I’m off to Dubai for GITEX 2007

A short note to let everyone know that I’ll be heading to Dubai later today to participate in Pythian’s exhibit in the Business Solutions Hall. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, GITEX is like COMDEX for the Middle-East – it’s literally the third largest tradeshow in the world where COMDEX is #1 – and it’s big, really really big, like 120,000 attendees big. Hope to see you there!

Experience Lags Adoption: Why Oracle and SQL DBAs want to learn MySQL

There’s an interesting dynamic going on right now in the DBA world. MySQL’s growth and installed base, as a function of its size three or five years ago, is perhaps five if not ten times larger than it was. In 2002 when Pythian’s MySQL services launched, we took on the platform at the explicit request of an existing customer that was primarily an Oracle shop, but that was adopting MySQL for some bolt-on systems. Today, MySQL is our fastest-growing practice in terms of new customer acquisition. The point I want you to take away from that is simply this: there are about five to ten times more high-value environments running MySQL in the world today than there were three years ago.

Using a Function-Based Index to “Avoid” a Sort

Recently, I was asked to take a look at a query processing part of a client’s application which had started to perform slowly after the application had a maintenance downtime. The idea behind the processing was quite simple.The trick was to add a (redundant) CASE PROCESSED WHEN 0 THEN MOD(SUBS_ID, 7) end expression into ORDER BY clause..In this post I show you how I came to this solution.

Oracle 11g’s SQL Performance Analyzer

So what is SQL Performance Analyzer (SQLPA)? The DBMS_SQLPA package enables you to register and compare the statistics of several SQL query executions stored in an SQL Tuning Set (STS). With SQL Performance Analyzer, you can compare the executions of queries before and after you make some changes to your database. As you might guess, I’m going to illustrate this new feature in Oracle 11g with a simple example.

Oracle Standby redo Logs

So Management chooses to review the documentation generated from your database failover test and see that the time to switchover is slow and that there is still a possibility of losing some data. Enter standby redo logs. Rather than regurgitate the documentation, I have attached the links to the specific parts of the documentation. Since I’m focused on providing ways for you to “get the job done”, I have also included some SQL that uses dynamic SQL to generate a series of ALTER DATABASE ADD STANDBY LOGFILE commands to run on both the primary and standby databases. Have a look.

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