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High Availability MySQL Cookbook review

High Availability MySQL Cookbook (Alex Davies, Packt Publishing) presents different approaches to achieve high availability with MySQL. The bulk of the book is dedicated to MySQL Cluster, with shorter sections on: MySQL replication shared storage block level replication performance tuning The recipes are clear and well explained, based on a CentOS distribution, and it seems … Continue reading High Availability MySQL Cookbook review →

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A review of Guerrilla Capacity Planning by Neil Gunther

Guerrilla Capacity Planning

Guerrilla Capacity Planning. By Neil J. Gunther, Springer 2007. Page count: about 200 pages, plus appendixes. (Here’s a link to the publisher’s site.)

Of all the books I’ve reviewed, this one has taken me the longest to study first. That’s because there is a lot of math involved, and Neil Gunther knows a lot more about it than I do. Here’s the short version: I’m learning how to use this in the real world, but that’s going to take many months, probably years. I’ve already spent about 10 months studying this book, and …

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A review of Cloud Application Architectures by George Reese

Cloud Application Architectures

Cloud Application Architectures. By George Reese, O’Reilly 2009. (Here’s a link to the publisher’s site).

This is a great book on how to build apps in the cloud! I was happy to see how much depth it went into. It’s short — 150 pages plus some appendixes — so I was expecting it to be a superficial overview. But it isn’t. It is thorough. And it is also obviously built on his own experience building very specific applications that he uses to run his business — he isn’t preaching about stuff he doesn’t know first-hand. Finally, George Reese is a good writer! It’s impressive. This is how he covers so much ground with so much depth in so few pages, …

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A review of Web Operations by John Allspaw and Jesse Robbins

Web Operations

Web Operations. By John Allspaw and Jesse Robbins, O’Reilly 2010, with a chapter by myself. (Here’s a link to the publisher’s site).

I wrote a chapter for this book, and it’s now on shelves in bookstores near you. I got my dead-tree copy today and read everyone else’s contributions to it. It’s a good book. A group effort such as this one is necessarily going to have some differences in style and even overlapping content, but overall it works very well. It includes chapters from some really smart people, some of whom I was not previously familiar with. John and Jesse obviously have good connections. A …

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My chapter in the forthcoming Web Operations book

Web Operations

Web Operations. By John Allspaw and Jesse Robbins, O’Reilly 2010. (Here’s a link to the publisher’s site).

This book is due out in about a month. It is part of O’Reilly’s Beautiful series, which you might know through Beautiful Code. This one’s about web ops, of course. There are a dozen contributors, including some of my favorites such as Theo Schlossnagle, whose …

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The Linux Bloke chuckles that Linux runs some Windows software (including Windows itself!) better than Windows does!!!

Our Universe is full of ironies. But some ironies are just too hard to take.

As you may have guessed (!!!), I am an avid Linux developer and user. Though once upon a time I did develop under Windows. Yes, believe it. And on one particular case, I got to be on a first-name basis with some of the Microsoft Software Engineers to resolve issues we were having with their OLE crap — what the Holy Gods of Microsoft decided to redub as “Active-X”.

But I digress. For the past 10 years, I have been solid Linux and have defenestrated Windows for the most part. But as you know, you can never really completely eliminate Windows.  Despite your best efforts, it will always be (for now, at least) the 500 pound gorilla in any room you care to be in. The installed software base there is just staggering, and most have no Linux options.

But then that’s why projects like Wine and the many wonderful hypervisors …

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A review of Forecasting Oracle Performance by Craig Shallahamer

Forecasting Oracle Performance

Forecasting Oracle Performance. By Craig Shallahamer, Apress 2007. Page count: about 250 pages. (Here’s a link to the publisher’s site). Short version: buy it and read it, but make sure you don’t rely on it alone; deepen your knowledge through other sources.

I bought and read this book because I’m interested in performance, performance forecasting, and capacity planning. I’m not interested in forecasting Oracle performance per se. However, I have noticed that there is a lot of good literature in the Oracle arena that can apply to other databases (*cough* …

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Some of my favorite web related books

Here I listed some programming and web related books those I found important for knowledge/skills/career whatever you said. Some of the books I read completely and some books partially. But all of these books I found very helpful to increase knowledge.


Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL If you’re beginner and want to learn from the start then you should read this book. You’ll find lot of examples of php, mysql in this book.
PHP Cookbook If you like problem/solution based study then this is one …
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Review of MySQL Admin Cookbook from PACKT Publishing

PACKT Publishing sent me titled "MySQL Admin Cookbook" to review and I told them that I would be brutally honest about it. They said cool and well here, we go.

Overall, the book is cool if you are starting out in MySQL administration and want to get a box up and running. If you are looking to scale MySQL or make your application faster this is not the book for you. If you are worried about consistency and getting the most out of your hardware-this is not the book for you. If you are trying to figure out what the best index combination is-again-this is not the book for you. If you want to know how to add users, or set up replication, or dump a CSV format text file of data then this is the book for …

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A review of Understanding MySQL Internals by Sasha Pachev

Understanding MySQL Internals

Understanding MySQL Internals. By Sasha Pachev, O’Reilly 2007. Page count: about 227 pages. (Here’s a link to the publisher’s site).

I should have read this book a long time ago, and it’s my loss that I didn’t. Although the title makes it sound like it should only benefit those who’ll be changing the MySQL server’s own code, that’s not true. To the contrary, at least parts of this book should be required reading for DBAs and developers who use MySQL, after they gain a moderate level of familiarity with how to use the server.

The book does indeed start off …

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