This blog post of mine about the new MySQL Emulation Layer in PostgreSQL 9.0 was (more of less obvious) an april joke. Most readers have guessed right.
On the other hand the idea, that this joke is based, is very real: during the last conferences and exhibitions which I have attended, a lot visitors asked us (the PostgreSQL booth staff) about the future of MySQL.
Guess what - we don't know! Please ask Larry ;-)
The next question was usually about porting a MySQL database to PostgreSQL. Many companies selling products with MySQL inside are irritated - and frustrated: "Can i still buy a MySQL license in a year or two?" - "And if yes: how many bucks will Oracle request for this?". "Will Oracle still offer support or will they try to convience everyone to use Oracle database?" At this point many companies start to look for some other database - and PostgreSQL is there, happy to help.
I would like to thank David Fetter at this point, he did the proofreading for my post.
One note for me for future april jokes, or other posts: I really must have more webserver and database power available ;-)
During the day everything was ok - and then the americans woke up and my blog was hammered done, access count skyrocked during one hour, server load exploded. Someone added the blog post on reddit.com, this was the cause for a good part of yesterdays traffic.
This blog is running by default inside a virtual machine, both webserver and database. During the evening (european time) I decided to move the database off to another host. This helped to bring the blog up again and serve all requests without further trouble. Yesterday I have seen so many requests as usually in a full month. Very nice.