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Billy Joel and Databases

So, we have all heard that Billy Joel played a concert at Oracle's OpenWorld in 2007.

What follows is an actual IRC conversation among Don Seiler, Dave Edwards, and myself:

(4:02:46 PM) don: ha @ Billy Joel at OOW
(4:03:38 PM) dave: "We didn't fire the startup..."
(4:07:53 PM) don: "we didn't start the ...

When FLUSH LOGS Fails Silently

According to the manual, FLUSH LOGS is supposed to:

Closes and reopens all log files. If binary logging is enabled, the sequence number of the binary log file is incremented by one relative to the previous file. On Unix, this is the same thing as sending a SIGHUP signal to the ...

MySQL Focuses on Community

Post Summary: An apology with a lesson.

When Steve Curry contacted me just after the MySQL Conference and Expo asking me if I'd be interested in a community roundtable, I was excited. Not just because Steve Curry brought me an inflatable pink dolphin after I squee'd that I needed ...

Open Source - The Foundation of Civilization

Almost 2 years ago, in How Open Do You Have To Be To Be Open Source? I wrote:

Google and Yahoo! are not rich because they have secrets. They are rich because they started with secrets, but I believe they could safely let their secrets out with very little loss of ...

What Does Open Source Mean?

At last night's event, a lot of the questions were really implicitly asking, "Is open source better? Why?"

The first answer everyone comes up with is that it's free, and that's better.

However, that is neither necessary nor sufficient to deem it "better".

If MySQL did exactly the same tasks Oracle did, ...

Oracle Open World 2008 Sessions — Vote on Oracle Mix

In the recent month there were several Oracle community web sites created. Well, I remember I registered on one or two but I couldn’t really keep an eye on many so I decided to wait and see which one wins. Turns out that Oracle Mix came out as a winner. Maybe it’s just my impression.

But I digress… I just wanted to make a quick note that Oracle Mix organized an interesting hybrid between call for papers and abstract judging. Anyone registered at Oracle Mix can propose a session abstract to present themselves or as an idea for others. Everyone can give their votes to the proposed sessions. At the end of the voting deadline (25th of June) Oracle will select the top sessions to be included in the Oracle Open World schedule.

Most Commonly Sought-After Command in MySQL Proxy

One of the most frequently needed functionality in the MySQL Proxy is the need to know which server you are on. This is not given, on purpose, by the proxy, because the proxy is supposed to be transparent. It is not supposed to matter which back-end server you ...

MySQL Website a Reflection of Values

I understand that MySQL as a company wants to recruit paying customers. However, as a community user I have a hard time finding what I want on the MySQL website. Today's frustration is brought to you by trying to find the documentation.

Go ahead, hit From there, ...

The Architecture Layer

Contemporary software engineering models include many loosely-defined layers. Database developers might help with other layers, but for the most part a database administrator's domain is the persistence layer.

Business Logic
Persistence (also called Storage)

The Daily WTF has an article on The Mythical Business Layer makes the case for not ...

2008 MySQL Conference Videos, Notes, Slides and Photos!


2008 MySQL Conference and Expo Notes