Calling all MySQL Professionals who use LinkedIn

I have created a MySQL Professionals Group for networking with others in the space, in the tradition of the Oracle Professionals group and the SQL Server Professionals groups that I already participate in. This is a great way to network with other professionals in your field of work. I hope you join us.

Adam Machanic joins Pythian to lead global SQL Server Practice

As of this month, Adam Machanic has been hired to lead Pythian’s global SQL Server practice and will be working out of our office in Central Square in Boston, Massachussets. Adam is in my opinion as close as it comes to a resource in the Microsoft SQL Server space that has the personality, track record and respect that Tom Kyte has in the Oracle space.

MySQL Cluster Pop Quiz

If you have a 12-server MySQL Cluster with, 1 Management Node, 3 SQL Nodes, 2 Data Node Groups, and 4 Data Nodes per group. And each machine is configured to allocate 1G of memory for its function, how much data (data + indexes) can you store in total in your cluster?

How To Build Scalable Database Architectures

No one has ever come out and formally asked me for a document that states “Best Practices to Scale Application X”. It is an unusual demand, since it’s something many of us at Pythian have implemented, but it’s been more of an ad hoc, iterative process — and rightly so, since architectures must be so organic, and so tailored to the application. What’s more, no one has ever brought us on board so early in the game that we have a hand in actually — gasp! — doing the design and data-model from the get-go. Woo hoo!

How To Connect to an Oracle Database and Much More

I’m amazed what people are able to do with Oracle technologies. One of the things I’ve liked the most is to spend some time (not enough!) with Kuassi Mensah. The guy is awesome! As a Product Manager at Oracle, he knows probably everything about JServer (the JVM in Oracle 11g), and he is one of the best guys on the subject of some of the key connection layer to access an Oracle database, including JDBC, OCI, and Web Services.
If you’re interested by any of those subjects, you should subscribe to his 360° blog and read his book.

Bind Peeking, Ad Hoc Queries, Stable Performance

I got to troubleshoot an amazing situation a few weeks ago. I think it is essentially inconceivable that allowing a single query to run on your system can flip another query’s plans and cause major performance issues (and in this case even downtime!). Sometimes it’s coincidence, sometimes it’s load, and sometimes it’s a single ad hoc query with a new predicate that starts the slowly-ticking time bomb. Here is how it happens and how to fix it.

Corollary to Tilton’s law: There only is the first problem.

Kenny Tilton posted about database troubleshooting, and he anecdotally illustrates and elaborates on a law of troubleshooting that I strongly agree with: Always solve the first problem. The corollary to his law is that “there only is the first problem.” I’m not sure I entirely agree with that one, but I will admit that that corollary is true at least 90% of the time, which is often enough to make it an incredibly useful insight.

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