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Updated MySQL Workbench Schedule
Posted by: Michael G. Zinner
Date: March 02, 2007 05:05AM

Dear MySQL Users,

There have been many questions around the development and future of the MySQL Workbench project since there has not been any progress in quite some time.

This was mainly caused by the GUI Team's efforts around the other tools, MySQL Administrator, MySQL Query Browser and MySQL Migration Toolkit. Thanks to your [the community's] dedication and help these tools are now in a really good shape and the time we will have to spend on maintaining them is manageable. This frees our resources to focus on a new project, and this project will be MySQL Workbench.

Flagship product
I am glad to announce that MySQL Workbench is going to become the MySQL GUI Team's flagship product in 2007.

To make this happen and ensure that the project offers a solid foundation for a multi-year roadmap we decided to take the following steps.

* Cleanup the existing code
* Update the canvas to be Cairo based
* Restructure SVN repositories

These steps are major changes and therefore we have decided to remove the Workbench from the MySQL GUI Bundle for 5.0. We will offer separate Workbench packages once we have completed the major changes. Once the Workbench is available in release candidate quality we will add it to the MySQL GUI Bundle again.

The schedule
We plan for new alpha releases mid Q2, followed by Beta releases mid Q3. The first release candidate is planned to be available end of Q3 and the general availability release is scheduled for Q4 2007.

This will sound like a long time span for the people in need for a good open source modeling tool. But at the same time it helps us to put our main focus on quality and deliver a rock solid tool.

The Roadmap
Details about the Workbench roadmap will be released at the MySQL Users Conference.

The GUI Team has been granted two new hirings. Therefore we are looking for mid- to senior C++ developers who are interested in Open Source development. More details will follow next week.

It is exciting for the team to work on the MySQL Workbench project again and we are absolutely sure that your long wait for this product finally will pay off.


Michael Zinner, Team Lead, Developer Tools

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Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 03/02/2007 05:08AM by Michael G. Zinner.

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