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MySQL Plug-in for Oracle Grid Control Announced, Released

Reading PlanetMySQL today, I discovered that Alex Gorbachev’s announcement that he has released the first public beta of his Oracle Grid Control plugin for MySQL was not aggregated! Knowing that my feed is aggregated, and not willing to let this news and this amazing work go unnoticed by the MySQL community during the conference (I am at MySQLConf listening to Amazon.com’s CTO speak right now!) you can access the update here.

Recent Spike Report from v$active_session_history (ASH)

sec p, dsk p, gets p, rows p, cpu p — these are average statistics for the query being executed. This should give you a quick overview of whether the query is a big query, a small query, a CPU-intensive or a disk I/O-intensive query. Be careful: since the query was introduced to the shared pool, those columns are averages, and therefore could be misleading. These are all per execution stats, so sec p represents the number of seconds on average it took to execute the query.

MySQL Plug-in 0.42 for Oracle Grid Control: First Beta Released

has finally happened! The first public release of the MySQL plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control is out. In the last few months, more and more people showed interest in the potential plug-in, and even few guys from Oracle contacted me independently of each other with their own reasons to have a MySQL plug-in available. This interest accelerated the fermentation of thoughts in my brain, and I got down to work. Pythian generously sponsored my development time. Here are the details. The first release version is 0.42 because that’s obviously the perfect number to start something good.

MySQLConf Pythian “Birds of a Feather” Invitation

I am finally able to announce when and where the Pythian BoF session has been scheduled! It will be in the Alameda room, 7:30-8:30pm on Tuesday, April 15th. The session, titled “Ask the Pythian Maestro”, will be attended by myself and our two MySQL team leads, Sheeri K. Cabral and Augusto Bott.

Can’t Make the MySQL Conference? Join Me Live!

If you can’t attend the MySQL Conference, you can still virtually attend. 2-3 pm PDT on Tuesday, April 15th for the “Best Practices for Database Administrators” session, and, 11:55 am -12:40 pm PDT on Thursday, April 17th for the “Database Security Using White-Hat Google Hacking” session. You need nothing but your web browser; unlike some other live meetings, audio streams from the website too, so there’s no phone number to call or participant code or anything. There’s also a live chat so you can participate and ask questions while the session is going on.

Multi-Column Correlation and Extended Stats in Oracle 11g

We all have encountered this situation many times before: the cost-based optimizer assumes no correlation between two columns (until 11g), and this has the effect of erroneously reducing the cardinality of a row source. Incorrect cardinality estimates are one of many root causes for SQL performance issues. Consider the following example.

Another Tip on Using dg4odbc: Materialized Views

After setting up dg4odbc to connect to a SQL Server database (read ‘Tips on Using dg4odbc on 64-bit Linux’), I spent last week trying to get refreshes of materialized views to work in 11g, using the same DDL as in 8i. So, to those three tips, I now add #4: check the statements that use a WHERE … IS NOT NULL across the remote database link to ANSI-compliant databases.

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