Falcoln in the belly

Jeremy Cole’s post “On Falcon and the need to feel wanted” got me thinking…

The MySQL family is gearing up for a new arrival. Falcon is still a baby in the belly, but it seems to already be getting more attention than its older and accomplished siblings (eg InnoDB). Maybe the proud mother-to-be has issues because every time she looks in InnoDB’s eyes she can’t stop thinking about the new stepmother, Oracle.

She seems to think this one will be the best baby ever, and has pinned high hopes on what it will grow up to become. Part of her excitement is because she is rightly taken with the brilliant father, Jim Starkey. If Dad could invent MVCC and BLOBs, what will baby Falcon grow up to accomplish under his care?

Hopefully the proud parents will have a keen eye open to shortcomings as well as strengths. Spare the rod
and spoil the child… Brilliant Dads don’t always make perfect fathers (to say the least). Time will tell, and we look forward to watching baby take its first steps and say its first words, and we hope it will live long and prosper. And that Mom will take an equally strong role as Dad in raising and forming the character of their new blessing. Based on the ultrasounds and other tests and measurements, there may be some issues that will need attention.

(Ultrasounds and commentary available from MySQL Performance Blog at InnoDB vs MyISAM vs Falcon benchmarks – part 1 and Falcon Storage Engine Design Review.)


One Response to “Falcoln in the belly”

  1. Log Buffer #61: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs » Jasny · web development Says:

    […] Falcon is coming MySQL isn’t standing still in bringing new features as well. Erik Wetterberg talks a bit more about the new LOAD XML feature implemented in (the still unavailable) version 5.2. On a bigger scale, MySQL is pushing forward the new Falcon transactional storage engine. Voices in the community though say that Falcon is not yet ready for this attention. Jeremy Cole has some critique on his blog. Ben Krug has decided to put his opinion in a poem. […]

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