In early Spring 2003 I called Erik Granström @MySQL, wanting to discuss if we could work with MySQL on a new storage engine. He directed me to Mårten Mickos, the CEO of MySQL. After a brief call with Mårten, we were to take up the discussion later in the Spring. Mårten was very busy, and did not have time to take the discussion further, he did not tell me why, but I learned it a few months later.
At the time I was heading up a database start-up. We had struggled for some time with customers, as they all wanted a “standard interface” to access the data, and all we could offer was a proprietary C++ interface. The answer lay in SQL, and we had done some initial work on an ODBC driver, where the parser and query execution was all done in the api. It was tedious work, and clearly not where our key differentiator was. Reading in the Linux Journal that Winter about MySQL seemed to present a solution to our …[Read more]