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Displaying Leading and Trailing Whitespace on Varchar Columns in MySQL 07/09/2018

It's fairly trivial to enclose varchar data within quotes using the CONCAT() function as long as you know which fields you want to enclose in quotes. Coming up with a more generic solution takes a little more doing. In this tutorial, Rob Gravelle describes two approaches, one employing a user function, the other, using a stored procedure.

Top Reporting Tools for MySQL in 2018 06/11/2018

Rob Gravelle presents some of the Top Reporting Tools for MySQL for your viewing pleasure.

Monitor Your MySQL, MariaDB and Percona Servers with Navicat Monitor 05/10/2018

The latest player to enter the database monitoring arena is Navicat. Rob Gravelle provides one of the first looks at Navicat Monitor's many features and describes how to configure it, with an emphasis on Windows 10.

Web-based Database Management 04/12/2018

Web-based database admin consoles have been somewhat limited, with the vast majority of tools aimed at specific database types, including phpMyAdmin (MySQL), Microsoft SQL Web Data Administrator (SQL Server), and various cloud services proprietary web consoles. Rob Gravelle takes a look at one web based-database tool named DBHawk.

RDBMS Management on macOS 03/05/2018

While most DBMS apps focus on a specific database product, a few have gone the extra mile in supporting numerous database platforms. Rob Gravelle explores a recent addition named TablePlus. It supports a whole set of relational databases including PostgreSQL, MySQL, RedShift, SQL Server, and others.

Best New Features of MySQL 8 02/08/2018

Even though there is no official software release to download and use yet, the list of features for MySQL 8.0 was officially announced. Rob Gravelle talks about it and shares some of the exciting enhancements it contains.

Ransomware Attacks Against MySQL and How to Avoid Them 01/08/2018

In February of 2017, hundreds of MySQL databases were erased and replaced with a ransom demand. Rob Gravelle explores how databases were compromised and offers a few best practices for protecting your own MySQL installations from malicious entities.

Manage your Cloud MySQL Instance from Anywhere 12/11/2017

Modern smartphones and other mobile devices have ushered in a new work paradigm where the office is where ever you are. The benefits of having 24/7 remote access to databases via mobile apps cannot be overstated. In today's article, we'll explore SQLPro for MySQL’s many features and get a feel for how it can help manage your publicly available and cloud databases from wherever you happen to be.

Configuring a MySQL Database on Amazon RDS 11/09/2017

Although concerns about ownership and security persist, many companies have embraced cloud services and are reaping substantial financial rewards as a result. Rob Gravelle describes the different cloud database categories, and shows us how to configure an Amazon RDS MySQL database.

Troubleshooting MySQL Performance Issues Using the Slow Log and Performance Schema 10/09/2017

With so many causes and solutions of a database slowdown, you might expect to be spending the night at work, instead of in your warm bed. To avoid that cursed fate, read on to learn two ways to get at the root cause of slow MySQL performance using a couple of built-in MySQL features: The Slow Log and Performance Schema.

Selecting WordPress Metadata 09/11/2017

It pays to get a solid handle on how metadata is stored and retrieved in WordPress. In today’s article, we’ll learn how to fetch metadata from the wp_postmeta table using the versatile $wpdb object.

Real-time MySQL Performance Monitoring 08/10/2017

A key part of keeping your MySQL database running smoothly is the regular monitoring of performance metrics. There are literally hundreds of metrics that can be measured that can enable you to gain real-time insight into your database’s health and performance. Several MySQL monitoring tools have been developed to make performance monitoring easier. In today’s article, we’ll use Monyog to measure a few of the more important metrics.

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