Tuesday, August 28, 2007

MySQL Camp: a Secret Tip?

Where can you get access to some of the most informed people from MySQL and the community, for free?

The answer: at MySQL Camp. And then throw in lunch and breakfast for free, being able to influence the session topics and you have quite a package deal.

So it is strange why so few people took up the offer in New York this year!?

My talk was about the BLOB Streaming engine, MyBS, and I have posted the slides: Presentation - MySQL Camp 2007: The BLOB Streaming Project.

OK, so I got pretty much ragged about the name, MyBS. Why, I was asked, did I name it that? Jay, even suggested a session to find a new name for the engine! Thanks, Jay, very considerate of you... :)

But it was quite unnecessary, because I really can't see what the problem is. I think the name is cool. Uhm, totally ... cool.

8 comments:

Tim Soderstrom said...

I unfortunately did not have an option to attend this year, but I bet I know what Jay was probably thinking :) I too, however, like the name as is and find it uniquely clever and humorous at the same time.

I vote keep it :)

Xaprb said...

Yeah, me too!

Paul McCullagh said...

You know, I'm feeling better already! :)

Frank Mashraqi said...

Go with the name Paul, it is very cool.

Good to see you at the Camp.

Frank

Zack said...

ah, I think you will be forever explaining what the name engine really does. Naming is part art and part science, but giving it a name that is more obvious will probably be better. And you may not be taken seriously with a name that sounds like it's tongue-in-cheek.

I would suggest something like MyStream or something dramatic that conveys the notion of a stream (or river?) or of blobs.

But that's just my opinion.
--Zack

Zack said...

ah, I think you will be forever explaining what the name engine really does. Naming is part art and part science, but giving it a name that is more obvious will probably be better. And you may not be taken seriously with a name that sounds like it's tongue-in-cheek.

I would suggest something like MyStream or something dramatic that conveys the notion of a big stream (or river?) or of blobs.

But that's just my opinion.
--Zack

Paul McCullagh said...

Hi Zack,

Actually, no double meaning was intended, I just took the letters that stood for "BLOB Streaming for MySQL".

My plan was to leave the branding issue open for the moment.

Sure I thought of MyStream, but there may be trademark issues.

The whole thing shows me that it is a lot easier to develop a product then to brand it (for me anyway).

Basically I am more interested in getting the program running than finding a name.

I just needed a prefix for the system variables, in order to release the source code!!

Tim Soderstrom said...

Well, I never subscribed much to branding, particularly in an open-source world. The GIMP is all I need to say in an effort to provide an example here.

I figure if people get stuck on a name that badly, then that's more their problem than the projects :)

But I have a relatively biased opinion. I still think you should keep it as MyBS though personally.