Mon - Feb 06, 2006 : 10:53 pm
Are the tides turning?
Okay.... Something weird is happening inside me. I feel a churning in my gut. I feel spindles on my skin... I feel hair growing out of my HEAD!!!!!
Oh wait... Ummm.... No I don't. None of it is true. So.....
I go to work today and I'm talking with Matt (the new developer, er... lead developer) and .... we're having a heart-to-heart and figuring each other out 'n' stuff.... This is when I really wanted to figure out where the business was going. You see... Matt has a back ground that is much different than mine. He's a *gulp*...... windows developer. Ack... Yup... It's true... The scary thing is, is he's supposed to be my superior or something, though he doesn't act like it. He's totally cool.
Anyway... We were talking about the situation and Kyle, the head IT go-to guy, makes a comment that we're most likely going to be going the route of switching to windows in the end. Well... This got me thinkin'.... And, my defenses immediately went up. But, when Kyle left, they went back down again... :) I love Kyle, but I think he has the same problem I do. He talks too much. ;-)
Soo.... I tell Matt that I'm on the complete opposite end of the fence as he is, and he says he knows. He tells me flat-out that he wants to put MS-SQL on our servers, but right now it just doesn't make sense. He's been a DBA for the past eight years working exclusively on Microsoft boxen. So, I totally understand where he's coming from. I've been working on Linux servers for the past 3 years, so I love Linux. But! Matt opened my eyes to something that will actually help me out quite a bit in the future. Something Scott has been tellin' me also... Here it is, summed up:
"Use whatever makes sense." If MySQL is croaking under the weight, you've got to consider what other alternatives you have. If you've only got 100 employees and a few hundred thousand records in your DB, you've got to consider the price you pay for your software. That's the bottom line.
Matt told me that right now MySQL is working perfectly, and he has no intention of changing it. It's free, for crying out loud, and it's working - so we'd be nuts to change. But if the time comes when we have a few tens of MILLIONS of records and MySQL just doesn't hack it anymore, then we've got to consider the alternatives.
Anyway... That's that. From what Matt was saying, it sounds like the company is going to stay with MySQL for the time being, and in my opinion, for the next few years to come.
During that time, I hope MySQL keeps chuggin' the way it is now, and life will stay happy. But if it doesn't, I'm just not sure what I'll do. So far I really like this company and I think the company really likes me. Is my allegiance to Linux and my blind hatred for Microsoft enough to make me quit the perfect job? Only time will tell.
I'm just glad Matt hasn't closed his mind to OSS alternatives. Life is good.
And mustangs still rock.