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Announcing Pythian Goodies

I’ve been wondering for a while now how best to transfer knowledge efficiently and in a fun way. Presentations are good, but they require a lot of effort in preparation and research, and they are not as interactive as they could be when the group is smaller. To answer some of these issues, I would like to introduce you to Pythian Goodies. What is a Pythian Goody session you ask? Find out here.

MySQL GROUP BY and DISTINCT Oddity

At the end of my last MySQL post I mentioned strange behavior with GROUP BY and DISTINCT. This MySQL “feature” could save some resources on sorts and aggregates but generally I would avoid it as this is not portable solution. Generally speaking, query output is non-deterministic — it depends on the full table scan implementation and on the physical order of rows in a table. This means that it’s actually a bug and , instead, MySQL should produce and error on those statements.

ORA-07202: sltln: invalid parameter to sltln

I’ve started to use DBCA more and I try to use its template management capabilities. It looks like templates is not the most robust feature of Database Configuration Assistant. Sometimes, there are issues when I want to reuse template. I reviewed the parameters and found that control_files is set to an empty string. Checked Metaclick and, indeed, this error is related to empty control_files parameter.

Scaling MySpace: Treading Water in a Tsunami

Those of you that that enjoyed my post on Stability, Agility, Scalability and Cost: The eBay example are sure to like this technical interview of the desperate efforts to stay only a bit behind the traffic demands at MySpace, written by David Carr at Baseline Magazine. A worthy read for those of you interested in the lofty heights of database scaling, where we pack oxygen and have to make some choices and compromises along the way.

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