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Fired for supporting open source

I have been fired for speaking out about the GPL and MariaDB actions that have caused great harm to our ecosystem.

It has been pointed out that I have a non-compete agreement. None of my tools compete with MariaDB and I have no non-public knowledge of MariaDB technology. GPLScale remains free software under the GNU GPL license and it is my right to fork a github repo. I am not paid to work on GPLScale and I don't intend to get paid to maintain it by anyone. All my projects are labors of love.


Who wants to hire me? I'm dedicated, honest, open, and I have integrity. I'm willing to risk everything for what I believe in.

Email me at:
greenlion at gmail dot com


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I have been a proponent of GPL for a long time, and I don't need publicity.

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A look at Unicode with bash on Windows

When I wrote this blog about “bash on Windows” a few days ago I omitted one issue, that I already knew about. This is because it needs some elaboration that did not ‘fit in’ the previous blog. So I will do it here.

It is about Unicode. Unicode always was a pain in “cmd” and with the arrival of “bash” in Windows, this has become more significant and important. Actually on any recent *nix platform user will not do anything to make Unicode work ‘out of the box’ in the console and display all or almost all scripts (though I have noticed that the completeness of the ‘monospace’ font mostly used in the Linux console varies between Linux distros – with …

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Binary Serializers

DBMS client applications need to store SQL query results in local memory or local files. The format is flat and the fields are ordered -- that's "serialization". The most important serializer format uses human-readable markup, like
[start of field] [value] [end of field]
and the important ones in the MySQL/MariaDB world are CSV (what you get with SELECT ... INTO OUTFILE or LOAD INFILE), XML (what you get with --xml or LOAD XML), and JSON (for which there are various solutions if you don't use MySQL 5.7).

The less important serializer format uses length, like
[length of value] [value]
and this, although it has the silly name "binary …

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How to stop offending queries with ProxySQL

This blog discusses how to find and address badly written queries using ProxySQL.

All of us are very good in writing good queries. We know this to always be true!

But sometimes a bad query escapes our control and hits our database. There is the new guy, the probie, who just joined the company and is writing all his code using SELECT * instead of WHERE. We’ve told him “STOP” millions of times, but he refuses to listen. Or a there is a new code injection, and it will take developers some time to fix and isolate the part of the code that is sending killing queries to our database.

The above are true stories; things that happen every day in at least few environments.

Isolating the bad query isn’t the main problem: that is something that we can do very fast. The issue is identifying the code that is generating the query, and disabling that code without killing the whole application.

That …

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Percona Server 5.7.14-7 is now available

Percona announces the GA release of Percona Server 5.7.14-7 on August 23, 2016. Download the latest version from the Percona web site or the Percona Software Repositories.

Based on MySQL 5.7.14, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.7.14-7 is the current GA release in the Percona Server 5.7 series. Percona’s provides completely open-source and free software. Find release details in the …

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Exposing Innodb Internals via System Variables: Part 2, I/O (structure and logs)

Introduction

This is part two of a five part blog series to explore InnoDB internals by looking at the related tunable system variables. In part one we covered variables that had the greatest impact on memory, and in this instalment we will cover the variables that have the greatest impact on the file structure of InnoDB as well as how data is written to logs, which can have a large impact on transaction commit overhead. Originally I was considering putting all the I/O related InnoDB related variable in one post, however that’s a lot of ground to cover. Instead you can look forward to an upcoming instalment of this blog series that will cover I/O as it relates to table data.

Before we begin, I would like to emphasize something that was written in part one of this blog post series.

“I should note that while tuning recommendations are provided, this objective of this blog post series was NOT meant to be a tuning …

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ConFoo Montreal 2017 Calling for Papers

ConFoo Montreal: March 8th-10th 2016

Want to get your web development ideas in front of a live audience? The call for papers for the ConFoo Montreal 2017 web developer conference is open! If you have a burning desire to hold forth about PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, or any other web development topics, we want to see your proposals. The window is open only from August 21 to September 20, 2016, so hurry. An added benefit: If your proposal is selected and you live outside of the Montreal area, we will cover your travel and hotel.

You’ll have 45 minutes to wow the crowd, with 35 minutes for your topic and 10 minutes for Q&A. We can’t wait to see your proposals. Knock us out!

ConFoo Montreal will be held on March 8-10, 2017. For those of you who already know …

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Budapest MySQL Meetup

I just created the Budapest MySQL Meetup group. I hope there will be interest for that, the first event is under organising.  Check it if you are near Budapest!   Share This:

Register for Part 1 of our MySQL Query Tuning Trilogy

Remember to join us Tuesday, August 30th for the first part of our upcoming webinar trilogy on MySQL Query Tuning. This first of three in-depth webinar sessions led by Krzysztof Książek, Senior Support Engineer at Severalnines, covers MySQL query tuning process and tools.

When done right, Tuning MySQL queries and indexes can increase the performance of your application and decrease response times. We will be covering this complex topic over the course of three webinars of 60 minutes each, so feel free to also register for parts 2 & 3 here.

In this first part of the trilogy we will discuss building, collecting, analysing, tuning and testing processes as well as the main tools involved, tcpdump and …

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Web-scale MySQL back in the day

I spent a few years at Facebook where I was extremely busy helping to make MySQL better at web-scale. I worked a lot with Domas. He found so many problems and I helped fix them along with a few others (the MySQL db-eng team was small). Domas made it easy to understand what was broken and there was a lot of low-hanging fruit. This slide deck is one perspective on what we did. I doubt I have the energy to go through another few years like that, but it was a great time. The timing was also right as there were many people at Oracle/MySQL pushing to make MySQL scale on modern hardware.

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