Welcome to Patrik Backman (with his Nordic Brainstorm [*] ) among the bloggers! Patrik is Director of Software Engineering at MySQL, and very attentive to community matters.
In his first blog entry, Patrik presents the updated Community Development Program, created by Georg Richter, the Development Manager of Connectors and Client Connectivity, well known for his active role in the community.
The new program wants to strengthen the relationship between the external community and the developers inside the company. Contributors will choose among a list of features to implement and bugs to fix, and assigned to a developer who will act as mentor.
This way, the contributor can work closely with someone who can guide the coding in the right direction, saving time to both the coder and the reviewer.
If you have a knack for coding, give it a try!
[*]The name was suggested while brainstorming on IRC. Among the other choices was "the loud thought", which you will appreciate if you know Patrik. :)