Log Buffer #199, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Aug 13, 2010 / By Vanessa Simmons

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Welcome to Log Buffer. The weekly review of DBA industry news. Enjoy Log Buffer #199.

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Kicking off this week are posts recommended by Gwen Shapira who also took a few minutes to share her production advice for developers.

Not strictly Oracle related, but fun story of how Catherine the Python-Oracle geek got hacked during her own presentation.

Dominic Brooks looked for upgrade tips and got some excellent advice.

Jonathan Lewis started a series about joins. Jonathan is the master of building clear and excellent test cases, and this post is a good example of this.

Pythian’s Singer Wang points out a post from Greg Baker, highlighting an announcement of proof that P is not equal to NP.

Baron Schwartz, on MySQL Performance Blog, shares sound advice on why you can’t rely on a replica for disaster recovery.

Ronald Bradford makes the case against using rpm packaging for MySQL.

Kerry Osborne is stunned by Exadata’s storage indexes as he does a little testing.

Willie Favero talks about parallelism improvements in DB2.

Leo Hsu and Regina Obe, on Postgres Journal, talk about starting PostgreSQL in windows without install.

In SQL Server news Linchea Shea says for performance impact, forget about sets and focus on loops.

And to close things off a last minute entry by Christo Kutrovskydesigning for Exadata, maximizing storage indexes use.

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