Anatomy of a Performance Review

A lot of firms come to us with a specific scalability problem. “Our user base is growing rapidly and the website is falling over!” Or they’re selling more widgets, “Our shopping cart is slowing down and we’re seeing users abandon their purchases”. These are real startup growing pains, so what to do? We like to …

10 ways I avoid trouble in database operations

1. Avoid destructive commands From time to time I’m working with new recruits and bringing them up to speed in operations. The first thing I emphasize is care with destructive commands. What do I mean here? Well there are all sorts of them. SQL commands such as DROP table & DROP database. But also TRUNCATE …

Hiring is a numbers game

On a recent twitter chat (#hfchat) I posted some comments about hiring. Some folks were complaining that they had applied to various jobs, and not heard back. I commented… [quote]Apply for a job and don’t hear back, it’s nothing personal[/quote] In today’s market, there are hundreds of job applicants for every position. Sad to say, …

Why you should attend Percona Live 2012

What I loved about Percona Live 2011 Last year I was excited to go to Percona Live for the first time in NYC. I arrived just in time to hear Harrison Fisk from Facebook speak about some of the awesome tweaks they’re running with MySQL there. It’s not everyday that you get to hear from …

Upcoming for Scalable Startups

Just back from the Labor Day holiday, and ready to dive back in. I thought this would be a great time to outline some of our upcoming topics so here goes… 1. Why Oracle usability sucks – a rant about Oracle’s weak points In the meantime take a peek at our piece on why we …