• Using the MariaDB CONNECT Engine to Merge Heterogeneous Data Sources

    I was reminded recently of a project I did during a DevDays week at WebAssign in 2014. The engineering department wanted to move a large dataset into MongoDB, and my DevDays experiment was to demonstrate the Tungsten Replicator’s role in translating data from MySQL to MongoDB. It worked handily, but was ultimately not implemented because the development teams got bogged down in the Tungsten replication filters desired for data transformation.
  • About Me

    I have two recurring “discussions” with my colleagues: whether you should put metadata in server names, and whether it’s better to be a generalist or a specialist. I generally argue “no” and “generalist,” but I can form arguments for either side on demand. At this point in my career, I can safely say I’m both a generalist and a specialist. I’ve spent the last nearly 10 years becoming a subject matter expert on large-scale MySQL and adjacent technologies.
  • I am a dummy

    I often joke that if I was stuck on a desert island, the book I’d want to have along is the MySQL Reference Manual. There’s an endless source of amusement within the 4400+ pages. I recently found myself stuck in the West Virginia mountains with no quick source of internet, and discovered several bits of new trivia. Here’s just one item: Adding the –i-am-a-dummy flag to your mysql client (or within a configuration file, of course) keeps you from making updates or deletes on a whole table without a “where” clause.
  • M|17 MariaDB Conference 2017

    Quite excited about this new MySQL ecosystem conference, this one specifically about the primary fork of MySQL, MariaDB. (Or you may think of it as the original MySQL, pre-Oracle fork.) Equally excited it’s on the East Coast.

  • Congressional App Challenge

    What a bright group presenting tonight at the Congressional App Challenge hosted at Centennial Campus by Rep. David Price. I enjoyed serving the community by judging the apps and look forward to seeing what these young people come up with in the years ahead.
  • Technoquest 2016

    An old Girl Scout favorite, TechnoQuest was held at Meredith College in Raleigh. We joined for the first time this year; the younger one participated in day-long STEM activities – primarily chemistry and physics – while I attended seminars in community-building, nurturing confidence in youth, and leading science explorations.
  • New MySQL File System Vulnerabilities

    It’s been a busy month for file vulnerabilities. Thanks to Dawid Golunski at legalhackers.com for giving us all the opportunity to tighten security in our MySQL, MariaDB, and Percona Server instances.