If you got $500 from writing a tech article, would you rather pay $200 of it in taxes or $2?
Also, doesn't Apple have a duty to shareholders to cough up as little in taxes as legally possible?
...in Another Bloody Century. He kind of pooh-poohs it as some of the other commenters here have done, saying that it plays a small part but is mostly an annoyance.
> As a former Marine I'm afraid I'm going to have to "liberate" you
I think the nomenclature these days is that he's a target that needs to be "serviced".
Speaking of avoiding downtime, the recently published Web Operations is excellent. Lots of good anecdotes, advice, and procedures to make things better (RCA, 5 whys, etc). I've been doing devops stuff for a while and have picked up a lot from this book.
Hm, interesting, I haven't observed that. FWIW, I don't think you need to lock the tables if you're using innodb - you can dump the db with the 'single-transaction' option. I don't deny your experience... but I dunno.
Now, I have had problems with replication halting in odd ways and having to skip errors. That's annoying, indeed.
Anyhow, I'll happily leave MySQL behind and move to PostgreSQL any chance I get.
Sure, yup, Slony and WAL shipping and whatnot. But I think having it built in makes a big difference...
> We started using PostgreSQL back when Sun bought MySQL
Right on. And PostgreSQL is about to remove one of the last big barriers for using it - streaming replication is coming in 9.0. Huzzah! I was just listening to a "Rails on PostgreSQL" talk from Pivotal Labs and that was cited as one of the few places where MySQL was ahead... not for long...
...and Google knows it. The government is flourishing, huzzah!
Yeah, ANTLR's great for that... and it would be a pile of work to get JavaCC to output lexers and parsers in languages other than Java... sigh.
> ANTLR, which is a far superior alternative to lex/flex yacc/bison IMHO.
Another alternative is JavaCC, which (shameless plug!) I document in great detail in my book Generating Parsers with JavaCC.
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