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5 ways developers win with PaaS

By Katie Miller
April 21, 2014

As a software developer, you are no doubt familiar with the process of abstracting away unnecessary detail in code — imagine if that same principle were applied to application hosting. Say hello to Platform as a Service (PaaS), which enables …

Four short links: 27 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2013

The Amen Break (YouTube) — fascinating 20m history of the amen break, a handful of bars of drum solo from a forgotten 1969 song which became the origin of a huge amount of popular music from rap to jungle and …

Scaling People, Process, and Technology with Python

By Dave Himrod
July 15, 2013

NOTE: If you are interested in attending OSCON to check out Dave’s talk or the many other cool sessions, click over to the OSCON website where you can use the discount code OS13PROG to get 20% off your registration fee. …

High Availability with MySQL and Moving to MongoDB

By Rachel Roumeliotis
July 4, 2013

Henrik Ingo (@h_ingo) is a MySQL architect, author, and OSCON 2013 Speaker. In this interview we talk about high availability in MySQL and why he switched to MongoDB. NOTE: If you are interested in attending OSCON to check out Henrik’s …

The Power of a Private HTTP Archive Instance: Finding a Representative Performance Baseline

By Barbara Bermes
June 13, 2013

Be honest, have you ever wanted to play Steve Souders for a day and pull some revealing stats or trends about some web sites of your choice? Or maybe dig around the HTTP archive? You can do that and more …

Ins and Outs of Running MySQL on AWS

By Jenn Webb
June 12, 2013

In the following interview, PalominoDB owner and CEO Laine Campbell discusses advantages and disadvantages of using Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a platform for running MySQL. The solution provides a functional environment for young startups who can’t afford a database …

Four short links: 23 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 23, 2013

Drawscript — Processing for Illustrator. (via BERG London) Archive Team Warrior — a virtual archiving appliance. You can run it to help with the ArchiveTeam archiving efforts. It will download sites and upload them to our archive. (via Ed Vielmetti) …

Four short links: 26 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 26, 2012

Drones Over Somalia are Hazard to Air Traffic (Washington Post) — In a recently completed report, U.N. officials describe several narrowly averted disasters in which drones crashed into a refu­gee camp, flew dangerously close to a fuel dump and almost …

The key web technologies that work together for dynamic web sites

The key web technologies that work together for dynamic web sites
By Andy Oram
July 12, 2012

The technologies that led to an explosion of interactive web sites — PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS — are still as popular today, and a non-programmer can master them quickly.

Four short links: 8 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 8, 2012

HAproxy -- high availability proxy, cf Varnish. Opera Reviews SPDY -- thoughts on the high-performance HTTP++ from a team with experience implementing their own protocols. Section 2 makes a good intro to the features of SPDY if you've not been keeping up. Jetpants -- Tumblr's automation toolkit for handling monstrously large MySQL database topologies. (via Hacker News) LeakedIn --...

MySQL in 2012: Report from Percona Live

By Andy Oram
April 14, 2012

Contrasting deployments at craigslit and Pinterest, trends, commercial offerings, and more

Developer Week in Review: Lion drops pre-installed MySQL

Developer Week in Review: Lion drops pre-installed MySQL
By James Turner
August 3, 2011

A pre-installed version of MySQL is noticeably absent from Lion Server, South Korea penalizes Apple for the location brouhaha, and Java 7's compiler injects a bit of randomness into software development.

Wrap-up of 2011 MySQL Conference

By Andy Oram
April 15, 2011

Two themes: mix your relational database with less formal solutions and move to the cloud. This may actually be the best environment MySQL has ever enjoyed.

Brian Aker explains Memcached

Brian Aker explains Memcached
By James Turner
April 5, 2011

Memcached is one of the linchpin technologies that holds the modern Internet together, but do you know what it actually does? Brian Aker offers a peek under the hood.

Improving healthcare in Zambia with CouchDB

Improving healthcare in Zambia with CouchDB
By James Turner
March 31, 2011

A new project in Zambia is trying to integrate supervisors, clinics, and community healthcare workers into an unified system that can improve patient service and provide more data. In this interview, Cory Zue explains how CouchDB is playing a role.

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
March 30, 2011

If you wanted WWDC tickets, you better have had a fast mouse finger. But if James Gosling wants to go to Google I/O, he'll have an inside track next year. Meanwhile, MySQL needs to practice what they preach, security-wise.

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
March 23, 2011

What's in a name? For Amazon's new Appstore, it was a lawsuit. For Oracle's domain, big money. And would MySQL by any other name smell as sweet?

Strata Gems: Turn MySQL into blazing fast NoSQL

By Edd Dumbill
December 20, 2010

The HandlerSocket plugin for MySQL bypasses the query parser to deliver excellent NoSQL performance, rivaling that of memcache.

Strata Gems: Who needs disks anyway?

By Edd Dumbill
December 16, 2010

Today's databases are designed for the spinning platter of the hard disk. As SSDs begin to enter data centers, it's time for a database that takes advantage of the new technology.

Four short links: 21 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2010

Using MysQL as NoSQL -- 750,000+ qps on a commodity MySQL/InnoDB 5.1 server from remote web clients. Making an SLR Camera from Scratch -- amazing piece of hardware devotion. (via Mac App Store Guidelines -- Apple announce an app store for the Macintosh, similar to its app store for iPhones and iPads. "Mac App" no longer means generic...

Four short links: 16 September 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 16, 2010

jsTerm -- ANSI-capable telnet terminal built in HTML5 with Javascript, Websocket, and Node.js. (via waxpancake on Twitter) MySQL EXPLAINer -- visualize the output of the MySQL EXPLAIN command. (via eonarts on Twitter) Google Code University -- updated with new classes, including C++ and Android app development. Cloudtop Applications (Anil Dash) -- Anil calling "trend" on multiplatform native apps with...

Four short links: 1 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2010

Conflict Minerals and Blood Tech (Joey Devilla) -- electronic components have a human and environmental cost. I remember Saul Griffith asking me, "do you want to kill gorillas or dolphins?" for one component. Now we can add child militias and horrific rape to the list. (via Simon Willison) Meteor -- an open source HTTP server that serves streaming data...

MySQL highlighted at Oracle user group conference

By Andy Oram
June 16, 2010

A special MySQL track at Kaleidoscope, the upcoming Oracle Developer Tools User Group conference, should give MySQL a nice bounce.

MySQL conference 2010: thriving as one of many

By Andy Oram
April 15, 2010

The future course of MySQL in an environment with many new and intriguing alternatives to relational databases, and multiple versions of MySQL itself.

MySQL conference begins in the midst of industry shifts

By Andy Oram
April 13, 2010

The conference comes at a time of unusual uncertainty and change for MySQL--and I'm not talking about the Oracle acquisition, which the community dealt with last year.

Brian Aker on post-Oracle MySQL

By James Turner
April 8, 2010

In time for next week's MySQL Conference & Expo, Brian Aker discussed a number of topics with us, including Oracle's motivations for buying Sun and the rise of NoSQL.

MongoDB experts model the move from a relational database to MongoDB

By Andy Oram
April 8, 2010

Because the MySQL conference starts next week and O'Reilly just released a pre-publication version of MongoDB: The Definitive Guide, I decided to spice up discussion a bit by asking the authors about a common question: how to move from MySQL to MongoDB.

Joe Stump on data, APIs, and why location is up for grabs

Joe Stump on data, APIs, and why location is up for grabs
By James Turner
March 23, 2010

I recently had a long conversation with Joe Stump, CTO of SimpleGeo, about location, geodata, and the NoSQL movement. Stump, who was formerly lead architect at Digg, had a lot to say. Here's the highlights, you can find the full interview elsewhere on Radar.

Four short links: 17 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 17, 2010

Common MySQL Queries -- a useful reference. MySociety's Next 12 Months -- two new projects, FixMyTransport and "Project Fosbury". The latter is a more general tool to help people organise their own campaigns for change. riak -- scalable key-value store with JSON interface. (via joshua on Delicious) Notes from NoSQL Live Boston -- full of juicy nuggets of info...

MySQL migration and risk management

By Mac Slocum
March 5, 2010

Ronald Bradford has been guiding DBAs through key aspects of database integration for years. In this Q&A, he discusses the pros and cons of migrating from Oracle to MySQL (hint: it's not just about cost savings). He also weighs in on how Oracle's acquisition of Sun will shape the future of MySQL and its community.

Four short links: 11 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 11, 2010

mytop -- a MySQL top implementation to show you why your server is so damn slow right now. What Could Kill Elegant High-Value Participatory Project? -- The problem was not that the system was buggy or hard to use, but that it disrupted staff expectations and behavior. It introduced new challenges for staff [...]. Rather than adapt to these...

Give It Up, Monty

By Chris Josephes
December 16, 2009

Monty Widenius wants his to have his cake, and dual license it, too.

Announcing O'Reilly Answers - Clever Hacks. Creative Ideas. Innovative Solutions.

Announcing O'Reilly Answers - Clever Hacks. Creative Ideas. Innovative Solutions.
By Allen Noren
November 4, 2009

We're launching the beta of O'Reilly Answers, and I'm inviting you to be part of it. In brief, O'Reilly Answers is a community site for sharing knowledge, asking questions, and providing answers that brings together our customers, authors, editors, conference speakers, and Foo (Friends of O'Reilly). O'Reilly is at the center of an amazing exchange of knowledge sharing and idea generation, and we want you to join us in changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators.

Four short links: 26 October 2009

By Nat Torkington
October 26, 2009

Toiling in the Data Mines -- Tom Armitage describes the process that Berg calls "material exploration". Programmers very rarely talk about what their work feels like to do, and that's a shame. Material explorations are something I've really only done since I've joined BERG, and both times have felt very similar - in that they were very, very different...

Four short links: 5 October 2009

By Nat Torkington
October 5, 2009

Brown Cloud Marketing -- advertorial "interviewing" GM of a company offering "DNS in the cloud". This might be a worthwhile service, but the way he markets it (by saying open source is "freeware" and the market leader is "legacy") reveals a rich vein of bozo. Freeware legacy DNS is the internet's dirty little secret (actually, it's the reason we...

Four short links: 24 September 2009

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2009

Milestones in the History of Thematic Cartography -- This resource provides a comprehensive view of the history of cartography, with examples of maps created throughout the ages and background information about the contexts within which those maps, visualizations and map making technologies were created. Explore each time period, click on the images and stories found throughout each time line,...

OSCON: The saga of MySQL

By Robert Kaye
July 24, 2009

At OSCON in 2006, I followed sessions that discussed how open source companies would fare when big corporations come in. Back then there were only a handful of examples of big companies purchasing small open source companies. Three years later, we've witnessed MySQL AB get swallowed by Sun, only to have Sun be swallowed by Oracle. Now there are...

MySQL faster, better, and still unified: notes about Sun, Monty Widenius, Percona, and Drizzle

MySQL faster, better, and still unified: notes about Sun, Monty Widenius, Percona, and Drizzle
By Andy Oram
May 22, 2009

It might have seemed last week, with the announcement of the Open Database Alliance, that MySQL is forking. The ODA promises a "central clearinghouse for MySQL development" and claims to improve on areas where criticism has historically been aimed at MySQL AB/Sun: bug-fixing, performance, and community responsiveness. But what's going on behind the scenes is much more subtle and promises a much better outcome for MySQL.

Four short links: 18 May 2009

By Nat Torkington
May 18, 2009

Scientists Without Borders -- "Mobilizing Science, Improving Lives". mobilize and coordinate science-based activities that improve quality of life in the developing world. The research community, aid agencies, NGOs, public-private partnerships, and a wide variety of other institutions are already promoting areas such as global health, agricultural progress, and environmental well-being, but current communication gaps restrict their power. Organizations and...

MySQL 2009 conference wrap-up: news flash about Flash and other notes from the experts

MySQL 2009 conference wrap-up: news flash about Flash and other notes from the experts
By Andy Oram
April 24, 2009

MySQL conference wrap-up: Flash, cloud computing, managing large installations, the value of community, and how to fumble your way to winning the presidency.

MySQL conference begins: the resurgence of InnoDB and other current events

MySQL conference begins: the resurgence of InnoDB and other current events
By Andy Oram
April 22, 2009

I sense a bigger enterprise theme at the MySQL conference this year. The pride of putting up a PHP- or Rails-backed web site lies in the past; now people are concerned with scaling into the clouds (figuratively and literally) and ensuring absolute reliability.

Brian Aker: What Would an IBM Buyout of Sun Mean for MySQL?

By James Turner
March 26, 2009

MySQL has had a long and sometimes strange journey from an independent database project to being commercialized; then brought to Sun and now possibly moving to a new home again. Brian Aker is the director of technology for MySQL with Sun Microsystems and probably is familiar as anyone with the life history and current status of the popular open-source database. He recently discussed the current status of MySQL with us, and how it might fare if IBM were to acquire Sun.

Read an Excerpt from High Performance MySQL: Winner of a Productivity Award at the 19th Annual Jolt Awards

Read an Excerpt from High Performance MySQL: Winner of a Productivity Award at the 19th Annual Jolt Awards
By Kathryn Barrett
March 17, 2009

We're delighted to announce that High Performance MySQL, Second Edition, was awarded a Jolt Productivity Award in the category of Technical Books. The Jolts are the Oscars of the software development industry, showcasing the books, tools, and other products that have "jolted" the industry. Congratulations to the authors of this title. To celebrate, we've posted an excerpt from the book.

Microsoft's Cloud Tax

By George Reese
December 24, 2008

The importance of the differences among web application platforms like .NET, JSP, PHP, etc. drops dramatically under the cloud computing paradigm. Which architecture you choose really comes down to one question: what kind of programming and support resources do you have? If the answer is "Microsoft technologies", however, you should be aware of the Microsoft cloud tax.

Installing Instant Rails on Windows

By Simon St. Laurent
December 22, 2008

Instant Rails is getting old, but it's still a quick way to install Rails and start coding. This screencast shows how to download and install Instant Rails, and shows off how it works with a simple example from Chapter 2 of Learning Rails.

New MySQL Query Analyzer for enterprise customers

New MySQL Query Analyzer for enterprise customers
By Andy Oram
November 19, 2008

MySQL AB (now Sun's Database group) established a multi-pronged business model long ago: support contracts, dual licensing, and proprietary add-ons all play a role in making them one of the biggest success stories in the area of open source business. Today their MySQL Query Analyzer adds another brick to that edifice. The analyzer can do simple things such as tell you how long a recent query took and how the optimizer handled it (the results of EXPLAIN statements). But it can also give historical information such as how the current runs of a query compare to earlier runs.

Amazon improves EC2 (by embracing failure)

By Jesse Robbins
March 27, 2008

Amazon just announced two big improvements to EC2: Multiple LocationsAmazon EC2 now provides the ability to place instances in multiple locations. Amazon EC2 locations are composed of regions and Availability Zones. Regions are geographically dispersed and will be in separate geographic areas or countries. Currently, Amazon EC2 exposes only a single region. Availability Zones are distinct locations that are engineered...

MySQL User Conference Registration Up 32%

By Tim O'Reilly
March 22, 2008

I was interested to note that as of this morning, attendee registration numbers for the MySQL User Conference (which O'Reilly co-produces with MySQL) are up 32% over the same period last year. This seems to be a good sign...

MySQL Connector/ODBC Not Working with Leopard

By Todd Ogasawara
March 3, 2008

I was looking forward to using Microsoft Excel 2008 on my Mac to access MySQL tables using the MySQL Connector/ODBC for Mac OS X. But, that didn't work out.

Take the Money and Run? I think not.

By Tim O'Reilly
February 20, 2008

There's a scorching article on Forbes about the Sun acquisition of MySQL, entitled Cash Me Out: The End of Open Source as Counter-Culture: These deals have nothing to do with peace, love and software, and everything to do with money....

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