My latest column is up on SitePoint and takes a look at the MySQL Roadmap.
Also – some MySQL news from yesterday:
A new maintenance release (4.0.20) was announced on lists.mysql.com by Patrick Galbraith, a senior software developer with MySQL. It can be accessed at http://www.mysql.com/downloads/.
For developers using OS X, Navicat has released version 5.1 of their popular MySQL GUI. This allows remote administration of MySQL database on numerous platforms from a 10.1 or greater version of OS X. This is a commercial tool but affordable for developers leveraged in MySQL development work at $95 US.
As of May 19th, MySQL Professional Certification is now available, with lots of detail available on the MySQL site, and access to study guides.