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Living With Linux

I learned how to use a computer on DOS and Windows. My first programming projects were written in QBASIC and my first Web applications were written in VB using ASP on Windows 2000. The first job where I made decent money was developing a SQL Server-based application. I bought my first car, an engagement ring, and a honeymoon with money from making software on Windows. Needless to say, I found a lot of intellectual and financial fulfillment from Windows over the years.

That first real job also allowed me flexibility in what technology I could employ, and I helped implement a features using Redis on top of Ubuntu. This was a fun time, because my company basically paid me to study a new technology and to gain experience using it. On my own, I began to use Linux and to embrace open-source ideas, one of which is that the consumer is also the producer. I changed my mindset about what it means to use software: for open-source projects, it often …

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Using Windows profiler with mysqld

My colleague who is a Windows guru taught me how to do very basic things with the Windows profiler. While this stuff is primitive, the sad truth is that many people don’t know even this little about Windows, me including. I’ll keep the hints here, and hopefully will learn more with time.

  • Use RelWithDebInfo builds, Debug build will screw the picture, it will tell you _db_enter is the most expensive function;
  • Start mysqld;
  • Use x64 VS command prompt:

Start => All Programs => MS Visual Studio 2010 => Visual Studio Tools => Visual Studio x64 Win64 command prompt

  • Set _NT_SYMBOL_PATH to the package bin directory, so mysqld.pdb can be found, and start the IDE:

set _NT_SYMBOL_PATH=... && devenv.exe

  • In the VS command prompt, run

vsperfcmd /start:sample …

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ZFS: could have been the future of UNIX Filesystems

There was a point a few years ago where Sun could have had the next generation UNIX filesystem. It was in Solaris (and people were excited), there was a port to MacOS X (that was quite exciting for people) and there was a couple of ways to run it on linux (and people were excited). So… instead of the fractured landscape of ext3, HFS+ and (the various variations of) UFS we could have had one file system that was common between all of the commonly used UNIX-like variants. Think of being able to use a file system on a removable drive that isn’t FAT and being able to take it from machine to machine (well… Windows would be a problem, but it always is).

There was some really great work done in OpenSolaris with integration between the file manager and ZFS snapshots (a slider bar to browse the history of a directory, an idea I’ve championed for over a decade now, although the Sun implementation was likely completely independently developed). …

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MySQL Connector/Net 6.4.5 has been released

MySQL Connector/Net 6.4.5 has been released!  This is an update to our 6.4 driver and brings several bug fixes.  It is appropriate for production use with MySQL server versions 5.0-5.5

It is now available in source and binary form from and mirror sites (note that not all mirror sites may be up to date at this point-if you can't find this version on some mirror, please try again later or choose another download site.)

You can read about the changes in this version at

You can find our team blog at …

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Mixed signals in IT’s great war over IP

Recent news that Microsoft and Barnes & Noble agreed to partner on the Nook e-reader line rather than keep fighting over intellectual property suggests the prospect of more settlement and fewer IP suits in the industry. However, the deal further obscures the blurry IP and patent landscape currently impacting both enterprise IT and consumer technology.

It is good to see settlement — something I’ve been calling for, while also warning against patent and IP aggression. However, this settlment comes from the one conflict in this ongoing war that was actually shedding some light on the matter, rather than further complicating it.

See the full article at TechNewsWorld.

MySQL Connector/Net 6.3.9 has been released

MySQL Connector/Net 6.3.9, the latest maintenance release of our 6.3 version series, has been released.  Connector/Net is our all-managed .NET driver for MySQL.  This release will be the last release of our 6.3.x series and contains more than 25 fixes from the 6.3.8 base.  Users looking for additional fixes or features should upgrade to our most recent version.  You can see the list of changes and read more about the connector at

Version 6.3.9 is appropriate for use with versions of MySQL 5.0-5.5.

It is now available in source and binary form from and mirror sites (note that not all mirror …

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Tell us what you want in 6.6

Now that we have finished 6.5 it's time to really start gearing up for 6.6.  We have  many great feature ideas but we want to hear from you.  To help with that, we're running a poll on the website where you can vote on the features you would like to see in the next version of the best MySQL ADO.Net Connector on the planet.  You can find the poll at and scrolling near the bottom of the page.  

Thanks for your time and please go vote.  

Connector/Net 6.3 Support has ended

We recently released Connector/Net 6.5 as GA.  Our policy is that we actively support the last 2 GA versions of the Connector so we are dropping support for Connector/Net 6.3.  Any users who are actively using 6.3 are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version.  You can find the formal announcement at

Screencast: Installing MariaDB on Windows

A screencast demonstrating the MariaDB Windows installer.

(I recommend watching it in full screen 720p, so you can see the details.)

Some links:


A big thanks to Vladislav Vaintroub, MariaDB’s Windows guru, and to Rasmus Johansson for help with the screencast.

Lower Your Database TCO on Windows by up to 96%

If you are a Windows user concerned about the new licensing and pricing of SQL Server 2012, we encourage you to try the MySQL TCO Calculator!

You’ll discover how you can reduce your database TCO by up to 96% with MySQL Enterprise Edition vs SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition*.

While MySQL is famously known as the "M" of the popular LAMP stack, Microsoft Windows consistently ranks as the #1 development platform for MySQL users in our surveys. Indeed, MySQL on Windows enables you to:

  • Achieve Huge Database TCO Savings, while relying on World-Class 24/7 technical support from Oracle.
  • Quickly Deploy New Applications, leveraging a database reknown for its ease of use and performance.
  • Save Time with the MySQL Visual Management Tools, enabling you for example to be up and running in only 3 …
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