Ember is always curious and thrives on change. She has built internationally recognized expertise in IBM Db2, and is now pivoting to focus on learning MySQL. Ember shares both posts about her core skill set and her journey learning MySQL. Ember lives in Denver and work from home


The Most Shocking Differences I’ve Seen Between Db2 and MySQL (so far)

As I’ve been learning the details of MySQL, there have been a lot of similarities with Db2, and a number of differences. Some of those differences have been things I was expecting, while others have been a bit more shocking. If others are making the transition from Db2 to MySQL (using InnoDB) or vice versa, or are supporting both, maybe something here will help.… Read the rest

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SQL Anti-Pattern: Indexing Every Column Individually

Indexes are magic, right? Add one and magically the performance of a query improves.

Well, not really. Each index has a cost, and thoughtful multi-column indexes will go a lot further than individual indexes. Let’s dig into the details.

What an Optimizer Does

Relational databases require queries to specify what data they want returned with no specification of where that data is on disk.… Read the rest

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Cross-RDBMS Content?

The database conference organization I’ve focused on for most of my career – IDUG (International Db2 Users Group) is not interested in cross-platform content. Despite being a top speaker most conferences, they are not interested in content from me that covers things like transitioning from Db2 to MySQL or technical writing about database concepts.… Read the rest

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