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MySQL and PHP as a Foundation for Web Applications
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Learn to design web-based applications with MySQL and PHP - Developing Dynamic Web Applications. In this 4-day live, instructor-led class, you will learn to:

  • Design schemas based on MySQL
  • Use include files to make code easier to maintain
  • Use PHP 5 and takes advantage of its advanced features
  • Build applications following a precise flow
  • Authenticate users in a secure way against a database
  • Handle errors in your PHP applications efficiently and gracefully
  • Writes composite queries using JOINs and subqueries
  • Use indexing efficiently in order to manipulate large amounts of data
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Why software patents are evil
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Mark Cuban is no fool. A tech billionaire, the no-nonsense owner of the Dallas Mavericks is just the sort of person you'd expect to value software patents. So the title of his blog post this Tuesday, "I hope Yahoo crushes Facebook in its patent suit," may not look out of place to you.

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WebOS and the open alternative live another day
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There has been no shortage of reaction to HP’s move to make the Linux-based WebOS open source software. Below, I offer some of my thoughts on the meaning for the different players affected.

*What’s it mean for WebOS?
Moving WebOS to open source was best option for HP. It retains some value in the software depending on its involvement. It is also the best fate for the code, rather then being sold or simmered to its IP and patent value or even used as another weapon in the ongoing mobile software patent wars. Still, the move comes amid huge developer and consumer uncertainty for WebOS. Nevertheless, at least WebOS was already in the market with a compelling products, the Palm the Pre, in the modern smartphone market. WebOS will hopefully have a faster path to open source than Symbian since the former is based on Linux. I still think the greatest opportunity for

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PuppetConf and the state of devops
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It’s been some time now that we’ve been talking about devops, the pushing together of application development and application deployment via IT operations, in the enterprise. To keep up to speed on the trend, 451 CAOS attended PuppetConf, a conference for the Puppet Labs community of IT administrators, developers and industry leaders around the open source Puppet server configuration and automation software. One thing that seems clear, given the talk about agile development and operations, cloud computing, business and culture, our definition of devops continues to be accurate.

Another consistent part of devops that also emerged at PuppetConf last week was the way it tends to introduce additional stakeholders

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The Linux Bloke chuckles that Linux runs some Windows software (including Windows itself!) better than Windows does!!!
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Our Universe is full of ironies. But some ironies are just too hard to take.

As you may have guessed (!!!), I am an avid Linux developer and user. Though once upon a time I did develop under Windows. Yes, believe it. And on one particular case, I got to be on a first-name basis with some of the Microsoft Software Engineers to resolve issues we were having with their OLE crap — what the Holy Gods of Microsoft decided to redub as “Active-X”.

But I digress. For the past 10 years, I have been solid Linux and have defenestrated Windows for the most part. But as you know, you can never really completely eliminate Windows.  Despite your best efforts, it will always be (for now, at least) the 500 pound gorilla in any room you care to be in. The installed software base there is just staggering, and most have no Linux options.

But then that’s why projects like Wine and the


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OpenOffice File Menu “Randomly” Pops Up on Ubuntu.
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If you are one of the few unfortunate blokes that’s pulling your hair out over random File Menu popups on OpenOffice — Word or Spreadsheet — and have been hitting your head against a brick wall trying to find the solution, I hear you.

I intially thought there was some interaction with Skype, but now I have to retract that statement. In all honesty, I have no clue what the problem is.

But I decided to just watch the “random” File Menu problem and time it. And now I am more confused than ever.

On my computer running 64-bit Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic), I noticed that the File Menu toggles twice a second when OpenOffice has the focus. One toggle event happens precisely on the 11th second; the other toggle event happens around 35th to the 45th second. The second toggle seems to be related to when I launch OpenOffice; the first is always precisely on the 11th second.


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Kontrollsoft is on Facebook – become a fan
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Do you want to stay updated with the social news and technical discussions of Kontrollbase and Kontrollsoft’s MySQL software applications? Well, you can now by adding us to your friend list. Our Facebook page can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kontrollsoft/262697451356
As license issues swirl, a new CAOS report
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There has been no shortage of lively discussion on open source software licenses with recent shifts in the top licenses, perspectives on the licenses or lack of them for networked, SaaS and cloud-based software, increased prominence of a Microsoft open source license and concern over the openness (or closedness, depending on your perspedtive) of the latest devices. Amid all of it, we’re pleased to present our latest long-form report, CAOS 12 - The Myth of Open Source License

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Open Storage Webinar
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I will be hosting a webinar on May 7 about how companies like Wikimedia and Smugmug are using Open Storage and MySQL to deliver rich media (photos, videos) to their users. You can view the webinar live or on demand here (http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/on-demand-webinars/display-od-337.html).
Open Storage Webinar
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I will be hosting a webinar on May 7 about how companies like Wikimedia and Smugmug are using Open Storage and MySQL to deliver rich media (photos, videos) to their users. You can view the webinar live or on demand here (http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/on-demand-webinars/display-od-337.html).
Open Storage Webinar
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I will be hosting a webinar on May 7 about how companies like Wikimedia and Smugmug are using Open Storage and MySQL to deliver rich media (photos, videos) to their users. You can view the webinar live or on demand here (http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/on-demand-webinars/display-od-337.html).
Linux and open source no puff in the clouds
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UPDATED - I had to update this post after a conversation with RightScale founder and CTO Thorsten von Eicken and for Sun’s Open Cloud announcement, which are both now included below.

There has been some substantial technology and news regarding open source software in cloud computing lately. More proof that open source is reaching into nearly all aspects of enterprise and broader IT, and also reinforcement of the idea that open source software will continue to have a pervasive and disruptive impact on the way organizations of all shapes and sizes do their computing and deal with their data.

First up is RightScale, which as detailed by 451 colleague and Principal Analyst William Fellows, is up and running across the pond on

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Sun full of open source and skepticism
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Sun continues to take a performance pounding, and the rumors of replacements, layoffs and revamps are beyond swirling and now perpetuating skepticism of the company. It strikes me as odd that Sun, which has embraced open source and is also the defacto leading corporate open source software contributor, is continually dogged by doubts about its transitions and tenures despite well-respected technology and participation in open source. Part of this lies in the company’s continuing dichotomy in strategy — a reference to tepid support for Linux and continued preference for and focus on Solaris. This is a large part of Sun’s ‘handicap,’ IMHO when

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Future Open Source Superstars
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This week’s Open Source Business Conference was a strange meeting of Enterprise IT users, venture capitalists, and free software entrepreneurs. The opening keynote was delivered by Red Hat’s freshly minted CEO Jim Whitehurst who gave a very modest speech noting that while Red Hat has been a leading open source company they have not necessarily been an open source leader. Whitehurst’s presentation lacked anything especially insightful or noteworthy and he has the advantage of being the new guy so he’s off the hook for anything that might have happened before he took the job.

What is apparent Red Hat’s no

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Find Articles
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Hello, I’d like to announce my new website that I’m building right now. FindInArticles.com. This site is about articles, it crawls all known article directories, article publishing sites and gethers articles from them. It has a really extensive categorical index. currently I have about 1000 articles but the number is growing daily. I used Php / Mysql / Apache [...]
Marten Mickos Q&A on Slashdot
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MySQL (http://MySQL.com)'s Marten Mickos is probably my favorite CEO. He is a great leader for his company and the OSS movement. I can only hope to be half as good a CEO as he is. **Please note I am not being sarcastic.**

Check out this Q&A with MM--lots of insight into MySQL and the overall OSS marketplace.

Mårten: This is a great question. First, I think closed source vendors are proving the hypothesis incorrect, because they are the ones who have un-friendly products although they have a licence revenue stream. And open source products, which typically lack a licence fee, are the ones with the best user friendliness. Why is that? I think the reason is that popularity is worth more than the marginally improved fees you could

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MySQL goes Enterprise
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At a user conference in London, MySQL announced MySQL Enterprise, a departure from their existing business and development models.

Essentially MySQL will have two versions of the core product: Enterprise and Community. This is very much like RHEL and Fedora—an approach that I support. I will let Matt dive further into the business aspects, but I am in the camp that it's OK to make money from open source, at least if you are paying for the development. I would expect a bit of squawking from the community about the MySQL change, but the community version remains good news. Marten Mickos said "we'll have many things that will make the Community version have features and functions that may or may not ever make it to the Enterprise version."

MySQL Enterprise is available as an annual subscription in four different tiers (Basic, Silver, Gold, Platinum.)

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Open Source replacement for Basecamp
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activeCollab is an easy to use, web based, open source collaboration and project management tool. It's basically the OSS version of Basecamp, a tool I like but would love to customize. I have a developer installing activeCollab right now...it's all PHP/MySQL so should be straight ahead development.

Also today I saw Coghead, which offers a very interesting drag and drop project management as a hosted tool. Screenshots are available, but no demo...the website contains arguably the best marketing fluff/BS web copy I have read in a long time. I love when Web 2.0 empowers me.


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Sun as the Shepard of Java
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As Sun continues to debate just how they will open-source Java and deal with things like forking and perceived loss of control they would be well served to take a look at how successful open source projects are managed and developed. In the majority of cases there is a company or organization that acts as the Shepard of the project and manages the development roadmap. Case in point: the MySQL database is managed by MySQL (http://MySQL.com) AB, Apache is managed by the ASF, and Spring is guided by Interface 21. There are exceptions where the community takes over either and self-governs (like PHP) or creates fissures that result into multiple iterations of the base code (like Linux) which

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Is commercial Open Source software underpriced?
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I often wonder if commercial open source applications, things like MySQL, EnterpriseDB, SugarCRM are underpriced. Open source companies tend to start out as low-cost then as they mature that low-cost remains while the features and quality grow which then (in theory) moves to a differentiation strategy.

But would the market bear a higher price? It seems like the answer is starting to be yes...but how much higher still remains to be seen.

HBS suggests low prices aren't always the best strategy in this article Low Prices = More Customers? Not Always

You should not overindulge your customer. Instead, make sure that you extract fair value for what you deliver. Aggressive and acquiescent actions hinder your own efforts to pursue higher profits. [C]ustomer

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Zmanda-Open Source Data Protection
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There is a huge market for storage products, backup and recovery, data protection and such. In the open source space, only Zmanda seems to be making any progress with the open source approach to this problem. I spoke with Ken Sims and CEO Chander Kant about their new offerings.

Zmanda network launched yesterday and is offering certified versions of Amanda, and support and services similar to the RedHat network model. The pricing will be much lower and easier to understand than traditional storage software. Roughly ~$50-250 per server or workstation. Linux is the primary platform for the solution, but they will be adding more operating systems to the mix over the next year or so.

Amanda has been out since 1991 so its battle tested already and the company has been pleasantly surprised by the number of people using it. "We

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Oracle acquisitions: Nefarious or Opportunistic?
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Back in October when Oracle announced it was acquiring InnoDB I pondered the impact and decided that while irritating, it wasn't that big of a deal for MySQL. I even suggested that MySQL switch the InnoDB functionality to Sleepycat's BerkeleyDB. But now that Oracle is in allegedly in talks to buy Sleepycat as well it adds a new level of complexity.

A few people are starting to make the argument that Oracle is buying up the components of MySQL to put some kind of stranglehold on the non-internal IP. But I think that's merely a by-product of the bigger picture.

By acquiring JBoss and Sleepycat, Oracle automatically positions itself as the owner of two very broadly used products. (NOTE:

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Oracle's new pricing-logical in it's stupidity
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Oracle's latest pricing scheme is one that even Rube Goldberg couldn't have designed. Why do I always feel like major application vendors punish buyers for moving to new technologies?

I am a big believer in multi-core chips, and I appreciate that Oracle is discounting for Sun's new chips, but this doesn't make me want to move to multi-core. It appears that it would be cheaper to simply scale hardware. I guess we have to wait to see how much performance boost the multi-core gives you in relation to the cost upgrade.

While Oracle will continue to recognize each core as a separate processor, the processor definition has been
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Monetizing source code freedom
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As Matt and I were chatting about his experience thus far at Alfresco he hit upon the fact that they are running into many organizations that still think open source = free as in cost. In some cases, they are standardizing on certain open source applications but not paying any support or license fees (but remain within the confines of the licensing). It's not that these customers are cheap - it's just that if they don't have to pay for support (because they don't need it), why should they?

Anyway, this led me to wonder if software that is available as truly free can realistically expect to recognize significant revenue on a recurring basis. MySQL (http://mysql.com)is doing well signing users up for the MySQL Network, and Sleepycat and db4objects have done

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MySQL 5.0 hits 1 million downloads-Interview with Zack Urlocker
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MySQL's latest release hit the 1 million download mark this week. A quick Q&A with MySQL's Zack Urlocker follows.

Why is interest in MySQL 5.0 so high?

Without question, people are tired of paying boatloads of their hard-earned cash to the big database vendors. But it's not just about low-cost. The LAMP stack gives you a lot of flexibility and scalability and reliability. It just works. Its convenient, and its fun.

The difference is that the power is no longer in the hands of the vendor--it has been transferred seemingly overnight to the consumer. It's a mature market and most people don't want or need the latest bell-and-whistle features.

I think that many Silicon Valley software companies have fallen into the same trap -- they are stuck asking themselves, "How can we make the most money?" instead of, "What do

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SAP's Agassi responds: I love open source
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Shai Agassi responded on his blog and in the media to my post (and others) last week regarding his comments about open source. I took his advice and went back and listened to the ZD podcast to make sure I wasn't overreacting. I was able to find all of the quotes I used from the VNUnet article and they weren't out of context enough to alter their meaning, contrary to what Agassi stated.

In the interview

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