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Masood Mortazavi

Currently, Masood Mortazavi manages several teams of Sun engineers working on open-source technologies such as Apache / Derby (Java DB), MySQL Connectors, MySQL Docs and MySQL Developer Tools. He has also managed Sun's PostgreSQL and ORM teams prior to the MySQL acquisition. Masood joined Sun Microsystems' Java Software unit in 1999 as a member of the original J2EE team. He developed distributed transaction capabilities in RMI-IIOP and led the development team for GIOP 1.2. As a member of the carrier-grade J2EE project at Sun, he developed service control platforms and started a number of collaborations with SMI's mobile telecommunications partners. He has worked on SIP/IMS technologies for Sun and designed and developed a failure detection and recovery platform for cooperating processes. Masood has worked at Nasa Ames (Sterling Software), on DARPA projects (Teknowledge Corp.) and on satellite ground systems (Hughes) as well as for China National Petroleum Company. He has graduate degrees in business (MBA, Berkeley), journalism (M.J.. Berkeley) and scientific computing (Ph.D. in computational fluid dynamics, Davis) and did several years of post-graduate work in logic and methodology of science at UC Berkeley. He has published many technical papers and has multiple patents. He maintains separate weblogs at and at


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Apache Derby !

Posted by mortazavi on May 1, 2009 at 11:38 PM PDT

Now, a new release of Apache/Derby is out.

Francois Orsini has a more detailed note on this. It is great to see that many of the features listed are developed by our small but amazing team of Java DB engineers.

(See my previous release about this cauldron where Java DB is forged!)

Derby, the Cauldron and Java DB

Posted by mortazavi on April 29, 2009 at 1:37 PM PDT

Apache Derby project is the cauldron where Sun starts the forging of Java DB, Sun's distribution of Derby and the premier Java database in the world!

Most recently, Knut Anders Hatlen, Java DB engineering and comm

A Real Student Bargain for JavaOne 2009

Posted by mortazavi on April 17, 2009 at 1:21 AM PDT


This year, JavaOne let's students get in free!

Plus, they can sign up for CommunityOn

Goodies in Apache/Derby 10.5

Posted by mortazavi on April 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM PDT

Apache/Derby 10.5 is about to be released, and Knut Anders Hatlen has written a great blog entry about one of the new features: Generated Columns.

February News on MySQL Workbench

Posted by mortazavi on March 5, 2009 at 8:21 AM PST

MySQL Workbench, as I noted earlier, has been selected as the #1 database development tool.

Golden Rules for Contribution Based Communities

Posted by mortazavi on February 27, 2009 at 2:10 PM PST

Elsewhere, I recently wrote about the Golden Rules for Contribution Based Communities. I think it may be a good idea to post it here, in the blogsphere of the Java community, for your review and comment. The Java community has built many contribution based communities.

Golden Rules for Vibrant Contribution-based Communities

Posted by mortazavi on February 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM PST

I just posted my account of these "golden rules" on my blog. Have fun reading it. I would be interested in any review comments or suggestions.

MySQL Conference and Expo, 2009

Posted by mortazavi on February 2, 2009 at 11:53 AM PST

MySQL Conference and Expo is coming up to Santa Clara this April.

The Best Database Tool

Posted by mortazavi on January 25, 2009 at 5:01 PM PST

As I wrote elsewhere, MySQL Workbench has been selected by Developer.Com as the best database tool out there.

Other winners of note were OpenSSO (security category) and Netbeans (open source category).

The Apache OFBiz Book

Posted by mortazavi on January 23, 2009 at 2:52 PM PST

Every once in a while I get asked to review a book.

This time it has been the Apache OFBiz Development: The Beginner's Tutorial by Jonathan Wong and Rupert Howell.

While Wong and Howell have done some seriously complex work with OFBiz, the greatest failing of the book is its lack of attention to the audience.

Let me make it more clear.