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What Is Database Monitoring and Why Is It Useful? Jul 29, 2021 by Robert Gravelle

Databases play a central role in of most business processes and applications. As IT infrastructures become more diverse and sophisticated, it becomes increasingly important to be able to nip database issues in the bud. In simpler times, one or more database administrators (DBAs) could resolve issues manually as they came up in true fire fighter fashion. Today, that approach is almost certainly doomed to fail.

Smart DBAs rely on database monitoring to not only pinpoint trouble quickly, but even to predict future issues before they cause real problems. In this article, we'll examine what database monitors do. In up-coming installments we'll learn more about how they work and explore some best practices for using monitoring software.

How to Partition a MySQL Table Using Navicat Jul 23, 2021 by Robert Gravelle

In last week's blog we learned about the potential uses and advantages to utilizing Database Partitioning when working with large data sets. In today's follow-up, we'll create a MySQL partition in Navicat for MySQL using the HASH partitioning criteria.

Data Type Conversion in MySQL 8 Jul 9, 2021 by Robert Gravelle

Any time that you categorize data into different types, the need to convert from one data type to another is inevitable. Off the top of my head, a common use case is to process variables that were passed in from a web form via a query parameter or POST request body. Serializing data in order to send it across the network tends to coerce all variables into strings. As such, they often need to be converted into a more appropriate data type, such as a number, date, or what-have-you.

Get the Maximum Value across Columns Jun 30, 2021 by Robert Gravelle

The MAX() function is often used to return the largest value of a given column. It's not picky about types, so the column may contain salaries, best before dates, or last names. The question is, can the MAX() function also find the highest value across multiple columns? The short answer is Yes. The longer explanation is that it depends on the database you're using. In today's blog, we'll explore a few ways to obtain the maximum value among two or more columns, either using the MAX() function, or an even better alternative.

Introduction to Inverse Indexes Jun 25, 2021 by Robert Gravelle

Like most database developers, you've probably written your fair share of queries that search for that proverbial needle in a haystack of text or binary data. I know I have! Perhaps even more important than the SELECT statements that you write against the database are the indexes that it contains. To that end, an inverted index can go a long way towards making mounds of data accessible in an expeditious manner. In today's blog, we'll learn what inverted indexes are, and how to use them in your databases, using MySQL as an example.

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