MySQL Back to Basics: Analyze, Check, Optimize, and Repair

In this article, I will be looking at are online tools*, rather than the other (very useful) tools that are offline–such as myisamchk or setting innodb_force_recovery and starting up the server–both of which can sometimes save our skins. I’ll cover offline methods in another post, as they are outside of the scope for this post.

Exceptional Software Explained: Embrace Error – Video

Exceptional Software Explained: Embrace Error, by Robert “r0ml” Lefkowitz of Asurion. One of the contenders for “best open source comedian”, r0ml delivers a humorous look at the past and future of software development models. This keynote was delivered at OSCon 2008 on Tuesday evening.

Why Drizzle? video

Brian Aker gives the “zinger” lightning talk about the newly announced “Drizzle”. This short (under 8 minutes) video captures Aker’s highlights of why he started the Drizzle project and how Drizzle is different from MySQL — both in what has been removed from MySQL and what features Drizzle can accomodate.

PBXT Transactional Characteristics

While PBXT is transactional, it writes only once, to a log. You can think of this log as the database table, as PBXT doesn’t keep table data in the tradition sense. This can seem very strange to someone used to working with MyISAM table files or InnoDB tablespace files, but it offers a number of benefits…

Which DBD::Oracle Version is for Me?

With some of the new functionality that was introduced in DBD::Oracle 1.21, you can no longer use the Oracle 7 and most early 8 clients to build DBD::Oracle. I hope this little table will help you choose which version of DBD::Oracle is right for you. As there are dozens and dozens of different versions of Oracle’s clients, I did not bother to list any of them, just the major release versions of Oracle that are out there.

How Much Does a Damian Conway? (Keynote Video)

The last keynote of Tuesday evening at OSCon 2008 was entitled “Temporarily Quaquaversal Virtual Nanomachine Programming in Multiple Topologically Connected Quantum-Relativistic Parallel Timespaces…..Made Easy!” Damian Conway is a speaker that should not be missed. He spends his time hacking perl to do fascinating and obscure feats of technology such as time travel. This video is just over an hour of rolling laughter that will entertain you into realizing what a genius Damian Conway is. Now, most of my exposure is within the MySQL Community, so if folks could pass the links to the video along to other communities, that would be great.

Going Open Source, The 20 Most Important Things to Do

Liveblogging from OSCon 2008: Going Open Source, The 20 Most Important Things to Do – by Martin Aschoff of AGNITAS AS. This session is about the nuts and bolts of an open source company. Aschoff kept a journal of the key learnings of the company when it went open source, and has become a board member of the Open Source Business Association in Europe. Before deciding on going open source read this.

MS Windows Vista Tips for Administrators

I found myself, as a fresh member of The Pythian Group, losing precious moments just to change a few standard administrative settings on my new laptop with Microsoft Windows Vista. Having found the answers, I’m sharing them with you so that you can save some time, or spend it more pleasurably out in the summer.

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