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About MySQL Documentation

About MySQL Documentation

All of the MySQL documentation is written in-house, by a team of full-time technical writers. They include:

  • Stefan Hinz
  • Chris Cole
  • Margaret Fisher
  • Edward Gilmore
  • Philip Olson
  • Daniel Price
  • Daniel So
  • Jonathan Stephens

Author Emeritus. Paul DuBois began working with MySQL documentation in 1998, and was hired as the first member of the MySQL Documentation Team in 2003. In the years following, Paul not only wrote (and rewrote) a great deal of the material in the MySQL Reference Manual and other works including the MySQL Cookbook and the MySQL Certification Study Guide, but was also largely responsible for assembling and coding the infrastructure and processes used by the team to convert the documentation from source into end-user formats and publish them. Paul left the team in 2021, but his contributions to MySQL endure.

All of the documentation is written in DocBook XML and then processed by various open-source tools, and custom in-house written utilities, into the various output formats.

Some basic statistics and information about the documentation:

  • Most documentation is available in HTML online, HTML downloadable, PDF, and other formats. For the reference manual, we also provide Unix man pages.
  • Documentation is rebuilt daily - every day (including weekends and holidays). In fact, a new build of the documentation is started every single time we check in a change to the Subversion repository. This can mean that we start a build up to 150 times a day. In reality, most of the documentation is recreated between five and ten times each day. New versions are made available roughly within an hour of being built.