September 1, 2014

Checking for a live database connection considered harmful

It is very common for me to look at a customer’s database and notice a lot of overhead from checking whether a database connection is active before sending a query to it. This comes from the following design pattern, written in pseudo-code:

Many of the popular development platforms do something similar to this. Two […]


When I visit customers quite often they tell me about number of creative techniques they heard on the conferences, read on the blogs, forums and Internet articles and they ask me if they should use them. My advice is frequently – do not. It is fun to be creative but creative solutions also means unproven […]

Drilling down to the source of the problem

I had an interesting tuning case few days ago. The system serving high traffic using Innodb tables would be stalling every so often causing even very simple queries both reads and writes taking long time to complete, with progress almost paused (dropping from thousands to tens of queries per second). On the surface the problem […]

Report from OSCON 2008

So I’m back from OSCON 2008. As usually it is fun conference to attend. Though I could only come for couple of days (Wed/Thu) as things are too busy here. Same as previous year I would note the conference is not as much backend and high performance focused as MySQL Conference or even Velocity, though […]

Traffic Tricks by Hosting Providers.

I already wrote once about hosting troubles which we had with this site a while back. Today we had another trouble to one of the European hit servers for ClickAider project. We had purchased this 1and1 server few months ago, before we were running into troubles and as it was running well and because we […]