172: TZ Interview – Baron Schwartz / Cutting Edge MySQL

Justin and Jason speak with Baron Schwartz, Chief Performance Architect at Percona and lead author of the O’Reilly book, High Performance MySQL.

  1. Robin says:

    What an interesting interview.
    I’ll definitely be checking out Percona, with a debian package it should be trivial.
    Lots of interesting takeaways from the show as well as a good broad unbiased lay of the database land.

  2. Stuart says:

    Baron mentioned the talk given at Stanford by Marten Mickos about the distributed and remote workforce at MySQL. It is called “Believe in Something Bigger Than Yourself” and you can watch/listen below.

    The part of working remotely starts at about 27 or 28 minutes in:





  3. Hah! Told you guys before in some comment somewhere (possibly startupguild) that Sphinx was where you want to look. It really is totally 100% awesome at what it does. It also indexed far more quickly then you would imagine and just works.

    Interesting stuff though. I am tempted to drop in the Percona server mysqld and see how things fare as my database is getting quite large now ( 80 gig or so ) and some free performance improvements would be useful.

  4. Emrah says:

    Very interesting interview. You asked all the questions I came up with.

  5. Jian says:

    Thanks guys for this wonderful interview, love it.

    I have to say that the MySQL workbench is horrible to use, very slow and kind of buggy. I installed it and then reverted back to just using MySQL browser. Nice and fast.

    I don’t know why, but it seems to me that Oracle is always trying to make things complicated. Think of the installation of the Oracle database…Maybe it was at that time when I used it, not sure these days.

    Anyhow, as a developer and search engine technologist, I don’t like slow software, also, I like simplicity in the software. I hope Oracle keep the MySQL tradition of being a fast db server.

  6. What an information-rich show! I am usually not proactively interested in core db server products, but the interview kept me interested all the way to the end.
    Big thanks to Baron for all the clear thought out conversation.

  7. aListener says:

    I am getting withdrawal symptoms. Come back !


  8. bListener says:

    I was getting withdrawal symptoms too but then realized i can listen to some of the old shows again still new show would be more then welcomed.

  9. aListener says:

    I like the archives too but looking for some fresh stuff.

    @bListener nice name 🙂

    P.S. than = comparison; then = time

  10. aListener says:

    Doh, my markup was removed. I had a “pedant” element wrapping the P.S. 🙂

  11. Jason says:

    @{a,b}Listener – I apologize for the delay, but we’ll definitely get a new discussion show out this weekend. I’m actually really looking forward to it because I have some great topics lined up. Stay tuned! 😉

  12. bListener says:

    Dear aListener,
    do you think that if we leave sufficient number of “annoying” comments Justin and Jason will back down and record another show soon OR improve on there comment spam algorithm ?
    I think this is a theory worth exploring!

    P.S.thanks for the grammar lesson

  13. bListener says:

    wrote previous comment before seeing Jason`s it appears that (hope i used it correctly this time) there is no need for ” annoying comment blackmail ” no more

  14. aListener says:

    ‘ if we leave sufficient number of “annoying” comments Justin and Jason will back down and record another show soon ‘

    I like your thinking! 🙂

    ‘ there is no need for ” annoying comment blackmail ” ‘

    Steady … we can’t let them off the hook that quickly 🙂 We need to keep up the pressure until they dismantle their weapon of mass silence.

    I appreciate your help in being the grammatical foil in this thread. In keeping with your initial thought and current thread theme; if a new show is not released by midnight Sunday (Eastern US time), further didactic comments will be unleashed regarding the “March 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM” post. I think we have the resolve to make this thread into such a conversation that it will become infamously known in TZ as “the thread”. 🙂

    P.S. are you going to microconf ?

  15. bListener says:

    He who controls the Spice “the thread” , controls the universe!

    P.S. Unfortunately NO, i am from Europe.

  16. aListener says:

    Someone from Europe came last year. I don’t think there is a limit although the cost could be limiting.

    Your post “March 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM” uses the word “there”. In that sense it is possessive which is “their”; e.g. Their toy.

    Did J+J forget about us? I guess the thread goes on 😉 …

  17. Jason says:

    @aListener – We didn’t forget about you. 😉 I just sent Justin the title and description, so he’ll probably have the show posted within the hour.

  18. aListener says:

    <style type=’dire straits/sting’> I want my, I want my TZ </style > I can wait a bit though 😀

  19. aListener says:

    Eureka! show 173. Yay.