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MySQL 8.0: GROUPING function

Starting with MySQL 8.0.1, the server supports the SQL GROUPING function.  The GROUPING function is used to distinguish between a NULL representing the set of all values in a super-aggregate row  (produced by a ROLLUP operation) from a NULL in a regular row.…

MySQL 8.0.1: Using SKIP LOCKED and NOWAIT to handle hot rows

MySQL 8.0.1 introduces two new features which allow you to better manage situations where you have tables with hot row contention.  This issue frequently presents itself in scenarios such as worker threads all accessing the same tables trying to find new work, and ecommerce websites trying to keep accurate inventory counts.…

MySQL 8.0: Refactoring and Improving the Parser

In 8.0 we have introduced another bunch of parser refactoring worklogs:

  • WL#8067 (me): “Refactoring of the CREATE TABLE statement” with its subtasks:
    • WL#8434: Refactoring of partitioning-related stuff.
    • WL#8435: Cleanup and refactoring column definition stuff.
    • WL#8433: Separate DD commands from regular SQL queries in the parser grammar.

Inline JSON Path Expressions in MySQL 5.7

MySQL 5.7.9 has a new feature, that simplifies queries that deal with JSON data and makes more human-readable: inlined JSON path expressions. Now you can do following:

mysql> CREATE TABLE employees (data JSON);
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0,01 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO employees VALUES ('{"id": 1, "name": "Jane"}');
Query OK, 1 row affected (0,00 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO employees VALUES ('{"id": 2, "name": "Joe"}');
Query OK, 1 row affected (0,00 sec)

mysql> SELECT * FROM employees WHERE data->'$.id'= 2;

| data                     |
| {"id": 2, "name": "Joe"} |
1 row in set (0,01 sec)

Let’s take a closer look at the expression in the WHERE clause.…

Log Buffer #428: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

The Log Buffer Edition once again is sparkling with some gems, hand-picked from Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.


  • Oracle GoldenGate  is now certified with Unity 14.10.  With this certification, customers can use Oracle GoldenGate to deliver data to Teradata Unity which can then automate the distribution of data to multiple Teradata databases.
  • How do I change DNS servers on Exadata storage servers.
  • Flushing Shared Pool Does Not Slow Its Growth.
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Should I Put That Table Alias or Not?

Infrequent SQL developers often get confused about when to put parentheses and/or aliases on derived tables. There has been this recent Reddit discussion about the subject, where user Elmhurstlol was wondering why they needed to provide an alias to the derived table (the subselect with the UNION) in the following query:

  SELECT price from product a JOIN pc b
  ON a.model=b.model AND maker='A'
  SELECT price from product a JOIN laptop c
  ON a.model=c.model and maker='A'
) hello

The question really was about why the "hello" table alias was necessary, because often it seems not to be required.

Here’s what the SQL standard states

If in doubt, it is often useful to consider the SQL standard about the rationale behind some …

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MySQL Idiosyncrasies That Bite

The following are my slides that I presented at ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010. This presentation talks about the MySQL defaults including a non-transactional state, silent data truncations, date management, and transaction isolation options. These are all critical for data integrity and consistency. I also cover in-depth topics including SQL_MODE, character sets and collations.

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MySQL Wishlist

While I worked on several web projects I collected a few wishes for MySQL (this collection is more user specific - a MySQL internal wishlist will come later) - which I use in most cases. I still fixed a few things, but don't know if they are good enough for production (because I just started hacking MySQL).

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How To Add A File Extension To vim Syntax Highlighting

Today I was asked a question about defining custom extensions for vim syntax highlighting such that, for example, vim would know that example.lmx is actually of type xml and apply xml syntax highlighting to it. I know vim already automatically does it not just based on extension but by looking for certain strings inside the text, like <?xml but what if my file doesn't have such strings?

After digging around I found the solution. Add the following to ~/.vimrc (the vim configuration file):

syntax on
filetype on
au BufNewFile,BufRead *.lmx set filetype=xml

After applying it, my .lmx file is highlighted:

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