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MySQL Selects VUE as Testing Services Provider for Upcoming MySQL Certification Program

SEATTLE and UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS, December 09, 2002 — MySQL AB, developer of the world’s most popular open source database, and VUE Testing Services today announced that VUE will be the sole provider of electronic testing for the upcoming MySQL certification program. The MySQL certification program will be available to the general public in the first quarter of 2003.

The MySQL certification program is initially designed to award two certifications, the MySQL Core Certification and the MySQL Professional Certification. MySQL certification provides software developers with a credential that validates their knowledge, experience and skills with the MySQL™ database and related MySQL AB products.

“With VUE’s extensive network of testing locations all over the world, taking a MySQL certification exam will be convenient for virtually everyone,” said Kaj Arnö, vice president of training at MySQL. “We are proud to be able to offer VUE’s experienced testing services to MySQL developers who want to prove their MySQL knowledge and expertise.”

Certification through VUE Testing Centers
When available in Q1 2003, each MySQL certification can be earned with successful completion of one exam. VUE, the specialist IT and professional certification testing division of Pearson plc, will provide MySQL electronic testing services through its global network of 3,500 VUE Authorized Testing Centers located in over 130 countries. For a complete listing of VUE testing centers, please visit the VUE Web site at www.vue.com.

“We are very pleased with this new partnership with MySQL,” said Anneleen Vaandrager, vice president and general manager of VUE, Europe, Middle East & Africa. “These MySQL certifications will be an important addition to the industry and will ensure that professionals and companies alike have the qualifications necessary to compete effectively in today’s economic environment.”

MySQL Certification Preparation and Training
For test skill level guidance and other information about MySQL certifications, users can refer to the MySQL Certification Candidate Guide, which is available on MySQL’s Web site at www.mysql.com/certification/candguide.

For more information on the MySQL Core Certification, please go to the MySQL Web site at www.mysql.com/certification/candguide/sec-core.html. For more information on the MySQL Professional Certification, please go to www.mysql.com/certification/candguide/sec-prof.html.

A wide selection of MySQL technical classes and other training opportunities are available to help prepare for the MySQL certification exams. For more information on MySQL training, please go to www.mysql.com/training.

About MySQL AB
MySQL AB develops, markets and supports the MySQL database server, the world’s most popular open source database. With an estimated 4 million installations and 27,000 downloads per day, MySQL is the de facto open source database leader and is quickly becoming the core of many high-volume, business-critical applications. Major corporations such as Yahoo!, Lucent Technologies, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, Motorola, NASA, Silicon Graphics, HP, Xerox and Cisco rely on the ultra-fast, highly-reliable MySQL database. MySQL is available under the free software/open source GNU General Public License (GPL) or a non-GPL commercial license. For more information about MySQL, please go to www.mysql.com.

About VUE
VUE is a global leader in providing computer-based (CBT) delivery solutions serving the information technology industry and professional certification and licensure markets. VUE Testing Services delivers information technology certification examinations for industry leaders such as Microsoft, Cisco Systems, IBM and CompTIA. In addition to having operational centers in the United States, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan, India and China, VUE has some 3,500 testing centers in over 130 countries worldwide. VUE is a business of Pearson plc, one of the largest media publishing companies in the world.

For more information about Pearson Professional Testing, visit www.pearsontesting.com.

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