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 …[Read more...]
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"
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 …[Read more...]
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 …[Read more...]
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 …
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 …[Read more...]
So I did one of those decadent actions I do every so often. I
went to bed last night, started a book, got some sleep, and then
finished the book this morning. I received Connie Willis's
Bellwether in the mail on Friday (thank you Michelle!), and
decided to just read it. This is the first time I knew someone
who used my Amazon Wishlist. Normally I just get books from
strangers who are thankful for source code I release (mod_layout
seems to be the software that people are most thankful
I liked the book though it was a bit outside of my normal definition for Science Fiction. There really wasn't much of a science fiction angle to it. The math was all statistical …