Recent Articles

Calculating Table Size in MySQL

Sep 15, 2022 · 3 min read

Knowing how much disk space individual tables take up is important for DB maintenance and debugging, and it can be accomplished with a single query in MySQL.


Your Standup is Too Long

Aug 8, 2022 · 8 min read

The Agile Alliance recommends 15 minutes every day, I would recommend even shorter and less often.


Building Team Connection with Personal Fist to Five

Aug 7, 2022 · 4 min read

Fist to five is a technique for gauging consensus on a prompt, but it can also be used to build connections within teams.


The Dangers of OFFSET With MySQL

Jul 28, 2022 · 14 min read

Large limit offsets degrade the performance of most databases, but it is especially egregious in MySQL.


Creating a Java Playground in Docker

Jul 3, 2022 · 3 min read

It's helpful to have local throwaway environments for testing code snippets, and creating one for Java is a snap with Docker.


Deferrable Constraints in PostgreSQL

Jun 20, 2022 · 9 min read

Constraints in PostgreSQL are validated immediately row-by-row by default, which might be confusing when updating multiple values in columns that have a uniqueness constraint.


Investigating Locks in MySQL

Jun 17, 2022 · 8 min read

Locking is an important part of an ACID-compliant database, but excessive locks can lead to performance degradation. Here are some strategies for investigating locks in MySQL.


Avoiding Blanket Statements

May 6, 2022 · 6 min read

One part of emotional intelligence is understanding how our words impact others.


Inner vs. Outer Joins

Apr 29, 2022 · 7 min read

They can't be used interchangeably, and the differences are important.


Creating a MySQL Playground in Docker

Apr 27, 2022 · 4 min read

It's helpful to have local throwaway environments for rapid development, especially with databases, and creating one for MySQL is a snap with Docker.


Creating a PostgreSQL Playground in Docker

Apr 27, 2022 · 3 min read

It's helpful to have local throwaway environments for rapid development, especially with databases, and creating one for PostgreSQL is a snap with Docker.


Creating a Gremlin Playground in Docker

Apr 22, 2022 · 4 min read

Apache TinkerPop's Gremlin graph traversal language can be confusing to learn, but thankfully TinkerPop provides some "toy" graphs perfect to learn with.