Updated: April 8th, 2008
If you're serious about MySQL, it doesn't hurt to know the people closely tied to its development and maintenance as well as famous bloggers. Here's my ongoing list of people I consider important:
Peter Zaitsev – MySQL Performance Blog, former head of MySQL AB High Performance Group. His company Percona is available for consulting. He's a co-author of High Performance MySQL 2nd edition (great book).
Baron Schwartz – also know as Xaprb, Baron a co-author of High Performance MySQL 2nd edition and creator of innotop and Maatkit. Maatkit is simply brilliant, and so is Baron. Baron recently joined Peter Zaitsev at Percona.
Jeremy Zawodny – MySQL guru, works for Yahoo, and is considered a legend. He wrote mytop and both editions of High Performance MySQL 2nd edition among other things. Here's Jeremy's twitter. I suggest subscribing to his rss feed as his blog is quite interesting and versatile.
Roland Bouman – a MySQL developer and blogger, active in the community. He likes to post really, really, REALLY long but detailed and informative posts. He's one of the speakers at the upcoming MySQL conference (as most of the people here, actually).
… more to come.
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