Log Buffer #76: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

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Welcome readers to the 76th edition of Log Buffer, the weekly review of database blogs.

As I mentioned in LB#75, this is Yule Log Buffer, a special edition for the busy holiday season. In lieu of a full edition, I’m throwing this one open to you, gentle readers, by asking for your favourite blogs from the week gone by. It’ll be an excellent response if each of you leaves one comment with a link to a blog item (although you can mention as many as you like), and please add your own opinions too. I think twenty to twenty-five comments is the minimum to make a success. So, please speak up!

Log Buffer returns to normal next week, possibly with a three-peat from the excellent Sheeri Cabral. There’s plenty of room for other editors of course, so please drop me a line and get involved.

Happy Holidays to you all!



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7 Comments. Leave new

I’ll get the ball rolling with an item on O’Reilly radar by Tim O’Reilly: Google Admits “Data is the Intel Inside”.

I think the observations made are important to DBAs because it is largely them (you?) that shapes and controls all this data. DBAs are the gatekeepers to this extraordinarily important and desirable resource. Do DBAs — and those that depend on them — recognize this responsibility?


Well, I would be remiss if I did not recommend Christo’s excellent Goodie on memory management for Oracle on Linux. Jonathan liked it too.


It was published after the log buffer, but not by much.

Alex Gorbachev asks Where is QOS for storage?. After all, we’ve had it for networks for a long, long time.

Alex Gorbachev
December 21, 2007 2:30 pm

One of the most interesting readings this week was a blog post by Erick Schonfeld about Amazon SimpleDB. Interesting concept and I would be really interested to see how it works in real life.

Daniel Fink has done it again — controversial but definitely yet another interesting post. This time Dan spoke out on a worried trend in the IT industry.


If you think of your database as a place to store data, you’re missing out on the most important parts of why we use relational databases. Jeff Davis talks about the impedence mismatch, far too common amongst developers and dba’s, between the idea of storing data and codifying what data means in his post on Database Formalities. A great read for anyone who works with databases.

Dominic Brooks
December 22, 2007 2:56 am

I’ve been enjoying Richard Foote’s prolific blogging on indexes this week. A bit of disagreement in the comments only adds to the interest.


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