18 Sep 2013, 09:30

MySQL/Postgres Roundup 18/9

On MySQL side, or should I say MariaDB one :

  • Google swaps out MySQL, moves to MariaDB : beyond the significative reference for MariaDB and the fact that Google will sustain his effort to patch MariaDB as they did for MySQL, the question that raised for me was : how long will Percona go with MySQL ? Percona's server was seen as an advanced version of MySQL with the inclusion of some patches (like Google's one for performance, etc) and for the tools they provide with/aside (like Percona toolkit or Xtrabackup). It does not seem they plan to make the switch so far...
  • Scaling your database via InnoDB table compression : where you can eliminate slow queries via innodb table compression. Constraints and limits are explained in the post.

On Postgres side :

More generally and even if it's a postgres example which is used, you should use UUIDs for your keys instead of traditionnal keys. Beyond unicity, if you are to use distributed systems, it would be one (or the only ?) way to avoid conflicts.

10 Apr 2013, 22:30

SQL/Database Roundup - 10/4

Spending some time on MySQL these days, time for a SQL/Database roundup :



  • If you are interested in MySQL and want to know more about administration, replication, optimisation, etc ; the must read book is High Performance MySQL (I highly recommend it) and you can follow the related blog.
  • Percona provides a bunch of scripts to get information about the status of your database, its health, replication status, etc.
  • Percona provides a bunch of templates/scripts/reports/graphs to integrate with your monitoring solution (Nagios/Cacti) ; it covers mainly MySQL but you also have some for Apache, Nginx, MongoDB, etc.
  • More about Percona MySQL graphs in Cacti which capture all the activity of your MySQL server
  • If you are more interested on Postgres monitoring :

And as a side note, yes, Percona provides also their own MySQL based server with some optimisations and additional features and some other tools

Performance :

  • Indexes : the neglected performance all-rounder : where you will learn obvious things :
    • Defining indexes is part of developper jobs and not DBA
    • Indexes are not taught and poorly documented as it's not strictly part of SQL language
  • Need for speed (in French) : a mix of best practices / tools / methodology on optimisation for your database (mainly postgres)
  • MySQL Tuner : a script that would review your MySQL configuration and makes suggestion to improve performance and stability. Full support up to MySQL 5.1 ; Alike, you also have MySQL Tuning Primer.

13 Mar 2013, 22:12

Postgres Roundup - 13/3

While skiing this week, you'll only have one blog post from me this week. So, I let you discover the Postgres world with some interesting resources.

For those who don't know Postgres, it's an opensource object relational database management system, initiated in 1995 and which know a rise since Ingres increased its license feeds and also Oracle bought Sun and thus MySQL. MySQL was a very popular database for Web projects at least (it's the M in the LAMP acronym : Linux Apache MySQL PHP). For a detailed history, cf Postgresql on Wikipedia.

So beyond the official documentation :