we’ve mentioned a few times by now will be available in all Pearson VUE testing centers as of Wednesday, July 18 2007.


    It’s not an exam that will impress hard-core DBAs with years of experience, but I actually expect quite a lot of this certification. The Developer and DBA certifications are pretty tough, and in many cases go beyond what you need, at least for an entry-level position. With the Associate certification, you get good proof that you know the basics of MySQL without straining yourself or your wallet.

    The exam has 50 questions, and lasts for one hour. It’s also somewhat less expensive than the other exams. Unlike other MySQL certifications, the Associate exam does not carry a version number and is regarded as perpetually valid once you have

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    Certified MySQL 5.0 DBA Part II
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    After having a week to recover from the first exam I finally got around to taking the second one….and passed!!

    Part II of the MySQL DBA Certification (http://www.mysql.com/certification/) focused a lot more on the day to day running of the server, compared to Part I which was very much installation / configuration based.

    Studying for the exam was a little difficult as I also had to work this week (as opposed to being on holiday!), but the skills you gain can be directly applied to everyday management of MySQL (http://www.mysql.com), and can be very rewarding especially if you focus on optimisation.

    So what next you ask? Well after getting this far I thought it

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    Certified MySQL 5.0 DBA Part I
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    While checking out the new features due for MySQL 6.0 (Falcon) the other day, I happened to browse my way past the Certification pages to see if anything had changed - am I glad I did!

    It was during my browsing that I noticed the Important Information (http://www.mysql.com/certification/studyguides/typo.html) that detailed a typsetting error with the voucher expiry date found in the MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide……..the same guide that had been sat on my lounge floor for the last few months…..

    Quickly flipping through the pages I

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    Roland on MYSQL Stored Routines
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    Roland’s giving his talk on MySQL Stored Procedures at the e Dutch PHP conference. Mostly basics, but with a good extended focus on how work with SPs from PHP.

    It’s obviously something that interests people: Quite an audience has shown up even though most have never even gotten as far as reading the manual sections on SPs, much less attempted to use them.


    • mysqlnd is a native driver for
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    MySQL Conference Certification Exams: The numbers are up
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    For the intensely curious, these are the final results from DEV, DBA and Cluster certification examinations at the MySQL Conference 2007.

    Exam Pass Fail Total Pass% MySQL 5.0 Developer Part I 24 21 45 53 MySQL 5.0 Developer Part II 16 10 26 61 MySQL 5.0 DBA Part I 33 68 101 33 MySQL 5.0 DBA Part II 28 23 51 54 MySQL 5.1 Cluster Administrator 5 6 11 54 Total 106 128 234 45

    If you wonder at the the fairly low pass rate, here are some things to consider:

    • MySQL certification exams are tough; ask anyone who’s been to take one. In the Real World (that is, on a daily basis outside the conference) we see a pass rate between 60 and 65%.
    • At past conferences, the pass rate has been close to 50% — I suspect because some people
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    Get MySQL Certified For Free
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    Yes, that’s right — you can get MySQL certified for no cost at all.

    “How does this work?” I hear you ask.

    Step 1: Attend the MySQL Conference & Expo (If you haven’t already signed up, that particular part isn’t quite “free” of course. But that just begs the question “Why haven’t you done that yet? It’s only a few days away!)

    Step 2: Locate Carsten, Roland or one of the other people from the MySQL certification team there. On Tuesday, we will be outside the Magnolia room (where the exams take place) during testing hours. You can also catch people on Monday, when they are giving primer tutorials on the

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    Introducing CMA: Certified MySQL Associate
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    Hot on the heels of our release of the Cluster certification comes our brand-new CMA: Certified MySQL Associate certification.

    The development of the MySQL certification program has so far mainly been focused on creating very technical and specialized certifications for those with a lot of experience is using MySQL. The recent release of the Cluster certification is an example of just that: Not only is the certification very specialized, you are also expected to hold the CMDBA (http://www.mysql.com/certification/candguide#t27) certification before you even start taking on the Cluster certification.

    In the meantime, we have received many requests from customers, candidates and also internally to develop a more basic certification, a certification to validate that the candidate has a good foundation in basic MySQL skills and

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    Introducing CMCDBA: Certified MySQL Cluster DBA
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    OK, Roland already spilled the beans a few weeks ago, but here’s the first semi-official announcement: Starting Monday next week (that’s the 19th), the MySQL certification team will offer a brand-new certification title: Certified MySQL Cluster DBA (or CMCDBA for short).

    The MySQL 5.1 Cluster DBA Certification (CMCDBA) is a specialization exam for those that design, deploy and administer MySQL Cluster setups. Cluster certification is part of the DBA track, As such, CMCDBA can be attained only by Certified MySQL DBAs.

    The Cluster certification exam consists of a single exam, You can find more information on the contents of the exam in our Candidate Guide (http://www.mysql.com/certification/candguide#t35).

    As always, best preparation for any MySQL certification exam

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    Looking for a MySQL-related Job?
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    It seems to be a good time for people with experience in managing MySQL servers or developing applications based on MySQL: our MySQL Jobs Forum has plenty of openings. So if you are a seasoned MySQL DBA or developer, make sure to check for opportunities there, if you are considering a career change.

    In addition to a proven track record on your MySQL experience, being MySQL certified (http://www.mysql.com/training/certification/) should give you an extra advantage when you apply. The good thing about this certification? You can study for the exam by taking training courses (http://www.mysql.com/training), or all by yourself (http://www.mysql.com/training/certification/studyguides/). Once you feel ready for the exam, you can head to any of the more than 3,000 Pearson VUE testing centers or

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