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September 14, 2005

Me and MySQL in Hometown Newspaper

I got a call last week from the Wahpeton (North Dakota) Daily News. Folks in this small town (where I spent most of grade and middle school) got wind of Pro MySQL and were interested in doing an article on the author that hails from Wahpeton.

I'm supposed to get some physical copies shortly, but for now must be satisfied with the portion of the story available on the Daily News online version. The online article doesn't indicate the title of the book, hopefully people who read it and feel compelled to make a purchase will find their way to it.

If you don't have access to the acknowledgements of the book, mine begin with:

I grew up in a tiny town in North Dakota where it was not unusual to see a tumbleweed roll through the middle of town and movies always came six months later than the posters said they would. Despite being a bit behind the times, the town's two-year college and library both prioritized acquisition of a few of the early personal computers, and made them available to reckless kids who would otherwise be putting coins on the train tracks or riding dirt bikes through the alleys looking for trouble. It was in that library and the iconic "Old Main" building of the technical college that I first got a taste for the power of writing instructions and letting the computer do the work. It's easy to trace my computing addiction back to those early years. Thanks to the folks in small-town North Dakota for putting the tools at my fingertips that would eventually lead to a career in technology and my having the confidence to agree to tackle this book.

The small town is Wahpeton, North Dakota. Pete and I were recently back in Wahpeton and were able to visit some of the favorite spots right around the time I was finishing up the writing on the book. The visit inspired this first paragraph.

Posted by mike at September 14, 2005 12:49 AM