21st Century DBMS success and failure

As part of my series on the keys to and likelihood of success, I outlined some examples from the DBMS industry. The list turned out too long for a single post, so I split it up by millennia. The part on 20th Century DBMS success and failure went up Friday; in this one I’ll cover more recent events, organized in line with the original overview post. Categories addressed will include analytic RDBMS (including data (more...)

Oracle Linux and MySQL : Progress

A few months ago I wrote about some MySQL on Oracle Linux migrations we were working through. It’s been a long time coming, but last weekend was the go-live for this batch of migrations. So far so good! :)

Most of the elapsed time since my last post on this subject has been spent with the developers and users testing the migrations.

The process has taken a bit longer than some people would have liked. Rather (more...)

Free seminar in Tallinn, Estonia: “Developing modern applications using MySQL” with Ronald Bradford

Fre MySQL seminar on 27. august 2014 @ 13:00. Announcement by Oracle User Group Estonia:

Developing modern applications using MySQL.

In this seminar series learn how to best use MySQL for your existing and new development requirements with leading MySQL expert and Oracle Ace Director Ronald Bradford.

These presentations provide a detailed review of the essential lifecycle components for developing a successful software application and offer a checklist for your company to review the (more...)

MySQL Insert from Query

While working with an error that my students surfaced in the Oracle Database 12c, I blogged about the limit of using a subquery in an Oracle INSERT statement, and I discovered something when retesting it in MySQL. It was a different limitation. I was also surprised when I didn’t find any mention of it through a Google search, but then I may just not have the right keywords.

The original test case (more...)


I've had it on github for a while, but I finally released ddlgenerator to PyPI.

I've been frustrated for years that there was no good open-source way to set up RDBMS tables from flat data files. Sure, you could import the data - after setting up the DDL by hand. ddlgenerator handles that; in fact, you can go from zero, setting up and populating a table in a single line. Nothing up my sleeve:

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My MySQL database impressions

I have been in the data and database world for over a decade now, working with mainly Oracle and data integration projects with Salesforce.

I have also spent time working with MySQL a relational database with open source roots, now part of Oracle. In this post I want to talk about my impressions of MySQL and some tips and tricks I learned working with it.

First and for all, you will have to be ready (more...)

Setting up Replication Slave – MySQL


Replication is one of the basic and most essential feature available in MySQL. Replication allows you to maintain additional copy of database on another server and keep itself updated with latest changes in master databases. Having another copy of data (other than backup) is always a good option. In case of any issues on master server we can always failover to slave and make it a master. This provides high availability. You can have (more...)

Enabling GTID in MySQL

What is GTID ?

GTID stands for Global Transaction Identifier. This is a new feature introduced in 5.6 version.

I have given a link in reference section of this article which explains the concept of GTID.

Global transaction identifier is a unique transaction ID assigned to every transaction that happens in MySQL database. This ID has specific importance in maintaining replication slave. Using this ID we can easily track which transactions has been applied to (more...)

Installing MySQL Utilities

MySQL utilities are set of scripts provided for DBAs for general database administration. These are basically command line utilities which can be used to perform various tasks.

Following is the listing of MySQL utility version 1.3 that I installed in my environment

advait.desktop$ ls -lL /usr/local/bin/mysql*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 10546 Mar 26 00:34 /usr/local/bin/mysqlauditadmin
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 13443 Mar 26 00:34 /usr/local/bin/mysqlauditgrep
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 10142 Mar 26 00:34 /usr/local/bin/mysqldbcompare

Installing MySQL

I am exploring another database storage solution “MySQL” to understand practical applications of using MySQL in our environment.

This is one of the many articles that I will be writing on MySQL. This article gives you brief steps to installing MySQL on Linux.

Nothing different than what is provided in MySQL documentation except that this is less elaborate with only required steps compared to MySQL documentation.

This is how you can do the installation:-

Step (more...)

JSON UDF functions version 0.2.1 have been released.

| Nov 28, 2013

Today new version of JSON UDF functions: 0.2.1 was released. This is maintenance release which added no new functionality and only contains bug fixes. However, it also includes improvements for build ans test procedures. As usual, you can download source and binary packages at MySQL Labs. Binary packages (more…)

RDBMS and their bundle-mates

Relational DBMS used to be fairly straightforward product suites, which boiled down to:

  • A big SQL interpreter.
  • A bunch of administrative and operational tools.
  • Some very optional add-ons, often including an application development tool.

Now, however, most RDBMS are sold as part of something bigger.

Configuring ODBC to MySQL from Oracle

Sometimes people want to connect to MySQL from Oracle and copy table data between the databases.  You can do that with Oracle Hetrogenous Services via ODBC.  This post will show how to create an odbc connection to your MySQL database which is the first part of this.

For my example, (more...)

Configuring MySQL on EL5, Setting Passwords and Network Access

I find myself installing and running mysql of different versions in different places for different reasons all the time (well often enough to do it and not remember the little things that cost time when setting up)   Its with that in mind, I'm making notes for myself and you (more...)

“Disruption” in the software industry

I lampoon the word “disruptive” for being badly overused. On the other hand, I often refer to the concept myself. Perhaps I should clarify. :)

You probably know that the modern concept of disruption comes from Clayton Christensen, specifically in The Innovator’s Dilemma and its sequel, The Innovator’s Solution. The basic (more...)


When Steven and I wrote MySQL Stored Procedure programming our biggest reservation about the new stored procedure language was the lack of support for proper error handling.  The lack of the SIGNAL and RESIGNAL clauses prevented a programmer from raising an error that could be propagated throughout a call (more...)

ipython-sql for multi-database comparisons

For my newest ipython-sql trick, I needed to compare some queries run across different databases. How hard would it be to get side-by-side results into tidy IPython Notebook output?

Not hard at all, it turns out, if you're willing to violate basic principles of human decency.

That's an itty-bitty image, (more...)

%sql to Pandas

After getting %sql magic for IPython working, my next big goal was to figure out how to get those results into Pandas.

Er, OK, not such a big goal. Even with zero Pandas experience, it took about five minutes of skimming the first page of documentation to figure out:

In (more...)

released: %sql magic for IPython

Inspired and informed by discussions with the IPython developers at PyCon 2013, I've released ipython-sql, a %sql magic for IPython.

With this, I really think the IPython Notebook will become the most amazing database tool ever. In fact, virtually every computing problem will become a lot more workable when (more...)

When to consider sharding a MySQL database

| Mar 13, 2013

When to consider sharding a MySQL database


Why should you not just design your applications from the start to account for data sharding? Sharding a database, that is horizontally partitioning tables among multiple databases, creates an added level of complexity that is not desirable in an application. However, there are times when sharding is required to maintain acceptable performance. So when is the right time to shard your database?


When to consider sharding a MySQL database   Why should you not just design your applications from the start to account for data sharding? Sharding a database, that is horizontally partitioning tables among multiple databases, creates an added level of complexity that is not desirable in an application. However, there are times when sharding is […]