Join Percona Chief Evangelist Colin Charles as he covers happenings, gives pointers and provides musings on the open source database community.
In case you missed last week’s column, don’t forget to read the fairly lengthy FOSDEM MySQL & Friends DevRoom summary.
From a Percona Live Santa Clara 2018 standpoint, beyond the tutorials getting picked and scheduled, the talks have also been picked and scheduled (so you were very likely getting acceptance emails from the Hubb.me system by Tuesday). The rejections have not gone out yet but will follow soon. I expect the schedule to go live either today (end of week) or early next week. Cheapest tickets end March 4, so don’t wait to register!
Amazon Relational Database Service has had a lot of improvements in 2017, and the excellent summary from Jeff Barr is worth a read: Amazon Relational Database Service – Looking Back at 2017. Plenty of improvements for the MySQL, MariaDB Server, PostgreSQL and Aurora worlds.
Spectre/Meltdown and its impact are still being discovered. You need to read Brendan Gregg’s amazing post: KPTI/KAISER Meltdown Initial Performance Regressions. And if you visit Percona Live, you’ll see an amazing keynote from him too! Are you still using MyISAM? MyISAM and KPTI – Performance Implications From The Meltdown Fix suggests switching to Aria or InnoDB.
Probably the biggest news this week though? Transactions are coming to MongoDB 4.0. From the site, “MongoDB 4.0 will add support for multi-document transactions, making it the only database to combine the speed, flexibility, and power of the document model with ACID guarantees. Through snapshot isolation, transactions will provide a globally consistent view of data, and enforce all-or-nothing execution to maintain data integrity.”. You want to read the blog post, MongoDB Drops ACID (the title works if you’re an English native speaker, but maybe not quite if you aren’t). The summary diagram was a highlight for me because you can see the building blocks, plus future plans for MongoDB 4.2.
- ProxySQL 1.4.6 – improvements and bug fixes, and you can upgrade straight to 1.4.6 (you don’t, for example, have to go to 1.4.5 then 1.4.6)
- MariaDB Server 10.2.13 – updated InnoDB (from MySQL 5.7.21), Galera wsrep library, fixes for slow starts, and more
- Percona Server for MySQL 5.6.39-83.1 – bug fixes, plus a some TokuDB changes
- Compiling ProxySQL on FreeBSD – I’d be interested in knowing how many FreeBSD users actively want to deploy MySQL and her variants + ecosystem.
- MySQL 8.0 Roles and Graphml – visualize roles, I like this (despite MariaDB Server having roles since 10.0.5, this is not one of the available features).
- TOP 10 MySQL 8.0 features for developers – if you haven’t already tried the second release candidate, this might be a good reason to try it. From the document store to JSON enhancements, CTEs, window functions and more, I suggest taking a look at this great list.
- How To Enable Binary Logging On An Amazon RDS Read Replica
- Collect PostgreSQL Metrics with Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM); this largely thanks to external monitor support. I think another feature people would benefit from? Amazon Aurora MySQL Monitoring with Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM).
- From the just for fun department, MariaDB source visualisation with Gource. You see the source tree growing in the video, but as the commentary tells you, you don’t clean too much info from this. Would be nice to visualize how much the code-base has diverged?