Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What happened to MySQL Forge?

Update
Soon after I posted this article, the Forge came back online! Thanks!


MySQL Forge has been offline for two days now. (2011-06-14) No sign of acknowledgement of this problem from the MySQL team. What is happening? For those not well acquainted with MySQL Forge, here are the facts. The MySQL Forge is a site that was intended to contain all community contributions. The reality did not follow the plans very closely, and some sections of the forge ended up with less contents than what should be useful. However, there are a few sections of the forge that are extremely useful to users:
  • The Wiki, which is full of irreplaceable documentation, such as the MySQL internals, description of preview features, slides and recordings of MySQL University, manual of many tools (such as the Random Query Generator, and more
  • The worklogs, or the blueprints for most MySQL features, past, present, and future
  • The tools/snippets, which is a collection of community contributed scripts. Not many, but most of them of high quality and quite useful.
I know that there was a lot of spam in the forge, but I really hope that it was taken off line on purpose. If its maintenance is a problem, I am sure we can find plenty of volunteers in the community that want to host the wiki and the rest of the useful stuff. Hello? Anybody there at Oracle/MySQL? Please give us back the forge. Thanks.

3 comments:

wlad said...

Guiseppe, maybe you can post "what happened with bugs". Maybe they also can magically get back just like Wiki did :)

shantanu said...

I guess it is the right time to take backup of important snippets! I do access it A LOT and forge is very useful for me.

Alfie said...

I'm sad I didn't take a copy :(

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