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Thoughts and ideas for Online Schema Change
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Here’s a few thoughts on current status and further possibilities for Facebook’s Online Schema Change (OSC) tool. I’ve had these thoughts for months now, pondering over improving oak-online-alter-table but haven’t got around to implement them nor even write them down. Better late than never.

The tool has some limitations. Some cannot be lifted, some could. Quoting from the …

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How often should you use OPTIMIZE TABLE? – followup
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This post follows up on Baron’s How often should you use OPTIMIZE TABLE?. I had the opportunity of doing some massive purging of data from large tables, and was interested to see the impact of the OPTIMIZE operation on table’s indexes. I worked on some production data I was authorized to provide as example.

The use case

I’ll present a single use case here. The table at hand is a compressed InnoDB table used for logs. I’ve rewritten some column names for privacy:

mysql> show create …
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A review of Relational Database Design and the Optimizers by Lahdenmaki and Leach
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Relational Database Index Design and the Optimizers

Relational Database Index Design and the Optimizers. By Tapio Lahdenmaki and Mike Leach, Wiley 2005. (Here’s a link to the publisher’s site).

I picked this book up on the advice of an Oracle expert, and after one of my colleagues had read it and mentioned it to me. The focus …

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Databases: Normalization or Denormalization. Which is the better technique?
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This has really been a long debate as to which approach is more performance orientated, normalized databases or denormalized databases. So this article is a step on my part to figure out the right strategy, because neither one of these approaches can be rejected outright. I will start of by discussing the pros and cons of both the approaches. Pros and Cons of a Normalized database design. Normalized databases fair very well under conditions where the applications are write-intensive and the write-load is more than the read-load. This is because of the following reasons: Normalized tables are usually smaller and...

Table refactoring & application version upgrades, Part II
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Continuing Table refactoring & application version upgrades, Part I, we now discuss code & database upgrades which require DROP operations. As before, we break apart the upgrade process into sequential steps, each involving either the application or the database, but not both.

As I’ll show, DROP operations are significantly simpler than creation operations. Interestingly, it’s the same as in life.


A column turns to be redundant, unused. Before it is dropped …

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Table refactoring & application version upgrades, Part I
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A developer’s major concern is: How do I do application & database upgrades with minimal downtime? How do I synchronize between a DB’s version upgrade and an application’s version upgrade?

I will break down the discussion into types of database refactoring operations, and I will limit to single table refactoring. The discussion will try to understand the need for refactoring and will dictate the steps towards a successful upgrade.

Reader prerequisites

I will assume MySQL to be the underlying database. To take a major component out of the equation: we may need to deal with very large …

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SQL: forcing single row tables integrity
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Single row tables are used in various cases. Such tables can be used for “preferences” or “settings”; for managing counters (e.g. summary tables), for general-purpose administration tasks (e.g. heartbeat table) etc.

The problem with single row tables is that, well, they must have s single row. And the question is: how can you force them to have just one row?

The half-baked solution

The common solution is to create a PRIMARY KEY and always use the same value for that key. In addition, using REPLACE or INSERT INTO ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE helps out in updating the …

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Reducing locks by narrowing primary key
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In a period of two weeks, I had two cases with the exact same symptoms.

Database users were experiencing low responsiveness. DBAs were seeing locks occurring on seemingly normal tables. In particular, looking at Innotop, it seemed that INSERTs were causing the locks.

In both cases, tables were InnoDB. In both cases, there was a PRIMARY KEY on the combination of all 5 columns. And in both cases, there was no clear explanation as for why the PRIMARY KEY was chosen as such.

Choosing a proper PRIMARY KEY

Especially with InnoDB, which uses clustered index …

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Monotonic functions, SQL and MySQL
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In mathematics, a monotonic function (or monotone function) is a function which preserves the given order. [Wikipedia]

To be more precise, a function f is monotonic increasing, if for every x ≤ y it holds that f(x) ≤ f(y). f is said to be strictly monotonic increasing is for every x < y it holds that f(x) < f(y).

So, if we follow values in some order, we say that f is monotonic increasing if f’s value never decreases (it either increases or …

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Beware of implicit casting
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Ever so often a query provides a “bad” execution plan. Adding a missing index can many times solve the problem. However, not everything can be solved with an index. I wish to highlight the point of having an implicit cast, which negates the use of an index on MySQL.

I see this happening a lot on customers’ databases, and this begs for a short introduction.

MySQL doesn’t support index functions

Let’s assume the following table:

CREATE TABLE `person` (
 `id` bigint(20) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
 `first_name` varchar(32) CHARACTER SET utf8 DEFAULT NULL,
 `last_name` varchar(32) CHARACTER SET utf8 DEFAULT NULL, …
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