Monthly Archives - February 2014

How to avoid common (but deadly) MySQL development mistakes

MySQL software developers are under pressure to do more in less time and create applications that adapt to ever-changing requirements. And it’s true that some of a developer’s time is wasted when his or her method of optimizing involves trying every combination of code and index definition.
There is a better way. And next Wednesday […]

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How rows_sent can be more than rows_examined?

When looking at queries that are candidates for optimization I often recommend that people look at rows_sent and rows_examined values as available in the slow query log (as well as some other places). If rows_examined is by far larger than rows_sent, say 100 larger, then the query is a great candidate for optimization. Optimization […]

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March 5 Webinar: Which MongoDB Distribution Should You Use? AOL Benchmark

It may be easy to choose a NoSQL database, but do you know which distribution is best for you? Which will perform better? Which will scale further? Look before you leap.
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SPEAKER: John Schulz
DATE: Wednesday, March 5th
TIME: 1pm ET
AOL, the well-known mass media corporation, asked themselves these questions and ran […]

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DBA 101: Sometimes forgotten functionality in the MySQL client

The MySQL client has some functionalities some of us never use. Why would you use them and what is the added value of this?
Every DBA and developer has had a moment when he or she needs to connect to a MySQL database using the command line tool. Therefore I’ve written down an explanation of […]

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Percona XtraDB Cluster performance monitoring and troubleshooting

First of all we would like to thank all of you who attended the Feb. 19 MySQL webinar, “Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting of Percona XtraDB Cluster.” We got some really good questions – many of which we didn’t have time to address during the sessions, so Johan Andersson, Severalnines CTO,and I are answering them […]

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How to monitor ALTER TABLE progress in MySQL

While working on a recent support issue as a Percona Support Engineer,  I got one question from a customer asking how to monitor ALTER TABLE progress. Actually, for MySQL 5.5 and prior versions, it’s quite difficult to ALTER the table in a running production environment especially for large tables (with millions records). Because it will rebuild and lock the […]

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What’s new in TokuMX 1.4, Bonus Part 6: Faster count queries

We just released version 1.4.0 of TokuMX, our high-performance distribution of MongoDB. There are a lot of improvements in this version (release notes), the most of any release yet. In this series of blog posts, we describe the most interesting changes and how they’ll affect users.
TokuMX 1.4 just came out, and it has many […]

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Quick review of InfiniDB 4

I’ve mentioned InfiniDB before in a previous post titled, “Star Schema Bechmark: InfoBright, InfiniDB and LucidDB,” but it’s been 4 years since that was published. Recently I evaluated column-storage solutions for Percona Cloud Tools and took another look at InfiniDB 4. There was the release of version 4, which I think is worth attention.
What […]

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Percona Toolkit 2.2.7 is now available

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Toolkit 2.2.7 on February 24th, 2014 (Downloads are available here and from the Percona Software Repositories). This release is the current GA (Generally Available) stable release in the 2.2 series. This release fixes one security bug. An upgrade is recommended.
Fixed bug 1279502: –version-check behaves like spyware
The configuration for what […]

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The MySQL ARCHIVE storage engine – Alternatives

In my previous post I pointed out that the existing ARCHIVE storage engine in MySQL may not be the one that will satisfy your needs when it comes to effectively storing large and/or old data. But are there any good alternatives? As the primary purpose of this engine is to store rarely accessed data in […]

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