jOOQ Newsletter: February 12, 2014

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Tweet of the Day

Our followers, users and customers are shouting to the world. Here are:

The Data Geekery Business Case at RedHat’s opensource.com

In our last newsletter, we have promoted our cooperation with RedHat’s content marketing team regarding our Open Source vendor business model. In the mean time, we have published another article on their platform about the 5 lessons learned for any business transitioning to a revenue-based model with Open Source. We recommend this interesting read to anyone who plans to make money with Open Source:

http://opensource.com/business/14/1/5-lessons-open-source-revenue-based-model

Our cooperation with other Open Source projects is a crucial part of our marketing strategy. Our ASL 2.0 / commercial dual licensing model might prove to be a viable use-case also for other Open Source projects building on top of jOOQ. Examples of such projects that are currently investigating an integration are

Also in the future, we’ll make an effort to better integrate with such projects to help spread the good jOOQ news to the world.

Community Work

It looks like great community-contributed work doesn’t stop appearing around jOOQ. We’ve worked together with Loiane Groner who has written this great tutorial about jOOQ in Portuguese. Loiane is consultant working for IBM and a well-known writer of books that mostly talk about Sencha Ext JS. She has also been promoting MyBatis in the past. We’re looking forward to more from her!

Ben Hood has been a long-term jOOQ aficionado who had been very active on the user group. He has taken inspiration from jOOQ to build his own DSL for Apache Cassandra, calling it CQLC, which is great news for the Cassandra community!Now, we’re looking forward to other APIs that cover MongoDB or Neo4j!

And just recently, Breandan Considine (who has lost ten pounds because of jOOQ) published great video tutorial for jOOQ, Gradle and IntelliJ IDEA users

Upcoming Events

In January, we have been visiting probably the largest JUG in Germany, theRheinJUG in Düsseldorf and also the JUGM in Munich. The German-speakers among you can watch the whole RheinJUG presentation. The audience was very very interactive and has left the talk with thousands of insights to continue discussing, as our talks inspire not only jOOQ business, but also SQL love!

Here is an overview of our upcoming events.

With our new SQL-talk, we’ll no longer just spread some jOOQ love, but also some SQL love in general. We believe that SQL deserves more presence in today’s software engineering talks, and who would be better to talk about SQL than us? Are you interested in hosting this talk at your company? Contact us!

Stay informed about 2014 events on www.jooq.org/news.

Java Zone – Java 8

In this section of the newsletter, we usually talk about SQL in the “SQL Zone”, but our other beloved technology is Java and exciting times are ahead in 2014 for us Java folks. This is why we have started a new series in our blog, the Java 8 Friday Goodies.

In this series, we talk about little everyday things that improve / impair / or just change with Java 8 when we code. Some examples:

If you haven’t already, sign up for the Java 8 Friday Goodies blog category!

jOOQ Newsletter: January 22, 2014

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Tweet of the Day

We are contributing this new section of the newsletter to our followers, users, and customers. Here are:

Jose M. Arranz who has had plans to build jOOQ, when he happily discovered that jOOQ already exists

https://twitter.com/jmarranz/status/417956223468982272

Majid Azimi who wishes for jOOQ to become the new de facto standard in all languages. (we wish for the same, shocker, I know)

https://twitter.com/majidazimi/status/420879296807186432

jOOQ 3.3 Preview

We’re closing in on releasing jOOQ 3.3 towards the beginning of February 2014, which is an exciting release for both existing and new jOOQ users. Apart from many defects fixed, there are now also

… and much more. jOOQ Open Source Edition users can download a preview from GitHub, commercial users can request a pre-built download directly from us.

The Data Geekery Business Case at RedHat’s opensource.com

At Data Geekery, we’re in close touch with various communities, among which those by Oracle or RedHat. RedHat has been selling Open Source software as a business model for a long time. In the enterprise, apart from the flagship RHEL, RedHat is also providing support for a variety of other stacks, such as the JBoss platform, or cloud computing solutions

We’re thrilled to present to you our feature article on RedHat’s opensource.com platform, where we have published an article on our own commercial Open Source business case:

http://opensource.com/business/14/1/how-to-transition-open-source-to-revenue

This is the first part of a series of blog posts. In the next part, we’re going to talk about the five lessons learned when making a business of Open Source, so stay tuned!

Community Work

In the last few weeks, there had been a couple of excellent blog posts by jOOQ community members, which we do not want to keep from you. In December, Gregor Riegler has written a witty rant about the Annotation Nightmare, which we’re increasingly suffering from in the Java ecosystem. Declarative programming at its best.

In January 2014, Petri Kainulainen has started writing a series of excellent blog posts and tutorials for new jOOQ users. The first two posts he has written can be seen here:

Petri is a very active blogger, whom we have been following for a while now. We’re eagerly looking forward to future posts about jOOQ from him.

There are more goodies. Johannes Bühler has contributed new functionality around the loader API and JSON, whereas Darren Shepherd who is a very active contributor to Apache CloudStack has been very active on the jOOQ User Group as well, discovering many issues. Thank you very much for all your help, guys!

Upcoming Events

In January, we have been visiting the JUG-HH in Hamburg for our talk about jOOQ. This was a very exciting and welcoming event with a heavily “JPA / JEE – biased” audience. Thrilling to see how jOOQ (and SQL!) finds high resonance in this kind of industry!

Here is an overview of our upcoming events. We’re very happy to talk at geecon this year!

Stay informed about 2014 events on www.jooq.org/news.

SQL Zone – DEFAULT values

We’re always surprised ourselves at the depth and breadth of the SQL language, and we love share our discoveries with you. Few people know that in SQL (in the standard and in many SQL dialects), you can use the DEFAULT keyword in INSERT and UPDATE statements. Read more about DEFAULT VALUES on our blog.

SQL Zone – JDBC Batch

In heavy-throughput environments, SQL users rely on vendor-specific tools, such as Oracle’s SQL*Loader. In slightly less performance-critical environments, JDBC batch operations are still good enough. But how good are they compared to standalone statements? The answer is: very good. But not in all databases / JDBC drivers. We have found a very interesting benchmark by James Sutherland, which we want to share with you.

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SQL for calculations

SQL can be used for heavy calculations. This doesn’t mean that it has to, of course. Many Java-oriented software architects are reluctant to allow for business logic entering their database. DBA tend to disagree and promote complex logic in database views or stored procedures.

The pros and cons of both sides can be seen in this popular discussion on reddit. Our take on this discussion is a rather pragmatic one, saying: Neither approach is “better”. But not knowing about awesome, often vendor-specific SQL features is a pity. For example, here are two approaches to calculating a running total with Oracle SQL:

What is your experience with SQL for calculations? Reply to this e-mail and tell us your story.

SQL Performance Explained

SQL Performance ExplainedWhen running calculations in the database using SQL, it is always good to know your way around indexing and performance tuning. As jOOQ is a very SQL-centric environment, we would like to promote a very good book about SQL Performance.

SQL databases have become incredibly fast in parsing and executing even very complex SQL statements. But to many SQL developers, writing performing SQL is still a mystery. SQL Performance Explained by Markus Winandcovers 90% of what any SQL developer should know in very simple terms. A must-read for all SQL beginners and pros! Available in English, German, and French.

PostgreSQL 9.3

PostgreSQL 9.3 has been released! This is great news as a wonderful database has just gotten better. Apart from support for materialised views and updatable views, PostgreSQL now also supports the SQL standard LATERAL JOIN, which will soon be supported in jOOQ as well.

More about what’s new in PostgreSQL 9.3 can be seen here.

Google and MariaDB

After RedHat’s alleged switching from MySQL to MariaDB in RHEL, Google now also announces that they will start to migrate away from Oracle’s popular Open Source database. These migrations will further strengthen MariaDB’s position and communities, as large players in the data market will stop contributing to MySQL and contribute to MariaDB instead.

Read more about this migration here.

RedHat and MariaDB

There has been a lot of rumour recently, about RedHat switching from MySQL to MariaDB in RHEL 7. Be careful with these rumours. So far, I have not yet found any official and authoritative statement by RedHat, pointing in this direction. Instead, I’ve found claims that this is still undecided:

http://paritynews.com/software/item/1134-red-hat-denies-ditching-mysql-move-to-mariadb