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April 26, 2006

Conversation with Jim Starkey

As a member of the Boston MySQL meetup I recommended to Sheeri (group organizer) that we try to get Jim Starkey, the author of the MySQL Falcon storage engine (or more accrately the database that will become Falcon) and recent MySQL hire, to come speak at a future meetup. Why? He lives in New Hampshire, within reasonable drive from Boston. Wouldn't that be cool, to have Jim Starkey giving a MySQL meetup session in Boston?

I finally bumped into Jim this morning at the MySQL UC and had a chance to talk with him. The initial conversation was about the meetup, which he gracefully agreed to come to sometime this summer (July/August). Beyond that was a great conversation about where MySQL is now, where Falcon fits in, and some of Jim's ideas about a variety of things including DBAs, stored procedures, data types, and the SQL standard. He's got some refreshing views on database technology and is an enjoyable person to talk with. This interview from 2003 captures a bit of Jim's approach to database problems.

I echo what I've heard other folks say, it's good to have Jim working with MySQL.

So look for Jim Starkey coming to Boston this summer. I'll see what I can do about getting a better video setup going.

Posted by mike at April 26, 2006 5:41 PM