Unexpected Career Turn

It’s amazing that I’ve had a 22-year career in tech, and until last week, I had never been laid off. Last week, I was a victim of the 20% layoffs at Shopify. Along with me came very talented people with…

MySQL: Quotation Marks

My article on DB2 Basics: Quotation Marks has 962 views so far this year, so I thought it might be time to write a similar article on using quotation marks with MySQL. General quotation marks For the most part, you…

Scaling Relational Databases

“Relational databases don’t scale!”. This is the claim that database experts have heard over and over again, and yet we spend our careers scaling databases. I immediately translate this in my head to either “I threw hardware at the problem…

Choosing the BEST RDBMS

When I started working as a DBA in 2001, the relational database management system choices were more limited and the choice itself was often left up to a system architect. Rarely did developers have a say, and even DBAs only…

Using ChatGPT to Write SQL

Working in technology, I’ve heard a number of things about ChatGPT from various news sources. I was particularly interested hearing some teachers saying it was the end of being able to properly detect students cheating when writing papers. Then I…

Introducing: Roll for Database!

Alright, so I’m playing around with something. I’ve developed a bit of a TikTok addiction after exploring the platform to connect with my 14-year-old. One of the post types I’ve enjoyed is the “Roll for ______” type, where the content…