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A new blog ... and my employer is hiring...

It's been a while since I've written. Sorry to all 1 of my fans :). I am just very busy with work. So, two things.


First is a blog my friend Joel started: http://www.browserlessweb.com/ . I suggest reading it, it's not PHP or MySQL centric, but the things he talks about should affect anyone who reads this blog.


Second item: My Employer is looking to hire some people


  • You need to be in Herndon, Virginia, or within driving distance. (no telecommuters, no relocation package)
  • You must have good working experience with PHP in an enterprise environment (very high visibility site).
  • We will not hold your hand in a linux environment. You must be comfortable with vim, emacs nano, joe,jed, pico whatever.
  • Some experience with teams larger …
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New Book: MySQL Clustering

I just received a copy of Alex Davies and Harrison Fisk’s book MySQL Clustering (us; uk).

I had the honor of reading a few of the chapters before they were published, and this looks to be a really excellent hands-on guide for setting up your own clusters. It takes you all the way from a thorough understanding of the types of nodes that make up a cluster, hardware requirements and initial setup through security and management to tuning and troubleshooting.

This is good …

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The principle of cautious design

Whenever we are faced with a choice between two designs, and the first design is upward compatible with the second (i.e. the first design is more restrictive, and implementing design two would not affect functionality provided by design one), and the full impliciations of the second design are not yet known, the first design choice is recommended.
Formulated by C.J. Date in "Relational Database: Writings 1989-1991"

Andy Hertzfeld

I've always regarded Andy Hertzfeld as the quintessential Mac programmer.  He was on the original Macintosh team back in the early 1980s, wrote much of the user interface code, wrote the first task-switching program, founded Radius, General Magic, and then later became involved in open source through a commpany he founded called Eazel. 

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Mac, Hertzfeld created a collection of stories on the early days at Apple, which he published at www.folklore.com under a creative commons license.  He also made the underlying software available under an open source license.  For those who remember fondly the days of the early Mac it's exciting to relive those old days.  The stories were later published by O'Reilly as the coffee table book called " …

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Jay Pipes: MySQL Pro

Jay Pipes, co-author of "Pro MySQL" published by Apress joined MySQL recently as our latest community guy.  Jay is an excellent fit for the company.  He has a terrific "can do" attitude and has been out writing and blogging about MySQL for ages.  Not only is he a MySQL expert, he's also a great speaker and keen to help out on community projects.  Soon enough we'll be letting him loose speaking at conferences including our own MySQL Users Conference in April. 

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Reading: Computers

A few recent books:

"Foundation for Future Database Systems. The Third Manifesto" by C.J. Date and Hugh Darwen.
An interesting and controversial book. In many cases completely rejects some practical arguments for the sake of purity of the model. A funny book too, as according to it, SQL is not a true relational language, which is a good reference to use when fingers are pointed at MySQL not being a relational database. Also gave a valuable insight why Bug#5719 should not be fixed. Despite this high appraisal, I don't think the book matches its title.

"C++ Coding Standards" by Herb Sutter and Andrei Alexandrescu.
A must-have book for C++ programmers, 200 pages of best programming style practices: basically, a summary of well-known sources, …

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Informix & Phil White

 

I can't say whether Steve Martin's book "The Real Story of Informix Software & Phil White" is the real story or not, but it is an interesting read for those who are curious about the rise and fall of Informix.  Steve Martin was one of the bright shining lights at Informix helping to propel the company to revenue growth from $100 million to over a billion and a market cap of five billion.  However, as almost everyone knows, Informix unraveled in a series of blunders ranging from the acquisition of object-database technology Illustra to allegations of …

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Informix & Phil White

 

I can't say whether Steve Martin's book "The Real Story of Informix Software & Phil White" is the real story or not, but it is an interesting read for those who are curious about the rise and fall of Informix.  Steve Martin was one of the bright shining lights at Informix helping to propel the company to revenue growth from $100 million to over a billion and a market cap of five billion.  However, as almost everyone knows, Informix unraveled in a series of blunders ranging from the acquisition of object-database technology Illustra to allegations of …

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Forta's MySQL Crash Course

Ben Forta sent me a copy of his latest book: MySQL Crash Course a book based on his: Teach yourself SQL in 10 minutes book.

MySQL Crash Course is a concise guide (it's actually about the size of a novel, but 300 pages) to MySQL. I am a big fan of short and to the point books. Good job keeping it short Ben, I know you have written some hefty ones. ;)

The book doesn't focus on the system administration of MySQL, but rather the programming side of things - SQL.

I think this book would be great for someone who doesn't do a …

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Dan Woods Open Source for the Enterprise

I had dinner with Dan Woods, CEO of EvolvedMedia Network and author of "Open Source for the Enterprise" along with a few other folks from the Eclipse foundation and Stephen Walli from Optaros at the Gartner Open Source conference in Orlando last week.  Dan gave the closing keynote presentation at the conference.  Not only was Dan the best dressed presenter (admittedly, not hard to do at an IT …

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