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Introducing ‘MySQL 101,’ a 2-day intensive educational track at Percona Live this April 15-16

Talking with Percona Live attendees last year I heard a couple of common themes. First, people told me that there is a lot of great advanced content at Percona Live but there is not much for people just starting to learn the ropes with MySQL. Second, they would like us to find a way to make such basic content less expensive.

I’m pleased to say we’re able to accommodate both of these wishes this year at Percona Live! We have created a two-day intensive track called “MySQL 101” that runs April 15-16. MySQL 101 is designed for developers, system administrators and DBAs familiar with other databases but not with MySQL. And of course it’s ideal for anyone else who would like to expand their professional experience to include MySQL. The sessions are designed to lay a solid foundation on many aspects of MySQL development, design and …

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Generating test data from the mysql> prompt

There are a lot of tools that generate test data.  Many of them have complex XML scripts or GUI interfaces that let you identify characteristics about the data. For testing query performance and many other applications, however, a simple quick and dirty data generator which can be constructed at the MySQL command line is useful.

First, let’s talk about what kind of data you can easily create with MySQL function calls:

You can generate a decimal number between zero and another number using the MySQL RAND() function like the following query (here between 0 and 10000):

SELECT RAND() * 10000;

Similarly, you can generate a random integer by adding the FLOOR() function:


You can generate a random string of 32 characters using MD5():

SELECT MD5(RAND() * 10000)

You can return a random integer between 500 and 1000 with the following: …

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Book Review – Effective MySQL

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Effective MySQL: Optimizing SQL Statements by Ronald Bradford No Nonsense, Readable, Practical, and Compact I like that this book is small; 150 pages means you can carry it easily.  It’s also very no nonsense.  It does not dig too deeply into theory unless it directly relates to your day-to-day needs.  And those needs probably cluster [...]

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Keeping save – Injection attacks etc.

I had someone point out to me that some of the sample code I have used might be vulnerable to an insertion attack. So I feel it is time to address this subject.

First when using examples I try to just focus on the subject of the current blog and often strip a lot of things that are irrelevant to the point I am trying to make out. But now to the subject of keeping your code save.

If you write and SQL statement looking something like

lc_sql = “SELECT * from customer WHERE custno = ‘” + lc_custno + “‘”

Someone could enter “‘; TRUNCATE TABLE customer;’” resulting in  a SQL statement looking like

SELECT * from customer WHERE custno = ”; TRUNCATE TABLE customer; ”

Which could be quite disasterous. So to avoid this we could use parameterized queries which I cannot as I am using a seperate function to wrap around the SQLEXEC() function to do all kinds of things like …

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Converting and optimizing SQL Statements

Now it became time to conveert some SQL statements. Even though many SELECT SQL statements will run unchanged in MYSQL it might be wise to check and see if they are performing well. There are some differences in how VFP and MYSQL optimize queries and a query that just performs great in VFP might be very slow in MYSQL. And then there are some cases where we have to replace things that are possible in VFP but not supported in MYSQL.

First lets assume that our tables all have lots of records. After all it does not pay to spend time on optimizing on tables with a few dozend records. I also will not go into VFP optimization here as this is a MYSQL blog.

Lets assume for our first case we might have a table with invoice detail records and a table with items that are on sale. So now we want to get maybe 2 queries. One to show a total of all the items that were on sale and the second a total of all the items not on sale. I will leave …

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