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Seeking volunteers for Percona documentation

 | April 29, 2010 |  Posted In: Events and Announcements, MySQL


Percona wants to upgrade our documentation to improve its readability
and to make it more useful for you, our clients and partners. We are
so busy developing software and handling your needs that we have
trouble finishing all the documentation! We think you can help.

Helping us will give you a chance to interact closely with lead Perona
developers and learn more about Percona’s products as well as our
development process.

Tasks include talking to developers, writing text, and interacting
with an editor. (Andy Oram, our O’Reilly editor on the book High
Performance MySQL, will take on the volunteer role.) You should have
some understanding of MySQL and Percona’s extensions, and of way
XtraDB and XtraBackup work.

Documents we want to start with include:

* Product features (we made a start at

* Release notes

* Installation instructions for XtraBackup

Eventually we’ll also upgrade our user guides, a bigger job.

If this work intrigues you, please contact Andy Oram and Andy has offered to coordinate efforts for free,
although we will pay him for professional editing.

Vadim Tkachenko

Vadim Tkachenko co-founded Percona in 2006 and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Vadim leads Percona Labs, which focuses on technology research and performance evaluations of Percona’s and third-party products. Percona Labs designs no-gimmick tests of hardware, filesystems, storage engines, and databases that surpass the standard performance and functionality scenario benchmarks. Vadim’s expertise in LAMP performance and multi-threaded programming help optimize MySQL and InnoDB internals to take full advantage of modern hardware. Oracle Corporation and its predecessors have incorporated Vadim’s source code patches into the mainstream MySQL and InnoDB products. He also co-authored the book High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication 3rd Edition.


  • I’m really happy to hear this. As a developer and not someone who works with MySQL on a daily basis, I’ve had trouble figuring out how to use XtraBackup *confidently* based on the current documentation.

  • Is there a reason why you’re not asking for volunteers for the Maatkit documentation? I’m thinking it could do with some tutorials/examples, especially given how some of the tools have changed quite a bit between versions.

  • Gillian,

    If you want to help with Maatkit, tell me your Google Code username and you’ll have commit access right away. Are you on the Maatkit mailing list? I’ve asked for help with docs and testing many a time, and even set up open conference calls with everyone invited to discuss.

  • @Baron Thanks for clearing things up about your relationship with the Maatkit project. I am interested in getting involved and will look into it.

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