Oracle to MySQL – prepare to bushwhack through the open source jungle

I was recently approached by a healthcare company for advice on suitable database solutions capable of executing its new initiative. The company was primarily an Oracle shop so naturally, they began by shopping for possible Oracle solutions. The CTO relayed his conversation with the Oracle sales rep, who at first recommended an Oracle solution that, …

A handy guide for PHP and MongoDB Web Development

What makes a beginner’s guide handy is when it speaks to your intuition. It anticipates the burning questions that follow from a newbie trying to grasp new concepts and it quickly answers them. PHP and MongoDB Web Development – Beginner’s Guide is one such guide. I hadn’t heard of Packt Publishing or Rubayeet Islam before …

Top MySQL DBA interview questions (Part 2)

Also find Sean Hull’s ramblings on twitter @hullsean. Continuing from our Top MySQL DBA interview questions (Part 1) here are five more questions that test a MySQL DBA’s knowledge, with two that will help suss out some personality traits. Disk I/O Disk performance should be an ever present concern to a DBA.  So although they …

Top MySQL DBA interview questions (Part 1)

Join 38000 others & follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. MySQL DBAs are in greater demand now than they’ve ever been. While some firms are losing the fight for talent, promising startups with a progressive bent are getting first dibs with the best applicants. Whatever the case, interviewing for a MySQL DBA is a skill …

The Age of the Platform by Phil Simon

I picked up Phil Simon’s The Age of the Platform after running into his blog, and some of his writing online. Simon is an interesting guy with an obvious strong technical background. He’s also an accomplished speaker and you can find several videos of his speaking online. The first thing that struck me about this book …