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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.

What Does GA (General Availability) Mean?

I have a question I wanted to throw out. The term “GA” gets batted around all the time as meaning, the production-ready version of MySQL server. However, googling for quite a bit, I can’t find a definition for GA (other than what I stated above, i.e. production-ready). What does this mean in terms of bugs? Features? Anything else I might be missing?

Oracle Silent Mode, Part 3: Cloning Software and Databases

This post is the third of the series of ten posts that explore some of the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI), Network Assistant (NETCA), Database Creation Assistant (DBCA), Database Upgrade Assistant (DBUA) and other syntaxes you can use to script or speed up Oracle Installations. This post will dig into the cloning features of both the Universal Install (OUI) and the Database Configuration Assistant (DBCA)

Oracle 11g ASM Diskgroup Compatibility

Back in April I was at COLLABORATE 08 and delivered a presentation on 11g — Oracle 11g New Features Out of the Box, including Oracle 11g ASM features. The first ASM slide was about diskgroup compatibility, and I have a bit more to share than I said back then.

Oracle Silent Mode, Part 2: Patching 10.2 And 11.1 Databases

This post is the second in a series of ten posts exploring some of the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI), Network Assistant (NETCA), Database Creation Assistant (DBCA), Database Upgrade Assistant (DBUA), and many more syntaxes you can use to script or speed up Oracle Installations. This post is way shorter and digs into a couple OPatch, DBUA, and OUI syntaxes. It explains how to apply a one-off patch, how to upgrade a database and how to uninstall a previous ORACLE_HOME.

MySQL Backup Presentation Online

I finished uploading the backup presentation that I did last Monday at the Boston MySQL User’s Group. I cover the basics of backup/recovery and disaster planning. Total time is about an hour and three minutes. It was a lot of fun and the Bostonians seem to appreciate it.

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