BoF Tonight At Usenix Boston: Pros and Cons of Managed Services

From 7:30 – 8:30 pm tonight, Wed. June 25th, in the Berkeley room of the Sheraton Boston, I will be hosting a Birds of a Feather conversation entitled “Pros and Cons of Managed Services”. This will go beyond MySQL and even beyond remote database management, and just deal with the overall pros and cons. Come, share your good and bad experiences, and discuss why managed services may or may not be appropriate for your situation. I will try to take notes at the BoF.

What to do When Your Data Smiles At You…

I have *never* had this happen to me. Maybe it’s because it’s MySQL 6.0.4, maybe it’s because it’s on Windows, or perhaps I am just up working too late. I have seen mojibake before, but usually it is unintelligible. But this? After I post this I am backing away slowly from my computer. Has your data ever smiled at you?

Oracle Silent Mode, Part 4: Installation Of A 10.2 RAC

This fourth post introduces the fundamental silent installation commands for a 10.2 RAC. this post will dig into how to (1) install the 10.2 Clusterware, (2) apply the latest Patch Set on top of it, (3) install the 10.2 database, (4) apply the latest Patch Set on top of it, and (5) create a RAC database. These operations will be performed with the Oracle Universal Installer, NETCA and DBCA in silent mode. Before you start, just in case you’re not familiar yet with Oracle Silent Installation.


ANSI_QUOTES mode changes the functionality of double quotes (“) to be like the backtick (`). Normally the functionality of double quotes is more like that of single quotes (‘). You might use this when you have a table with spaces or other special characters you would like to escape, without having to use the backtick key. This is also ANSI standard SQL behavior (one of the more annoying things about Oracle is that I keep forgetting I can’t use “, only ‘). Here is an example in the MySQL default mode.

Thank You!

I just wanted to thank everyone who participated in the survey that Mark Schoonover and I created. My endless thanks goes to Mark who did a lot of work on this. The results will be coming out in the Summer issue of MySQL Magazine which will be online July the 15th. I am putting together the articles now and it looks like it’s going to be a great one!

On Joining Pythian

‘ve joined Pythian and thought I would present myself and give my initial opinions on Pythian as a employer. So far, I really enjoy everything that Pythian has, excellent co-workers, great spirits, nice work environment and fun challenges. Plus this will be my first time ever in Canada, so that’s something I will show too, I just hope it’s not that cold during July.

The Guru is In: Usenix 2008, Boston

If you are attending Usenix 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Boston, you can meet me and ask your burning MySQL questions at my “The Guru is In” session. On Friday, June 27th, 2008 from 2 – 3:30 pm in Constitution B, I will be helping folks out by optimizing queries and schemas, teaching general principles of working with MySQL databases, and answering (to the best of my ability) any other question they may throw at me. Hope to see you there!

Pythian in eWeek, the backstory

I was happy to be invited by Brian Prince at eWeek to answer some questions he had posed to Pythian, NTirety and industry analysts Noel Yuhanna of Forrester and Peter O’Kelley of the Burton Group. You can take a look at the end result here.

Differences Between innodb_data_file_path and innodb_file_per_table

Recently, a customer wondered if they should start using the innodb_file_per_table option, or if they should continue to use the large InnoDB tablespace files created by the innodb_data_file_path option in the my.cnf option file. Many people still use the older innodb_data_file_path option because it is the default for MySQL server. So, what are the benefits of using innodb_file_per_table instead? Let me show you.

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