(Well, you should not take the "Leader" bit very literally I guess - It just means I got a big mouth that's eager to tell someone else what I think about their problem :)
I'd like to congratulate the other Community Award Winners: Giuseppe Maxia for his excellent code contributions and technical articles; Markus Popp for his terrific articles, tips, and the db4free initiative; and of course: Rasmus Lerdorf for...well, so many things! I mean - I can't write this list: it's way too long and words fail here anyway.
Here's the award we all got:
Concerning the forums, I want to use this occasion to express my regards to Arjen Lentz and all those other people at MySQL that maintain the forum site. I really think that it is amazing that a public forum that is visited so often and by so many people, together displaying such an enormous diversity in background, nationality and skill level, is such a friendly, sociable place, that manages to maintain such a high level of quality concerning subject matter while being so accessible to less experienced users at the same time. So, thanks guys for providing this service.
In a previous blog entry, I already mentioned a couple of people whose forum posts were most helpful to me: Andrew Gilfrin, Jay Pipes and Felix Geerinckx. I'd like to mention a few other people that cut my eye while I was there:
- Maurizio Nardò
- Maurizio has displayed some very interesting and original ideas on UDF's and dynamic SQL
- Mike Kruckenberg
- Mike is a really knowledgable MySQL professional and co-author of Pro MySQL (Apress books). Once he digs in to a thread, he's not leaving until the poster is satified by an answer
- Bob Field
- Bob Field's been around for a while, helping people out with various issues
- Peter Brawley
- Peter Brawley is also one of these people that try to think together with the poster, instead of thinking for them
I've learned a lot by browsing through all of your posts - I still do. Thanks for that, and see you there next time.