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Enum Fields VS Varchar VS Int + Joined table: What is Faster?

 | January 24, 2008 |  Posted In: Benchmarks

Really often in customers’ application we can see a huge tables with varchar/char fields, with small sets of possible values. These are “state”, “gender”, “status”, “weapon_type”, etc, etc. Frequently we suggest to change such fields to use ENUM column type, but is it really necessary (from performance standpoint)? In this post I’d like to present […]

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The Trouble with Point Queries

 | January 18, 2008 |  Posted In: Tokutek, TokuView

Insertion and Queries Databases are complicated beasts, but I’d like to focus on the storage engine, just the part that talks to the storage system, and doesn’t have to worry about SQL, etc.: just transactions, concurrency, compression, updates and queries. In the next couple of blog entry, I’d like to just focus on updates (insertions […]

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MySQL Blob Compression performance benefits

 | January 11, 2008 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

When you’re storing text of significant size in the table it often makes sense to keep it compressed. Unfortunately MySQL does not provide compressed BLOB/TEXT columns (I would really love to have COMPRESSED attribute for the BLOB/TEXT columns which would make them transparently compressed) but you well can do it yourself by using COMPRESS/UNCOMPRESS functions […]

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Large result sets vs. compression protocol

 | December 20, 2007 |  Posted In: Insight for Developers

mysql_connect() function in PHP’s MySQL interface (which for reference maps to mysql_real_connect() function in MySQL C API) has a $client_flags parameter since PHP 4.3.0. This parameter is barely known and almost always overlooked but in some cases it could provide a nice boost to your application. There’s a number of different flags that can be […]

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