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Simplifying MySQL Database Design using a Graphical Data Modeling Tool 05/09/2016

As in all aspects of database development and management, specialized software has emerged to make the process of proper database design much easier to accomplish. In today’s tutorial, Rob Gravelle shows you how to design, implement, maintain, and synchronize MySQL database schemas using the Navicat Data Modeler.

In Search of a Regex Replace Function for MySQL 04/11/2016

While MySQL does feature Regular Expression matching via REGEXP operator it does not offer an equivalent to Oracle’s REGEXP_REPLACE function, which is all the more mysterious when you consider that Oracle owns MySQL! Join Rob Gravelle as he tries to account for this incongruence between the two DBMSes and searches for user-defined replacements.

MySQL Collaboration in the Cloud 03/10/2016

When you think of Cloud services for database administration, Database as a Service (DBaaS) is what tends to comes to mind, but one of the ways that the Cloud has had an enormous impact on our work productivity is in the area of collaboration.

Searching on JSON Values in MySQL 7 02/08/2016

The MySQL 5.7.7 JSON Lab release introduced a native JSON datatype, which opened the door for handling JSON data in ways that were previously impossible. Several new functions assist in the selecting of data from a JSON document. We covered a few of them; in this article Rob Gravelle shows you some additional functions for searching on JSON values in MySQL 7.

Working with JSON Data in MySQL 7 01/07/2016

Have you heard the news? As of MySQL 5.7.8, MySQL includes a new JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data type that enables more efficient access to JSON-encoded data. In today’s article, we’ll get better acquainted with the new JSON data type.

Top 10 MySQL Reporting Tools 12/14/2015

Both management and various departments rely on data reports to help guide their business decisions.  Rob Gravelle presents ten open source and commercial report generation tools for MySQL and other relational databases.

MySQL Pattern Matching using Regular Expressions 11/09/2015

In this follow-up to Beyond the LIKE Operator: Advanced Pattern Matching with MySQL, Rob Gravelle shows how to use the REGEXP operator to match alphanumeric characters, explores the role of meta-characters, and compares standard regular expression syntax to that of MySQL.

Common MySQL Insert and Update Tasks and Their Solutions 09/10/2015

Even with a lot of experience under your belt as a Database Administrator (DBA), using Insert and Update statements can be a nerve racking affair. Rob Gravelle shares some common Insert and Update statements for copying data from one table to another.

A Roundup of Popular MySQL Mobile Apps for Android 08/24/2015

Not so long ago, Rob Gravelle compiled a list of the most popular MySQL mobile apps for iOS. There are some excellent MySQL mobile apps available for Android as well. Rob Gravelle presents a selection of the popular choices.

MySQL Error Handling using the Signal and Resignal Statements 08/10/2015

MySQL introduced the SIGNAL and RESIGNAL statements in version 5.5 to raise your own error conditions from stored procedures, triggers, and events. Rob Gravelle demonstrates how to utilize both.

Top 10 MySQL GUI Tools 07/28/2015

A few things have changed in the database landscape since our Top 10 MySQL GUI Tools list was compiled--in particular the emergence of cloud services. Keep that in mind when searching for the right MySQL admin tool.

Exploring MySQL 5.7’s Geo-Spatial Functions 07/20/2015

Rob Gravelle updates the closest_restaurants procedure, from the MySQL: Calculating Distance Based on Latitude and Longitude tutorial, to utilize some of the new MySQL Geo-Spatial Functions, including ST_AsText(), Point(), ST_Distance_Sphere(), ST_Contains(), and ST_MakeEnvelope().

Debugging MySQL Stored Procedures 07/09/2015

Rob Gravelle gives a rundown on how to use the "Debugger for MySQL" stand-alone GUI application on your stored procedures.

Building MySQL Crosstab and Subreports 06/22/2015

In this follow up to the Generating Reports on MySQL Data article, Rob Gravelle converts an existing report into a crosstab and adds a subreport using the Navicat for MySQL database administration GUI.

MySQL: Calculating Distance Based on Latitude and Longitude 06/08/2015

With the proliferation of mobile devices being at an all-time high, there has never been more demand for "Find near me" type apps. Rob Gravelle shows how to fetch a list of nearby restaurants sorted by distance using nothing but the power of MySQL!

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