Wednesday, August 19, 2009

MySql Connector/Net 6.1.1 beta has been released

MySQL Connector/Net 6.1.1, a new version of the all-managed .NET driver
for MySQL has been released. This is a beta release and is intended to
introduce you to the new features and enhancements we are planning. This
release should not be used in a production environment.

It is now available in source and binary form from
[] and mirror sites
(note that not all mirror sites may be up to date at this point of time
- if you can't find this version on some mirror, please try again later
or choose another download site.)

This release introduces a couple of exciting new features.

  • Website Configuration Dialog -- This is a new wizard that is activated
    by clicking a button on the toolbar at the top of the solution explorer.
    It is meant to work in conjunction with the ASP.Net administration
    pages.  It makes it easier to activate and set advanced options for the
    different web providers we include.
  • Session State Provider -- We are now including a session state provider
    that allows you to store your websites state in a MySql server.
  • Support for native output parameters -- With this release we now support
    native output parameters when connected to a server that supports them.
    Currently we know that includes 6.0.8 and later servers.  It also will
    include 5.4 servers.
  • Changed GUID type -- We have changed our backend representation of a
    guid type to be CHAR(36).  We are doing this because we feel users will
    want to use the server UUID() function to populate a guid table and UUID
    generates a 36 character string.  Developers of older applications can
    add 'old guids=true' to the connection string and the old binary(16)
    type will be used.

What we know may be broken

  • Documentation is not updated yet.
  • Our entity framework support currently treats both binary(16) and
    char(36) columns as  guids.
  • Please let us know what else we broke and how we can make it better!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

MySql Connector/Net source code has a new home!

I would like to proudly announce that we have migrated our Connector/Net source code repositories to LaunchPad ( and are using BZR for our source control.  We have taken our old public SVN repository ( offline. 

We will be using LaunchPad for source control and feature management.  This means we'll use blue prints and the series system.  We will continue to use our existing bugs database found at and our existing forum found at

You can find the new source repositories for Connector/Net at  If you have any questions about how this affects you, please don't hesitate to send me an email.