This is a blog from a DBA’s perspective – a DBA with many years’ experience in Oracle, who has made the change to MySQL.

I’m the DBA at adapt.com, a company that has created a self-service tool that helps people manage their paid online search-engine advertising campaigns.

– I’ve administered the following databases: DB2, Oracle, mSQL, PostgreSQL, and now MySQL

– I’ve developed with the following databases: DB2 (sometimes with SAS), Sybase, Informix, M/Mumps (hierarchical!), Oracle, PostgreSQL, and now MySQL (and should I admit to Paradox?)

– I’ve worked with the following OS’s: DOS/Windows, Apple, NextStep, VM/MVS, OS/2, various flavors of unix (which do you prefer: unixes? unices? unixen?), linux

I’m loving MySQL, but got a little confused at various points when I made the switch to it. I decided to give a talk about it at a conference, and that led to this blog. Hope you find something useful or enjoyable!


2 Responses to “About”

  1. todd Says:


    So far I am enjoying your site a lot. I think it offers a very unique perspective.

    I was wondering if you had a presentation on your sharding approach? I run http://highscalability.com/ and there’s a lot of interest in specific details about how to do it. If you can cover this topic it would be a big help.


  2. ben Says:

    Todd – thanks very much! It’s all very new to me – MySQL, blogging, etc. I haven’t made a presentation on our sharding approach yet, but perhaps I will work one up! I basically did research through sites likes yours to find out what other people were doing, and we took it from there.

    Thanks again,


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